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‎---------- Leave the world alone, go within your Self ----------

What is the Self?
The Self is your real nature, that's what you are.
The Self is consciousness.

What is consciousness?
Consciousness is the power that is conscious of itself.
It is self-contained, it is omnipresent.
When you speak of love, of peace, of God, of joy, of happiness, of bliss, you're speaking of consciousness.
These words are just other words for consciousness.
Consciousness is you.
The Self, consciousness, they're all synonymous.
They all pertain to you.

Now what have you been seeing? What have you been reacting to?
The mind goes out and causes problems and you try to resolve them. You cannot. For when you resolve one problem another one pops up somewhere else and there's no end to it. It's like trying to figure out, what came first the seed or the tree? You never get anywhere, there's no solution. People have been trying to resolve problems, since the beginning of time and the world is getting worse. There's no adequate solution in trying to resolve anything in the outside. The great secret of course is to;
Leave the world alone, go within your Self and there you will find happiness, joy and peace.

But how do you go within yourself
How do you dive deep within yourself?
By asking the question, "Who am I?"
I have found this to be the fastest method there is, to awakening.
There are other methods, but personally I found this the fastest.
All you have to do is question, "Who am I?"
You do not have to answer, you do not have to analyze anything, you do not have to come up with any solution.
You simply ask the question, "From whence did 'I' come?
Where did the 'I' come from?
What is the source of 'I'?"

Many people have been practicing Jnana Marga have made the mistake of concentrating on the 'I' and this is why you do not get anywhere.
You concentrate on the source, not on the 'I'.
The 'I' is only an illusion.
It is only is something that appears to be like your body.
It has no momentum, it has no substance.
But yet you have to watch the 'I'.
You have to abide in the 'I'.
For it leads you to the source of existence.
The source of everything.

You do this by again questioning, "Where does the 'I' come from?"
You do not answer.
And you ask again, "Who am I?" You never answer.
If you answer, it is your mind playing games with you.
Your ego is very powerful, it does not wish to be destroyed.
It will play games with you.
You simply pose the question yet you never answer.
The answer will come in due time.
It will reveal itself to you as you.
You need patience, take your time.
Do not think it is going to happen overnight.
It may, it may not.
Yet do not think of those things.
If you're really busy working on your 'I', you will not have time to find fault in the world.
For the 'I' will take all of your attention.
What do you give your attention to now? What hurts you? What bothers you?

This continues simply because you are placing all of your attention, all of your focus on the thing that you think is wrong with your life or something that's disturbing you.
Let me remind you, you will never resolve anything that way. It may appear that you resolve it that way, but something else will pop up.

As an example: A lady is having problems with her co-workers. She can't get along with them. She says, "They're doing this to me, they're doing that to me, it's not my fault", so she quits her job and she moves to San Francisco. Gets a new job. Everything is okay for the first couple of months.

But then she finds the same problem with her new co-workers. Because she has taken herself with her. Yet she does not realize this. She thinks it's the people. She thinks it's the environment. She thinks it's the economy. But she never goes to search herself, to ask herself, "Why do I have this problem? Why do I perceive these things? Who is the perceiver? I am. Who am I? Who is the 'I' that perceives these problems? Where did that I come from? What is its source?"

You abide in the 'I', yet you do not concentrate on the 'I'.
You abide in the 'I', you follow the 'I' to the source.
One day you will awaken and you will become free.
But again, do not look for a timetable.
Do not try to make it happen this year, or tomorrow or yesterday.
It may, leave it alone.
Do the work that is necessary and everything will work out.
Time passes very fast.
Before you know it, it's time to leave your body.

More on Satsang - December 9, 1990

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The egolessness of all things. You have to have a deep realization, and a deep feeling, that no thing has an ego. No thing has a cause, again. There’s no reason for anything to be. No thing really exists. You are not a sinner. You are not an evil person. Your past is dead, forget it. You’re born again, now, and all is glory and joy. This is what it means to be born again, to realize that you exist now, in this moment. Not a moment ago, and never mind what’s going to happen a moment from now, but you exist in this moment as pure intelligence, unqualified love, absolute reality, unconditioned oneness. That’s you. You live in that reality. And again, that sets you free.

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Your mind is not your friend.
It makes you human.
It makes you believe you are a body, separate.

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Once you know there is no mind, there is no longer the experience you’ve got to go through. All experiences cease. But be aware that all experiences have come from the mind. In reality there are no experiences. The life you’re living now is an experience.

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As you look at the world without interpretation,
as you look at the world without attachment,
what the world is will be revealed to you.

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How do you create a dream? Does it start with a beginning? As soon as you start dreaming, there’s no creation. The dream just starts. Everything is already there. The trees, the sky, the earth, the flowers, the grass, people, insects, birds, flowers, everything just appears. Does it die in the end? You just wake up, and it’s all gone.

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--------------- Divine Ignorance ---------------

The first step in spiritual awakening is to realize you're divinely ignorant, and that's not an insult. I have had people walk out when I've said this. That's why I say, “divinely ignorant.” With all humility you must realize this first of all that you are divinely ignorant.

Which means that you don't really understand anything. All your conceptual ideas. All your preconceived ideas. Everything you've learnt as a boy or as a girl. All the ideas and feelings and emotions that you grew up with, are basically wrong. They're all erroneous and they must be transcended.

The only way to begin to transcend this is to admit to yourself, "I am divinely ignorant and I really do no know what anything is. I really know nothing. I don't know what anything is". <

As an example: We don't know what a human being is. We have no idea what it is. It just appears at birth and we take it for granted. We don't know what a dog is. Where did it come from? How did it arrive? We know that it has four legs and it's a dog, so we give it a name, dog. Like someone gave you the name Mark, Ed or Mary. But what are these things for real? We don't know what a tree is. We gave it a name tree, but what is it really? It has leaves. Some trees produce oranges, some trees produce grapefruits. Why? What's its purpose? Where did it come from originally? And what came first, the tree or the seed? We don't know, we have no idea. We don't know what the sun is, or the moon, or the stars. Oh we can figure out is what they do, to keep us warm, the sun does. But we have no idea what it really is, why it exists? Why does anything exist? Why do we exist? We have no idea.

But we're brought up in a world of effects and we begin to respond to the effects of the world at an early age. We develop traits of jealousy, anger, mistrust, envy, fear, all these feelings are developed at an early age. And we don't know why? We act accordingly, we cause problems for ourselves. We try to solve them and we spend all of our lives solving problems. Before you know it we turn around, we're eighty, ninety years old, it's time to go, where are we? We have no idea.

And those of us who think we've accomplished something materialistically. We think we're doing good deeds. We've become successful in business, in world affairs and politics. Yet we have to leave it all behind, everything we worked so hard for. Nothing remains. When it's time to leave the body, everything goes, and we're alone. Therefore doesn't it make sense that we should search for the answers of life. What is life all about? Doesn't that make sense to go after that, for if we find that we will become free. But if we keep involving ourselves in our affairs, gain, loss, happy, sad, sick, healthy and so forth, we're wasting our precious time.

Divine Ignorance - October 21, 1990

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Get rid of all questions, all doubts, all fears, all apprehensions about spiritual life and live in the moment unafraid, full of total joy and happiness and peace. And you will see you have always been enlightened you already are enlightened everything is okay. But if you keep worrying about when it's going to happen aren't you really saying: "I don't have it yet, there is something really wrong? I am not that and I have to become that?" For in truth you are already that. For in reality you're already enlightened there is nothing you have to do and nowhere you have to go. Be yourself. Be the way you are, totally, completely. The way you are is not the body nor the mind nor the experience. The way you are is not the doer.

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The silence is another way of saying to keep your mind stayed on God all the time. God is the silence and you are that. Feel the silence right now. You can feel it. It's a thing of beauty. You know when you're getting into the true silence, you begin to become happier, and happier and happier for no reason. It makes no difference what's going on in the world. The world is in one place and you're in another place. In the deep silence you are identifying with the substratum of creation. Always remember to go into the silence. A sage is always in the silence. A sage may be talking, listening, partaking of activities, but to the sage there's only silence.

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Always remember, the highest teaching in the world is silence.
We learn to shut up, to keep still, to stop talking.
Remember when you talk, you spoil the truth from your heart that wants to express itself.

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---------- What Is A Jnani? ----------

We're going to talk about something I don't usually talk about which is what is a Jnani?
The reason I'm talking about it this evening is because many people ask me this question and I usually do not answer.
If they call me on the phone and they ask me, "Robert are you a Jnani?" I usually keep silent when such a question is asked.
But I've been keeping silent for a long time and people keep asking the question.
So I'll try to explain what this is all about.

What I usually do now when people ask me the question, "Are you a Jnani?" I say, "First tell me, what do you mean by you and what do you mean by a Jnani?" and they usually say, "You Robert, I mean is Robert enlightened?" And I have to laugh at that because Robert cannot be enlightened.
There is no such thing as Robert being enlightened.
Robert is an idiot (students laugh).
Robert has absolutely nothing to do with enlightenment.
So if I say, "I am a Jnani".
I'm referring to Robert and that is erroneous.
Therefore be careful when people tell you that.
When they tell you, "I'm enlightened.
I'm a Jnani".
Be very careful of people like that.
Because I refers to the I-thought.
The I-thought is an illusion, it's part of maya it's all a mirage.
The 'I' can never be enlightened.
'I' can never be enlightened it's impossible.
'I' can never be self-realized.
But the Self which is your self, my self the one Self, which exists all by itself.
Self contained absolute reality is enlightenment itself.

Now the question you may say...you may ask, "Is "I-am" enlightened?" "I-am" is enlightened when you speak of "I-am".
Not a you enlightened.
Not a you self-realized.
"I-am", enlightened, those words are all synonymous.
"I-am" enlightened is the same thing, but that is not a person place or thing.

In other words we're all the same.
We're all one.
There is really no difference between me and you.
I guess that the only difference is when you look at me you see a person.
You see a simple human being.
When I look at you I see the Self.
I see pure awareness.
Why do I see this?
I don't know?
For when you look at me you see yourself what you think you are.

Consequently when you think you're a human being and have human attributes you're going to see the same in me.
And you will ask me a silly question, "Am I enlightened?" If you want to know anything about enlightenment you have to become enlightened yourself.
If you want to know anything about self-realization you have to become self-realized yourself.
That is the only time you'll ever know this.
Other wise words are a waste of time.

Think of all the words we speak continuously they're really all a waste of time, they get us nowhere.
Think of all the words you've spoken since you were born, a lot of words.
You had a lot to say.
Where did it get you?
And here you are sitting here looking for enlightenment, looking for something.
Trying to become something and you believe words will do it.
Words are really totally meaningless even when we speak words of spirituality.
Such as absolute reality, Brahman, nirvana, ultimate reality those are just words.
What do these words really do for you, nothing.

What you want to do is contemplate the truth.
You have to ponder the truth in order to awaken.
You have to ponder the truth for instance, that Brahman is and because Brahman is, "I-am".
When you can ponder this, think about this what this really means to you.
What you're really saying when you say this you will see that something is happening inside of your heart.
Your heart is opening up and when your heart opens up you will find out that you are the Self, consciousness which has always been.
There never was a time when consciousness was not.

Consciousness accommodates you, accommodates the universe, accommodates the galaxies, accommodates God.
In other words everything that you physically see rests in consciousness.
But consciousness does not rest in anything.
It so beyond words and thoughts that trying to explain it is like trying to explain fire.

So we get to the stage where we stop looking for answers, we stop looking for anything and we just remain the way we are.
If you can only remain the way you are you will be the Self, for the Self knows no past, no future.
The Self doesn't know anything because it's everything.
It's self contained absolute reality.
So there is nothing for it to know since it is all the things already.

You can only know something when you are not that at all.

To know something means you don't know so you have to know.
But what we call consciousness is all-pervading.
It is everything.
So it's nothing.
You can only be nothing when you're everything.
When you think something is missing you have to search for something.

As an example most of us here are looking or self-realization looking for Buddhahood, we're looking to become one with the force.
The looking will keep you back.
For you are looking for something that already is.
It always has been.
Yet when you're looking for it you're saying it is not here.
So you have to search, you have to look.
It is the mind that causes all this nonsense.
It is the mind that makes you search for yourself when you're already the Self.
It is the mind that tells you all these stories that something is wrong someplace, that you're not happy, or that you're too happy.
When you hear that the mind does all this it is therefore your duty to transcend the mind, to stop the mind from doing these things, to stop the mind from leading you around from pillar to post, causing you happiness sometimes and causing you misery sometimes.
It is the mind that has created this whole universe.
Everything that you behold with your eyes, with your senses, you hear, you taste, you touch, you feel, it is really the mind.
Nothing else but the mind and yet there is no mind.
So what's going on around here.
We thought the mind caused our problems then we hear there is no mind, well both are correct.
As long as you believe you're a human being you've got a mind to contend with.
As long as you believe you are a person, place or thing you'll have a mind to contend with.
When you begin to sit still and you look upon the mind, the thoughts, you witness the thoughts, you watch the thoughts the mind slows down.
As you continue witnessing the thoughts, watching the thoughts the mind becomes weaker and weaker and weaker and you become happier and happier and happier.
Bliss comes when the mind is at rest.
Unalloyed happiness comes when the mind is inactive.

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Every time you say to yourself: “Who am I?” you are moving a step ahead on the spiritual path. That is all you have to do. “Who am I?” and you will soon discover that the ‘I’ is not you. The ‘I’ that you are referring to is not you, it’s not anything. It is merely a thought. It has absolutely nothing to do with you. When you think to yourself: “Who am I?” you keep saying I-I to yourself and the ‘I’ begins to separate from your body. The ‘I’ begins to become a different type of entity whatsoever, the ‘I’ begins to disappear. And you keep thinking about the ‘I’, following the ‘I’. You follow the ‘I’ to the heart. Once the ‘I’ disappears you are totally free and liberated. So it all begins with you. You are the one. You can either free yourself or put yourself in bondage depending on what you’re doing with your life.

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While you’re practicing your sadhana, keep in back of your mind someplace, there’s really no one who practices. After all who does the practice? It’s your body and your mind. If you can only remember there’s no body or mind that exists, then there’s no one to practice.

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See what it's doing to you.
Watch how it controls you. It makes you emotional. It makes you believe something is wrong. It makes you angry.
All these things come from the mind.
The idea is to be aware of this.
The awareness alone leads you to the light, just being aware of that alone.

You don't have to know any book knowledge. Just be aware of what your mind really is. That's how you conquer your mind. By being aware of it, and no longer responding to it, no longer to react to the mind.

Something that usually makes you angry, before you'd respond, and you'd want to win the argument, but now your reaction is no reaction.

You simply smile and you watch.

When your mind sees there's no response it will become weaker and weaker, until it disappears.

It's just like arguing with a person. What happens if you stop arguing? The person goes away. They don't know what to think. They just won't have anything to do with you. They just leave.
So when you stop responding to your thoughts your mind will go away, and become weaker, and weaker, and weaker, until there is no mind.

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Your so-called enemy is really your best friend. The person you don't get along with is doing you a favor, for he or she is teaching you not to react.

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Remember this.
You are not using self-inquiry to awaken.
If you do you will never awaken.
For you are using a method to become something you already are.
Have no attitude when you practice self-inquiry.
Have no desire, no need.

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Where are you coming from?
Where are you coming from?
What is going on inside of yourself?

You say,
I want to be enlightened.
I want to be self-realized.
I want to awaken.
I've been with Robert for two days now and I haven't awakened yet.
It's time to find another teacher.

There is no time.
Forget about time.
Have no reason for coming here.
Just be here.

If you have a purpose you will always be disappointed.
If you have no purpose you are already awake.

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Never Judge Yourself

The worst thing you could ever do is to judge yourself.
Never judge yourself.
Don't even look at yourself too much.
Realize your divine nature and do not allow your problems to get to you.
Understand that you are not your problems.
You are not the body.
You're not the thoughts or the mind.
And begin by controlling your thoughts. Do not allow your thoughts to become greater than you.
No matter what your thoughts tell you, don't listen.
Remember your thoughts are not your friend.
Your thoughts try to confound you, confuse you. And they will tell you all kinds of things.
Do not listen to your thoughts, even your good thoughts.
Transcend everything, go beyond your thoughts to your bliss, to your joy and to your happiness.

Your thoughts will take you away from this. It'll make you think all sorts of things.
But if you realize that your mind is a trickster, you will not allow your thoughts to convey any message to you at all.
As soon as the thoughts start to come, you ask yourself the question, "To whom comes these thoughts?" and they'll stop.
"They come to me, well who is this me? Who is me? I am me. Well, who am I?"
And you begin to search for the source of the 'I'.
And as you search, everything in your life begins to improve.
As you search diligently, things improve because you're no longer reacting the same way to situations.
Your reaction has become different, the situations maybe the same.

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As we sat in silence, what thoughts came into mind? Whatever thoughts there were, good or bad, they have got to go. Even if you were thinking, what a wonderful Satsang, that has got to go. All thoughts must go. Your wonderful Satsang will not bring you realization. Emptiness will.

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If you realize the reason why you came you'll be interested in one thing, awakening. And that will dominate your life. Nothing else will. You will not be concerned with what somebody else is doing, and you will be at peace with yourself and everybody else. Everything is preordained anyway. Everything is karmic. So what's going to happen will happen, whether you like it or not. So why get insulted. Why get your feelings hurt. Be at peace.

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You must go to the root. The root is the ‘I-thought’. Question it by enquiring as to the source of this concept: “To whom does these questions appear?” “To me” “Who am I? Who is this me? Where does this idea come from?” Do not look for an answer. Only ask the question with patience whenever thoughts arise. This serves to quiet the restless mind. As you do this in a relaxed, alert way, you will notice that the space between the thoughts gets larger. Be aware of this space between your thoughts. That is your true nature, spotless, formless, pure Awareness. It shines like the sun; only clouds of thoughts seem to obscure it.

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What do you want to be when you grow up? (Robert's childhood)

When I was twelve years old I used to ask my mother, “What am I doing here? I don’t belong here. Why am I here?” And my mother used to say, “You’re here to be like everybody else, to get a job, to have a profession. To go into this world and make something out of yourself”. And she used to retaliate, “Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?” I used to say, “Nothing”. (laughter) I don’t think that I knew what I was talking about at that time.

But anyway after a while she thought that we should go see uncle Louie. (laughter) Uncle Louie was a physician. And she told him what I was saying, what I was doing. So he said, “I’ll take care of this”. He gave me a physical examination, everything was fine. And again he asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I told him, “I don’t care what I am when I grow up I just want to know what I’m doing here? What am I doing here?” And he asked, “You mean on this earth?” So I said, “No in this body? What am I doing in this body? I feel like I’m in prison. I feel as if I’m confined to something”. So he looked at me and said something to my mother about a psychiatrist. (laughter)

And the next day my mother took me to see a lady psychiatrist. She was a German lady from Austria. Her name was Sonya Leichenstein or Leichenstine. My mum told her the story. What I’ve been doing and she took me into her office. There was a nice couch there I was lying down on. I enjoyed it. She asked me, “So you don’t think you are the body? You think you’re someone else?” And she giggled, “You know Freud used to think the same thing”. So I said, “Who was Freud?” She said, “Never mind”. (laughter) Again she asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up”, and I asked her, “why is everybody asking me this question? There is really nothing I care to be when I grow up at all. I just feel confined to my body. I feel as if I’m in prison. I don’t belong here”. So she said, “Don’t worry about that I will get the little man out of here out of your body. There is a little man in your body that has to come out and we will work on this”.

So I went to see her every Friday. I loved it due to the fact that my mother gave me some extra money and I would not have to go to school that day or half a day at school. And I was able to ride on the bus. I really enjoyed those times. I went to her for about six months. She finally called my mother and recommended another psychiatrist, a man. These people kept on asking me, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” So I went to see this man. He was a different psychiatrist. I really enjoyed going to him also. Finally I got it. And one day he asked me, “Robert do you know what you want to be when you grow up?” I said, “Yes I want to be a neurotic”. (students laugh) And that was the end of my visits with psychiatrists.

Q: You were cured.

Robert continues: Now what does all of this have to do with our talk today? Absolutely nothing. (laughter) What is the moral of this story? It has no moral whatsoever. Just something I thought I’d throw in.

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What If I Don’t Awaken Before My Death? – October 4, 1992

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All of your desires, all of your needs, all of your wants are already within you, waiting to be fulfilled and expressed.
- Ponder this.

All of the Masters, the teachers, the Saints, the Sages that you have worshipped all of your life, whether it's Buddha, Christ, Muhammad, Moses, whomever, have always been within you, waiting to be expressed.
- Ponder this.

The only problem you have, that does not allow these Sages, your desires, your wants to be expressed through you, is your noisy mind.
- Ponder this.

Whatever you see in your life right now, good or bad, is a result of your thoughts and your belief.
It has no other reality.
It is not permanent.
- Ponder this.

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I am Brahman.

When I make a statement like that, I’m not speaking about Robert.
I am encompasses all of you.
I am, is Brahman.

Therefore when you admit to yourself that you are Brahman, you are saying that you're the whole universe.
And something has to give.
You really don't know what you're saying, you don't understand what you're saying.

Say this to yourself.
See how it feels,
I am Brahman.
I am Brahman".

You are declaring the highest truth in history, the highest truth in the world.
There is nothing that comes after that.
There is absolutely nothing to say after that.

When you make the declaration, "I am Brahman".
Those are mighty words.
The whole universe is Brahman.

Yet what we call Brahman is not a thing, not a place.
It is complete emptiness.

So when you say, "I am Brahman", you're saying you're emptiness.
Feel this in every bone in your body, if you have any bones in your body.

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All you really have to do is understand what I am talking about.
Ponder what I say.
And then forget it.
Do not hold on to thoughts, to words, to messages.

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Now what happens when you become liberated? When you awaken to your Self? You have unalloyed happiness, total peace, unfathomable joy, infinite love.
These are all attributes to awakening.
Therefore, develop these if you want to awaken.
For you will feel beautiful, wonderful all over and nothing will ever spoil it.
In other words, if you awaken, you will not react any longer to the television, to the newspaper, to the people, what they say or think.
When you awaken, you will know that all is well! All is exceedingly well in every area of your life.
And your life will be the life of the universe.
There will be no difference between you and the universe! Basically this is the reason why people come to Satsang, to awaken!

You have read the books.
You realize there's a world of beauty, a world of joy, a world of love that interpenetrates this world.
That brings you total happiness always, total peace that never changes.
Whereas, now in the world that you're living in, so it appears, certain things make you happy.
Certain things make you sad.
You react to what the world gives you, how the world treats you, you react to that.
So you're never really happy all the time.
You never really have peace all the time.
Your peace and your happiness is determined by what's going on in your life.

Whereas, to an awakened being what's going on in your life doesn't matter at all.
You're deliriously happy all the time! Whether they throw you to the lions, or you win the lotto, or your body is cut to pieces, or you have the healthiest body in the world, it makes no difference, for you're totally peaceful all the time! You're totally happy all the time! This is the reason why you want to be happy for you realize being happy feels wonderful.
Therefore, these are valid reasons to be happy.
But you don't want the happiness to end.
You want it to be forever.
This is what Satsang is all about.
This is why we're here, to experience unalloyed happiness.
To experience total peace, total joy!

Now, the main obstacle that keeps you from experiencing this joy and this happiness that I'm talking about is attachment to person, place and thing.
It is this attachment that makes you earthbound.
It keeps you reincarnating over and over again, so it appears, on this earth plane.
For if you're attached, you believe you are a body and a mind.
When you believe you're a body and a mind you're going to experience all kinds of things in this world.
You'll experience worldly things and become attached to these things.
You will believe that somebody, some place can make you happy.
Somebody, some place can make you miserable.
You will believe that if you attain this, you'll be the happiest person on earth and if you do not attain it, you will be miserable all the time.

You believe if you can only have this person in your life, you'll be the happiest person on earth.
But when this person comes into your life after a while you'll wish he never did.
Because he'll make you miserable! And so it is on this plane.
So learn to be detached!

A good example of detachment is this: Let’s say you have a dream.
In that dream you are a little person and you grow up.
You get married and you buy a brand new home.
You buy a brand new car.
You have three children and they grow up.
And you live a relatively good life.
And then you awaken from the dream.
Let me ask you, how long are you attached to your children of the dream before you forget about them? How long are you attached to your wife or husband of the dream before you forget about them? How long are you attached to your car and house? And anything else that you worked so hard to get in the dream, before you forget about them? A couple of seconds? A minute? An hour? It’s usually minutes, you forget all about the dream.
This is detachment.

If for some reason you did not forget about the dream people and the dream experiences, you wouldn't be able to function.
You'd be living in two worlds! You'd be living in the dream world and this world and you'd think they're both real.
So your nature makes you forget about the dream.
You have enough problems to handle in this world.
Imagine if all your dreams were on your mind all the time as if they were real! And so you become detached from the dream quickly.
Now you're done with this world called the earthly plane.
In this world you believe everything to be real also! And you do the same thing.
You grow up.
You elicit the things that you want to make you happy.
You want to meet the right person to get married to and you become attached to these things.
This is the problem, you become attached to person, place and thing.
This is the only problem that you have.

Now, I'm not saying to be totally detached so that you have no feelings, no love, I’m not saying this at all.
So being detached is totally different from what you think it is.
To be detached means you no longer feel an affinity to hold on to things.

You no longer have the necessity to own things.
To hold on to them.
You're free from this.
The more spiritual you become, the freer you become.
For you no longer have to obtain things, have things to make you happy.
You leave things alone.
You are no longer obsessed with people, places and things.
But you have a great compassion and love for every body and everything.
But you're not attached!

In other words, when you're with another person, you love that person.
But you're not obsessed with them.
You don't own them.
You give them freedom to express themselves, yet you love.
And if the person ever leaves, the love is still there.
It didn't go anywhere, for you are love itself! If you understand what this love means, it can't come or go depending on person, place or thing.
For love is always there because that's what you are.
The attachment is gone.
So, if your mate wants to leave you, or your car is stolen, or your house burns down, this does not affect you one iota.
For something deep within your heart tells you all is well.
There are no mistakes! You're no longer hurt-able.
You can't be hurt by any body, no matter what they do.
This is true detachment.
In other words, you can own things and not own them.
You can have certain people in your life and not have them in your life.
You can live in certain areas of this world and not live in certain areas of this world, it’s all the same.
There is no difference.

Your life will not depend on external things or internal things.
Think of what it means to live this way, how wonderful you will feel all the time.
You'll never depend on people again for anything, yet you love people.
It doesn't mean that you become sarcastic, obnoxious.
It means that you become a loving being, an understanding being, a compassionate being.
You leave things alone and you leave people alone.
You turn within yourself.
And all the answers are within yourself.
All the answers that you've been looking for, everything that you've been looking for is within yourself! You will learn to depend on the Self for everything.
Yet, you cooperate with people.
You cooperate with the world, but you understand in your heart that the world is a passing show, a passing fantasy.
Nothing is ever the same.

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