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As you let go of your opinions toward person, place and things, you find that you're growing, you're evolving.
You're beginning to become something that is ineffable, something that cannot be explained, something that's so wonderful, you never dreamed that something like this existed. Yet it does.

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You don’t have to set aside a time for meditation. You can do it while you’re driving your car, while you’re at work, while you’re playing music. Just be aware of yourself, of who you really are, and realize the rest is a projection of your mind.

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Inquire,
‘To whom does this mind come?’
‘To whom does the body come?’
‘To whom do the thoughts come?’
‘Where did ‘I’ come from?’
‘Who am I?’
This is what you should be doing most of the day.

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When your mind begins to think, stop it, catch it, put an end to it. Many of you are still under the impression that you come to hear lectures, talks. Let me ask you, how many lectures, how many talks have you been to all of your life? And what has it done for you? It simply adds more confusion. Always remember what you are trying to do. You’re not trying to add more knowledge to your ignorance. You’re trying to empty yourself of all your knowledge, all of your ignorance, everything that you have accumulated. You want to become empty. Yet most people seem to go to different teachers, read many books, and they add on. They keep adding, adding, adding, adding, adding. Yet the day must come in your life, when you stand naked before God, so-to-speak, when you have no crutches to hold onto. All the books are gone, there are no more teachers for you, there’s no one to ask for help, there’s no one to ask if you’re on the right path. It is then that your sadhana actually begins. Ponder this very well. Your sadhana, your spiritual practice does not begin when you’ve gone to many teachers, and you’ve read many books. It actually begins when you give up everything. That’s when real sadhana begins, when you have surrendered everything, when you’ve emptied yourself of all knowledge, all desires for liberation. When you have become an empty shell, then your spiritual life begins. Until that time you’re only playing games with yourself.

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Who are you? If you have to say, ‘I am absolute reality’, then you are not that at all. For when I ask the question, ‘Who are you?’ there should be total silence in your mind. You are that silence, the silence beyond words, beyond thoughts, beyond being, beyond desire, that perfect silence, the stillness, beyond the void, beyond no mind. You are That. You have always been that.

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Silence is another name for God. Quietness is a name for consciousness, peace. Everything is found in the silence and not too much in the words. In quietness, you should try to be quiet for as long as you can, especially when you are at home. Try to sit in the silence and quietness for as long as you can. It’s in the silence where you will receive the message. It’s in the silence where pure awareness reveals itself to you. Never be afraid to sit in the silence. It’s your greatest asset.

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When you get up in the morning for instance you question yourself,
“Who is getting up?
Who just awakened?”

When you’re getting dressed you question,
“Who is getting dressed?”

And you examine your feelings you watch your feelings, your thoughts.
“Who has these feelings?” you say to yourself, “Who has these thoughts?”

As you’re eating your breakfast you question,
“Who is eating?”

Whatever you do you question it.

Now as you keep questioning something interesting is happening within yourself. Your mind is becoming weaker and weaker from this questioning.

The mind is nothing but a conglomeration of thoughts of the past and the thoughts of the future. That is all the mind is, a bunch of thoughts. It keeps you earth bound.

You question yourself,
“Who is feeling this?
I am, who am I?”

I’ve explained this to most of you so many times but yet some of you just do not do it. You think it’s for beginners or children but on the contrary, it’s very powerful.

See you have to have a lot of humility to do these things. If you have a big ego you will quit everything and think that you’re great.

You have to have a lot of humility a lot of humbleness.
You have to forget about yourself totally and completely.

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You have to be totally honest with yourself. Totally honest. Completely honest with yourself to see the way you've been carrying on.
To see how your thoughts have been ruling you.
Your mind has been telling you: 'This is like this and this is like that. This is good, this is bad. This is right, this is wrong'.
Being judgmental all the time, this is what has to be given up, totally and completely.

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How do you make progress? By practicing the methods I share with you. By practicing Self-Inquiry. By watching as you go through life's experiences and not reacting. Watching yourself become depressed. Watching yourself become angry. Do not deny it, but observe it. And if you observe yourself correctly in that calm way, you can ask yourself, 'Who becomes angry? Who is feeling depressed?' And follow it through. Do this over and over and over again, as many times as you have to. One day, the anger will leave you, the depressions will leave you, your thoughts will leave you. And you'll just be.

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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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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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As soon as you start to turn within, as soon as you begin to listen to the still small voice within you, as soon as you start to practice self-enquiry, your life begins to change drastically. You become happy. You no longer search for happiness, for you are beginning to realize that you cannot find it externally. You may appear to find it, but it does not last.

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Everything that you feel, hear, touch, smell and taste is maya.
Everything is maya, the grand illusion.
Most of us really do not understand what maya really is.
My trying to explain maya is maya.
Everything that your eyes behold,
that you believe is so important, is maya.
Everything that you hear,
Everything that you read,
Everything that you try to do to better yourself,
It’s all maya.

The water in the mirage, that is maya,
something that appears to be real,
but upon your investigation you find it’s not.
The whole world is like that.
The whole universe is like that.
Do not be fooled again.
Do not take anything seriously.
Turn within, do not react.

The turmoil, the chaos that appears to be in this world,
is not the truth. It is not Reality.
It is something that comes and goes.
This too shall pass.
But your center is God, Consciousness,
Absolute Reality, Brahman.
Those are all synonymous.
That is the Peace that exists.

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Allow your mind to say and think the way it will, only don’t identify with it. Allow your body to do what it must, but do not react to it. Everything will happen of its own accord. When you allow your mind to think of its own accord, the thoughts begin to dissipate, and soon you have empty mind. Empty mind is consciousness, realization. That’s all you have to do - have empty mind. But as long as you believe, ‘I am the doer’, and you force yourself to have an empty mind, you never will, because the forcing makes the mind stronger. Rather, observe your thoughts, watch the mind thinking, and leave it alone. Do not identify with your thoughts, or with your body, for in reality there is no body and there are no thoughts, for there is only the Self, and you are that.

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I’m trying to take everything away from you as you can see. Everything that you ever believed. Every concept you ever had. Every idea that you had of getting enlightened, becoming free, becoming liberated. Every idea and belief of thinking that you’re not liberated. That you have to get liberated. All of these things I’m trying to remove from your thinking patterns and then you remove your thinking patterns. You have to leave yourself empty, totally empty. To be totally fulfilled you’ve got to be totally empty first.

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It's in the silence that your problems just dissolve. Try it. It really works.

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Never defile your Self, by hating yourself. Never believe there is any mistake you've made that is going to rise up against you. Everyone has made mistakes, forget it. Begin to realize who you are, begin to love yourself dearly, have mercy on yourself, lift yourself up and become free.

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You are what you've been looking for. The answer is always in you alone. There is nothing in the external world. For the external world is an emanation of your own mind, your own thinking and your own imagination. You created this world.

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Don't think you must run away from conditionings or you must run away from your job or you must leave your family or you must do anything like this. Never concern yourself with the body. Mentally learn to let go; to think less. Cut down on your thinking and your thoughts. Some of you still believe that if you do not think about something, it will never happen. This is not true. As a matter of fact, it is reverse. If you do not think, then the true nature of yourself will be revealed, and the true nature of the universe will be revealed.

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The point is this: It's not what you say. It's not what you proclaim. It's what's deep, deep, deep in your heart that determines what happens to you. It's not reading books, it's not studying, it's not going to classes. It's sitting by yourself, becoming quiet, going deeper and deeper within yourself. Transcending your mind and your body until something happens.

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You go through the experience again and again until you give up your attachment to it. It makes no difference what the experience is. The only thing that matters is how you react to the experience. The experience is necessary or you would not be going through it. When you understand this, you can only be happy.

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Where did the earth come from, the moon or the stars?"You have to admit to yourself divine ignorance, that you know absolutely nothing. That is how it begins.This is also why the great sage Lao Tzu said, "The more you talk, the less you know. The less you say, the more you know." Why? Because when you talk you're talking about the world and worldly things. And what else do you talk about?And since... the world doesn't really exist the way you think it does, then you don't know too much. But the less you say, it means you're beginning to go within, to dive deep within yourself, where your reality is. Then you begin to become your reality itself. That is how it begins, by saying "I know nothing

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The idea is to wake up, not to look at yourself, not to feel sorry for yourself, not to compare yourself with others, but to awaken. When you awaken, you become divine harmony. You are no longer fooled by person, place or thing. You no longer react.

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Remember, if you are looking for any-thing, you are here for the wrong reason for there is nothing that I can give you really, that you haven't already got. There is absolutely nothing I can do for you for I am not the doer. Neither are you. ~

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You have absolutely NOTHING to give up, nothing to surrender, nothing to let go of. You are already the totally free liberated God Self

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All your Karmas, sins, sinful acts that you are responsible for...none of these can touch you when you are centered the here and now

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