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There is no need of a way out [of the dream]! Don't you see that a way out is also a part of the dream? All you have to do is see the dream as dream. The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go anywhere? Just realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world, and stop looking for ways out. The problem is not the dream. Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs be done.

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The seeking itself is God.
Love itself is the lover and the beloved.

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As all waves are in the ocean, so are all things physical and mental in awareness. Hence awareness itself is all-important, not the content of it.

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The cause of suffering is dependence, and independence is the remedy. Yoga is the science and the art of self- liberation through self-understanding.

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FIRST YOU WON'T WANT TO LEAVE IT , AND THEN IT WON'T LEAVE YOU..!

"Abiding in the ‘I am’ (which is God)
you won’t want to leave it, and then it
won’t leave you!"

The indwelling knowledge ‘I am’ is the God, or
divinity in you. First you must try to understand it
very clearly without any doubts whatsoever. And if
you have understood it correctly, you will not want
to leave for even a moment. If you feel a sense of
reverence and love for this ‘I am’ it a sure sign that
you have understood it. Then this divinity, or God
will hold on to you and not let you go

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"Attention liberates. You are taking so many things for granted. Begin to question. The most obvious things are the most doubtful. Ask yourself such questions as:
'Was I really born?'
'Am I really so-and-so?'
'How do I know that I exist?
'Who are my parents?‟
'Have they created me, or have I created them?'
'Must I believe all I am told about myself?'
'Who am I, anyhow?'.
You have put so much energy into building a prison for yourself. Now spend as much on demolishing it. In fact, demolition is easy, for the false dissolves when it is discovered."

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Once you reach the state of ‘I am
and are aware of that only, you will have
transcended all the tendencies
(‘Vasanas’)."

‘Vasanas’, tendencies or desires have a very strong pull and act as very potent hindrances in the ‘Sadhana’ (practice). The obvious desires are easy to identify but the subtle ones enter through the back door or are always stubbornly there in the background.

The desire ‘to be’ is at the very root and often missed, it has developed gradually over the years as the verbal ‘I am’ with the ‘I am so-and-so’. But, if you recollect and are observant enough, it will be clear that when the pure non-verbal ‘I am’, or sense of
‘presence’, arrived it had no traces of desire in it, although it was dormant.

This pure ‘I am’ when desire was unexpressed is presently your
goal. As you abide in it with full understanding a stage will come when you are aware of the ‘I am’ only. It is only on reaching this stage you will have transcended all desires and they won’t
trouble you anymore.

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The universe is full of action, but there is no actor. There are numberless persons small and big and very big, who, through identification, imagine themselves as acting, but it does not change the fact that the world of action (mahadakash) is one single whole in which all depends on, and affects all. The stars affect us deeply and we affect the stars. Step back from action to consciousness, leave action to the body and the mind; it is their domain. Remain as pure witness, till even witnessing dissolves in the Supreme.

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Q: But why did the body consciousness come into being?
M: Don’t ask ‘why’, ask ‘how’. It is in the nature of creative imagination to identify itself with its creations. You can stop it any
moment by switching off attention. Or through investigation.
Q: Does creation come before investigation?
M: First you create a world, then the ‘I am’ becomes a person,
who is not happy for various reasons. He goes out in search of
happiness, meets a Guru who tells him: ‘You are not a person,
find who you are’. He does it and goes beyond.
Q: Why did he not do it at the very start?
M: It did not occur to him. He needed somebody to tell him.
Q: Was that enough?
M: It was enough.
Q: Why does it not work in my case?
M: You do not trust me.
Q: Why is my faith weak?
M: Desires and fears have dulled your mind. It needs some
scrubbing.
Q: How can I clear my mind?
M: By watching it relentlessly. Inattention obscures, attention
clarifies.

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To be aware is to be awake.
Unaware means asleep. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not aware of yourself as being conscious

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"Having seen that you are a bundle of memories held together by attachment, step out and look from the outside. You may perceive for the first time something which is not memory. You cease to be a Mr-so-and-so, busy about his own affairs. You are at last at peace. You realise that nothing was ever wrong with the world -- you alone were wrong and now it is all over. Never again will you be caught in the meshes of desire born of ignorance."

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Having seen that you are a bundle of memories held together by attachment, step out and look from the outside. You may perceive for the first time something which is not memory. You cease to be Mr-so-and-so, busy about his own affairs. You are at last at peace. You realize that nothing was ever wrong with the world, you alone were wrong and now it is all over. Never again will you be caught in the meshes of desire born of ignorance.

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With deep and quiet breathing, vitality will improve, which will influence the brain and help the mind to grow pure and stable and fit for meditation. Without vitality, little can be done, hence the importance of its protection and increase. Posture and breathing are a part of yoga, for the body must be healthy and well under control, but too much concentration on the body defeats its own purpose, for it is the mind that is primary in the beginning. When the mind has been put to rest and disturbs no longer the inner space (chidakash), the body acquires a new meaning and its transformation becomes both necessary and possible.

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Pleasure is readily accepted, while all the powers of the self reject pain. As the acceptance of pain is the denial of the self, and the self stands in the way of true happiness, the wholehearted acceptance of pain releases the springs of happiness.

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To me nothing ever happens.
There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of Pure Being~Consciousness~Bliss.
(Sat~Chit~Ananda)
I am never out of it.
Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity.

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Give all your attention to the question: ‘What is it that makes me conscious?’, until your mind becomes the question itself and cannot think of anything else.

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Distrust your mind and go beyond it.
Then you will realize the direct experience of Being, Knowing,
& Loving.

There are many starting points ~ they all lead to the same goal. You may begin with selfless work, abandoning the fruits of action.
You may then give up thinking and end in giving up all desires.

Or you may not bother about any thing you want,
or think,
or do,
& just stay in the thought & feeling "I am",
focusing, then establishing "I am" firmly in your mind.

All kinds of experience may come to you ~ remain unmoved,
in the moment,
in the knowledge that all that is perceivable is transient,
& that only the "I am" endures eternally.
That only "I am" is Real.

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"You must fulfill the vow that I am
not the body but the indwelling principle
‘I am’ only."


In order to understand the true import of whatever
has been said so far you must have the certitude
that I am not the body but the knowledge ‘I am’
only. In order to have this certitude, you have to
meditate on the knowledge ‘I am’ for a reasonable
amount of time. Doing away with the awareness of
the body and getting completely engulfed by the
knowledge ‘I am’ is the first and the last thing to be
done, the only vow to be fulfilled. You can say it is
the practice of being in the ‘Turiya’ or the fourth
state at all times.

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I AM " WITHOUT WORD ITSELF IS "GOD"

"Do you require any special effort to
know that ‘you are’? The ‘I am’ without
words itself is God."

If you have understood the knowledge ‘I am’,
where is the question doing anything? No wonder
the Guru rules out all physical disciplines. See the
beauty of it, to know that ‘you are’ or ‘I am’ do you
need a special effort? It is something so well
ingrained in you that you don’t even notice it. The
Guru now tells you to draw your attention towards
or focus on this sense or feeling of ‘being’ or ‘I
am’ and then see what happens. This indwelling
knowledge ‘I am’, without words, is the God in
you.

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Just turn away from all that occupies the mind; do whatever work you have to complete, but avoid new obligations; keep empty, keep available, resist not what comes uninvited.

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You cannot see the true unless you are at peace. A quiet mind is essential for right perception, which again is required for self-realization.

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Do not try to know the truth, for knowledge by the mind is not true knowledge. But you can know what is not true — which is enough to liberate you from the false. The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know, that you are free to investigate. And there can be no salvation, without investigation, because non-investigation is the main cause of bondage.

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Do what you feel like doing. Don't bully yourself. Violence will make you hard and rigid. Do not fight with what you take to be obstacles on your way. Just be interested in them, watch them, observe, enquire. Let anything happen -- good or bad. But don't let yourself be submerged by what happens.

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" Put your awareness to work, not your mind...the mind is not the right instrument for this task...the timeless can be reached only by the timeless...your body and your mind are born subject to time...only awareness is timeless, even in the now..."

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You cannot possibly say that you are what you think yourself to be! Your ideas about yourself change from day to day and from moment to moment. Your self-image is the most changeful thing you have. It is utterly vulnerable, at the mercy of a passer by. A bereavement, the loss of a job, an insult, and your image of yourself, which you call your person, changes deeply. To know what you are you must first investigate and know what you are not. And to know what you are not you must watch yourself carefully, rejecting all that does not necessarily go with the basic fact: ‘I am’. The ideas: I am born at a given place, at a given time, from my parents and now I am so-and-so, living at, married to, father of, employed by, and so on, are not inherent in the sense ‘I am’. Our usual attitude is of ‘I am this’. Separate consistently and perseveringly the ‘I am’ from ‘this’ or ‘that’, and try to feel what it means to be, just to be, without being ‘this’ or ‘that’. All our habits go against it and the task of fighting them is long and hard sometimes, but clear understanding helps a lot. The clearer you understand that on the level of the mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker you will come to the end of your search and realise your limitless being.

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To give something up is not true detachment. To know and understand that the world is untrue is genuine detachment

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