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It is in the nature of truth or love, cosmic consciousness, to express itself, to affirm itself, to overcome difficulties. Once you've understood that the world is love in action, consciousness or love in action, you will look at it quite differently. But first your attitude to suffering must change. Suffering is primarily a call for attention, which itself is a movement of love. More than happiness, love wants growth, the widening and deepening of awareness and consciousness and being. Whatever prevents that becomes a cause of pain, and love does not shirk from pain.

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You can be aware of your being – here and now. There is nothing more to it. You were aware of thinking, feeling, doing. You were not aware of your being.

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I don’t think you really understand the purpose of my dialogues here. I don’t say things simply to convince people that they are true. I am not speaking about these matters so that people can build up a philosophy that can be rationally defended, and which is free of all contradictions. When I speak my words, I am not speaking to your mind at all. I am directing my words directly at consciousness. I am planting my words in your consciousness. If you disturb the planting process by arguing about the meaning of the words, they won’t take root there. Once my words have been planted in consciousness, they will sprout, they will grow, and at the appropriate moment they will bear fruit. It’s nothing to do with you. All this will happen by itself. However, if you think about the words too much or dispute their meaning, you will postpone the moment of their fruition. Enough talking. Be quiet and let the words do their work!

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To take appearance for reality is a grievous sin and the
cause of all calamities. You are the all-pervading, eternal
and infinitely creative awareness - consciousness. All else
is local and temporary. Don’t forget what you are.

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The obstacles to the clear perception of one's true being are desire for pleasure and fear of pain...its the pleasure-pain motivation that stands in the way...giving up desire after desire is a lengthy process with the end never in sight...leave alone your desires and fears...give your entire attention to the subject, to him who is behind the experience of desire and fear...Ask...who desires?...let each desire bring you back to yourself...

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Whatever you think about with desire or fear appears before you as real. Look at it without desire or fear and it does lose substance. Pleasure and pain are momentary. It is simpler and easier to disregard them than to act on them.

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As your ‘Sadhana’ (practice) matures, your conviction grows stronger and you get firmly established in the ‘I am’. That is to say, you are permanently established in the ‘Turiya’ or the fourth state. In this state there are no thoughts or words, everywhere there is only the ‘I am’, you are everything and everything is you. When you abide thus, the stage is set for your transcending the ‘I am’. Ultimately that too goes, leaving you as the Absolute or ‘Parabrahman’.

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To sit in a corner all by oneself and keep on repeating...
'I am God, God I am', appears to be plain madness.....
How to convince a Westerner that such practices lead to supreme sanity?

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Are you one with me?
If you are, you will not ask questions...
If you are not, if you do not see what I see, what can I do beyond showing you the way to improve your vision?

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Questioner: The happy hippy stage is behind us; we are serious now and on the move. We know there is reality to be found, but we do not know how to find and hold on to it. We need no convincing, only guidance. Can you help us?

Maharaj: You do not need help, only advice. What you seek is already in you. Take my own case. I did nothing for my realisation. My teacher told me that the reality is within me; I looked within and found it there, exactly as my teacher told me. To see reality is as simple as to see one's face in a mirror. Only the mirror must be clear and true. A quiet mind, undistorted by desires and fears, free from ideas and opinions, clear on all the levels, is needed to reflect the reality. Be clear and quiet -- alert and detached, all else will happen by itself.

— Nisargadatta's "I Am That" - chapter 79

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Leave it all behind you. Forget it.
Go forth, unburdened with ideas and beliefs.
Abandon all verbal structures, all relative truth, all tangible objectives.

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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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