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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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Whatever happens, happens to you, by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive.

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There is no such thing as enlightenment, the realization of that fact is itself enlightenment.

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Look closely and you will see that the seer and the seen appear only when there is seeing. They are attributes of seeing. When you say 'I am seeing this', 'I am' and 'this' come with the seeing, nor before. You cannot have an unseen 'this' nor an unseeing 'I am'. Knowing is a reflection of your true nature along with being and loving. The knower and the known are added by the mind. It is in the nature of the mind to create a subject-object duality, where there is none.

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Once the disease was diagnosed, the very name of the disease started various thoughts and concepts. Watching those thoughts and concepts I came to the conclusion that whatever is happening is in the consciousness. I told the consciousness, “It is you who is suffering, not I.

If consciousness wants to continue to suffer, let it remain in the body. If it wants to leave the body, let it. Either way, I am not concerned.

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Understand first that you are not the person you believe yourself to be. What you think yourself to be is mere suggestion or imagination. You have no parents, you were not born, nor will you die. Either trust me when I tell you so, or arrive to it by study and investigation. The way of total faith is quick, the other is slow but steady.

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"Live your life intelligently, with the interests of your deepest self always in mind. After all, what do you really want? Not perfection; you are already perfect. What you seek is to express in action what you are. For this you have a body and a mind. Take them in hand and make them serve you

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All I plead with you is this: make love of your self perfect. Deny yourself nothing - give your self infinity and eternity, and discover that you do not need them; you are beyond.

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Awareness is that state in which the consciousness subsides into itself.

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Meditation is a deliberate attempt to pierce into the higher states of consciousness and finally go beyond it. The art of meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to even subtler levels, without losing one's grip on the levels left behind. The final stage of meditation is reached when the sense of identity goes beyond the 'I-am-so-and-so', beyond 'so-I-am', beyond 'I-am-the-witness-only', beyond 'there-is', beyond all ideas into the impersonally personal pure being. But you must be energetic when you take to meditation. It is definitely not a part-time occupation. Limit your interests and activities to what is needed for you and your dependents' barest needs. Save all your energies and time for breaking the wall your mind had built around you. Believe me, you will not regret.

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Deepen and broaden the awareness of yourself and all the blessings will flow. You need not seek anything, all will come to you most naturally and effortlessly.

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Turn your mind inside out.

Overlook the movable and you will find yourself to be the ever-present, changeless reality, inexpressible, but solid like a rock.

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[M: Desires are just waves in the mind. You know a wave when you see one. A desire is just a thing among many. I feel no urge to satisfy it, no action needs be taken on it. Freedom from desire means this: the compulsion to satisfy is absent.]

Q:Why do desires arise at all?

M: Because you imagine that you were born, and that you will die if you do not take care of your
body. Desire for embodied existence is the root-cause of trouble.

Q:Yet, so many jivas get into bodies. Surely it cannot be some error of judgement. There must be a purpose. What could it be?

M: To know itself the self must be faced with its opposite -- the not-self. Desire leads to experience. Experience leads to discrimination, detachment, self-knowledge -- liberation. And what is liberation after all? To know that you are beyond birth and death. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature, you created so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream.Enquiry also wakes you up. You need not wait for suffering; enquiry into happiness is better, for the mind is in harmony and peace."

Nisargadatta Maharaj, I am That

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"You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth and love, intelligence and goodwill, imploring God and man -- all in vain. You must begin in yourself, with yourself -- this is the inexorable law. You cannot change the image without changing the face. First realise that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection."

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In peace and silence, the skin of the 'I' dissolves and the inner and the outer become one.

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You can not know perfection, you can know only imperfection. For knowledge to be, there must be separation and disharmony. You can know what you are not, but you can not know your real being. You can be only what you are. The entire approach is through understanding, which is in the seeing of the false as false. But to understand, you must observe from outside."

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