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Treating everything as dream liberates. As long as you give reality to dreams you are their slave. By imagining that you are born as so-and-so, you become a slave to the so-and-so. The essence of slavery is to imagine yourself to be a process, to have past and future, to have history. In fact, we have no history, we are not a process, we do not develop, nor decay; we do not develop, nor decay; also see all as a dream and stay out of it.

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As you stabilize in the consciousness, dispassion for the body and for the expressions through the body occurs spontaneously. It is a natural renunciation, not a deliberate one.

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Just be one with yourself and you will be one with all, at home in the entire universe. Ultimately nothing is mine or yours—everything is ours.

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Of the unknowable only silence talks. The mind can talk only of what it knows. If you diligently investigate the knowable, it dissolves and only the unknowable remains.

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Consciousness, being a product of conditions and circumstances, depends on them and changes along with them.
What is independent, uncreated, timeless and changeless and yet ever new and fresh is beyond the mind.
When the mind thinks of it, the mind dissolves and only happiness remains.

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When you know that you are neither body nor mind, you will not be swayed by them. You will follow truth, wherever it takes you, and do what needs be done, whatever the price to pay.


...from 'I Am That', chapter 79

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"I have no personal problems. But the world is full of living beings whose lives are squeezed between fear and craving. They are like cattle driven to the slaughter house, jumping and frisking, carefree and happy, yet dead and skinned within an hour.
You say you are happy. Are you really happy, or are you merely trying to convince yourself. Look at yourself fearlessly and you will at once realise that your happiness depends on conditions and circumstances, hence it is momentary, not real. Real happiness flows from within."

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The outer world neither can help nor hinder.
No system, no pattern of action will take you to your goal.
Give up all working for a future, concentrate totally on the now, be concerned only with your response to every movement of life as it happens. The only proper place is within.

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When the mind feasts, Reality disappears; when the mind fasts, Reality enters.

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Words can bring you only up to their own limit; to go beyond, you must abandon them. Remain as the silent witness only.

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There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable for it means the soul had cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment—when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: whatever you come across—go beyond.”

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The very fact of observation alters the observer and the observed. After all, what prevents the insight into one's true nature is the weakness and obtuseness of the mind and its tendency to skip the subtle and focus on the gross only. When you follow my advice and try to keep your mind on the notion of 'I am' only, you become fully aware of your mind and its vagaries. Awareness, being lucid harmony (sattva) in action, dissolves dullness and quietens the restlessness of the mind and gently, but steadily changes its very substance. This change need not be spectacular; it may be hardly noticeable, yet it is a deep and fundamental shift from darkness to light, from inadvertence to awareness.

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Desires are just waves in the mind. You know a wave when you see one. A desire is just a thing among many. Freedom from desire means this: the compulsion to satisfy is absent.

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Do not try to make yourself happy, rather question your very search for happiness. It is because you are not happy that you want to be happy. Find out why you are unhappy. Because you are not happy you seek happiness in pleasure, pleasure brings in pain and therefore you call it worldly, you then long for some other pleasure, without pain, which you call divine. In reality, pleasure is but a respite from pain.

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You are so small that nothing can pin you down. It is your mind that gets caught, not you. Know yourself as you are, a mere point in consciousness, dimensionless and timeless. You are like the point of the pencil, by mere contact with you the mind draws its picture of the world. You are single and simple, the picture is complex and extensive. Don’t be misled by the picture, remain aware of the tiny point, which is everywhere in the picture.

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That which cannot change, remains. The great peace, the deep silence, the hidden beauty of reality remain. While it cannot be conveyed through words, it is waiting for you to experience for yourself.

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Everyone is concerned about what happens after death,
but no one enquires into what was there before birth?

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Awareness is unattached and unshaken. It is lucid, silent, peaceful, alert and unafraid, without desire and fear. Meditate on it as your true being and try to be it in your daily life, and you shall realize it in its fullness.

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In reality nothing happens. Onto the screen of the mind destiny forever projects its pictures, memories of former projections and thus illusion constantly renews itself. The pictures come and go - light intercepted by ignorance. See the light and disregard the picture.

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To be, you must be nobody. To think yourself to be something, or somebody, is death and hell.

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I negate all the Upanishads, and I don’t accept the scriptures because all these things were written with the attribute of ‘I am’. They don’t describe my True State, which is attribute-less and beyond words and concepts. They may point to my True State but they don’t reach it, as I am beyond all relative events.

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Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love there are no strangers.

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All your going and coming, seeking pleasure, loving and hating - all this shows that you struggle against limitations, self-imposed or accepted. In your in gnorance, you make mistakes and cause pain to yourself and others, but the urge is there and shall not be denied. The same urge that seeks birth, happiness and death, shall seek understanding and liberation. It is like a spark of fire in a cargo of cotton. You may no know about it, but sooner or later the ship will burst in flames. Liberation is a natural process and, in the long run, inevitable. But it is within your power to bring it into the now.

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Do not talk to flatter people or to entertain them or to make them feel better— let whatever comes, come from the light within. If you don’t know what to say, say nothing and remain merged in your own pure silence.

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We normally talk about various paths and paths are indicative of movement. I do not accept paths. You are in the destination itself. That is my teaching.

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Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false. You need not struggle with desire. Ultimately, it is an urge to happiness, which is natural as long as there is sorrow. Only see that there is no happiness in what you desire. Each pleasure is wrapped in pain. You soon discover that you cannot have one without the other.

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