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Did I ever tell you that you do not know
and, therefore, you are inferior? Let those who invented such
distinctions prove them. I do not claim to know what you do not. In
fact, I know much less than you do.

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I see no difference between you and me. My
life is a succession of events, just like yours. Only I am detached
and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to
things and move along with them.

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Are you acting ever? Some unknown power acts and you imagine that you are acting. You are merely watching what happens, without being able to influence it in any way.

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Hold on to the sense ‘I am’ to the
exclusion of everything else. When this mind becomes completely silent,
it shines with a new light and vibrates with new knowledge. It all comes
spontaneously; you need only to hold on to the ‘I am’.

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Tirelessly I draw
your attention to the one incontrovertible factor – that of being. Being
needs no proofs – it proves itself. If only you go deep into the fact
of being and discover the vastness and the glory, to which the ‘I am’ is
the door, and cross the door and go beyond, your life will be full of
happiness and l...ight. Believe me, the effort needed is as nothing when
compared with the discoveries arrived at.

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Look at yourself steadily – it is
enough. The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out.
The ‘I am’ is the door. Stay at it until it opens. As a matter of fact,
it is open, only you are not at it. You are waiting at the non-existent
painted doors, which will never open.

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The mind covers up reality,
without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you
need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness.

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The unchangeable can only be
realized in silence. Once realised, it will deeply
affect the changeable, itself remaining unaffected.

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Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought 'I am'. The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet. Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally without any interference on your part.

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Discover all that you are
not -- body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that -- nothing,
concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of
perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.

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Give up all
questions except one ‘who am I?’ After all the only fact you are sure of
is that you ‘are’. The ‘I am’ is certain, the ‘I am this’ is not.
Struggle to find out what you are in reality.

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Do not bother
about anything you want, or think, or do, just stay put in the thought
and feeling, ‘I am’, focusing ‘I am’ firmly in your mind. All kinds of
experience may come to you – remain unmoved in the knowledge that all
perceivable is transient and only the ‘I am’ endures.

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Doer is of the mind; to use mind for any purpose,( even though for self realisation is to abuse it! Because "to do" presupposes a self identification with "doer". When we leave the mind to run by itself like a stomach, doer appears by itself when it is needed.

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Earnestness is not a yearning for the fruits of one's endeavors. It is an expression of an inner shift of interest away from the false, the unessential, the personal.

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Self-realization cannot be foretold. Some get it spontaneously; others do not get it even with much effort. When a particular stage is reached, there comes about an appropriate change, and the ground is suitably prepared. Then the mind, which wants to either acquire or get rid of something, will disappear.

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Delayed response is wrong response. Thought, feeling and action must be one and simultaneous with the situation that calls for them.

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Invariably the object of desire destroys the means of acquiring it and then itself withers away

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The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance. Just to know that there is such possibility changes one'sentire outlook. It acts like a burning match in a heap of saw dust. A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies.

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By all means attend to your duties. Action, in which you are not
emotionally involved and which is beneficial and does not cause
suffering will not bind you. You may be engaged in several directions and work with enormous zest, yet remain inwardly free and quiet, with a mirror like mind, which reflects all, without being affected.

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When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing,
seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you
uninvited and unexpected.

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To expound and propogate concepts is simple,
to drop all concepts is difficult and rare

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When you know once with absolute certainty
that nothing can bring you in trouble
except your own imagination, desires, fears,
concepts and ideas are no longer binding
and you will only live with the truth.

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After blowing his nose, the Maharaj said that, when blowing your nose, if a little bit of the mucus gets on your hand, you don't look at it and cling to it or take pride in it as

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What-ever happens, remind yourself that only your body and mind are affected, not yourself. The more earnest you are at remembering what needs to be remembered, the sooner will you be aware of yourself as you are, for memory will become experience. Earnestness reveals being. What is imagined and willed becomes actuality -- here lies the danger as well as the way out. Tell me, what steps have you taken to separate your real self, that in you which is changeless, from your body and mind? Q: I am a medical man, I have studied a lot, I imposed on myself a strict discipline in the way of exercises and periodical fasts and I am a vegetarian. M: But in the depth of your heart what is it that you want? Q: I want to find reality. M: What price are you willing to pay for reality? Any price? Q: While in theory I am ready to pay any price, in actual life again and again I am being prompted to behave in ways which come in between me and reality. Desire carries me away.
M: Increase and widen your desires till nothing but reality can fulfil them. It is not desire that is wrong, but its narrowness and smallness. Desire is devotion. By all means be devoted to the real, the infinite, the eternal heart of being. Transform desire into love. All you want is to be happy. All your desires, whatever they may be, are expressions of your longing for happiness. Basically, you wish yourself well.

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M: Just like the wood produces fire which is not wood, so does the body produce the mind which is not the body. But to whom does the mind appear? Who is the perceiver of the thoughts and feelings which you call the mind? There is wood, there is fire and there is the enjoyer of the fire. Who enjoys the mind? Is the enjoyer also a result of food, or is it independent? Q: The perceiver is independent. M: How do you know? Speak from your own experience. You are not the body nor the mind. You say so. How do you know? Q: I really do not know. I guess so. M: Truth is permanent. The real is changeless. What changes is not real, what is real does not change. Now, what is it in you that does not change? As long as there is food, there is body and mind. When the food is stopped, the body dies and the mind dissolves. But does the observer perish?
Q: I guess it does not. But I have no proof. M: You yourself are the proof. You have not, nor can you have any other proof. You are yourself, you know yourself, you love yourself. Whatever the mind does, it does for the love of its own self. The very nature of the self is love. It is loved, loving and lovable. It is the self that makes the body and the mind so interest-ing, so very dear. The very attention given to them comes from the self. Q: If the self is not the body nor the mind, can it exist without the body and the mind? M: Yes, it can. It is a matter of actual experience that the self has being independent of mind and body. It is being -- awareness -- bliss. Awareness of being is bliss. Q: It may be a matter of actual experience to you, but it is not my case. How can I come to the same experience? What practices to follow, what exercises to take up? M: To know that you are neither body nor mind, watch yourself steadily and live unaffected by your body and mind, completely aloof, as if you were dead. It means you have no vested interests, either in the body or in the mind.

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