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Brahman is completely without pride. Therefore, any little pride in any experience, in any achievement, is worthless. It may even be a great good deed that the doer feels he has done, but Brahman does not touch it and does not respect it.

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Lecture 30 - The Self is not Affected by the Body

A man travelling in a train may cover a considerable distance, yet he does not walk that distance himself. The train goes the distance, yet the man claims that he has covered it. In the same fashion, the individual consciousness (jiva), without doing a single thing, says that it has done everything.

You cannot strike a blow to fire, yet as soon as the fire mingles with iron, it has to suffer repeated blows from a sledgehammer. Similarly, when the Self associates with the body, it suffers sorrows and miseries. Iron derives considerable benefit in association with fire. It cannot be given a desired shape without the help of the fire, but the fire itself remains unaffected. Much in a similar fashion, the body can be fruitfully employed in association with the Self, but the deeds of the body do not affect it.

When water breaks into ripples, the reflection cast in it by the Sun moves. It appears as if the Sun has moved and rendered the water turbulent. Similarly, the Self seems to have become turbulent due to concepts. Everything that seems to exist in this universe is based only on concepts and is therefore untrue. Hence, one should give up all concepts dismissing them as untrue.

One who has intense faith in his Master is blessed with the Master’s grace, which is true understanding. The Master’s grace depends upon the intensity of faith that one has in Him. Love for the Master helps us to get over the passionate attachment to desires. Loyalty to the "Ultimate Truth" leads to Self-realization, whereas loyalty to desires leads only to the generation of more desires. The Self is present everywhere, even present even in desires, but desires have blinded the Self into believing that "I am male, female, etc."

The Master weans his disciples from desires and reveals their True Nature to them. To get rid of the inclination towards desires, it is necessary not only to say that the desires are untrue, but also to bring this understanding directly into practice. The attitude of the individual consciousness, is that of both a slave, and a Master. Although one may say that desires are untrue and that the world is untrue, still this attitude is not put into practice.

Amrut Laya - The Stateless State

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By saying "My house," you make a distinction between you and the house. Here the word "my," becomes the cause. The seer and the seen can be clearly defined, and the seer can merge with the seen as well. The "I" and "my," simultaneously merge into oblivion. When you say that there is nothing, you still remain. Eventually, there comes a time when the one who says that there is nothing also ceases to exist. That is the true "Self Form," or Swaroopa, that is "Absolute Knowledge," or Vidnyana. The "Spontaneous Natural State" is the real proof that establishes us. It is our true evidence. It is the "Truth," that is the only true state of Reality, and not a fabricated one. When you seem to make changes in it, it is all just make-believe. It is our primordial True Nature without a beginning. The moment you work on it and make slight changes in it, the untrue and nonexistent objects, though fabricated, assume a spontaneously true character. "That which can be perceived and hence concentrated on, is Illusion and that which cannot be perceived is Brahman." That which is experienced on being conscious of this world is Maya, Illusion.

Amrut Laya - The Stateless State

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Golden is the day for a man when his conceptual images about himself die away. This means that your ego should die. The Master will bless the one who endeavors to search for one's Self. One should not take back what is once given. This means that one should not accept the objects of the senses, after they are renounced. The Supreme Self, Paramatman, is beyond even the state of omni-perception, or being "All-Seeing." If the doer of actions has no sense of being the actor, he is free of the action. He becomes That which is beyond all states. When the knowing of objects, or differentiation, comes to an end, the false pride of "Me," the ego, is destroyed.

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The mind is frivolously disrespectful. When we try to curb it, it becomes more agitated. Therefore, to stop the growth of the mind, the Sadguru gives us the remedy. "If you try to keep quiet, gradually the imagination and doubts dissolve." When a small infant is sleeping, if you observe its eyes for some time you can easily learn a lesson from him how to stay quiet. When going to sleep, you will see how easily the infant slips into sleep, forgetting himself. While you are looking at the baby, you can also slip into the state of forgetfulness devoid of imaginings, dreams, desires, worries, and doubts.

~ Master of Self-Realization - An Ultimate Understanding

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Consider yourself lucky if your mind is fed up with worldly objects.

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The dream within the dream is your thinking about what is Essential and what is non-essential, and when you realize that you are the Self, Atman, then you have this experience...

You felt that the world is illusory. You felt that you are awake and that it is your waking state. You felt that you have obtained 'experience,' but still, your confusion, your illusion, is persisting as it was. You are yet talking about things in the dream.

When there is true awakening, all the sense of 'being' disappears. Even the sense that you are the Self, also dissolves.

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ONE WHO LIVES AS A BODY SUFFERS AS A BODY .
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The devotee actually is God. What do you mean when you say that he has "become" God? The concept of "one's self" is an illusion. There is only One Self in the world. Regardless of whether you say serpent or scorpion, all are only Brahman. The world appearance consists of the five elements, and the one Self, and all of this is only God. This gives us the "Glory" of non-division, non-duality, and the non-worrying state, and all of this virtue is One, and it comes all at once. Illusion has taken our possession (that of knowing our True Identity). Therefore, we have become unhappy. The signs of the "Realization of Brahman" are the sense of peace, absence of anxiety, full contentment, and an extraordinary feeling of bliss. What is being experienced as joy or bliss within becomes evident in the organs, skin, and face. The peace and contentment which completely fills Consciousness will be expressed outwardly. In other words, the spreading of light out through the windows, from the lamp that is lit inside. The "Glory" is the absence of anxiety in the mental field.

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The Bird's Way
The way of meditation is a long arduous path while the Bird's Way is a clear direct path of Self investigation, Self exploration, and using thought or concepts as an aid to understanding and Self-Realization. Sometimes this approach is also called the Reverse Path. What Reverse Path indicates is the turning around of one's attention away from objectivity to the more subjective sense of one's Beingness. With the Bird's Way, first one's mind must be made subtle. This is generally done with some initial meditation on a mantra or phrase which helps the aspirant to step beyond the mental/conceptual body, using a concept to go beyond conceptualization.

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There should not be even an iota of the sense that 'I am the doer,' 'I have done,' 'I do,' etc.

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There is a game of madness, and it was decided that you must keep on playing this game win or lose, pleasure or pain, and you must keep experiencing it. You call it pleasure, but it must be killed. There is real happiness in killing the enjoyment, but people keep up the imagination, which is really only suffering. If you have killed the enjoyment, that is good. However, the killer of enjoyment must also die.

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When attention is diverted from the Self towards objects, that is called the beginning of the eclipse. That is the Illusion. That is mind.

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Objects of the senses are tied like rope by desire which has its youth in the sense of "I".

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Beingness means 'Consciousness', or 'Knowledge'. The mind attending to other things is called bondage. The mind when not attending to anything else, is Brahman. When there is no thinking about objects in the mind, the mind is clean, it is still. That is the state of Brahman.

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One who constantly craves after sense objects is immersed in those objects, and one who meditates on the Self (Atman) becomes the Self. Do not say, 'I will meditate on God later. I will do it sometime later.' You should constantly meditate, contemplate, and let your mind dwell on the Self with great love for it.

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When attention is diverted from the Self towards objects, that is called the beginning of the eclipse. That is the Illusion. That is mind.

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Temporal life or worldliness means an attempt
to make oneself happy at the cost and sacrifice
of others, being totally indifferent to others
welfare and miseries. Your natural happiness is
not acquired by any effort or means. Temporary
things can only bring temporary happiness.
Knowing the Self brings Eternal happiness to all
because It is Eternal. In the temporal there is
endless misery and in the Self there is
boundless and unexcelled Eternal joy.

Paramartha means [1] to realise the Origin of
the whole universe, [2] to enjoy one's own
natural happiness without making any effort, [3]
to make all people similarly and equally happy,
and [4] the Perfection of Material Science. It is
the highest attainment of Absolute Reality.

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The greatest evil habit is worldly life. It is called the "Great Addiction". By force of this addiction to worldly life, Paramatman is made to believe that He is an individual, and is compelled to live a worldly life as if in prison. All bad habits can be dropped, but the addiction to mundane life is the most difficult to drop. The wife is dear to her husband so long as she obeys him. The mundane worldly life is called the blindingly dark life. The greatest inticement of Illusion is this mundane life. However great may be one's sorrow, this addiction cannot be dropped. One is greatly lucky if this addiction is dropped. There is only one person who condemns the worldly life, and he is a Saint. Nobody else does that. One does not even think of this earthly life, even if one suffers the utmost difficulties. People try to strengthen their ties with others by speaking to them respectfully and congratulating each other over small things. People compete with each other for earning more honors and status. In this way, they feel that they are happy in life. They act as if this is a respectable bad habit. The God of Death is happy to give you many kinds of bodies and various troubles. Give up the sense of "mine". Know that the body is your enemy. Very few are those who have truly understood. Only those who are lucky enough to receive the blessings of the Guru, who is the Self, can escape from this Illusion by right efforts. All others are bound to the treadmill of life in various incarnations and they make houses of bodies of various shapes and duration.


From "Master of Self-Realization, An Ultimate Understanding", ch. 41

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"So long as there is a sense of something being amiss, or when some doubts still trouble the mind, there is the concept that there is something still wrong. One whose mind is not disturbed at all, no matter what may happen, is the one who is free from even the subtle body. One who does not feel shaken, even if any disaster may fall, is really Brahman.

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"It remains as the no-doer,
although a great number of activities are done.

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It is the hand that lifts, but you say "I lift".

The eyes see but you say, "I see".

The nose smells, but you say, "I smell".

All this is the power of the Self and yet you say, "I did it".

That power belongs to God.

Who is this ego arrogating 'I'?

He has no place in the palace, but once admitted inside, he overrules the king and affirms his own existence.

But after some enquiry, this ego's existence is easily disproved.

Then the king once again affirms, "I am Reality."

There is one thing about this condition – there is bliss.

If there are two, then there is pain.

Where there is One, there is bliss.

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"In the Absolute Reality, there is no 'other,' nor is there any doubt or any alternatives."

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"The demon of doubt should be asked, 'Tell me who I am!' However, then he keeps quiet, because how can he show anything other than Brahman?"

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"To gain Oneself, by Oneself, is like deducting one from one. What remains in the equation 'one minus one' is the Supreme Self, Paramatman, who is without name and form."

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"When there is no accused, who is there to pay the fine?"

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