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Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.

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When we feel high, we have no problems. The problem comes when we feel low. Then the more one tries to feel high, the more the low feelings persist. When you feel low, jump into the lowest. Just go deep, observe and you will see a lot of sensations rising up, like fear. Agree to it, "All right, let it be. I will dive into it today." An amazing thing happens within you, a phenomenon. If you try to fight with your feelings, they take a longer time to clear.

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Memory can make you either sad or enlightened. Memory of the ever changing relativity - however good or bad it may be - will bring you bondage. On the other hand, memory of yourself will liberate you. When you regain the memory of "who am I?", all your meekness will disappear. You will walk with high spirits. The whole world is there for you. You will not experience a lack of anything. A genuine bravery will arise in you.

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Someone's company cannot fill your loneliness. Even if it does, it is very short-lived. You can still feel lonely in spite of being in company. In a real sense, loneliness can only be filled by being alone. If you could be comfortable being alone for some time, then you will not feel lonely. When you don't feel lonely, you can spread joy to people around you.

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What is Enlightenment? I say, “Enlightenment is like a
joke!” It is like a fish in the ocean searching for the ocean.

Seekers on the spiritual path are curious to know about Enlightenment.
What is Enlightenment? I say, “Enlightenment is like a
joke!” It is like a fish in the ocean searching for the ocean.

Once upon a time, there was a congregation of fish, who got together to
discuss who among them had seen the ocean. None of them could say they
had actually seen the ocean. Then one fish said, “I think my great
grandfather had seen the ocean!” A second fish said, “Yes,
yes, I have also heard about this.” A third fish said, “Yes,
certainly, his great grandfather had seen the ocean.”

So they built a huge temple and made a statue of the great grandfather
of that particular fish! They said, “He had seen the ocean. He had
been connected with the ocean.”

Enlightenment is the very core of our being; going to the core of our
self and living our life from there.

We all came into this world gifted with innocence, but gradually, as we
became more intelligent, we lost our innocence. We were born with
silence and as we grew up, we lost the silence and were filled with
words. We lived in our hearts and as time passed, we moved into our
heads.

Now the reversal of this journey is enlightenment. It is the journey
from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence; getting
back to our innocence in spite of our intelligence. Although very
simple, this is a great achievement.

Knowledge should lead you to that beautiful point of “I don’t
know.” The purpose of knowledge is ignorance!

The completion of knowledge will lead you to amazement and wonder. It
makes you aware of this existence. Mysteries are to be lived, not
understood. One can live life as fully in its completeness, in its
totality.

* Enlightenment is that state of being mature and unshakeable under
any circumstances. Come what may, nothing can rob the smile from your
heart. Going beyond the limited boundaries, and feeling “all that
exists in this universe belongs to me,” is enlightenment.

* Unenlightenment is easy to define. It is limiting yourself by
saying, “I belong to this particular place”, “I am
from that culture” or “I belong to this religion”.

* It is like children saying, “My dad is better than your
dad,” or “My toy is better than your toy.” I think
most people around the world are stuck in that mental age group, just
the toys have changed. Adults say, “My country is better than your
country” or “my religion is better than your
religion.”

A Christian will say, “The Bible is truth,” and a Hindu will
say, “The Vedas are the truth. They are very ancient.”
Muslims will say, “The Koran is the last word of God.” We
attribute glory to something just because we are from that culture, not
for what it is.

If one could take credit for all that exists throughout the ages and
feel as though “It belongs to me,” then, that is maturity.
“This is my wealth because I belong to the divine.”

The Divine, according to time and space, gave different knowledge in
different places. One becomes the knower of the whole universe and can
say “all the beautiful flowers are from my garden.”

The whole evolution of man is from being somebody to being nobody, and
from being nobody to being everybody.

Have you observed that young children have that sense of belonging that
oneness, that innocence? As we grew up we lost that innocence and became
more cunning. The innocence of an ignorant man has no value, and the
cunningness of an intelligent man also has no value.

Enlightenment is a rare combination of innocence and intelligence,
having words for expression and, at the same time, being very silent. In
that state, the mind is fully in the present moment. Whatever is
necessary is revealed to you in such a natural and spontaneous way, you
just sit and the song of the nature flows through you.

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Unless one get a spiritual path to walk on, the soul is restless.... The spirit is restless...
Ambitions burn inside you when there is no inner-most peace in the spirit, in the soul.....

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I am Nothing...
I know Nothing...
I want Nothing...
is meditation...

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Enlightened persons may be saying different things...
but they mean the same....
Ignorants may be saying the same thing. But its not the same..

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In one, there is an actor and there is a witness...
An actor is either confused or decisive....
However the Witness, simply observes and smiles...

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A leader is alert and when challenges come, he is not disturbed. A good leader is one who does not drop things when challenges appear.

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The self-judgment is an obstruction. Stop doing that. Don’t
judge yourself. When you judge yourself, you are judging others also. Then you oscillate like a pendulum. If you feel you’re good, then you are saying that others are not so good. So when you find that others are good, and then you feel that you are no
good, you blame yourself. Judgment is very similar to self-blame and blaming others.
We have to get out of this vicious circle of self-judgment. That is also the state of surrender. When you have surrendered to the Divine that means that you no longer judge yourself. Self-judgment is not necessary. A child is so innocent, why? Because the child doesn’t judge itself.

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I think we need to do something to bring back these human values( Friendliness, compassion, non-violence, non-aggression ) in society and
smile more! You look at a teenager or a boy or girl who goes to college — do they
really smile? See the heaviness in their faces, the heaviness in their hearts. A child is
so happy — walking, moving, jumping around and then that same child goes through
college to become so sad, upset and depressed! Is this the purpose of our education?
I came across some research that a child, a baby, smiles 400 times a day, an adolescent
only 17 times and an adult doesn’t smile at all! If you smile, do you think something
might be robbed from you! What is it that you lose? When you smile, others get and
you don’t lose anything! We need to smile more! At least give yourself a big smile
when you wake up every morning and look in the mirror!
We cry for what we have and we are upset about what we don’t have, isn’t it? Is it
worth living life like that? We get depressed and then depress everybody around us!
We need to shake ourselves up! Wake up! And when we wake up from this slumber,
can we have peace in our hearts and radiate that peace and love around us

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In these times of war and disease in the world, it’s so important that we all meditate
a little everyday. When we meditate, we nullify negative vibrations, thereby creating
a more harmonious environment around us. Being peaceful in a meditative, prayerful
state, will definitely help. Don’t think that you are insignificant when the world is in
a problem. You too have a role to play. Every individual — everyone who is breathing,
talking, walking, thinking — has an influence on this cosmos, on this planet. So we
can all radiate peace, good thoughts, good vibrations, good wishes and that will definitely
make an impact on the planet.

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There is strength in peace. There is strength in calmness. There is strength in love,
but it goes unnoticed. What you cannot win with a stick, you can win with love.
What you cannot win with guns, you can win through love. The most powerful thing
in the world is love! We can win the hearts of people through love. The victory that
comes out of ego is worth nothing. Even if you win in ego, it is a loss. Even if you
lose in love, it’s a victory! Making people realise this innermost strength that we all
have is the challenge!

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