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"Banks of Eternity" by Paramhansa Yogananda

At last I found the banks of eternity and there I sat, musing, to plunge, swim, and melt in that ocean of immortality. Melting myself within Myself I became the ocean of luminous light. All dream waves of many incarnations have melted into the sea of one flame.

All rivers of my desires have become one vast sea of desire for God. The loves of many lives have commingled to become one cosmic love. The joys of many centuries have gathered together and become the all-pervading joy.

Beloved of my heart, since Thou hast created me, it is in Thy power to release at once the atoms of my body into the freedom of Thy light. No longer do I want to play with this wave of life or with other waves of lives.

Bless me that I may expand this soul into Thy Spirit — expand my wisdom into Thy wisdom, and expand my bliss into Thy bliss. I, the tiny wave of life, must become the ever-expanding ocean of immortality.

Robert Q shared a Sarmad Kashani quote         SHARE URL

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He and I are one,
like the word and its meaning.

Behold union in separation,
like the eye and vision.

Not for a moment is He separate from me --
Behold us together everywhere,
like flower and fragrance.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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DO NOT STRUGGLE WITH YOUR MEMORIES AND THOUGHTS..

Q: How am I to think myself out when my thoughts come and go as they like. Their endless chatter distracts and exhausts me.

M: Watch your thoughts as you watch the street traffic. People come and go; you register without response. It may not be easy in the beginning, but with some practice you will find that your mind can function on many levels at the same time and you can be aware of them all.

It is only when you have a vested interest in any particular level, that your attention gets caught in it and you black out on other levels. Even then the work on the blacked out levels goes on, outside the field of consciousness.

Do not struggle with your memories and thoughts; try only to include in your field of attention the other, more important questions, like 'Who am l?' 'How did I happen to be born?' 'Whence this universe around me?'. 'What is real and what is momentary?' No memory will persist, if you lose interest in it, it is the emotional link that perpetuates the bondage.

You are always seeking pleasure, avoiding pain, always after happiness and peace. Don't you see that it is your very search for happiness that makes you feel miserable? Try the other way: indifferent to pain and pleasure, neither asking, nor refusing, give all your attention to the level on which 'I am' is timelessly present.

Soon you will realise that peace and happiness are in your very nature and it is only seeking them through some particular channels, that disturbs. Avoid the disturbance, that is all. To seek there is no need; you would not seek what you already have. You yourself are God, the Supreme Reality.

To begin with, trust me, trust the Teacher. It enables you to make the first step -- and then your trust is justified by your own experience.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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You cannot get closer to Truth.
You can only awaken to the Truth that you are.

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Alan Watts

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Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.

Robert Q shared a Anthony De Mello quote         SHARE URL

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When the Zen Master attained Enlightenment he wrote the following lines to celebrate it:
“Oh wondrous marvel:
I chop wood!
I draw water from the well!”
After enlightenment nothing really changes. The tree is still a tree; people are just what they were before; and so are you. You may continue to be as moody or eventempered,as wise or foolish. The one difference is that you see things with a different eye. You are more detached from it all now. And your heart is full of wonder. That is the essence of Contemplation: the Sense of Wonder. Contemplation is different from ecstasy in that ecstasy leads to withdrawal. The enlightened contemplative continues to chop wood and draw water from the well. Contemplation is different from the perception of beauty in that the perception of beauty (a painting or a sunset) produces aesthetic delight, whereas contemplation produces wonder—no matter what it observes, a sunset or a stone. This is the prerogative of children. They are often in a state of wonder. So they easily slip into the Kingdom.

Robert Q shared a Chogyam Trungpa quote         SHARE URL

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We must allow ourselves to be disappointed, which means the surrendering of me-ness, my achievement. We would like to watch ourselves attain enlightenment, watch our disciples celebrating, worshipping, throwing flowers at us, with miracles and earthquakes occuring and gods and angels singing and so forth. This never happens. The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher. It is the ultimate and final disappointment. Treading the spiritual path is painful. It is a constant unmasking, peeling off of layer after layer of masks. It involves insult after insult.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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A person begins with dissatisfaction. Not content with the world he seeks satisfaction of desires by prayers to God; his mind is purified; he longs to know God more than to satisfy his carnal desires. Then God’s Grace begins to manifest. God takes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee; teaches him the Truth; purifies the mind by his teachings and contact; the mind gains strength, is able to turn inward; with meditation it is purified yet further, and eventually remains still without the least ripple. That stillness is the Self.

The Guru is both exterior and interior. From the exterior he gives a push to the mind to turn inward; from the interior he pulls the mind towards the Self and helps the mind to achieve quietness. That is Grace.

Hence there is no difference between God, Guru and Self.

Robert Q shared a Osho quote         SHARE URL

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Multi are His forms, many are His ways, and millions are His faces. One has to learn to recognize Him in whatsoever form He comes. He will try to deceive you but you are not to be deceived. When He comes as sadness, remember that is also His image. Maybe this is needed right now.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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The experience of Vedanta is possible only for those who have completely given up all desires. For the desirous it is far away, and they should therefore try to rid themselves of all other desires by the desire for God, who is free from desires.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Self-realization means I am completely full, I don't want to know anything, I don't require anything at all now.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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Whatever name you give it: will, or steady purpose, or one-pointedness of mind, you come back to earnestness, sincerity, honesty. When you are in dead earnest, you bend every incident, every second of your life to your purpose. You do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally dedicated, call it will, or love, or plain honesty. We are complex beings, at war within and without. We contradict ourselves all the time, undoing today the work of yesterday. No wonder we are stuck. A little of integrity would make a lot of difference.

Robert Q shared a Anthony De Mello quote         SHARE URL

Anthony De Mello

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Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don't believe them. Don't believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. "Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success." This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That's all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don't really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful.

Robert Q shared a Ashtavakra Gita quote         SHARE URL

Ashtavakra Gita

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In Me, the limitless ocean,
let the waves of the universe arise,
and then disappear according to their inherent nature.

I experience neither any expansion, nor any contraction.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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When you have understood that all existence, in separation and limitation, is painful, and when you are willing and able to live integrally, in oneness with all life, as pure being, you have gone beyond the need of help. You can help another by precept and example and, above all, by your being. You cannot give what you do not have and you don't have what you are not.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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For a realised being the Self alone is the Reality, and actions are only phenomenal, not affecting the Self. Even when he acts he has no sense of being an agent. His actions are only involuntary and he remains a witness to them without any attachment.

Robert Q shared a Karen Richards quote         SHARE URL

Karen Richards

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An awakening experience reveals that all there IS is awake presence - no-thing and every-thing simultaneously. So therefore, the 'personality' is effectively a 'ghost construct' revealed to have no real substance. However, unless the conditioned programming (that effectively makes up this ghost construct) is explored deeply and seen for what it is, the invisible effects of this 'non-existent (!)' construct will continue to contaminate - and therefore 'haunt' all manner of experience.

Robert Q shared a Khalil Gibran quote         SHARE URL

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I have found both freedom
and safety
in my madness;

the freedom of loneliness

and the safety
from being understood,

for those who understand us
enslave something in us.

Robert Q shared a Arthur Osbourne quote         SHARE URL

Arthur Osbourne

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The mind of the Sage is dead, it does not mean that His mental faculty is in any way impaired. If he looks at the calendar he can tell the date like any one else. It only means that the mental faculty no longer acts as the ruler of the other faculties, regretting the past, hoping, fearing, exulting.

Robert Q shared a Gangaji quote         SHARE URL

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Trust yourself. At the root, at the core, there is pure sanity, pure openness. Don’t trust what you have been taught, what you think, what you believe, what you hope. Deeper than that, trust the silence of your being.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Abhyasa [spiritual practice] consists in withdrawal within the Self every time you are disturbed by thought. It is not concentration or destruction of the mind but withdrawal into the Self.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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Look. This little finger covers the eye and prevents the whole world from being seen. In the same way this small mind covers the whole universe and prevents Reality from being seen.

Robert Q shared a Papaji quote         SHARE URL

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Thoughts are impediments to seeing your deepest nature. Don't give rise to any thought, and discover who you are. That ocean of eternal peace is you. What is the difficulty that we suffer from? It is that we seek peace elsewhere and do not experience that we are peace incarnate itself.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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You say you want to find the Truth, that all you want now is freedom, but that it is so difficult. So I ask you now: Who is speaking here?
Who is speaking in your name? Is this really you?
Can it be the Truth that is saying all this?
The one that tries to get there, this voice nobody questions…
Something is saying, ‘I’m trying and I’m trying and I just can’t find It.’
But there is awareness of this voice, you see? It is seen.
At the final stages of the inquiry, these voices appear as the last bodyguards of this glass house of ego, this crystal palace. But they too, are seen.
The one that says, ‘All I want is to be that consciousness,’
and everybody goes: ‘So do we.’ Isn’t all this seen?
And where is it seen from, and by whom?
Verbal or mental answers cannot do. Answers are seen also.
Questions also are seen.
Actions are seen.
Desire is seen.
Body is seen.
The sense of stuckness is seen.
Blank is seen.
‘I’ is also seen.
I could go on and on like this.
Which means what?
You have to be evolved enough to recognise and confirm that you, the Seer, is nothing tangible, nothing phenomenal. What are you expecting to happen? What are you waiting for? Whatever that is or could be, will it be seen?

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WHAT DO WE SEEK?

When I first came to Bhagavan and heard him repeating constantly that everyone must eventually come to the path of self-enquiry, I wondered whether he was being partial to his own teaching, but I soon understood why he insisted that this is so. The final goal is only oneness, and to experience oneness our mind must subside, which will happen entirely only when we attend to nothing other than ourself.
So long as we attend to anything other than ourself, our mind cannot subside, because attention to other things sustains it, since that which experiences otherness is only this mind. When the mind subsides completely, only self-attention remains, and self-attention alone is the state of absolute oneness. Bhagavan used to repeat this teaching every day, maybe ten or twenty times, but still we didn’t change. He didn’t change his teaching either, because to him this truth was so clear.

Robert Q shared a Adyashanti quote         SHARE URL

Adyashanti

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Human beings have a drive for security and safety, which is often what fuels the spiritual search. This very drive for security and safety is what causes so much misery and confusion. Freedom is a state of complete and absolute insecurity and not knowing. There is no security in freedom, at least not in the sense that we normally think of security. This is, of course, why it is so free: there's nothing there to grab hold of.

When you rest deeply in the Unknown without trying to escape, your experience becomes very vast. The Unknown is more vast, more open, more peaceful, and more freeing than you ever imagined it would be.

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