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A bodhisattva is someone who has taken on the sole task of meeting the needs of others, no matter how difficult that might be. His self-centeredness has been reduced to the point where wisdom, love, and compassion arise naturally, benefiting any situation. Motivated only by concern for others, he would offer his own life without regrets if he saw it would be of help. So the mind of a bodhisattva is heroic, vast, and of limitless benefit.

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In Zen we often compare the thoughts in our heads
to clouds in the vast openness of the sky. Clouds
come and go, often in fascinating ways. Sometimes
black clouds run wild in the sky and heavy storms
even tornados, appear. Other times the clouds rise
to lofty heights and shine in dazzling brightness.
Occasionally our thoughts are so wonderful that
they put all the buddhas and bodhisattvas to shame.
The sky embraces any kind of cloud and is never
carried away by the clouds. So put yourself in the
vast openness of the sky. Don’t be tossed away by
thoughts of enlightenment or delusion. To live our
lives fully from moment to moment, we must learn
to settle into the vast openness of the sky. This is Zazen.

Robert Q shared a Ashtavakra Gita quote         SHARE URL

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The mind desires this,
And grieves for that.
It embraces one thing,
And spurns another.

Now it feels anger,
Now happiness.

In this way you are bound.

But when the mind desires nothing
And grieves for nothing,
When it is without joy or anger
And, grasping nothing,
Turns nothing away. . .

Then you are free.

When the mind is attracted
To anything it senses,
You are bound.

When there is no attraction,
You are free.

Where there is no I,
You are free.

Where there is I,
You are bound.

Consider this.

It is easy.

Embrace nothing,
Turn nothing away.

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You must always remember that silence is the greatest teacher.
Quietness, silence, total stillness, it is the greatest teacher.
Reality shines through where there is silence.
If you want to experience reality just keep quiet.
That is all you have to do.
Shut up.
Stop talking.
Stop thinking.
Stop imagining.
Leave it all alone.

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No matter how many times I tell you this, you're still thinking, thinking, judging, judging, coming to conclusions, trying to work out your life.
You have to let go, totally, absolutely, completely.
You have to let go so completely, that you will feel no body, no mind, no pain, nothing.
That is the only time you will make progress.
Do not think about this.
The thoughts cannot help you.
There are no thoughts that can help you realize the self.
It is only a total completely letting go, giving up.

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The worst thing you can do is to put yourself down.
That's blasphemy because you're putting God down.
Think of yourself as a higher person, love yourself, worship yourself, bow to yourself.
You are greater than you think.

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If you stop in this place of not knowing who you are, if you resist the temptation to conceptualize an identity, you’ll begin to touch a lived sense of an inner presence. You’ll open to what I call an “alive, pregnant nothingness.” This is not a “nothingness” that is blank or absent of any qualities, but rather one that is extraordinarily vital and rich with potential. Here we can enter a mysterious dimension that is not accessible through our normal routes of thinking and understanding; we can see clearly that what we are isn’t something we can think about. We can only think about what we’re not. What we are in reality is alive, awake, and conscious, existing as pure potential.

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Just as the difference between the space in a pot and the space outside it disappears when the pot is demolished, so also does duality disappear when it is realized that the difference between the individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness does not in fact exist.

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As far as the search for truth is concerned, 98% of our thinking is rubbish. The remaining 2% is garbage.

Throw it all out and be empty!
Truth cannot be caught by intellect alone - grace is needed.

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Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!

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What I'm getting at is this:
Whatever you put first in your life that's what you ultimately become.
If you think your work is number one because that's what supports you, you're looking at this thing the wrong way. What supports you is the Self. Work is only one of the channels of the Self. If you know the Self you will always be taken care of because the Self is self-contained harmony and bliss. Therefore I should think your first obligation should be toward finding your Self or finding out who you really are.

What about vacations, holidays? Wherever you go you've got to take yourself with you. If you are a miserable person you're going to take your misery wherever you go. The first day or so may seem as though you were taking a break from your everyday experiences. But soon you will find fault with the hotel you're staying in, with the restaurant, with the food, with everybody because that is what you do when you are here.

It seems to me that if a person really wants to awaken they will put the teaching first. Now it makes no difference to me. I'm not saying this because I want to see you here all the time. As you know you've got the freedom to do what you like. I'd be the last one to tell you where to go or what to do. Sometimes I'd like to tell certain people where to go. But you're free to do what you like.

You have to come to the conclusion of what I'm talking about by yourself. Something within you has to be so strong, you've always got spiritual life on your mind. Why do have to go anywhere? You are the universe. There is no place for you to go. After all you remember that the whole universe is an emanation of your own mind. You are creating the universe. Where do you have to go?

If you're looking for happiness and peace, it's right within you. If you're looking for a change of environment, it's right within you. Whatever you need is within you. There is no where you have to go for anything.

You have to ask yourself, how badly do I wish to awaken? And this will determine what you do.

When some of us are experiencing good karma, so-to-speak and we have the pleasures of life in this world, sometimes we go further away from spiritual life because we assume we're happy. Since we have the so called good things of life. We have forgotten that everything is subject to change. Your fortune can end tomorrow. And even if it doesn't you still become earth bound. So the next time around you will probably be a homeless person.

The universe is a cosmic joke. It plays games with you. It wants you to become attached to things. Your mind appears to be very strong. It will tell you all sorts of things to keep you attached. There are very few people who break out of it. In the Bhagavad-Gita it tells you, out of a thousand people, one searches for God. Out of a thousand who search one finds him. They are referring to the Self.

You cannot possibly find yourself when you are engrossed in the world. I'm not advocating that you become a hermit or a recluse. I'm simply saying, first things first. Focus your attention on the Self, your body will take care of itself. Something will take care of your so called body. It will not starve. This something can take care of your body better than you can ever hope to. So you do not have to keep thinking about your affairs and your body and the world most of the time.

You must begin to understand that you are the only one who can dissolve the maya and awaken to the truth of your being.
You can tell where you're at by what you do all day long.
Just think about today, since you woke up this morning.
How often did you think about your higher Self.
How often did you practice self-inquiry.
How often did you surrender completely.
Not too much, you identified yourself with the worldly situation.
You identified with maya.
With things, with persons, with places and then you tell me I want to awaken.
I want to become self-realized.
Of course the truth is that you're already self-realized, you know that, but those are just words.
What are you doing to prove it?

When you worry you're moving away from self-realization. Even though you may believe that you've got something to worry about. It may appear very important to you, but from a higher standpoint there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Absolutely nothing to worry about. No matter how it may appear to you, at least realize that it is an appearance and that is how you see it from your viewpoint. Rise above it by asking, "To whom does it come? Who is experiencing this?"

When you have fear. Fear of any kind, you are pushing yourself away from liberation. What can you possibly fear, consciousness is all there is, consciousness is bliss. There is nothing else. The mind has invented the rest and causes you to fear. Hate, revenge, all these traits and even the good things, they're two sides of the same coin.

I want to remind you that you are not trying to change bad human hood into good human hood. What you are trying to do is to transcend both. Everything will be all right if you stick to your sadhana. If you take time out to practice self-inquiry, or surrender, or just to sit in the silence. You can do these things while you are working. You really do not have to meditate formally.

How Bad Do You Want To Awaken? - May 23, 1991

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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Though the ‘I’ is always experienced, yet one’s attention has to be drawn to it. Only then does knowledge dawn. Thus the need for the instruction of the Upanishads and of wise sages.

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Do not take anything too seriously.
Just observe the world going by and yet do not react to it.
Watch everything, be alert, but leave it alone.
Do not try to own anything and do not try to give up anything.
"Just be yourself".
Have no feeling that I am the doer.
Let your body go about its business, but you stay with the 'I' and all will go well with you.

Dealing With Problems - November 22, 1990

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God breaks the heart again
and again
and again
until it stays open.

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In Tibetan, effortless presence is wangthang, which literally means, ‘field of power’. The cause that brings about effortless presence is emptying out and letting go. You have to be without clinging.

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S: Can you give an example of a right self-surrender attitude?
R: When you surrender you're surrendering the ego.
The way this is done, is by looking at the world with humility.
Looking at the world with love and peace.
Saying to yourself,
"Not my will but thine".
Feeling that you have no will of your own any longer.
You have no questions, you have no wants, you have no desires, you let them all melt in your heart.
You leave it alone.
You stop worrying, you stop fretting.
You stop trying to accomplish things or to change things.
By realizing there is a power greater than you.
It's available to you right now.
As you do this you're surrendering all of your wants, all of your needs, all of your fears, all of your stuff that you've been carrying on with all these years.
You're surrendering it all.
Everything must go, everything.

Robert Are You Really A Jnani? - January 31, 1993

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If one knows that Bliss is none other than the Self the mind becomes inward turned. If the Self is gained all the desires are fulfilled.

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The Reality that these teachings are pointing toward is not hidden, or secret, or far away. You cannot earn it, deserve it, or figure it out. At this very moment, Reality and completeness are in plain sight. In fact, the only thing there is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or feel, is Reality, or God if you like. Absolute completeness surrounds you wherever you go. So there is really no reason to bother yourself about it, except for the fact that we humans have long ago deceived ourselves into such a confined tangle of confusion and disarray that we scarcely even consider, much less experience for ourselves, the divinity within and all around us.

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Asking, “What is the Truth?” is a demolition project. Most of spirituality is a construction project. We’re ascending and ascending…. It just keeps building, and a person feels, “I’m getting better and better.” But enlightenment is a demolition project.

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Many people ask, “How do I integrate my spirituality into everyday life?” You don’t. You can’t. How could you integrate it? You can’t stuff the infinite into your limited life.

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His disciples said to Jesus,”When will the repose of the dead
come about, and when will the new world come?”
He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come,
but you do not recognize it.”

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It is just like your tape-recorder. It records, it reproduces - all by itself. You only listen. Similarly, I watch all that happens, including my talking to you. It is not me who talks, the words appear in my mind and then I hear them said.

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Only one’s own awareness is direct knowledge, as is the common experience of one and all. No aids are needed to know one’s own Self, i.e., to be aware.

Robert Q shared a Lahiri Mahasaya quote         SHARE URL

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My worship is of a very strange kind.
In this Ganga water is not required.
No special utensils are necessary.
Even flowers are redundant.
In this puja all gods have disappeared.
And emptiness has emerged with euphoria.

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How can a person limited in time and space, a mere body-mind, a gasp of pain between birth and death, be happy? The very conditions of its arising make happiness impossible. Peace, power, happiness - theses are never personal states; nobody can say ‘my peace,’ ‘my power’ - because ‘mine’ implies exclusivity, which is fragile and insecure.

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