Advaita Vedanta Quotes

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You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
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Amit Ray (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
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Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.
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Amit Ray (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
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There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.
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Ramana Maharshi (Sayings of Sri Ramana Maharshi)
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I just realized that I don't have to have an opinion about everything--what a relief!
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David R. Hawkins
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There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real 'you'. All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. 'God created man after His own image.' That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it!
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Swami Vivekananda (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3)
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Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.
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Ramana Maharshi (Be As You Are)
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You do not need any preacher or prophet to learn about God. The teaching is spread on the trees and the mountains, on the stars and the river, on the Sun and the moon. The ultimate teaching is written in your heart. You just need to wake up and see.
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Banani Ray (Glory of OM: A Journey to Self-Realization)
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Be aware of yourself without thinking or looking in the mirror
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Bert McCoy
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what is not true does not exist in this moment.
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Bert McCoy
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Persons desiring to know what love is might benefit more if they were able to understand what love is not.
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Floyd Henderson
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To think, or not to think...This is the true question.
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Bert McCoy
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There is a vastness beyond the farthest reaches of the mind. That vastness is my home; that vastness is myself. And that vastness is also love.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Each pleasure is wrapped in pain. You soon discover that you cannot have one without the other … Real happiness is not vulnerable, because it does not depend on circumstances … Real happiness flows from within.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously. When you realize the depth and fullness of your love of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The changless part in you recognizes change
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Bert McCoy
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He who is continually fixed on Om knows no fear anywhere.
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Richard H. Jones (Gaudapada: Advaita Vedanta's First Philosopher)
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If all cards were same, there would be no game. When you start seeing the one supreme power in everything and everyone, the game of Maya (Space-Time) is over.
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Shunya
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Things outside are just a projection from the DVD playing inside you. The time you invest for knowing your inner self will pay dividends outside.
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Shunya
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Mind can't go inward. It can only go in opposite direction- from pleasure to pain, from chaos to discipline.
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Shunya
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Watch your thoughts and watch yourself watching the thoughts. The state of freedom from all thoughts will happen suddenly and by the bliss of it you shall recognize it.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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We shall suffer as long as our thoughts and actions are prompted by desires and fears.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Do what you believe in and believe in what you do. All else is a waste of energy and time.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Q: No purposeful action is then possible? M: All I say is that consciousness contains all. In consciousness all is possible. You can have causes if you want them, in your world. Another may be content with a single cause — God’s will. The root cause is one: the sense ‘I am’.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Our minds are just waves on the ocean of consciousness. As waves, they come and go. As ocean, they are infinite and eternal. Know yourself as the ocean of being, the womb of all existence.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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You do not tidy up a dark room. You open the windows first. Letting in the light makes everything easy. So, let us wait to improve others until we have seen ourselves as we are - and have changed.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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I am’ itself is God. The seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither the body nor mind, and the love of the self in you is for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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In Advaita Vedanta, and in many other ancient wisdom traditions, the world is said to be an illusion. This illusion is commonly referred to as maya, a Sanskrit name which refers to the apparent, or objective reality which is superimposed on the ultimate reality in order to generate the phenomena of what we call the material world. Maya is the magic by which we create duality—by which we create two worlds from one. This creation is an illusory creation—it is not real—it is an imaginary manifestation of the one Universal Consciousness, appearing as all of the various phenomena in objective reality. Maya is God’s, or Consciousness’s, creative power of emptying or reflecting itself into all things and thus creating all things—the power of subjectivity to take on objective appearance.
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Joseph P. Kauffman (The Answer Is YOU: A Guide to Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Freedom)
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How does the personality come into being? By memory. By identifying the present with the past and projecting it into the future. Think of yourself as momentary, without past and future, and your personality dissolves.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The very desire to live is the messenger of death, as the longing to be happy is the outline of sorrow. The world is an ocean of pain and fear, anxiety and despair. Pleasures are like the fishes, few and swift, coming rarely, quickly gone.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Draw some dashes on a paper. Now mentally try to create a line by joining two of more dashes. Did you do it? Where is the line you just created? It’s in your mind. It has no existence except in your mind. The relationship between you and the line you just created is same as the relationship between the supreme soul (Paramaatma) and soul. The souls have no separate existence.
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Shunya
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Nothingness is the source of everything. But if you want to take an apple out of it, so many other things will come out along with apple: The farmer who produced it, the farm, the seed shop, farmer’s family and ancestors... a whole new universe will come out with apple.
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Shunya
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Treat the entire external world - thoughts, things and people - as a single unit, a single person. Her name is Maya. You, the soul, are in a unique relationship with her. For any happy relationship, space is important. So, leave her alone once in a while. In other words, meditate!
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Shunya
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A man left home in morning with 1 Rupee. He gambled with it and made millions. Then lost them all. He returned home in evening empty handed. His wife is clueless why loss of just 1 Rupee has drowned his husband in so much depression that he is not speaking a word. This is the illusion or Maya.
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Shunya
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What would the doctors do if there were no patients? What would politicians do if there were no social problems? What would humanitarians do if there were no inhumanity? The opposite sides that seem to be fighting each other actually depend on each other, define each other, thrive with each other.
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Shunya
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A rich man exploits the poor and then donates some money to a temple. Then temple helps the poor. These are circles of life. If you try to break them, you will end up becoming a part of them. Have compassion for everyone involved in the circles, including yourself. This is the only way to be free from them.
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Shunya
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At a place, I heard the river talking to the banks, “I have travelled so far, how far to go before I reach the ocean? Please guide.” The banks were silent. But there was an answer in the silence, “From the origin to the end, you are a single unit, 0 River! Stop identifying yourself as water. You, the river, are already in touch with the ocean.
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Shunya
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Prana is Spandana or vibration. When all this universe shall have resolved back into its primal state, what becomes of this infinite force? Do they think that it becomes extinct? Of course, not. If it became extinct, what would be the cause of the next wave, because the motion is going in wave forms, rising, falling, rising again, falling again?
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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A cave is formed naturally by interplay of the five elements, and your house is man-made. But what is man? Nothing but an interplay of five elements. Even the thoughts that you consider your own are nothing but fireplay happening in your mind. When you realize this truth, your house will also feel like a cave and your life will become a meditation.
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Shunya
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As cloud hides the sun, light of light is hidden in the heart. As soon as cloud of mind is removed, light of light starts shinning.
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Tonmoy Acharjee
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It is true that the Upanishads have this one theme before them: "कस्मिन्नु भगवो विज्ञाते सर्वमिदं विज्ञातं भवति - What is that knowing which we know everything else?
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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The Self, when finite, is Human and when infinite, is God.
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Abhijit Naskar
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Who do you love more, your thoughts or God?
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Bert McCoy
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Our objective of life is only to survive but to achieve some mental objectives. If not, we have to live like animals and have to face tortures.
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ابن كثير (RULES OF LIFE - based on advaita vedanta philosophy: AVOID MISERY TRAPS)
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But creation must be from the very nature of the radiant Self — for what desire can there be for the one has accomplished everything?
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Richard H. Jones (Gaudapada: Advaita Vedanta's First Philosopher)
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What does not exist in the beginning or in the end is also nonexistent in the present.
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Richard H. Jones (Gaudapada: Advaita Vedanta's First Philosopher)
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Just as a rope that is not clearly ascertained at dusk is imagined to be such things a snake or a line of water, so likewise the Self is imagined as various objects
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Richard H. Jones (Gaudapada: Advaita Vedanta's First Philosopher)
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Forget your past experiences and achievements and stand naked, exposed to the winds and rains of life, and you will have a chance.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Our only hope is to stop, to look, to understand, and to get out of the traps of memory. For memory feeds imagination and imagination generates desire and fear.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind and it will be flooded with light.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must have peace and harmony in your hearts and minds. Such change cannot be imposed; it must come from within.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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What is in the world cannot save the world; if you really care to help the world, you must step out of it.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Things are as they are and nobody in particular is responsible. The idea of personal responsibility comes from the illusion of agency.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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I cried when I was born and I shall die laughing.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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When the world does not hold and bind you, it becomes an abode of joy and beauty. You can be happy in the world only when you are free of it.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The innermost light, shining peacefully and timelessly in the heart, is the real guru. All others merely show the way.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Merely assuaging fears and satisfying desires will not remove this sense of emptiness you are trying to escape from; only self-knowledge can help you.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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It is earnestness that will take you through, not cleverness - your own or another’s.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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What refuses to die cannot be reborn.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Freedom is the freedom of one’s idea of oneself.
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Frode GÃ¥sland
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When the heart is empty of the “me”, the heart is full of love.
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Frode GÃ¥sland
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Silence went to see the ego, but there were nobody home.
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Frode GÃ¥sland
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When you say “Don’t judge”, you are judging those who judge. To say “Be Silent” to yourself, you have to break your silence. The thought of “being thoughtless” is there even when you are thoughtless. Spiritual truths can’t be practiced at mind level. You have to discover something deeper than the mind which is already non-judgemental, silent and thoughtless, Jo
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Shunya
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Freedom means letting go. People just do not care to let go of everything. They do not know that the finite is the price of the infinite, as death is the price of immortality. Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything. The giving up is the first step. But the real giving up is in realizing that there is nothing to give up, for nothing is your own.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The world is full of contradictions; hence your search for harmony and peace. These you cannot find in the world, for the world is the child of chaos. To find order you must search within.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Do not be afraid of freedom from desire and fear. It enables you to live a life so different from all you know, so much more intense and interesting that, truly, by losing all you gain all.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Leave alone your desires and fears and give your entire attention to the subject, to he who is behind the experience of desire and fear. Ask: who desires? Let each desire bring you back to yourself.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Thomas Merton, of course, constitutes a special threat to Christians, because he presents himself as a contemplative Christian monk, and his work has already affected the vitals of Roman Catholicism, its monasticism. Shortly before his death, Father Merton wrote an appreciative introduction to a new translation of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the spiritual manual or “Bible” of all Hindus, and one of the foundation blocks of monism or Advaita Vedanta. The Gita, it must be remembered, opposes almost every important teaching of Christianity. His book on the Zen Masters, published posthumously, is also noteworthy, because the entire work is based on a treacherous mistake: the assumption that all the so-called “mystical experiences” in every religion are true. He should have known better.
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Seraphim Rose (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future)
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Once you can say with confidence born from direct experience, “I am the world, the world is myself,” you are free from desire and fear on one hand and become totally responsible for the world on the other.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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How do gods help so many people at the same time? Because they don’t have to do anything except being who they are. You have to tune yourself to get their help. Dance like Shiva to allow His energy to flow through you. Rest like Vishnu for receiving His energy, be creative like Brahma, be playful like Krishna, be egoless like Hanuman and so on. If you keep worrying, only demonic energies will flow through you.
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Shunya
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If you take people to be what they think themselves to be, you will only hurt them as they hurt themselves so grievously all the time. But if you see them as they are in reality, it will do them enormous good.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Good-bad, hot-cold, high-low, left-right: When you rise above all these pairs, you experience the final pair which seems to encapsulate everything else. Different Yogis call his final pair with different names: Shiva-Shakti, Existence-Nonexistence, Srishti-Shunya, Pure Masculine-Pure Feminine, Being-Nonbeing. You must transcend this final pair too. The desire to cling to one side of this final pair, the desire to always be Shunya or Shiva or Feminine or Nonbeing, stops you from having the absolute experience of Paramatma. You have to realize that Shiva and Shakti are same. Srishti as a whole is Shunya. Pure Masculine is pure Feminine.
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Shunya
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I am Paramatma, the supreme soul Playing the role of a spiritual seeker, I am searching myself. Playing the role of an atheist, I deny my existence. Playing the role of a spiritual activist, I think that I am enlightened and others are ignorant. Playing the role of an ignorant, I want to get enlightened. I am in all the roles. In the role of somebody who will read these words, I will now think why I am playing all these roles?
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Shunya
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It is only when you are satiated with the changeable and long for the unchangeable that you are ready for turning around and stepping into what can be described (when seen from the level of the mind) as emptiness and darkness.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Imagine you are passing by a roadside gambling stall. There is an operator surrounded by some audience members who are gambling their money and winning. You get interested and place your bet. You lose your money. Later you realize that the operator and the audience were all part of the same gang. Give it a thought: Maybe the things you like and things you dislike are part of the same conspiracy? They are just putting on a show to keep you engaged. You are the only real audience of this show.
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Shunya
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Can infinity have parts? What is meant by parts of infinity? If you reason it out, you will find that it is impossible. Infinity cannot be divided, it always remains infinite. If it could be divided, each part would be infinite. And there cannot be two infinites. Suppose there were, one would limit the other, and both would be finite. Infinity can only be one, undivided. Thus the conclusion will be reached that the infinite is one and not many, and that one Infinite Soul is reflecting itself through thousands and thousands of mirrors, appearing as so many different souls. It is the same Infinite Soul, which is the background of the universe, that we call God. The same Infinite Soul also is the background of the human mind which we call the human soul.
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Swami Vivekananda (Practical Vedanta)
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To think that you are living life, even though you still haven’t realized nondual awakening, is like thinking that you are eating a mostly sweet, partially bitter—or vice versa—apple, while all you are doing is licking a photocopy of a picture of an apple seed.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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In reality, nothing happens. Onto the screen of the mind, destiny forever projects its pictures, memories of former projections, and thus illusion constantly renews itself. The pictures come and go - light intercepted by ignorance. See the light and disregard the picture.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Thus, the unborn alone exists. [27] The birth of what exists only occurs through Brahman’s power of projection, but from the point of view of what is Real it is not truly born. But one who thinks that such birth is real must think that what is already born is born a second time.
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Richard H. Jones (Gaudapada: Advaita Vedanta's First Philosopher)
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In Whom is the Universe, Who is in the Universe, Who is the Universe; in Whom is the Soul, Who is in the Soul, Who is the Soul of Man; knowing Him—and therefore the Universe—as our Self, alone extinguishes all fear, brings an end to misery and leads to Infinite Freedom- UDDHAV TO GOPIS
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Kunal Narayan Uniyal
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Much later, the illustrious teacher (acharya), Shankara (eighth century C.E.), attempted a reformulation of Advaita (Nondual) Vedanta, and in the process introduced some ideas which are controversial to this day. In many ways, his metaphysical worldview is also remarkably similar to that of Plotinus:
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Swami Abhayananda (Body and Soul: An Integral Perspective)
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I give you "The Human Hymn" for the times when you feel depleted, desolate and defeated. I am the Vedanta, I am the Bible, I am the Quran, I am the God Cell. I am the Torah, I am the Suttas, I am the Hadith, I am Humanitas. I am the Son, I am Jehovah, I am the Qi, I am Bismillah. I am the Vivek, I am the Ananda, I am the Bodhi, I am the Sattva. I am the Sat, I am the Shri, I am Akaal, I am Brahmasmi. I am the Prophet, I am Aminah, I am the Mother, I am the Krishna. I am the Beginning, I am the Anth, I am the Journey, I am Ananth. I am Creation, I am the Ravager, I am Qayamat, I am the Creator.
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Abhijit Naskar (All For Acceptance)
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It is this clash between desire and fear that causes anger, which is the great destroyer of sanity in life. When pain is accepted for what it is, a lesson and a warning, and deeply looked into and heeded, the separation between pain and pleasure breaks down, and both become experience - painful when resisted, joyful when accepted.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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In Whom is the Universe, Who is in the Universe, Who is the Universe; in Whom is the Soul, Who is in the Soul, Who is the Soul of Man; knowing Him—and therefore the Universe—as our Self, alone extinguishes all fear, brings an end to misery and leads to Infinite Freedom.Therefore Sorrow not for Krishna he is you and you he-Uddhav to Gopis
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Kunal Narayan Uniyal (KUCH KHWAAB SAGAR SE)
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What problems can there be which the mind did not create? Life and death do not create problems; pains and pleasures come and go, experienced and forgotten. It is memory and anticipation that create problems of attainment or avoidance, colored by like and dislike. Truth and love are man’s real nature, and mind and heart are the means of its expression.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Suppose you believe in the theory that this universe is just energy. All people, objects and thoughts are just different forms and frequencies of energy. Ok. But then this whole theory itself is just energy. It helped you to unhook from everything. Now why don't you unhook from this theory too? Most seekers don't unhook from the last hook and their mind becomes twisted.
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Shunya
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It [realization of Oneness] means being constantly open to the possibility that we are like two flowers looking at each other from two different branches of the same tree, so that if we were to go deep enough inside to the trunk, we would realize that we are one. Just being open to this possibility will have a profound effect on your relationships and on your experience of the world.
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Francis Lucille (The Perfume of Silence)
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In the great mirror of consciousness, images arise and disappear and only memory gives them continuity. And memory is material - destructible, perishable, transient. On such flimsy foundations we build a sense of personal existence - vague, intermittent, dreamlike. This vague persuasion, “I am so-and-so,” obscures the changeless state of pure awareness and makes us believe that we are born to suffer and to die.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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In Banaras, I asked a monk, “To hold onto human character, one must have at least one desire. What is your desire.” He replied, “I have only one desire: Moksha or liberation from mortal bodies.” I said, “You are using the desire to leave the body to hold on to the body. Isn’t that contradiction? Aren’t you stuck in a loop of contradiction?” Recently, I met an old man in Chamundi Hills. He was singing praise of Maa Chamundi. I asked him, “Baba, what is your one desire that you are using to hold onto this body?” He replied, “Desire to sing songs in praise of Maa Chamundi.” I asked, “What about the desire of Moksha? Don’t you want to be free from this bondage?” He replied, “There is just one soul who is free- the Paramatma. I am that.” I said, “But how come you are stuck in this human body?” He said, “Young man! My mortal form is only in your mind. When you let go of your mind, you can meet me as Paramatma - the free soul. Then there is no you and me. There is just Paramatma.
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Shunya
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Various fascinating psychological elements are involved in the transcendental state of human consciousness. One may lose the ability to distinguish one’s self from the rest of the world in transcendence, but still it is the human brain that constructs that state of mind. Hence, even in that altered state of consciousness one is not totally devoid of one’s beliefs, conjectures, ideas and fantasies. In fact, these ideas fill up the transcendental experience with all kinds of fanatic stories that happen to be unique, based on the person’s inner urges and drives.
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Abhijit Naskar
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Advaita, being the non-dual reality, necessarily points to the essential truth in all religions. Paula Marvelly points out that: 'All religions and faiths contain an esoteric heart, a mystical belief that I AM is in fact synonymous with God.' (Ref. 353) As Gandhi said: 'If the same divinity constitutes the core of all individuals, they cannot but be equal. Further, divinity in one person cannot in any way be unjust to the same divinity in another person.' (Ref. 215) Sayings from the bible such as those of God to Moses ('I am that I am' ) or of Christ ('The kingdom of heaven is within you') express the fundamental truth of Advaita, the non-dual reality of Brahman.
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Dennis Waite (Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita)
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It is the perennial problem of the teacher to be able to judge where the student currently is in his or her understanding and lead them onwards from there. This is why a living 'guru' is really needed, so that questions may be asked and answered face to face. When we read a book, or even listen to a tape recording of a lecture or dialogue, we are receiving only a particular viewpoint, aimed at a student of a particular level. It may resonate or it may not. Even the method of expression is crucial. Whilst one person may appreciate logic and intellectual analysis, another may need sympathetic reassurance and practical guidance. (...) Ultimately, the truth is one and everything else that might be said is only at the level of appearance, using a language that is necessarily objective and dualistic. What is needed is a teacher whose words and style 'click' with our particular mental conditioning. This book aims to present excerpts from traditional and modern teaching in a wide variety of styles, in the hope that something will click.
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Dennis Waite
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Meditation without awareness is like looking in unknown
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Subhash Chandra Gahlawat (THE INDIAN SOCIETY: Thoughts on our Past, Present and Future from Advaita Vedanta: CIVIL SERVICES MAIN EXAMINATION (GS PAPER-I))
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I may be called by different titles in different parts of the world - in the west, a humanitarian scientist or a christian mystic - in the middle-east, a sufi or a pir - in the east, an advaitin or a buddha, but beyond the layers of terminologies, I am just a human living as human.
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Abhijit Naskar
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Free will is an illusion believed to be had by an illusion.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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You love yourself and you want yourself to be secure and happy. Don’t be ashamed of it; don’t deny it. It is natural and good to love oneself. Only, you should know exactly what it is that you love. It is not the body that you love, it is Life: perceiving, feeling, thinking, doing, loving, striving, creating. It is that Life you love, which is you, which is all. Realize it in its totality, beyond all divisions and limitations, and all your desires will merge in it, for the greater contains the smaller. Therefore find yourself, for in finding that you find all. Everybody is glad to be. But few know the fullness of it. You come to know by dwelling in your mind on “I am,” “I know,” “I love” - with the will of reaching the deepest meaning of these words.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The world is made of rings. The hooks are all yours. Make your hooks straight and nothing can hold you.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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To be a living being is not the ultimate state; there is something beyond, much more wonderful, which is neither being nor non-being, neither living nor non-living. It is a state of pure awareness, beyond the limitations of space and time. Once the illusion that the body-mind is oneself is abandoned, death loses its terror; it becomes a part of living.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing. Death gives freedom and power. To be free in the world, you must die to the world. Then the universe is your own; it becomes your body, an expression and a tool. The happiness of being absolutely free is beyond description.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Pain and pleasure are the crests and valleys of the waves in the ocean of bliss. Deep down there is utter fullness.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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As you watch your mind, you discover yourself as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover yourself as the light behind the watcher.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Reality is not the result of a process; it is an explosion.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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We read again: "यदिदं किंच जगत् सर्वं प्राण एजति निःसृतम्।--Everything in this universe has been projected, Prana vibrating." You must mark the word Ejati, because it comes from Eja, to vibrate; Nihsritam, projected;Yadidam Kincha, whatever in this universe.
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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Truth, and nothing but truth is the watchword of the Advaitist. "सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं। सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः --Truth alone triumphs, and not untruth. Through truth alone the way to Devayana lies.
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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Suppose there is a wave in the ocean. The wave is distinct from the ocean only in its form and name, and this form and this name cannot have any separate existence from the wave; they exist only with wave. The wave may subside but the same amount of water remains, even if the name and form that were on the wave vanish for ever. So this Maya is what makes the difference between me and you , between all animals and man, between gods and men.
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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Hindu philosophers say that as long as this world seems real to us, we live in a world of pairs of opposites. Everything that we know in this world belongs to a pair of opposites. For example, if we know joy we must know sorrow also. These two opposites constitute a pair. It is impossible to know one without knowing the other. They are always interrelated. To understand one it has to be related to the other. In this sense we can call this world a world of relativity and all the words and expressions that we use also belong to this world of relativity.
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Bhaskarananda (Journey from Many to One: Essentials of Advaita Vedanta)
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The Disney Guide to Enlightenment [10w] Disney transformed the Advaita Vedanta's spiritual realization into Hakuna Matata.
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Beryl Dov
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The mind never has anything new to say-all it knows is of the past.
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Bert McCoy
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There are two Sanskrit words that are used for 'path': marga, which also carries the sense of 'way, method or means' and upaya, that by which one reaches one's aim. In reality, it must be the case that we are already who we really are. Who else could we be? It is the illusory ego that believes that we are in some way limited and that wants to become eternally happy. Whilst this state of affairs continues, the search is doomed to failure. Paths and practices are therefore needed not in order that we may find something new but in order that we may uncover what is already here now. The reason why different paths are needed is that minds, bodies and egos function differently. All paths aim effectively to remove the obscuring effect of this ego. This can be done through the practices of devotion and surrender to a God, for example, in the case of bhakti yoga. It can also be achieved in simple day to day life of working, at whatever may be our particular job, by doing the work for its own sake and giving up any claim to the results, in the case of karma yoga. And it can be achieved by enquiry and reason, using the mind and intellect to appreciate the truth of the non-existence of the ego, in the case of jnana yoga.
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Dennis Waite (Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita)
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There are truths that are true only in a certain line, in a certain direction, under certain circumstances, and for certain times - those that are founded on the institutions of the times.
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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Even the faults of a Guru must be told.
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Swami Vivekananda (Advaita Vedanta)
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La soledad del corredor de fondo El ego siempre evita que todo suceda a la vez. El ego es tiempo. El tiempo es ego. Leer cosas como esta, es evitar que todo suceda a a lvez.
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Daniel Wamba
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Oranges of Hiroshima - CORPUS CHRISTI - Goodbye shores of peach blossoms and swallows. Goodbye to the godzila of my lips drifting from your lips. Goodbye to the galaxies that expand towards the interior of a grain of sand. Goodbye to the sea of your smiles in the salt of my thorns. Goodbye son of man! Goodbye shores of peach blossoms and swallows.
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Daniel Wamba
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Naranjas de Hiroshima - CORPUS CHRISTI - Adios! orillas de flores de duraznos y golondrinas Adios al godzila de mis labios a la deriva de tus labios. Adios a las galaxias que se dilatan hacia el interior de un grano de arena Adios a la mar de tus sonrisas en la sal de mis espinas. Adios hijo del hombre! Adios orillas de flores de duraznos y golondrinas
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Daniel Wamba
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All is one and one is all.
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Abhijit Naskar
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In the land of liberty, the self and others are all one all-pervading system of magnificent harmony, but what keeps most humans to live in that land, is non-acceptance of their own self, which is a form of denial of the self - therefore, the first step is acceptance of the self.
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Abhijit Naskar
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There is no greater sacred power than the indomitable spirit of humanity.
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Abhijit Naskar (Fabric of Humanity)
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Different centuries may call me by different names, sometimes Shankara, sometimes Vivekananda and other times Naskar, but I, the ever-effulgent, indomitable force of oneness, will always make sure that humanity doesn't get torn apart into pieces by its innate self-centric activities.
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Abhijit Naskar (Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana)
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Life is not only the dance and the dancer but also the song.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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I am the Vedanta, I am the Bible, I am the Quran, I am the God Cell. I am the Torah, I am the Suttas, I am the Hadith, I am Humanitas. I am the Son, I am Jehovah, I am the Qi, I am Bismillah. I am the Vivek, I am the Ananda, I am the Bodhi, I am the Sattva. I am the Sat, I am the Shri, I am Akaal, I am Brahmasmi. I am the Prophet, I am Aminah, I am the Mother, I am the Krishna. I am the Beginning, I am the Anth, I am the Journey, I am Ananth. I am Creation, I am the Ravager, I am Qayamat, I am the Creator.
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Abhijit Naskar (All For Acceptance)
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We have (not free but) caged will.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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Whenever bigotry and sectarianism overshadow human conscience, I will rise in one neuron cluster or another.
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Abhijit Naskar
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Selbsterkenntnis ist nichts anderes als das Verstehen, dass jede Erfahrung nichts anderes ist als das sich selbst liebende Selbst […] Die Freude ist immerwährend, weil du ewig bist und deine Natur Glückseligkeit ist.
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James Swartz (Yoga der Liebe: Naradas Bhakti Sutra aus der Perspektive des Vedanta)
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Watching the Dance of Life tends to make us forget that we are part of the dance.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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Praying makes you feel like you are talking to God. Meditating makes you feel like you are God.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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The goal of a truly spiritual practice is, not the realization of unity with everything, but the realization of the fact that you are everything.
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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You are me, I am you.
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Abhijit Naskar
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I do not hail myself as an atheist, for I am not an atheist. In fact, I have met God, felt God and even lived in God, same as the prophets of human history. But mark you, humanism cannot be compromised because of some doctrines presented as God’s command. In the domain of transcendence, all commands received by the mind, are created by the mind itself. They manifest as divine revelations, but in reality, they are revelations rising from the mind itself. And as such, they have potential to be both good and evil.
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Abhijit Naskar (Principia Humanitas (Humanism Series))
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The more a person is united within himself or herself and inwardly simple, the more and higher things he or she understands, because he or she receives the light of understanding from within.
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Abhijit Naskar (Neurons of Jesus: Mind of A Teacher, Spouse & Thinker)
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Oneness is God.
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Abhijit Naskar
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In the non-dual state, God, soul and universe are essentially one absolute system which is all-pervading, uncreated, self-luminous and eternal.
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Abhijit Naskar
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Pathology can indeed evoke experiences of Absolute Godliness, but not all God experiences are caused by pathology. They can also occur due to disturbance in the geomagnetic field of our planet, consumption of psychedelics, excruciatingly extreme level of stress during a near- death situation, or ultimately through a natural and healthy procedure of meditation or/and prayer.
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Abhijit Naskar (Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost)
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Wild west boys 2013 I'm back in a sweet body of beers and black dragonflies. The censures of your world have lost their balance in the brutes that can not be pampered. And the sun has devoured itself as a beggar in your instagram In truth, your rainbow gravity it is the Evil ... Not even a lemon diesel train can escape. Just remember that I'm here. And that never a beggar loses his balance: All use facebook or instagram. But I'm here! Hello, dirty bitch! Hello fatal universe! .... You can not spoil me! I'm back in a sweet body of beers and black dragonflies You can not look at me!.
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Daniel Wamba
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I am Lord God, so are you.
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Abhijit Naskar (Lord is My Sheep: Gospel of Human)
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It is not possible for my average mind to grasp anything that is not related to its opposite.
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Bhaskarananda (Journey from Many to One: Essentials of Advaita Vedanta)
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Give up all and you gain all. Then life becomes what it was meant to be: pure radiation from an inexhaustible source. In that light, the world appears dimly like a dream.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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When the shadow is seen to be only a shadow, you stop following it. You turn around and discover the sun which was there all the time - behind your back!
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Matter is the shape, mind is the name. Together they make the world. Pervading and transcending is Reality, pure being/awareness/bliss, your very essence.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Exactly as the shadow appears when light is intercepted by the body, so does the person arise when pure self-awareness is obstructed by the “I am the body” idea. And as the shadow changes shape and position according to the lay of the land, so does the person appear to rejoice and suffer, rest and toil, find and lose, according to the pattern of destiny.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Increase and widen your desires until nothing but reality can fulfill 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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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience. It is the choices you make that are wrong. To imagine that some little thing - food, sex, power, fame - will make you happy is to deceive yourself. Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being. You will find that in that light there is love and infinite energy.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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When you love the Self and nothing else, you go beyond the selfish and the unselfish. All distinctions lose their meaning. Love of one and love of all merge together in love, pure and simple, addressed to none, denied to none. Stay in that love, go deeper and deeper into it, investigate yourself and love the investigation, and you will solve not only your own problems but also the problems of humanity. You will know what to do.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Happiness is never your own; it is where the “I” is not.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Keep the “I am” in the focus of awareness; remember that you are; watch yourself ceaselessly and the unconscious will flow into the conscious without any special effort on your part. Wrong desires and fears, false ideas, social inhibitions are blocking and preventing its free interplay with the conscious. Once free to mingle, the two become one and the one becomes all. The person merges into the witness, the witness into awareness, awareness into pure being, yet identity is not lost, only its limitations are lost. It is transfigured and becomes the real Self, the sadguru, the eternal friend and guide.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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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 … It is only when you cannot come and go freely that the house becomes a jail. I move in and out of consciousness easily and naturally and therefore to me, the world is a home, not a prison.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security and standing, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty; then the guru is not important, for the disciple has broken the shell of self-defense. Complete self-surrender is liberation by itself.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Know yourself as beyond space and time - in contact with them only at the point of here and now, otherwise all-pervading and all-containing, unapproachable, unassailable, invulnerable - you will be afraid no longer. Know yourself as you are - against fear there is no other remedy.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Since time immemorial the dust of events has been covering the clear mirror of your mind, so that you could see only memories. Brush off the dust before it has time to settle; this will lay bare the old layers, until the true nature of your mind is discovered… Dispassion, detachment, freedom from desire and fear, from all self-concern, mere awareness - free from memory and expectation - this is the state of mind in which discovery can happen. After all, liberation is but the freedom to discover.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The experience of being empty, uncluttered by memories and expectations; it is like the happiness of open spaces, of being young, of having all the time and energy for doing things, for discovery, for adventure.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Your begging bowl may be of pure gold, but as long as you do not know it, you are a pauper. You must know your inner worth and trust it and express it in the daily sacrifice of desire and fear.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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You cannot be alive, for you are life itself.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Trace your misunderstandings and abandon them, that is all. There is nothing to seek or find, for there is nothing lost. Relax and watch the “I am.” Reality is just behind it. Keep quiet, keep silent; it will emerge or, rather, it will take you in.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Self-realization definitely comes first. The mind cannot go beyond itself by itself. It must explode.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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Don’t try to reform yourself; just see the futility of all change. The changeful keeps on changing while the changeless is waiting.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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The limited is bound to be painful and pleasant in turns. If you seek real happiness, unassailable and unchangeable, you must leave the world with its pains and pleasures behind you.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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It does not matter much what happens, for ultimately the return to balance and harmony is inevitable. The heart of things is at peace.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
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When you're 'nothing', you're the origin of your reality. When you're a body-mind, you're the prisoner of your reality.
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Shunya
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Brahm thou art, nor portion, nor apart Realize, restraining mind, that "that thou art".
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Soham Swami (TRUTH: The Advaita Philosophy Simplified in Verses)
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When we have reached the outposts of the mind, we are ready for the journey to the heart.
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Francis Lucille (The Perfume of Silence)
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Otherness is self engineered for togetherness.
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Wald Wassermann