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"Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy
because nearly all do not know the true Self.
Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.
All else is fleeting.
To know one's Self
is to be blissful always."

Ramana Maharshi

"To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions."
Eckhart Tolle, From "The Power of Now"

"The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. You can take the first step right now. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by 'watching the thinker', which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence. When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Don not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing that would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You'll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind."
Eckhart Tolle again

"See the absolute and the relative as an undivided whole, as two expressions of the same supreme reality that you are. Go beyond all dualities to the source of duality, to that which is neither this nor that but experesses itself as this and that". Adyashanti, "The Impact of Awakening" p. 70

"Do not simply seek to transcend life, but realize that you are all of Life. You are Life itself." Adyashanti again, p. 116

"Before you can know anything directly, non-verbally, you must know the knower. So far, you took the mind for the knower, but it is not so. The mind clogs you up with images and ideas, which leave scars in memory. You take remembering to be knowledge. True knowledge is ever fresh, new, unexpected. It wells up from within. When you know what you are, you also are what you know. Between knowing and being there is no gap."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The idea that we are the doer behind our actions does not make us the doer, no matter how often we get hoodwinded into taking this idea to be truth." p. 149 Suzanne Segal, Collision with the Infinite.

"The presence of thoughts and feelings means only that thoughts and feelings are present. We interpret our experience to mean something about who we are. This interpretation creates suffering when it passes itself off for truth. But if it's seen to be what it is - an interpretation - it presents no problem; it's simply there too in the vastness." same as above, p. 155

"What is left then? Well, there is only Oneness, and maybe the natural notion of being without limits. Simply being with what is, without anyone claiming It, without anyone trying to turn it into a religious system with symbols, rules, expectations and spiritual heroes."
Jan Kersschot, Nobody Home p.135

"A seeker can never become a finder, simply because the finder must disappear first. As a result, we see that the (open) secret of rediscovering our True Nature is not hidden somewhere in the future or in some far exotic country. It is available right here, right now. All we have to do is leave behind our preconceptions and beliefs and forget ourselves while we embrace the present moment. Whatever we do or feel is not important, all that really matters is that we recognize the infinite in everyday life. All that is left is a divine embracing of what comes to the surface. It is as simple as breathing; we do not need a person claiming, 'Now I am breathing in and now I am breathing out'." Jan Kersschot again, p. 144

"Cessation of struggle is like free-falling thorugh space without a care in the world." Adyashanti, p. 95

"The seeker is he who is in search of himself.
Give up all questions except one: "Who am I?"
After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The "I am" is certain.
The "I am this" is not.
Struggle to find out what you are in reality.
To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not. Discover all that you are not--body, feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or that--nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive. The clearer you understand that on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realize that you are the limitless being."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The body is a sensing instrument of consciousness. Without the body and the mind, the trees couldn't see themselves. Usually we think that we are looking at a tree, but the tree is looking at itself through us. Without this instrument, the tree doesn't get to see itself. We are the sensing instruments of the Divine." Adyashanti, p. 73


"The idea that we have a self that controls, arbitrates, or is the doer behoind our actions is absurd. The individual self is nothing but an idea of who we are. Ideas are ideas - and nothing more. An idea can nver be the doer or creator of anything; it can only be what it is - an idea.
Suzanne Segal, "Collision with the Infinite", pg 135

Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. Anthony De Mello "Awakening: Conversations With the Master".

As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life. But life has no meaning; it cannot have meaning because meaning is a formula; meaning is something that makes sense to the mind. Every time you make sense out of reality, you bump into something that destroys the sense you made. Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.
Anthony De Mello again


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