50 MORE QUOTES
Usually, when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas.
If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect.
In either case, we learn nothing.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Mental suffering denotes that you are digging in the graveyard of the past. Without touching the past, tell me who is unhappy? If you are living in the present, you are happy.
You are not sad, sadness arises.
You are not humble, humility arises.
You are not depressed, depression arises .
You are not fatigued, fatigue arises.
You are not hungry, hunger happens.
You are not acting, action happens.
You are not thinking, thoughts happen.
You are a sentient, transparent screen
which cognizes the phenomena that appear on it.
~ Wu Hsin
God dwells in you, as you, and you don't have to 'do' anything to be God-realized or Self-realized,
it is already your true and natural state." Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being.
~ Ramana Maharshi
Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple in itself an ecstasy.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Do not speak ill of anybody
as I dwell in the hearts of all beings.
~ Sai Baba of Shridi
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
~ Albert Einstein
We assume we will awaken to something else, something bigger and more grand. But really it is awakening to yourself, to what is here, has always been here. That is the startling, refreshing, wonderful, good news.
Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness.
~ A Course In Miracles
The body is actually more intelligent than the mind. With thoughts we imagine the future, and with feelings we remember the past. Only the body is rooted in present experience. The body always calls attention back to what is really happening here. As the body becomes very present to the subtlety of its experience, the sights, the sounds, its own breath, and the boundaries of self become more transparent. The self loses its definition, its competitiveness, to make the world be anything but what it is.
~ Enza Vita
This is what is asked of us, over and over and over, to offer our empty hands. To let the things we are holding so tight just drop. To give it all up, everything, that does not exist in this moment here. All that has happened, that we think we somehow need to do sometning about, all that we think might happen, or we hope will happen, every sweet dream that we cling to. This is like God’s loving strip search, give it all over! Something else wants to live you. And you can feel it.
~ Jeannie Zandi
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"
"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"
"Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"
"I say there is no darkness but ignorance"
"To thine own Self be true and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man"
"There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy"
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon a stage"
There is no I . . . . responsibility is taken care of by Brahman, and I am that.
~ Jac O'Keeffe
The final truth, as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj and all the sages before them have clearly stated, is that there is neither creation nor destruction, neither birth nor death, neither destiny nor free will, neither any path nor any achievement. All there is is Consciousness.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place.
Always rest in peace.
You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided.
Just keep Quiet.
All is well.
Keep Quiet Here and Now.
You are Happiness, you are Peace, you are Freedom.
Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble.
Be kind to yourself.
Open to your Heart and simply Be.
When you know yourself, your "I-ness" vanishes
and you know that you and God are one and the same.
~ Ibn 'Arabi
Humanity is now faced with a choice: Evolve or die ... If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.
~ Eckhart Tolle
The natural state is acausal: it just happens.
~ U. G. Krishnamurti
God is who you are before you label yourself.
~ Deepak Chopra
There is only one decision we need to make; either you are working at your Freedom or you are accepting your Bondage.
~ Robert Adams
What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9% of everything you think, and
Of everything you do,
Is for yourself--
And there isn't one.
~ Wei Wu Wei
Events happen deeds are done but there is no doer thereof.
Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Try to remember the main points: Birth and death are like going to sleep at night and waking up in the morning. When you go to sleep at night, you die, when you dream it's like being on an astral plane, and when you wake up in the morning, it's like being born. Through those states of consciousness somebody exists, and that somebody is none other than you. In other words you are aware of dreaming. You are aware of sleeping. You are aware of waking up. You are aware of dying, and you are aware of being reborn. Somebody is watching all this, that's you. You exist through all those states. Abide in your existence, not in the states. Ignore the fake consciousness. Abide in the reality, which is called absolute awareness, consciousness. Abide in that and be free.
~ Robert Adams
The best place for you is wherever you find yourself. And you will know this if you take out intention out of your mind. If you remove or leave aside any intention or any projection or any speculation out of your mind, you will find full contentment where you are. Full contentment, and you will be happy. You will be at Peace.
When you awake, you cross a line of no return, and you never see the world in the same way.
You are still dreaming, because you can not avoid dreaming, because dreaming is the function of the mind, but the difference is that you know It is a Dream.
Knowing that, you can enjoy the dream or suffer the dream.
That depends on you.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Stop trying to change anything, and recognize what is already here.
There may be changes, or there may be no changes,
but that is secondary to what is always here.
To seek people’s love and approval assumes that you aren’t whole.
~ Byron Katie
When you realize your integral connection with the Absolute, you will realize in every sand particle, in every dust particle, everywhere is God himself. That is meditation. You need not close your eyes and sit in the meditation hall. The moment you are aware of this, you are in a state of meditation. That is the way to be happy. Otherwise you are happy inside the meditation hall and unhappy outside.
~ Swami Krishnananda
If there is a personal 'i' wanting to feel or experience true being then this is just desire and can be dropped. The personal 'i' is blocking the seeing of what you are; it is the obstacle and can never 'experience' truth. Let there be an acceptance of this point and the related desire will fall away.
~ Jac O’Keeffe
Consider that the desire to be other than you are, to feel differently about yourself or your life, is only a thought distracting you from what is in perfect order, silent and peaceful at a deeper level within you.
~ Jac O’Keeffe
The potential of being human is to discover that state within oneself which is beyond effort, which cannot be maintained or sustained. No effort is required for being.
Once that realization has occurred, one sees that oneself is not the moving part, not emotion, not time, not space, not body, not relationship, not contact, not separation, not mind, not senses, not anything that belongs to the interrelated play of opposites.
Knowing I am not that, leaving all that to dance; not striving to control what is by nature restless and moving, but realizing oneself as that unmoving being, then one is free. That alone is freedom. Freedom beyond the concept of freedom. Not someone being free; free of somebody-ness.
Nobody ever fails in Yoga. It is all a matter of the rate of progress. It is slow in the beginning and rapid in the end. When one is fully matured, realisation is explosive. It takes place spontaneously, or at the slightest hint. The quick is not better than the slow. Slow ripening and rapid flowering alternate. Both are natural and right.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.
~ Lao Tzu
Here's some very good news.
Right here, right now, in this moment, you don't have to 'figure out' the rest of your life, no matter what anyone says.
In this moment, you don't need all the answers. They will come, in time, or not, or perhaps the unncecessary questions will fall away.
There is no rush. Life is not in a hurry. Be like the seasons. Winter is not trying to become summer. Spring does not rush towards autumn. The grass grows at its own pace.
The choices that will be made will be made, and you've no choice about that. The decisions that will happen will happen, events will unfold, but right now perhaps you don't need to know the solutions or the outcomes or how best to proceed. Perhaps not knowing is a welcome guest at life's banquet. Perhaps openness to possibility is a beloved friend. Perhaps even confusion can come to rest here.
And so, instead of trying to 'fix' our lives, instead of trying to neatly resolve the unresolveable and quickly complete the epic story of a fictitious 'me', we simply relax into utter not knowing, unravelling in the warm embrace of mystery, sinking deeply into the moment, savouring it fully, in all its uniqueness and wonder.
And then, perhaps without any effort, without any struggle or stress, without 'you' being involved at all, the true answers will emerge in their own sweet time.
~ Jeff Foster
To be aware is to be awake. Unaware means asleep. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not aware of yourself as being conscious.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
You cannot long for something that you do not know exists. It must be already present within you, or how would you know to long for it?
You are what you are looking for; you just need to see that it is already here.
There is only one truth worth pursuing and you are That.
~ Enza Vita
Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Belief is a cover up for insecurity . . . if something is real you don't have to believe in it, you know it.
~ Deepak Chopra
When you realize that the whole universe is a manifestation of your mind you become omnipresence. And in the omnipresence is contained all of your needs, and all of your needs are met from within. But when you start worrying or thinking about it, you spoil it. Then you have to do human things to take care of you. But if you leave the human-hood alone, and go back to the understanding that it's all in your mind, you automatically let go of your mind, and the Self takes over, bringing the right people into your life, the right situation, the right address. Remember again, your body came to this earth because of karma. And it's going to go through whatever is has to go through. But you've got absolutely nothing to do with that because you are not your body. But if you think about it you spoil it. Subsequently, allow your body to do whatever it came here to do. Do not interfere. Do not fight. Simply observe. Do not react. You will be okay.
~ Robert Adams
Doubt underlies every belief. Doubt brings defense. If you don't believe me, challenge the next person who seems to be stating Truth. When you see them defend it, notice the doubt that is coming to the surface. This is when you know it is belief. But the real juice is when you can see this in yourself, isn't it? Until then, everyone else has to do it for you.
~ Scott Kiloby
Be still. It takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with itself.
This absolute intimacy of pure experiencing is what we call love.
It is the absence of distance, separation or otherness.
There is no room for two there.
Love is the experience of pure non-duality.
~ Rupert Spira
Freedom doesn’t make you immune to the human experience; it just means you are not identified with it anymore. Being unidentified with the human experience means you can embrace fully all that comes along with being ‘an earthling’ and be totally available to life as it is
~ Christine Wushke
The soul in itself alone is not other than consciousness, which is all pervading. But when the same consciousness is caught in a limitation through being surrounded by elements, in that state of captivity, it is called soul. ... Every experience on the physical or astral plane is just a dream before the soul. It is ignorance when it takes this experience to be real. It does so because it cannot see itself; as the eye sees all things, but not itself. Therefore, the soul identifies itself with all things that it sees, and changes its own identity with the change of its constantly changing vision.
The soul has no birth, no death, no beginning, and no end. Sin cannot touch it, nor can virtue exalt it. Wisdom cannot open it up, nor can ignorance darken it. It has been always and always it will be. This is the very being of man, and all else is its cover, like a globe on the light. The soul's unfoldment comes from its own power, which ends in its breaking through the ties of the lower planes. It is free by nature, and looks for freedom during its captivity. All the holy beings of the world have become so by freeing the soul, its freedom being the only object there is in life
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan