Friday, September 03, 2010

ADVAITA VEDANTA POINTERS / QUOTATIONS, Part Two

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

F.:For the next several days, A.V. quotations / pointers from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Dennis Waite, Louise Sterling, and Floyd Henderson shall be offered for your consideration:

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


"If you are not, can others be...?"

"After the information given to you by the mother, that you are a boy or girl, all your further acquisitions are by hearsay."

"Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end."

"There is no question of elevating to a higher level. Here it is only a question of understanding."

"Both the mantra and the faith in the mantra will get dissolved."


Dennis Waite

"Peace is beyond all emotions."

"The ego is a construction of concepts and its power is destroyed once the truth is understood."

"In reality, since we are not the body or mind, we cannot be born or reincarnate."

"As ever, in the philosophy of Advaita, the teaching is graded to suit the level of understanding of the student - and it is no use trying to 'jump levels' if we have not yet grasped the lower level principles."

"All levels of identification must be transcended and this should be done in a controlled and stepwise manner that has been validated through millennia of teaching. Attractive though it might seem, it is not possible to jump straight to the end."


Louise Sterling

"On the planet, all living things function effortlessly and naturally – except humans. Why is this? Bound by false identification with the personal / individual mind-body-personality construct, most humans are ego-intoxicated and driven by a fluctuating array of imaginary personas."

"The personal development movement is a myth – it cannot offer the freedom of true understanding. Rather than providing wholeness, it represents a net that binds – by entrenching the concepts that reinforce dualism and separation (often while pretending to do the opposite)."

"If at any time you feel inspired to acquire, fix, evolve, deepen, develop and improve yourself, ask the more relevant question: WHO wants to acquire? WHO wants to fix? WHO wants to evolve? WHO wants to deepen? WHO wants to develop?"

"Can personas be changed? Of course – they can be tweaked and re-shaped and re-tooled with various self-empowerment techniques. Limited or 'improved', personas are still personality constructs – illusory forms driven by desires and fears. They are still ties that bind."

"One day, the understanding will dawn that these 'true' concepts are simply used to neutralize the 'false' concepts – thorns used to remove thorns. All concepts are at the level of learned or acquired knowledge – both 'true' concepts and 'false' concepts. What is the real understanding beyond words, beyond language, beyond conceptualization?"


Floyd Henderson

"The gatekeeper of your prison is, surprisingly, Realization. Realization can free you from the roles, and freedom from those roles will free you from the drama. Yet most persons are so addicted to the chaos, so lost in the drama, and so removed from reality that they will never search for a way out of their prison. They will move about within the confines of their prison and believe that they are free. Few will ever have any desire to be totally independent. Fewer still will take the seven-step 'journey' to reality and know true freedom and absolute independence. Most will fight to the end in defense of nonsensical, magical beliefs that were dreamed up by uneducated men during ancient times. What about you? How free do you want to be? How soon do you want that freedom?"

"Frustration results from a sense of limitation. Frustration cannot end, therefore, as long as humans are identified with that which is limited: a physical body, a 'mind,' and personality. I Am not personal; I have no individuality, so how could I have individual meaning or an individual purpose? For now, the consciousness is manifested, so whatever happens…happens. Nothing more is involved."

"Efforts to quiet the mind or to ignore thoughts cannot succeed with any consistency. Only when Full Realization strikes, only when the 'Oh my gosh!' moment happens--only then does the mind dissolve. What to consider meanwhile? It is true that, if you are instructed to 'avoid thinking about an elephant,' the only thing that you can think of is an elephant. So, what is the answer? The answer is not to try to be rid of a disturbing thought. The answer is to ask when a thought is interrupting the peace, 'WHO is thinking that thought?' Only by relinquishing belief in the false identities that inspire thoughts can the thoughts come to an end. Only by abandoning the 'this' and 'that' in such beliefs as 'I am this' (role) or 'I am that' (role) will the peace and quiet of only the 'I Am' ever happen."

"The 'mind' is the instrument that supports your personality with thoughts, and those thoughts are the instruments that will forever prevent 'peace of mind'; in fact, there is no such thing as 'peace of mind.' There is only peace if freed of the 'mind'."

"Consciousness is rooted in the Absolute. The brain is rooted in the elements. The ‘mind’ is rooted in wrong programming and faulty conditioning and lies and concepts and ideas and superstitions and falsehoods."

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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Received 19 August 2010 from one that just completed the entire course:

I would like to extend deepest appreciation towards you for these teachings that you have offered. It has been most valuable towards what may not have been revealed throughout this manifestation labeled "anthony." Understanding Truth and finding words for gratitude are one as is all. Thank you again for pointing "me" to THAT and the understanding that came as well. Hopeful for future "contact"! Sincerely, Anthony M. W.

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