Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Advaita Vedanta Quotes and Pointers, Part Six

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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, Advaita Vedanta Quotes and Pointers from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Dennis Waite, Louise Sterling, and Floyd Henderson shall be offered for your consideration:

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“…You are the light.”


“Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false.”

[Explaining why persons seem to grasp the understanding and then seemingly “lose” it]:
“You are so used to the support of concepts that when your concepts leave you, although it is your true state, you get frightened and try to cling to them again.”


“People who depend on the intellect only always will be swinging like a pendulum.”

“At the time of the emotions, you were one with the emotions—you were not witnessing.”

Dennis Waite

"Once the Reality is known, in Self-realisation, the mind and world are known to exist no more as something separate from the Self. Thus it is that questions such as ‘how can I (the ego) come to know reality’ are actually meaningless."

"It is as if one of the characters in our dream were to ask how it could know what the waking state is like. All experience is of change; reality is not an event and cannot be perceived or experienced. Thus, everything that is perceived or experienced can be known to be transient and therefore unreal."

ENLIGHTENMENT: "The neo-advaitin claims that ‘we are already enlightened’. This is a fundamental error, which results from a failure to define terms clearly, and causes much confusion. It is true that we are already...the non-dual reality, because there is only That. The point is that we do not realize this. Enlightenment takes place when we do. This is why the term Self-realization is also used – it is the direct knowing of the Self that we already are."

WHAT ENLIGHTENMENT IS NOT: "Enlightenment has nothing to do with 'merging with the Self' or ‘becoming one with God’. In reality, we are already the Self so that these expressions could have no meaning. Nor is it a 'feeling of unity'. When a pot is broken, the ‘pot space’ does not merge with the ‘total space’; the ‘total space’ is entirely unaffected by the presence of the container and remains the same before, during and after the temporary appearance of the pot."

WHAT ENLIGHTENMENT IS: "Neo-advaitins repeatedly tell us that ‘I’ cannot become enlightened since ‘I’ do not exist. But there is very good reason why ‘I’ am unable to accept this. The simple fact is that I know that I do exist – it is the single thing about which there is no possible doubt. The problem is that the mind is mistakenly identifying who I really am with the body and mind – the ‘person’ – this is the ignorance that needs to be corrected. Enlightenment is the dissociation of the truth of ‘I’ from the prior identification with mind and body."

Louise Sterling

“Self-identified thought is simply the computer code that keeps the programme running. How can the computer code know itself as the programmer? It cannot. It is by definition limited and constrained. Only when you give up all identification with the self can this understanding dawn on you.”


“Being entranced by personality identification is like being moved by an invisible puppeteer. There is the appearance of spontaneous choice and action, yet every movement is predetermined by the programming set in place during early childhood.”

“Life unfolds naturally and spontaneously. You add on your busy beliefs and notions of control. Drop them and see for Yourself. Does life continue effortlessly just like the blood pumps and the heart beats?”

“Like the surgeon, the Advaitin teacher removes all false identities and false belief structures. Like the naturopath, the Advaitin Teacher provides the View of your natural state and, at a more refined level, purifies the consciousness so that the toxins of false understanding are eliminated.”

“In this silence, with the removal of the toxic overload of false beliefs, with the stripping away of what has been accumulated via conditioning, You return to Your natural state.”

Floyd Henderson

"This Teaching invites you to question everything. Faith in dogma requires that you question nothing. The 'journey' only begins when questioning begins. The 'journey' only continues if questioning continues."

"Pray all the prayers that you think you need to pray; knell, bend over, stoop, or lie prostrate as much as you think you need to kneel, bend over, stoop, or lie prostrate; read all the 'holy' books that you think you need to read; visit all the 'sacred' sites or 'sacred' men that you think you need to visit; chant or hum every chant or hum you think you need to chant or hum; ring every bell you think you need to ring; and burn every stick of incense that you think you need to burn. Go to weekly or daily services, or go to five services per day, or go to your ninety meetings or your daily meetings...for your entire life. Do 'spiritual exercises.' Accumulate all the concepts and ideas and knowledge that you believe will make you 'better.' But when you are done with all of that, realize that you—and all persons who are fixated in a stage and are playing their religious or spiritual roles—are 'mistaking the dawn for the noon.' Realize that praying and knelling and bending over and stooping and lying prostrate and reading and visiting and chanting and humming and ringing and burning (and every other external thing you try to use to be more spiritual or to try to demonstrate how spiritual or religious you are) will actually block you from finding the truth which can only be found within after certain pointers are taken into quiet and solitary consideration. Moreover, all of that doingness and believing will most certainly block you from ever living simply and naturally and spontaneously."

"One must either find a working philosophy or be doomed to adopt 'their' ideology instead, and both the historical and current evidence show that nothing is more destructive, relatively speaking, than buying into 'their' ideology."

"It eventually had to be asked, 'WHO wants to be a "Supreme Self"?' It had to be asked, 'WHO is making the dualistic claims that "I am free of all concepts" and "I am freed from assuming identities" but then claiming as well that 'I Am the Supreme'?”


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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