Friday, September 22, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Seventeen

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS 

[See the offer following this post for details on how you can watch on a video of a retreat the discussion of all seven of the steps on the path used by Maharaj] 

Next, quotations from Maharaj will be offered, excerpted from the book QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more

The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE ROLE OF EITHER 'THE SPIRITUAL GIANT' OR 'THE SUPER RELIGIOUS ONE'" 

[NOTE TO READERS: 

Previously it was noted that Maharaj advised seekers to 

" . . . go back, reverse, to the source" 

and to

"follow the same path by which you came." 

There are seven steps on that "reverse path," and it is at the third step that religious and or spiritual knowledge is sought and where religious and spiritual identities are assumed. 

(More accurately, in most cases, religious roles are set in place during the earliest years of each child's life; then those are unquestioningly clung to throughout adulthood. According to research, 97% of the persons on the planet are assigned a religious role early on. That false identity is augmented by, or replaced with, another false identity - namely, a spiritual role, which soon self-upgrades itself to the role of "The Spiritual Giant" - which, granted, must be played for a time by most on "the path")

However, that step must be transitioned if seekers are to complete the remainder of the "journey" to what Maharaj called "Full Realization" (i.e., to full freedom from a belief in any and all "learned ignorance"). Such is the requirement if the shift to total freedom from personality and persona-assumption and new-identity-adoption is to happen. 

For those who are willing to consider Maharaj's later teachings on the subject of spirituality, he offered during his last years a reassessment of the bhakti-influenced talks in the book I AM THAT and recommended to seekers that they stop reading those talks and listen instead to his later, psychology-based pointers:

"That book and whatever was expounded at that time was only relevant for that period. I am speaking differently today, emphasizing different aspects." 

What he offered later differed considerably from much of the content of his earlier talks, making clear that the pointers in I AM THAT will take you to the midpoint of "the path" but that his final talks point the way to the actual end of "the path." 

As his understanding evolved, his talks evolved; thus, in the end, he stopped talking about dogma and spirituality and offered pointers based in psychological understandings which focused on addressing what he came to see as the key elements of the Ultimate Sickness, namely, the programming-and-conditioning-blocked consciousness and the resultant warped mind. 

To look back over his sharings objectively, one can see that his preferred teaching method and his preferred yoga varied over the decades as his focus shifted from an assorted combination of guru-bhakti yoga to bhakti yoga to jnana yoga to nisarga yoga. 

In the end, the earlier shades of nisarga yoga began to blossom fully and singularly, and he became more direct and less concerned with bhakti yoga's religious and spiritual influences and more focused on inviting seekers to abide naturally rather than supernaturally / spiritually. 

His pointers below are likely only for those that are willing to consider what he meant when he said "I am speaking differently today" and are only for seekers that are interested in understanding those "different aspects" as he offered pointers that could free seekers who were fixated at the midpoint of the "journey" and allow them to move on to the end of "the path." 

The following quotes / pointers invited visitors to move beyond the third step of seven steps on his version of "the path"; to abandon all roles, including religious and / or spiritual roles; to complete the "journey" to what he called "full realization"; and then to abide naturally.] 

“From my angle, you are nothing. You have no identity.” 

Questioner: "The scriptures say that we have our karma and our sins and that is why we are here." 
Maharaj: "That is for the ignorant masses. One who has realized . . . , for him these stories are of no use." 

"Forget spirituality." 

Follow your "normal inclinations." 

"Just give up spirituality." 

"I do not follow the spirituality of the masses." 

"Whatever spiritual things you aspire to know are all happening in this objective world, in the illusion. All this is happening in the objective world. All is dishonesty. There is no truth in this fraud." 

"I am not addicted to self-descriptions [such as] 'soham' and [such as] 'brahmasmi'." 

[Note: "Soham" means, "I myself" or "It is I" or "He is I". "Brahmasmi" means, "I am Brahman" or "I am the Supreme" or "I am God" or "I am the Infinite Supreme Soul" or "I am part of the Brahman" - that being an implication of duality in itself.] 

"Subsequent to that 'I Am' and body-mind, and in the realm of the mind, there occurs what you call 'spiritual seeking', or 'spiritual knowledge'. This is nonsense." 

"I appeal to you with my folded hands: don't get into this spirituality."

"The sum total of my spirituality now is nothing. Even that word 'nothing' is not there, so there is no spirituality left." 

“When the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of this world—everything—is disproved.” 

“If [persons] come face-to-face with that root, they will be stunned into silence.” 

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

“From the Absolute no-knowing state, spontaneously, this consciousness ‘I am’ has appeared—there is no reason, no cause.” 

"There is no such thing as spirituality; whatever is, is only this worldly life, in the five-elemental play." 

"Those who have apperceived my knowledge will not fall prey to the logic or spirituality expounded by others." 

Q.: "I want to live a good life, a holy life. What am I to do?" 
M: "Go home; take charge of your father's business; look after your parents in their old age. Marry the girl who is waiting for you. Be loyal, be simple, be humble. Hide your virtue. Live silently." 

Q.: "So many saints and mystics lived and died. They did not change my world." 
M.: "How could they? Your world is not theirs, nor is theirs yours." 

"I got involved in spirituality, in the business of spirituality, [but] finally I lost that love of 'the Self' also. I have no more love for 'the Self'." 

"Do your normal duties."

"Just give up spirituality."

To the contrary, those spreading all sorts of duality-based beliefs will also be the ones encouraging persons to assume and play a host of false identities to include two in particular which they take to be "The Two Really Good Roles": "The Super Religious One" and "The Spiritual Giant."

To be continued.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Sixteen

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS 

[See the offer following this post for details on how you can watch on a video of a retreat the discussion of all seven of the steps on the path used by Maharaj] 

Next, quotations from Maharaj will be offered, excerpted from the book QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more

The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

"THE 'JOURNEY'" and "MARKERS ALONG 'THE PATH'" and "ACCEPTING ONLY WISDOM-BASED GUIDANCE" 

"THE 'JOURNEY'" 

" . . . You should go back, reverse, to the source.” 

“Follow the same path by which you came.” 

"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." 

"This is the place where the intellect gets annihilated." 

"There is no creation so there is no 'Creator'" and "God did not create man; man dreamed up God(s)" and " . . . You have invented a God." 

[Thus, because there is no "heaven" - or anywhere else where 'a Creator' supposedly lives - "the journey" has nothing to do with "trying to get to Heaven, to Valhalla, to Paradise,  to Nirvana, or "being reincarnated into a higher form" and has nothing to do with avoiding "Hell," "being reincarnated into a lower form," etc. "The journey" has everything to do with "being freed of all learned ignorance."]

"MARKERS ALONG 'THE PATH'" 

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

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

"There is no progress." 

"Both experience and experiencer will disappear." 

"There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realisation . . . . " 

"First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and . . . you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." 

“I am stabilized. There is no going into samadhi, or coming down from samadhi. That is over.” 

“When you are thoroughly knowledgeable, you will come to the conclusion that this beingness is also an illusion.” 

“The nearer you get to the truth, the more you lose interest in worldly affairs. Such a one will not have any interest in the world, but will act like an ordinary person.” 

"Those who come here with the idea of getting knowledge, even spiritual knowledge, come here as individuals aspiring to get something; that is the real difficulty. The seeker must disappear." 

“You have some experiences and you try to benefit from them, but remember that whatever is going to be of use to you ultimately is going to harm you. Wherever there is use, there is also dis-use in this world of duality. Whatever you like is going to create harm for you. Whatever you like most is, in the end, going to be most harmful for you.” 

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

"ACCEPTING ONLY WISDOM-BASED GUIDANCE" 

"If you seek with the big name teachers, you will get what you deserve" [or, as expressed here, "you will never get what you seek"].

"You, with your wisdom, are stuck here; you are sticking to certain concepts. If you had no concepts, why should you come here? You study only those concepts which arise from within you. Those concepts which you do not like will not occur to you." 

"Do not consult others about the advice I have given to them. Abide in what I have told only you. Kill the curiosity to know what others are told; to each seeker the appropriate advice is given." 

"The effect of these talks is that you will stabilize in the very source from which the words sprout. Abiding in the dynamic, manifest consciousness is abiding in the words of the Guru. The meaning of the mantra I have given you is that you are the manifest, dynamic principle, not the body. When you abide in that, you become that." 

“I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas. Only my own experience.” 

"First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and . . . you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." 

"Consciousness opens the gate for you to transcend consciousness. There are two aspects; one is conceptual, dynamic consciousness which is full of concepts, and the other is transcendent consciousness. Even the concept 'I Am' is not there. Conceptual, qualitative Brahman, the one that is full of concepts and is qualitative, is the outcome of the functioning body." 

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

"Those who know only scriptures know nothing." 

"In the course of your study of spirituality, you have acquired many concepts and you call that 'knowledge'. Throw out your concepts." 

"Whatever you think of as 'spiritual knowledge' was gained in the realm of consciousness; such knowledge is merely a burden upon your head and it is going to add more misery. It is nothing more than spiritual jargon." 

"Spiritual knowledge should not be studied." 

Because we're looking at non-duality pointers but also being alert to duality-based thoughts and words and actions, consider again this pointer from Maharaj: 

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

It has been noted that a major contributor to arrogance and hatred is the prevalence among the masses of the concept of "the other." 

If early humans were settled on the veldt and "others" approached who were interested in a group's hunting or foraging territory or in their makeshift housing or in their water source or in their tools and clothing and possessions or in their women, those "others" may have triggered emotions such as fright and then defensiveness and anger and even hatred. 

There have been exceptions. When the first Europeans arrived in what would eventually be called "America," the indigenous peoples had no concept or vocabulary involving the concept of "the other" or "others," so they welcomed the white-skinned travelers in spite of the fact that they "looked different." 

The native population taught the newcomers how to grow crops in a sometimes hostile, Northeast environment; how to hunt and how to use all of the parts of a deer to provide food; how to make clothes out of available materials; how to make furniture; how to make tools, etc. They taught them which berries were edible and which berries were poisonous. 

They gave them the survival skills needed to make it though the first winter and into spring. And what did the Europeans do after all that? They enslaved the young males, killed the remaining native inhabitants, and stole everything they had. 

Then, they introduced for the first time on this continent the concepts of "colonizing" and "xenophobia" and "different from" and "better than" and "the other" and "eugenics" and "the superior race" and "white supremacy" and "the one true religion" and "conquest" and "genocide" and "plundering and pillaging" and "killing and destruction for the sake of killing and destroying." 

The non-dual seekers that become fully realized (that is, per Maharaj, become "totally freed of all belief in learned ignorance") will be equally tuned in to talk about the Oneness while also remaining alert to talk about "the other," and they will accept the messages of Oneness when the pure, universal consciousness speaks while readily rejecting all messages about "separation" and "different-from-ment" and "better-than-ment" and "the other" and while also moving away from the carriers of messages rooted in the Sickness.

If you live for several decades and then reflect, you may see what came to be seen here:

If you accept it, unimaginable levels of misery and suffering can be generated - relatively speaking - by those who think they are far better than they really are and who decide that you are far worst than you really are.

Maharaj shall have the final non-dual words on this today: 

M.: "You are not different from 'others'." 

To be continued.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Fifteen

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS

[See the offer following this post for details on how you can watch on a video of a retreat the discussion of all seven of the steps on the path used by Maharaj] 

Next, quotations from Maharaj will be offered, excerpted from the book QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more

The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

"RELATIVE PROBLEMS" and "SOLUTIONS" 

"Don’t you see that all your problems are your body’s problems - food, clothing, shelter, family, friends, name, fame, security, survival? All these lose their meaning the moment you realise that you may not be a mere body." 

"It is selfishness, due to a self-identification with the body, that is the main problem and the cause of all other problems." 

"The ultimate state . . . is that state where no needs are felt at any time, where nothing is useful for anything." 

"Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs be done." 

"All your problems arise because you have defined and therefore limited yourself. When you do not think yourself to be this or that, all conflict ceases. Any attempt to do something about your problems is bound to fail, for what is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. You have enclosed yourself in time and space, squeezed yourself into the span of a lifetime and the volume of a body and thus created the innumerable conflicts of life and death, pleasure and pain, hope and fear. You cannot be rid of problems without abandoning illusions." 

"In the waking state all these problems arise, for such is its nature. But, you are not always in that state. What good can you do in a state into which you fall and from which you emerge, helplessly?" 

"A man who moves with the earth will necessarily experience days and nights. He who stays with the sun will know no darkness. My world is not yours. As I see it, you all are on a stage performing. There is no reality about your comings and goings. And your problems are so unreal!" 

"Centuries roll on, but the human problem does not change - the problem of suffering and the ending of suffering." 

"This 'I Amness' is the very source of all misery." 

"Witnessing is natural and no problem. The problem is excessive interest, leading to self-identification. Whatever you are engrossed in you take to be real." 

"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, coloured by like and dislike. Truth and Love are man's real nature and . . . the heart is the means of its expression." 

" . . . Without the mind there will be no problems." 

"I have no personal problems. But the world is full of living beings whose lives are squeezed between fear and craving. They are like cattle driven to the slaughter house, jumping and frisking, carefree and happy, yet dead and skinned within an hour." 

"Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem." 

"What is wrong with a life which is free from problems? Personality is merely a reflection of the real. Why should not the reflection be true to the original as a matter of course, automatically? Need the person have any designs of its own? The life of which it is an expression will guide it. Once you realise that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown." 

"The problem is universal - suffering and the ending of suffering. The cause of suffering is dependence and independence is the remedy." 

"Just realise that you are dreaming a dream you call the world, and stop looking for ways out. The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs be done." 

"To solve a problem you must trace it to its source. Only in the dissolution of the problem in the universal solvents of enquiry and dispassion, can its right solution be found." 

"Have your being outside this body of birth and death and all your problems will be solved. They exist because you believe yourself born to die. Undeceive yourself and be free. You are not a person." 

"All your problems arise because you have defined and therefore limited yourself. When you do not think yourself to be this or that, all conflict ceases. Any attempt to do something about your problems is bound to fail, for what is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire." 

"The problem is not yours -- it is your mind's only. Begin by disassociating yourself from your mind. Resolutely remind yourself that you are not the mind and that its problems are not yours." 

"While it lasts, the dream has temporary being. It is your desire to hold on to it, that creates the problem. Let go. Stop imagining that the dream is yours." 

"All waiting is futile. To depend on time to solve our problems is self-delusion. The future, left to itself merely repeats the past. Change can only happen now, never in the future." 

"The world problems were created by numberless people like you, each full of his own desires and fears. Who can free you of your past, personal and social, except yourself? And how will you do it unless you see the urgent need of your being first free of cravings born of illusion? How can you truly help, as long as you need help yourself?" 

"Once the conviction: 'I am not the body' becomes so well grounded that he [the seeker] can no longer feel, think and act for and on behalf of the body, he will easily discover that he is the universal being, knowing, acting, that in him and through him the entire universe is real, conscious and active. This is the heart of the problem. Either you are body-conscious and a slave of circumstances, or you are the universal consciousness itself -- and in full control of every event." 

"No problem is solved completely, but you can withdraw from it to a level on which it does not operate." 

"When you know your true being[ness], you have no problems. You may please your parents or not, marry or not, make a lot of money or not. It is all the same to you. Just act according to circumstances, yet in close touch with the facts, with the reality in every situation." 

By contrast, those thoughts and words and actions are driven by duality find facts to be anathema and prefer to distort the truth in order to manipulate the masses (and that has long proved to be effective for those who would cotnrol). 

In the U.S., for example, when one spokesperson for the president was asked, "Why did he have his press secretary offer up a provable falsehood?" the reply was, "He was offering alternative facts." The reporter's response: "Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods." 

One symptom of the Ultimate Sickness has long been identified as an inability to differentiate between true and false, between fact and fiction, between the real and the non-real, between veracity and lies. 

Maharaj advised: "See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be." 

He recommended "deliberate daily exercise in discrimination between the true and the false" and non-dual teachers have long suggested that seekers develop "the faculty of discrimination" (referring not to the development of biases and prejudices but to the development of the ability to differentiate and distinguish between the real and the not-real, between truth and lies.). 

It has been pointed out here for 28 years that

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Recognizing how widespread the Ultimate Sickness was - and is - among the masses, Maharaj invited seekers to "consider the familiar way of thinking and see its falseness"; such is the way it is when the masses abide.in the realm of duality.

At the heart of the Sickness is the belief that learned ignorance is based in truth. So much for "the Knower" and "Knowing." 

Thus Maharaj said: 

"All talk of gnana is a sign of ignorance. It is the mind that imagines that it does not know and then comes to know. Reality knows nothing of these contortions. Even the idea of God as the Creator is false. Do I owe my being to any other being? Because l am, all is." 

To be continued. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Fourteen

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"He [Maharaj] suggests that you return again and again to ‘I am’ until it is your only abode, 
outside of which nothing exists . . . ." 
-- Douwe Tiemersma 

"Love says, 'I am everything'. Wisdom says, 'I am nothing'. 
Between the two my life flows." 
-- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

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Many of those that visit this site regularly have reported on how impressed they are that they have crossed the paths on this site with a Christian minister that is not parroting the nonsense that is usually heard in religious venues but is actually sharing - via words rooted in the universal consciousness - a host of non-dual-loaded pointers to truth. He is, as was Maharaj, "the Unmanifested talking through the Manifest"; therefore, he offers a message which adumbrates the non-dual wisdom which is being shared by others that understand the message of Oneness (such as those being quoted in this series). When that happens via that minister, I share those non-duality-based "sermons." 

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Next, quotations from Maharaj will be offered, excerpted from the book QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more.

The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

THE NOTHINGNESS 

"Everything is a play of ideas. In the state free from ideation (nirvikalpa samadhi) nothing is perceived." 

"There is nothing I feel separate from; hence, I am all. No thing is me, so I am nothing." 

"The world just sprouts into being out of nothing and returns to nothing." 

"Is it not important to you to know whether you are a mere body, or something else? Or, maybe nothing at all?" 

"Without the 'I am' there is nothing." 

Questioner: "If I am neither the body nor mind, how am I aware of them? How can I perceive something quite foreign to myself?" 
Maharaj: " 'Nothing is me,' is the first step." 

"To know that 'nothing is' is true knowledge." 

"Be nothing, know nothing, have nothing." 

"You must thoroughly understand what you are, or what you could be when nothing is. When nothing is, you still are" [yet that "you" or so-called "You" involves nothing personal but is only energy-matter]. 

"In fact, it would be enough to understand what you are not. You are nothing."

"What is that 'you'? It is all One, and when everything is, still you are; that is understandable, but when nothing is, how can I be?" 

M.: " . . . Gold is the basis for all gold jewellery. Abstract the name and shape from the jewellery and the gold becomes obvious. Be free of name and form and of the desires and fears they create, then what remains?" 
Q.: "Nothingness." 
M.: "Yes, the void remains." 

"For the path of return (nivritti), naughting oneself is necessary. My stand I take where nothing (paramakash) is . . . ." 

"I am not attached. I am nothing, and nothing is afraid of no thing." 

"On the contrary, everything is afraid of the nothing, for when a thing touches nothing, it becomes nothing. It is like a bottomless well: whatever falls into it, disappears." 

"To be nothing, to have nothing, to keep nothing for oneself is the greatest gift . . . ." 

"The ultimate state is that state in which nothing exists, neither I, nor you, nor manifestation."

"That which sees all this, and 'the nothing' too, is the inner teacher." 

"Verbal teaching has its use: it prepares the mind for voiding itself of its accumulations." 

"Once you have nothing, you have no problems." 

"When you hold on to nothing, no trouble arises." 

Q.: "Are you always in a state of samadhi?" 
M.: "Of course not. Samadhi is a state of mind, after all. I am beyond all experience, even of samadhi. I am the great devourer and destroyer: whatever I touch dissolves into void (akash)." 

"There is the body. Inside the body appears to be an observer and outside - a world under observation. The observer and his observation as well as the world observed all appear and disappear together. Beyond it all, there is void. This void is one for all." 

" . . . Your true home is in nothingness, in emptiness of all content." 

"The sum total of my spirituality now is nothing. Even that word 'nothing' is not there, so there is no spirituality left." 

"First I thought I was the body; then I experienced that I was not the body but I was the consciousness; then I got the experience that this consciousness is not really me and that there is no form, no individuality, no nothing." 

Q.: "At the back of my mind there is a hum going on all the time. Numerous weak thoughts swarm and buzz and this shapeless cloud is always with me. Is it the same with you? What is at the back of your mind?" 
M.: "Where there is no mind, there is no back to it. I am all front . . . no back! The void speaks, the void remains." 

" . . . The immovable centre of the movable [is] the eternal witness of the transient. The centre is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing . . . ." 

“The 'Supreme Absolute' . . . is only a name for communication purposes.” 

"Nothing is useful. When one subsides into [authenticity], nothing matters, because nothing is. When 'I' subsides, it's all awareness." 

Yet . . . 

"Awareness is not aware of its awareness." 

M.: "I used to create a world and populate it - now I don't do it anymore." 
Q: "Where do you live, then?" 
M: "In the void beyond being and non-being, beyond consciousness. This void is also fullness; do not pity me. It is like a man saying: 'I have done my work. Now, there is nothing left to do'." 

Again, "I have the courage to be as nothing and to see 'the world' as it is: nothing" 

and 

"Something becomes nothing. Nothing was, nothing remains." 

"I am the Unmanifested talking through the Manifest. When the body, the mind, the vital breath drop off, nothing happens; only I, the Absolute [energy], prevail always." 

"I am conscious and unconscious, both conscious and unconscious, neither conscious nor unconscious -- to all this I am witness -- but really there is no witness, because there is nothing to be a witness to. I am perfectly empty of all mental formations, void of mind -- yet fully aware."

"The ultimate state . . . is that state where no needs are felt at any time, where nothing is useful for anything." 

"I am infinite peace and silence in which nothing appears." 

"Have you felt the all-embracing emptiness in which the universe swims like a cloud in the blue sky?" 

"It is the clinging to sensate life that binds you. If you could experience the inner void fully, the explosion into the totality would be near." 

"In that pure light of consciousness there is nothing, not even the idea of nothing. There is only light."

"The final answer is this: nothing is. All is a momentary appearance in the field of the universal consciousness; continuity as name and form is a mental formation only, easy to dispel."

As for being alert to thoughts and words and actions rooted in duality and avoiding their influence, consider:

"Whatever spiritual things you aspire to know are all happening in this objective world, in the illusion. All this is happening in the objective world. All is dishonesty. There is no truth in this fraud." 

He understood, in fact, that . . . 

“This is all a big hoax, a big fraud, created out of nothingness. Can you create something out of nothing?"

[He could as well have said, "Advertisers, religious 'experts' and 'spiritual giants,' and many present-day politicians with their sociopathic and psychopathic personality disorders are all using duality-based thoughts and words and actions to hide the truth and spread their dishonesty; the words coming out of those presently in charge of the federal government in the U.S. contain no truth, for they are frauds; and those unconsciously parroting duality-based beliefs rooted in religious dogma and / or spirituality are equally dishonest and fraudulent."]

To be continued. 
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**During my early years, I was offered the most fundamental, doctrinaire, nonsensical, fictional, mythical and false stories and tales and beliefs which were presented as "the not-to-ever-be-questioned truth."

[I would come to understand that "fundamental," when used rightly, is used to point to those who have "fun" "damning" anything that's "mental," or more accurately, rational and logical and sane.) 

I was programmed and conditioned to never question anything I was told. I rebelled and did so anyway; that is, I questioned all of their nonsense and nonsensical teachings, often to the detriment of the well-being of my butt [because of a parent who believed in the Bible's Jewish-based dictate, "If you spare the rod, you will spoil the child"].

For almost all persons in that religious venue - as in all other religious venues - beliefs were typically presented at a child level, were accepted at a child level, and were then clung to throughout adulthood and throughout an entire lifetime without ever moving beyond the childish beliefs which were passed on to them.

I came to see that it is incumbent upon adults that would be free of learned ignorance (and then free, period) to question all that they were taught during their early years, all that was passed down from their parents (which had been passed down to them and never questioned), and everything else as well (including what they are now being told by many business people and advertisers, by religious or spiritual leaders, by political leaders, etc.) 

Those who read regularly these postings are also aware that, during the 70 years of manifestation here, there is only one religious minister I have met who has the courage and the understanding and the wisdom to see clearly where religions are in error, to see when religious messaging is flawed, and to offer truth-and-reality-based pointers instead. 

That man is Rev. Jim Rigby. 

(Is Jim "anti-religion"? Of course not. He is, however, opposed to the typical messages being shared nowadays which reinforce ignorant beliefs based in ancient myths and superstitions rather than messages which point to truth.)

Recently, he shared a 21-minute message in which his early experiences with traditional religious messaging - and his journey to be freed from the influence of that - paralleled exactly my early experiences with religion and the seeking of freedom from that - and all - learned ignorance. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Thirteen

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The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

"BEING UNCONCERNED" (I.E., NOT BEING EMOTIONALLY-INTOXICATED) 

" . . . Watch all, unconcerned, in the full light of clarity and understanding." 

[Recall this exchange in light of being unconcerned:]
Q.: "In your daily life are You always conscious of your real state?" 
M.: "Neither conscious, nor unconscious. I do not need convictions. I live on courage. Courage is my essence, which is love of life. I am free of memories and anticipations, unconcerned with what I am and what I am not." 

"I am not concerned either with 'what exists' or with 'who exists'. I take my stand beyond, where I am both and neither." 

M.: "I am not concerned with the universe. Let it be or not be. It is enough if I know myself." 
Q.: "Even when I have an intuitive understanding of this, what is this reluctance to give up all that I am not?" 
M.: "You have not stabilized firmly in that understanding. Your conviction should be such that no question at all should arise in the future about that. For example, a person is dead and has been cremated, it is all over, is there any question about that? Like that, it will be all over." 

"I have no individuality. I have assumed no pose as a person. Whatever happens in the manifest consciousness happens." 

Q.: "Maharaj said that he is not going to die?" 
M.: "How can one who is not born, die? When people first learned about this illness, those who have affection for me came to talk to me or wrote to me, giving advice and medicine. Whatever is to happen will happen. I have no interest. I don't have fear so I don't have to do anything." 

"It is quite in order that those who have affection for me to write and come to discuss things with me. [But] I don't listen to them, and that is also quite in order, because I am not afraid of anything." 

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS AND THE ULTIMATE MEDICINE 

"When you are not well, you go to a physician who tells you what is wrong and what is the remedy." 

"If you have confidence in [the physician], it makes things simple: you take the medicine, follow the diet restrictions and get well. But if you do not trust [the physician], you may still take a chance, or you may study medicine yourself! In all cases, it is your desire for recovery that moves you, not the physician."

"The thoughts and deeds depend on the conditioning received right from the time the consciousness is there." 

"This Sickness gave the confirmation that there is no personality, no individual. Sickness to whom? [The Ultimate] Sickness is part of the functioning of the entire manifest, dynamic Chaitanya (consciousness); it is the play of consciousness. My true state is prior to this consciousness. That state does not depend on the consciousness." 
 
[The Ultimate Medicine] can "give the confirmation that there is no personality, no individual."

"This Sickness is an aspect of the consciousness and I am not the consciousness. I am not the 'I Amness'. Whatever sickness is there is in the domain of consciousness. With the aid of consciousness, sickness is being experienced." 

[The Ultimate Sickness is] "an aspect of the consciousness" and "in the domain of consciousness." 

"Just as the sun sets, only when this consciousness sets will there be perfect health or no experience of this Sickness." 

"Why should consciousness, which is inadequacy, which is sickness, be there at all? To a j├▒ani, consciousness has not happened at all. If the consciousness tries to understand itself, it gets stabilized in due course in the Absolute. And when the consciousness gets stabilized in the Absolute, it knows it is like a ghost. It is not real. It is not palpable." 

"Surely, when you are hungry you need food and when sick you need medicine." 

"The description and causation are the remedy for a disease caused by obtuseness and stupidity. Just like a deficiency disease is cured through the supply of the missing factor, so are the diseases of living cured by a good dose of intelligent detachment." 

To be continued. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Twelve

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The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

"IDENTIFICATION / PERSONALITY" 

"When you put on an identity that is not yours, you are afraid. When you are the pure 'I Amness' only, there is no fear. Presently you are this 'I Am', but this 'I Am' is not the truth. Whatever you are prior to the appearance of 'I Am', that is your true nature." 

" . . . Based on hearsay, you formed your identity with a certain image. You may think that now you have become jnanis and that you know your identity very well, but most often this is a case of sensory deception. Whatever your image of yourself, it is nothing but a concept. Just understand what you are, and carry on your daily life to the best of your ability." 

"You are still at the kindergarten level [of spirituality]. The only solution is for you to give up your identity with the body-mind." He said: "There is no separate identity; what IS is this consciousness, apart from that, no one can exist. When you are very quiet, you have arrived at the basis of everything." 

"If you have any problems or questions with which you are concerned, you will find these problems and questions, are based on your identity with the body and mind as an individual. If that identification is not there, then no questions can arise." 

"Once you realise that whatever appears before you cannot be yourself, and cannot say 'I am', you are free of all your 'persons' and their demands." 

" . . . Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage." 

"All is myself." 

"I do not identify myself with anybody in particular, for I am all - both the particular and the universal." 

"A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies. The opposite is also true: the sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification . . . ." 

"[The Realized man] looks at himself without indulging in self-definitions and self-identifications. He does not know himself as anything apart from the world. He is the world. He is completely rid of himself, like a man who is very rich, but continually gives away his riches. He is not rich, for he has nothing; he is not poor, for he gives abundantly. He is just propertyless. Similarly, the realised man is egoless; he has lost the capacity of identifying himself with anything. He is without location, placeless, beyond space and time, beyond the world. Beyond words and thoughts is he." 

" . . . Self-identification with the outer causes is suffering." 

"When I say I am free, I merely state a fact. If you are an adult, you are free from infancy. I am free from all description and identification. Whatever you may hear, see, or think of, I am not that." 

"Don't identify yourself with the world and you will not suffer." 

"You are afraid of what you are. Your destination is the whole. But you are afraid that you will lose your identity. This is childishness, clinging to the toys, to your desires and fears, opinions and ideas. Give it all up and be ready for the Real to assert itself." 

"When all the false self-identifications are thrown away, what remains is all-embracing Love. Get rid of all ideas about yourself, even of the idea that you are God. No self-definition is valid." 

"When the mind is quiet, we come to know ourselves as the pure witness[ing]. We withdraw from the experience and its experiencer and stand apart in [that is, as] pure awareness, which is between and beyond the two. The personality (based on self-identification . . . on imagining oneself to be something (i.e., 'I am this, I am that') continues, but only as a part of the objective world. Its identification with the witness snaps." 

"You know you are, 'I Am'. The moment the feeling 'I Am' appears, the 'world' also appears." 

"In the consciousness hierarchy there are three stages: 1. Jivatman is the one who identifies himself with the body-mind - one who thinks 'I am a body, a personality, an individual apart from the world.' He excludes and isolates himself from the world as a separate personality because of identification with the body and the mind. 2. Next only the beingness, or the consciousness, which is the world. 'I Am' means my whole world. Just being and the world. Together with the beingness the world is also felt - that is Atman. 3. The 'ultimate principle' that knows this beingness cannot be termed at all. It cannot be approached or conditioned by any words. That is the 'ultimate state'." 

"When you put on an identity that is not yours, you are afraid." 

He advised, die the death of false identity now to be at peace; then, You will have "come to the end of personality and there is no more human being. There is only impersonal consciousness." 

"There is that intuitive sense of presence; you know you are present." 

"When your individuality is dissolved, you will not see individual anywhere." You stop trying to "be something." You will understand that "whatever you try to become, that is not you." 

To that end, he offered this caution: "All your questions come from your identification with the body. How can any questions relating to that which was prior to the body and consciousness be answered?" 

“From my angle, you are nothing. You have no identity.” 

"Now the last traces of personality or individuality have left me." 

"Personality is merely a reflection of the real." 

"Unmanifested, manifested, individuality, personality (nirguna, saguna, vyakta, vyakti): all these are mere words, points of view, mental attitudes. There is no reality in them. The real is experienced in silence [but] you cling to personality . . . ." 

" . . . The personality is only an obstacle." 

"The personality (vyakti) is but a product of imagination." 

"It is the taking yourself to be what you are not that binds you." 

"Your being a person is due to the illusion of space and time; you imagine yourself to be at a certain point occupying a certain volume; your personality is due to your self-identification with the body." 

"How does 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." 

"Self-limitation is the very essence of personality." 

"The inner guru is not committed to non-violence. He can be quite violent at times, to the point of destroying the obtuse or perverted personality. Suffering and death, as life and happiness, are his tools of work. It is only in duality that non-violence becomes the unifying law." 

"As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it." 

"The dissolution of personality is followed always by a sense of great relief, as if a heavy burden has fallen off." 

"It is like washing printed cloth. First the design fades, then the background and in the end the cloth is plain white. The personality gives place to the witness, then the witness goes and pure awareness remains. The cloth was white in the beginning and is white in the end; the patterns and colours just happened -- for a time." 

"Just understand that it is not your personal action or choice. Do not get involved as the doer. Why do you get involved in all these concepts? First, find out what you consider yourself to be. Are you an entity? Get that problem solved instead of getting involved in all kinds of concepts. What are you? You cannot understand with your intellect; it is beyond the grasp of the intellect." 

"The core of this consciousness is knowingness, to know "I Am". It is not a personality, not an individual. It is total manifestation. Beingness is there, it fills everything." 

"All happenings are only in body consciousness. Personalities only exist in body consciousness. The usual knowledge is concerned only with the body image. You are not the body; you are the consciousness. There is no imprint of personality; it is the manifest consciousness which is functioning. This dynamic, manifest consciousness is always in a fluid state. What will happen no one can say. This dynamic consciousness does not have any concept that something good or bad is going to happen to it; it is just happening. No one is doing it." 

"When you look at others, that other 'person' is just food essence, as yourself." 

"All knowledge is like the son of a barren woman. Presently there are only beingness and the functioning. The individuality and personality are thrown overboard. There is no personality, so there is no question of birth, life, or death. What remains is only the consciousness without name or form. There is no individuality at all. The form needs a name, but when both are not there, then the consciousness remains only so long as the body is there, but without any individuality. The body is of as much use now as it was prior to the birth and after the death. How do you know me? You know me only on the acquisition of body form, name and form. Do you really see me as I am? I doubt it."

"There was a house, and in the house there was a person; now the person is gone and the house is demolished. The sum total is, whatever experiences you have, whether for a day or for years, it is all illusion. The experiences begin with knowingness. What is the most ingrained habit you have? It is to say 'I Am'. This is the root habit. Words and experiences are unworthy of you. This habit of experiencing will not go until you realize that all this domain of the five elements, and the experiences in the five elements, are unreal. This 'I-Amness' is itself unreal." 

"You are not a personality. That birth principle which gives rise to the consciousness is not conditioned; it has come spontaneously and manifests as consciousness." 

"The birth, the parents, all this is illusion. Taking the body as oneself is the accident. If you don't cling to the body as your identity, everything is all right." 

"It is total freedom for one who does not identify with the body." 

"Just now I was lying down in the waking state, but with no perceiving or receiving of any words, something like a prior-to-words state. Now the last traces of personality or individuality have left me." 

“When you travel in a car, are you the car?” 

“Every organic being, whether an insect or a human, depends on food. All these flowers, this foliage, is our antecedent state.” 

“Consciousness is present everywhere, but knowledge of that consciousness is dependent on the form.” 

“Before this knowledge ‘I Am’ appeared on you, you were absolutely unattached. As soon as the knowledge dawned on you, you became attached to everything around you. Only that false ‘I’ is attached. Everything is just happening, and the false ‘I’ is taking the credit for doing things.” 

“…You are the light.” 

“In order to manifest itself, the consciousness needs a frame, a particular construct in which it can appear.” 

"Understand that it is not the individual which has consciousness; it is the consciousness which assumes innumerable forms." 

"Both experience and experiencer will disappear." 

To be continued.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Wisdom of Listening for BOTH Non-Dual AND Duality-Based Messages: FROM JESUS TO SHAKESPEARE TO MAHARAJ TO JOHN LENNON TO PRESENT-DAY POLITICIANS WHO FOMENT HATRED AND SEPARATION, Part Eleven

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Next, quotations from Maharaj will be offered, excerpted from the book QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more

The quotations and pointers from Maharaj which will be offered during the next few days will be arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will deal with: 

"OVERLAYING ABSOLUTE REALITY ON THE RELATIVE: WHAT THE POST-REALIZATION ABIDANCE IS LIKE" 

"To me, nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never out of it. Nothing can take me out of it - no torture, no calamity." 

"Are you sure we live in the same world? I do not mean nature, the sea and the land, plants and animals. They are not the problem, nor the endless space, the infinite time, the inexhaustible power. Do not be misled by my eating and smoking, reading and talking. My mind is not here, my life is not here. Your world, of desires and their fulfillments, of fears and their escapes, is definitely not my world." 

"Of course facts are real! I live among them. But you live with fancies, not with facts. Facts never clash, while your life and world are full of contradictions. Contradiction is the mark of the false; the real never contradicts itself." 

"As you stabilize in the consciousness, dispassion for the body and for the expressions through the body occurs spontaneously. It is a natural renunciation, not a deliberate one. It does not mean that you should neglect your worldly duties; carry these out with full zest." 

Questioner: "Must not one be fit and eligible for realisation? Our nature is animal to the core. Unless it is conquered, how can we hope for reality to dawn?" 
Maharaj: "Leave the animal alone. Let it be. Just remember what you are. Use every incident of the day to remind you that without you as the witness there would be neither animal nor God. Understand that you are both, the essence and the substance of all there is, and remain firm in your understanding." 

"You can watch the body, so you are not the body. You can watch the breath, so you are not the vital breath. In the same way, you are not the consciousness; but you have to become one with the consciousness. As you stabilize in the consciousness, dispassion for the body and for the expressions through the body occur spontaneously. It is a natural renunciation, not a deliberate one. It does not mean that you should neglect your worldly duties; carry these out with full zest." 

"I don't live by memory. I see the world as it is, a momentary appearance in consciousness." 

"I live in a world of realities, while yours is of imagination. Your world is personal, private, unshareable, intimately your own. Nobody can enter it, see as you see, hear as you hear, feel your emotions and think your thoughts. In your world you are truly alone, enclosed in your ever-changing dream, which you take for life. My world is an open world, common to all, accessible to all." 

Q.: "Even when I have an intuitive understanding of this, what is this reluctance to give up all that I am not?" 
M.: "You have not stabilized firmly in that understanding. Your conviction should be such that no question at all should arise in the future about that. For example, a person is dead and has been cremated; it is all over. Is there any question about that? Like that, it will be all over." 

"The person is always the object, the witness is the subject and their relation of mutual dependence is the reflection of their absolute identity." 

"The mind shapes the language and the language shapes the mind. Both are tools, use them but don’t misuse them. Words can bring you only unto their own limit; to go beyond, you must abandon them. Remain as the silent witness only." 

"This is the end of Yoga -- to realise independence. All that happens, happens in and to the mind, not to the source of the ‘I am’. Once you realise that all happens by itself . . . , you remain as witness only, understanding and enjoying, but not perturbed." 

"Consciousness can never remain inactive; it will always be busy - that is its nature." [The question then becomes, "How can one address that constant activity and movement and then stabilize?"] Maharaj: "When you come here, you have certain expectations, certain aspirations, but after listening to my talks, you lose all that."

"Language-energy and vital-breath-energy should merge and stabilize; otherwise, if you allow them to go outward, they will be dissipated. If you want peace, stabilize at that point where you started to be. Stay put there." 

"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." 

"The witness that is enmeshed in what he perceives is the person; the [Pure] Witnessing that stands aloof, unmoved and untouched, is the watch-tower of the real, the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested." 

" . . . when it comes to thoughts and feelings, desires and fears you become acutely self-conscious. To me, these too are largely unconscious. I find myself talking to people, or doing things quite correctly and appropriately, without being very much conscious of them. It looks as if I live my physical, waking life automatically, reacting spontaneously and accurately." 

"Those who have comprehended and who have reached a certain stage will not ask for anything, but everything will come to them spontaneously. There will be no wish for it; nevertheless, it will be there. This does not happen for an individual — it happens for the universal manifestation, or for the one who has become one with his true nature. For the jnani, only witnessing is taking place." 

"My dwelling place in the grosser world is gone now; presently it is in the subtler sphere, as in space." 

" . . . You must sleep in order to wake up. You must die in order to live, you must melt down to shape anew. You must destroy to build . . . ." 

"Just now I was lying down in the waking state, but with no perceiving or receiving of any words, something like a prior-to-words state. Now the last traces of personality or individuality have left me." 

"The effect of these talks is that you will stabilize in the very source from which the words sprout. Abiding in the dynamic, manifest consciousness is abiding in the words of the Guru. The meaning of the mantra I have given you is that you are the manifest, dynamic principle, not the body. When you abide in that, you become that." 

"You must become one with and stabilize in that [pure] consciousness; then, you transcend it. That consciousness is your only capital. Understand it." 

"Are you ready to follow my example? I am dead to the world, I want nothing, not even to live. Be as I am. You are judging me by my clothes and food while I only look at your motives; if you believe to be the body and the mind and act on it, you are guilty of the greatest cruelty - cruelty to your own real being. Compared to it, all other cruelties do not count." 

"Understand what consciousness is [and understand that] consciousness is not an individual. The basis and source of consciousness is in the material. What I say is still in the conceptual world, and you need not accept it as truth. Nothing in the conceptual world is true." 

"When you go beyond awareness, there is a state of non-duality in which there is no cognition, only pure being. In the state of non-duality, all separation ceases." 

"I used to sit for hours together, with, nothing but the 'I am' in my mind and soon peace and joy and a deep all-embracing love became my normal state. In it all disappeared -- myself, my Guru, the life I lived, the world around me. Only peace remained and unfathomable silence." 

"Everybody dies as he lives. I am not afraid of death, because I am not afraid of life. I live a happy life and shall die a happy death. Misery is to be born, not to die. All depends how you look at it." 

"When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your self as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown is the source of knowledge. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there." 

"The 'Ultimate state' is that state in which nothing exists - neither I, nor you, nor manifestation." 

" . . . Life is to be lived; there is no time for analysis." 

"When you have understood that all existence, in separation and limitation, is painful, and when you are willing and able to live integrally, in oneness with all life, as pure being, you have gone beyond all need of help." 

"Just live your life as it comes, but alertly, watchfully, allowing everything to happen as it happens, doing the natural things the natural way . . . ." 

"Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone." 

Q.: "In your daily life are you always conscious of your real state?" 
M.: "Neither conscious, nor unconscious. I do not need convictions. I live on courage. Courage is my essence, which is love of life. I am free of memories and anticipations, unconcerned with what I am and what I am not. I am not addicted to self descriptions, soham and brahmasmi ('I am He', 'I am the Supreme') are of no use to me. I have the courage to be as nothing and to see the world as it is: nothing. It sounds simple, just try it!" 

"Life is worthy of the name only when it reflects Reality in action. No university will teach you how to live so that when the time of dying comes, you can say: I lived well I do not need to live again. Most of us die wishing we could live again. So many mistakes committed, so much left undone. Most of the people vegetate, but do not live. They merely gather experience and enrich their memory." 

"Once you realise that all comes from within, that the world in which you live has not been projected onto you but by you, your fear comes to an end." 

" . . . Live without self-concern." 

"Live in tune with things as they are and not as they are imagined." 

"There is only life. There is nobody who lives a life." 

"Just trust me and live by trusting me. I shall not mislead you. You are the Reality beyond the world and its 'creator', beyond consciousness and its witness, beyond all assertions and denials. Remember it, think of it, act on it. Abandon all sense of separation, see yourself in all and act accordingly. With action bliss will come and, with bliss, conviction. After all, you doubt yourself because you are in sorrow. Happiness, natural, spontaneous and lasting cannot be imagined. Either it is there, or it is not. Once you begin to experience the peace, love and happiness which need no outer causes, all your doubts will dissolve. Just catch hold of what I told you and live by it." 

To be continued. 
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