To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about. Be in the world, but don't be of it. Be with people, but don't let them become part of you.

~ Osho
When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice - the thinker - but the one who is aware of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom.

~ Eckhart Tolle
O Father, when I was blind I found not a door that led to Thee. Thou hast healed my eyes; now I discover doors everywhere: the hearts of flowers, the voices of friendship, memories of lovely experiences. Each gust of my prayer opens a new entrance to the vast temple of Thy presence.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda
In a real sense, self-inquiry is a spiritually induced form of wintertime. It’s not about looking for a right answer so much as stripping away and letting you see what is not necessary, what you can do without, what you are without your leaves. In human beings, we do not call these leaves. We call them ideas, concepts, attachments, and conditioning. All of this forms your identity. Wouldn’t it...
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The surest sign of spiritual progress is a total lack of concern about progress.

There is an utter absence of anxiety about anything like liberation and a sort of hollowness in one's being, a kind of looseness and involuntary surrender to whatever might happen.

~ Ramesh Balsekar
For one who knows me, I am one with him;
for one who wants to know me,
I am very near to him;
and for one who does not know me,
I am a beggar before him.

~ Sri Anandamayi Ma
I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no towrope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!

And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you...
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As long as one thinks that the Lord is somewhere `there', one is ignorant. But when one thinks that God is definitely `here', that is jnana (knowledge).

~ Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna
You are pure awareness.
The world is an illusion,
Nothing more.
When you understand this fully,
Desire falls away.
You find peace.
For indeed!
There is nothing.

In the ocean of being
There is only one.
There was and there will be
Only one.
You are already fulfilled.
How can you be bound or free?
Wherever you go,
Be happy.

Never upset your mind
With yes and no.
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When the veil which does not exist is lifted,
then you will have Bliss and Love.
The veil never is, it is only your desire
which hides your true nature.

~ Papaji

...from `The Truth Is'
Intelligence does not come merely by passing examinations and studying books. Intelligence comes into being when we understand problems as they arise. When there is understanding of the problem at its different levels, not only of the outward part but of its inward, psychological implications, then, in that process, intelligence comes into being. So when there is intelligence there is no...
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If they ask what LOVE is,
Say "The sacrifice of will".
If you have not left your will behind
You have no will at all.

~ Rumi
Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that,...
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She lets the confused stay confused
if that is what they want
and is always available
to those with a passion for the truth.

In the welter of opinions,
she is content with not-knowing.
She makes distinctions
but doesn't take them seriously.

She sees the world constantly breaking
apart, and stays centered in the whole.

She sees the world endlessly changing
and never wants it to be
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Questioner: Can there be true knowledge of things?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Relatively -- yes. Absolutely -- there are no things. To know that nothing is is true knowledge.

~ from 'I Am That', chapter 73
You can never not be the Self.
The only way that you can appear
to be other then the Self
is through dream.

You may call it God's dream.

~ Mooji
Sorrow is adventitious. It is only happiness that is natural. Every living being desires happiness because his natural state is the embodiment of happiness. All sadhanas (spiritual efforts) are for overcoming adventitious sorrow. When a headache comes on casually, you have to get rid of it by medicine. If it is a permanent ailment of the body, attached to it from birth to death, why should you...
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Be less of a judge and you will be surprised that when you become a witness and you don't judge yourself, you stop judging others too. And that makes you more human, more compassionate, more understanding.

~ Osho
I'm beyond the sorrows of attachment; I'm the one Reality.
I'm beyond the sorrows of destiny; I'm the one Reality.
I'm beyond the sorrows of worldly existence; I'm the one Reality.
I'm nectarean knowledge, unchanging bliss; I'm everywhere, like space.

~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut (3.19) download of Swami Abhayananda's translation of the 'Avadhuta Gita' titled "Dattatreya's Song...
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True inquiry is like a childlike wondering, ‘Is this really who I am?’ Not thinking about it, but allowing yourself to be more and more disarmed through the question. The more sincerely you experientially enter the unknown, the more you become disarmed. Have you noticed the mind doesn’t know what to do? Invite that sense of unknowing, and do not be concerned about being disarmed. Notice that...
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