Archive for May 7th, 2011

That which you are, your true self, you love it, and whatever you do, you do for your own happiness.  To find it, to know it, to cherish it is your basic urge.  Since time immemorial you loved yourself, but never wisely.  Use your body and mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all.  Be true to your own self, love yourself absolutely.  Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.  Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them.  Don’t pretend  to be what you are not, don’t refuse to be what you are.  Your love of others is the result of self- knowledge, not its cause.  Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine.  When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.  When you realize the depth and fullness of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection.  But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it.  Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation.  It is a vicious circle.  Only self-realization can break it.  Go for it resolutely.  

Nisargadatta Maharja

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The soul of man is like a piece of crystal, but it takes the color of whatever is near it.  Whatever the soul touches… it has to take its color.  That is the difficulty.  That constitutes bondage.  The color is so strong, the crystal forgets itself and identifies itself with the color.  Suppose a red flower is near the crystal: the crystal takes the color and forgets itself, thinks it is red.  We have taken the color of the body and have forgotten what we are.  All the difficulties that follow come from that one dead body.  All our fears, all worries, anxieties, troubles, mistakes, weakness, evil, are from that one great blunder– that we are bodies.  This is the ordinary person.  It is the person taking the color of the flower near to it.  We are no more bodies than the crystal is the red flower.  Vivekananda

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If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures, of all patterns of thinking and feeling.  Even the idea of being man or woman, or even human should be discarded.  The ocean of life contains all, not only humans.  So, first of all abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such or so-and-so, this or that.  Abandon all self-concern, worry not about your welfare, material or spiritual, abandon every desire, gross or subtle, stop thinking of achievement of any kind.  You are complete here and now, you need absolutely nothing.  Nisargadda Maharaj

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Only when you realize the true peace, the peace you have never lost, that peace will remain with you, for it was never away.  Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what is it that you have never lost?  That which is there before the beginning and after the ending of everything; that to which there is no birth, nor death.  That immoveable state, which is not affected by birth and death of a body or a mind, that state you must perceive.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The seeker is he who is in search of himself.  Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not.  Discover all that you are not – body, feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or that – nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.  The clearer you understand that on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realize that you are the limitless being.  Nisargaddatta Maharaj, from I Am That

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No outward thing – nothing, nobody from without – can hurt me inside, psychologically. I recognized that I could only be hurt psychologically by my own wrong actions, which I have control over; by my own wrong reactions (they are tricky, but I have control over them too); or by my own inaction in some situations, like the present world situation, that need action from me. When I recognized all this how free I felt! And I just stopped hurting myself.

Peace Pilgrim, from ‘Her Life and Works in Her Own Words’

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Love comes sailing through and I scream

Love sits beside me like a private supply of itself.

Love puts away the instruments

And takes off the robes.  Our nakedness

together changes me completely.

Rumi, The Book of Love

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Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one’s own soul.
Ralph W. Trine

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi

There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity. Elise Boulding

God does not send us despair in order to kill us; he sends it in order to awaken us to new life. Herman Hesse

There is nothing outside you.That is what you must ultimately learn. Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world. A Course in Miracles

If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along a path indicated to you by heaven and earth.
Morihei Ueshiba

The Divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us. Morihei Ueshiba

The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order. Henry Miller

The greatest battles are fought within oneself. Unknown

Peace originates with the flow of things– its heart is like the movement of the wind and waves. The Way is like the veins that circulate blood through our bodies, following the natural flow of the life force. If you are separated in the slightest from that divine essence, you are far off the path. Morihei Ueshiba

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Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything.

Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute.

God knows the past, present and future.

He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work.

What is to be done will be done at the proper time.

Don’t worry.

Abide in the heart and surrender your acts to the divine.

Ramana Maharshi

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