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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #435 on: August 16, 2013, 04:04:36 PM »
"Vehemently make up your mind that you're going to take complete control of yourself. Start from now. Say to yourself "I will never again allow my mind to rule me. I will never again allow my mind to control me. From this moment on, I am in charge", and make it your business to catch yourself when your mind begins to think. Grab it at the thought, before it starts to mix with your emotions."
[Robert Adams]

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« Reply #436 on: August 16, 2013, 04:10:46 PM »
"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth."

"This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play."

"You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
[Alan Wilson Watts]


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« Reply #437 on: August 16, 2013, 04:14:18 PM »
"The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind."
[Rumi]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #438 on: August 16, 2013, 04:21:56 PM »
"Whenever someone criticizes you, listen to it. If the criticism has some substance, take it. If it is coming out of jealously, be compassionate towards them. That is their problem; they are working out their own jealously. They are pouring out their frustration on you. And in some sense, you are just helping them to empty their mind of frustration."
[Sri Sri Ravi Shankar]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #439 on: August 16, 2013, 04:33:54 PM »
"The only thing that you should do, or must do, is not to be in conflict with anything. Do not be in conflict with anyone or anything. When you're not in conflict with anything, the mind begins to surrender itself, and goes back into the heart, and you become your Self. This is the easiest thing that you ever had to do. It's simplicity itself. It's simplicity itself because there's nothing you have to do. There's nothing you have to become. There's no one you have to change. You are that."
[Robert Adams]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #440 on: August 16, 2013, 04:39:34 PM »
"The rubber in the process of erasing gets erased itself."
[Sri Nochur Venkataraman]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #441 on: August 16, 2013, 04:50:11 PM »
"Just as a man ignores the fact that he holds Chintamani (the celestial gem capable of fulfilling one's desires) in his hands, and goes begging food, so also people who are ignorant of the fount of bliss within themselves, waste their lives seeking external pleasures!"
[from 'Tripura Rahasya', chapter XVII]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #442 on: August 16, 2013, 04:54:36 PM »
"You cannot find the Mother until the faith awakens in you that whatever the Mother does is all for the best of Her child."
[Sri Anandamayi Ma]


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« Reply #443 on: August 16, 2013, 10:20:13 PM »
"Without mud, you cannot have a lotus flower. Without suffering, you have no ways in order to learn how to be understanding and compassionate. Happiness is the lotus flower, and the suffering is the mud. So the practice is how to make use of the suffering, make use of the mud, to create the flower, the happiness, and this is possible."
[Thich Nhat Hanh]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #444 on: August 16, 2013, 10:25:56 PM »
Question: Between the spirit and the body, is it love that provides the bridge?
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: What else? Mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #445 on: August 16, 2013, 11:00:34 PM »
"As long as you have the idea of influencing events, liberation is not for you: The very notion of doership, of being a cause, is bondage."
[Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #446 on: August 18, 2013, 01:39:51 PM »
Questioner: What is this big talk about elimination of the self? How can the self eliminate itself? What kind of metaphysical acrobatics can lead to the disappearance of the acrobat? In the end he will reappear, mightily proud of his disappearing.

Nisargadatta Maharaj: You need not chase the 'I am' to kill it. You cannot. All you need is a sincere longing for reality. We call it atma-bhakti, the love of the Supreme: or moksha-sankalpa, the determination to be free from the false. Without love, and will inspired by love, no-thing can be done. Merely talking about Reality without doing anything about it is self-defeating. There must be love in the relation between the person who says 'I am' and the observer of that 'I am'. As long as the observer, the inner self, the 'higher' self, considers himself apart from the observed, the 'lower' self, despises it and condemns it, the situation is hopeless. It is only when the observer (vyakta) accepts the person (vyakti) as a projection or manifestation of himself, and, so to say, takes the self into the Self, the duality of 'I' and 'this' goes and in the identity of the outer and the inner the Supreme Reality manifests itself. This union of the seer and the seen happens when the seer
becomes conscious of himself as the seer; he is not merely interested in the seen, which he is anyhow, but also interested in being interested, giving attention to attention, aware of being aware. Affectionate awareness is the crucial factor that brings Reality into focus.


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #447 on: August 18, 2013, 01:44:08 PM »
"Love is the satguru. Love is the teacher. Love, finally, if you're willing to surrender to it, rather than to try and control it, love teaches you who you are."
[Gangaji]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #448 on: August 18, 2013, 02:49:05 PM »
"The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it's in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability."
[Ram Dass]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #449 on: August 18, 2013, 02:57:16 PM »
"As pure water poured into pure water becomes the very same, so does the Self of the illumined man or woman verily become one with the Godhead."
[Katha Upanishad]


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