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As soon as you accept the truth about yourself, ‘Sat-Chit-Ananda’, you will be free. You simply have to accept this. There are no rituals you have to go through. There are no prayers you have to chant. You simply have to awaken to your true nature, Pure Awareness, Nirvana, Bliss, Consciousness. This is what you are right at this moment.

Have no concern about what's going on in this world, what's going on in your life. The answer is already there. You will always know what to do. You will always be led to your highest good. Trust the power that knows the way. You are that power. You have always been that power. Rejoice. You are totally free right now.

How bad do you want to give up your ego? Some of us are so caught up into our lives that we think are important, that we’re actually afraid to give up the ego in its entirety. Because we are afraid of the unknown. We say something like this to ourselves, ‘At least now I know where I am and what I’ve got, or with who I’m with. But if I give everything up, I might just be nothing at all. But, the nothing at all is God, what you call God. The nothing at all is bliss. It is something that cannot be explained or cannot be defined. But if you really knew what it was, you would fight like hell to get there.

If you want the answer to any problem, do not run to a psychiatrist, or a lawyer, or even a doctor, but sit by yourself and listen. Yourself has all the answers. Why? For every atom of the universe is within you. You are that. You are the entire universe. You are the microcosm in the macrocosm. Therefore all the answers in the universe must also be in you. All of the solutions, all of the wisdom, all of the happiness and bliss you’ve been searching for, it’s within you.

That’s what Jesus meant when he said, “I and my Father are one,”and also, “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” He wasn’t talking about a person called the Father. He was talking about a universal principal of harmony, of bliss, of joy. He was speaking of consciousness. It’s within you. It is you. You are that. You have always been that. It isn’t far away. It’s right where you are.

And as you sit in the silence, and think of these things, you will begin to realize something very interesting. You will begin to realize and understand, “Well, if my body is consciousness, it cannot be a body, for it cannot be both. It cannot be consciousness and my body. So it’s duality.” So as you start to think about the word consciousness in the silence, it is revealed to you that you have no body. There is only consciousness. And it doesn’t seem strange at all.

For when you begin to understand and fathom what consciousness really is you will realize it is self contained. Consciousness knows only consciousness. It doesn’t know the universe. It doesn’t know bodies. It doesn’t know problems. It doesn’t know wars. It doesn’t know man’s inhumanity to man. It doesn’t know anything you know. It only knows itself as pure awareness. And as you sit by yourself in the silence this becomes perfectly clear.

And all of a sudden the realization comes to you, “I have no problems. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the world. There is nothing going on. There is only consciousness.” There are not two worlds. There is not the world of the body, and the world of the universe, and the world of your problems and affairs, and also the world of consciousness. There is only consciousness and you are that. Just listening to this sets you free. It sets you free from all doubt and limitation. You begin to feel immortality. You begin to understand that you were never born. How can consciousness be born? And if you were never born how can you die? What dies? Well, some of you say, “The body,” but I tell you there is no body who dies. There is just nobody home. There never was a body, there is no body, and there never will be a body.

Learn to love the silence. Treat the silence as a beautiful entity. As the divine mother, shakti. The silence is all-power. Never take the silence for granted.

The self-inquiry “who am I?” does not wake you up. It is the silence after you say, “who am I?”, and you keep still. Then the time comes when the stillness wakes you up and you become free.

The personal self by its very nature is constantly pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. The ending of this pattern is the ending of the self. The ending of the self with its desires and fears enables you to return to your real nature, the source of all happiness and peace.

There are so many people who want a beautiful world in which to live, where there's everlasting peace and tranquility, where there's joy and abundance. Yet these things are temporary. This is not the way of this world. It's interesting, when you stop thinking of joy, when you stop thinking of sadness, when you stop thinking of good things and bad things, again, something wonderful happens to you, for you are no longer attached to anything. Yet in this non-attachment, you feel love and kindness, beauty and joy, in a totally different way..

There is no-one on this earth who does anything. The whole universe is a puppet show. We’re dancing the dance of Shiva. We think we’re something important. But we’re really nothing as we appear.

Your job is to observe to watch, to see what’s going on and not to react to anything that is happening but to stay separate from the happenings.

To separate yourself from what is happening. What’s happening is happening to the ‘I’, to the ego, not to you. Nothing can ever happen to you.

For your true nature is Brahman, absolute reality, pure awareness. This is what you really are whether you like it or not. Yes you are God whether you like it or not. Whether you care or you don’t, you are God.

So what are you going to do about it. All you really have to do is to know who you are, to know yourself. Not intellectually, not physically, but consciously. When you see yourself consciously as God you will see the whole universe as your Self. … Everything in this whole universe will become you. There will be no separation between you and your fellow man, the animals and the minerals and the flowers. It will all be one. They’ll be you. You are that!

There is nothing to figure out, and nothing to understand. You are not a person. There is no such thing as a person. The so-called person is merely a thought in the mind of God. In truth, it is not even that. There is only pure Awareness, Consciousness, formless, unborn, and undying, and that is who you are. How can the apparent mind possibly comprehend this? It is not possible. The finite can never understand the infinite. The mind does not exist. You are free now. You have always been free. You have absolutely nothing to let go of, nothing to overcome, and nothing to attain. You have no samskaras, no problems, and no karma. Whatever seems to happen to your mind and body has nothing to do with you. When you truly understand this, you are free. Seek the Source of the mind, the Source of the I-thought, by constant patient self-inquiry. When the mind is quiet, you shine in all your glory. Be yourself and be happy.

This universe, my friends, is an optical illusion. It is a dream, just as when you’re dreaming. No one can ever tell you the dream is a dream, as long as you’re dreaming.

We have names for everything. What if we forgot about those names? And we stopped seeing things as something? What if we just observed things, watched things, without giving them a name, without coming to a conclusion? What do you think would happen? You would transcend everything.

We say we want to become this, we want to become that. We want peace of mind. We want riches. We want all of these things. But what we really want is absolute freedom. The ultimate reality is pure awareness, absolute reality. This is a goal that is someplace within us, and we don’t know it. We’re carrying it around. The ultimate reality is part of us already. But yet we go through all kind of practices, meditations, sadhanas, trying to awaken the kundalini, doing all kinds of Tantric exercises, learning the Kabbalah, practicing Taoism, doing all these things that are completely unnecessary and ridiculous. They’re all a waste of time—but then again they’re not a waste of time. They’re not a waste of time because if you didn’t do them, you wouldn’t be here, you wouldn’t be in a class that teaches Advaita Vedanta. You wouldn’t be seeking complete freedom.

Everything you’ve done has led you to this. Yet, it is all a bunch of nonsense. How can they both be correct? How can it be necessary and also be a bunch of nonsense? As long as you refuse to awaken, and you refuse to see yourself as no body, you’re going to go through all these rituals and all these experiences, and practice all these teachings, and memorize the bible, and the sutras, and everything else. You’re going to go through all kinds of teachings again, and again, and again, and again, perhaps for many, many lives, until you awaken to the fact that it is not the teaching that’s going to awaken me really. It is no person, place or thing that can ever awaken me, and free me from bondage to myself, from bondage to maya, to the universe, to the world. And this is the beginning of wisdom, when you realize this.

Well, you know, the mind is nothing. The mind is only a bunch of thoughts. Thoughts about the past and the future, that is all a mind is. But, the Heart is a center of stillness, of quietness, of Absolute Peace. When you rest your mind in your heart, you feel a joy and a bliss that overwhelms you, and you will Know. Surrender your mind to your Heart, and you will feel it.

When you admit that you are [the Self], nothing can hurt you any longer. When you accept that you are the one, no harm can ever come to you. When you admit you are that pure consciousness, that is like having an entire army on your side, an army of angels, so-to-speak, protecting you, guiding you, directing you, leading you towards the goal, whatever that may be.

You are not alone. As soon as you begin to think of your higher Self, the higher Self begins to think of you. Happiness is your reality. Peace is your true Self. You've got it, it's where you are right now. Awaken to it. But you must leave your world alone. Stop trying to change things or people or situations. Remember this is what keeps you back from your self-realization.

Do not try to figure people out or analyze conditions, situations. You cannot do this, it's too complicated. This is why it is written in all the great books, leave everything alone. Leave people alone, leave the world alone. Remember there is nothing to fear and there is nothing to fight. You are carried along in a stream of blessedness to your highest good. Everything is on your side.

There is nothing against you, you know. There is no one or nothing trying to hurt you. You do not have to defend yourself against anyone or anything, because there is nothing trying to hurt you.

This universe is a dream just as when you are dreaming. No one can ever tell you that the dream is a dream as long as you are dreaming. Yet you awaken from your dream, and the dream never existed. It came out of you and it returned to you. This world in which we live is the same thing. There is absolutely no difference. You are living the mortal dream. Consequently, great sages have told us we have to identify with Consciousness, with the Absolute Reality, not with what is going on. The only freedom we have got is not to react to anything, but to turn within and know the truth.

You can surrender, if you are ready to do that. You can surrender to the Self, to God. You can allow God, the Self, to take your anger, to take your suspicions, your depressions, your apprehensions, your greed, your lust. You can give it all to God. But this is also not the easiest thing to do. For it means that you have come to the conclusion that you are not the doer.

You didn’t come here to straighten out the world. You didn’t come here to teach people anything or to show anybody anything. You are here in order to wake up, to awaken, to awaken from the mortal dream. That’s all you’re here for. You’re not here for any other reason.

You have absolutely nothing to fight in this world, nothing to fear. It makes no difference what's happening to the economy. It makes no difference if there are earthquakes, cataclysms, hurricanes. What do you have to do with these things? What do these things have to do with you? You are the source of all creation. In this gap that I give you between sentences, at that time you are in samadhi.

Every time I stop talking, you are in samadhi. Feel your divinity. Feel your bliss. Feel your love. Feel the truth, the reality. Clean yourself out. Feel all the karmas, the samskaras, all the things you've carried around with you for so many centuries, flowing away from you, completely and totally. You are absolutely free right now. Absolutely free.

You have more going for you than you can ever imagine. You are the entire universe, so how can you be in need? How can you be worried or hurried? When you understand that you are the universe you rejoice, happiness comes by itself. Love comes by itself. Joy comes by itself. Not from others or from things, it's your unfoldment, it's the truth about you.

You are a happy courageous individual filled with love and compassion and joy. This is who you really are. Leave the world alone, leave yourself alone, leave everything alone. You will know what to do, always. You will always do the right thing if you stop fighting life by trying to make things happen. Do not take yourself too seriously.

You see, your body is an image. It is not real. It appears to be real. Because you believe your body is real, the world becomes real to you also. And yet these things have absolutely nothing to do with you. You are apart from these things. Your real nature is nirvana, absolute reality. Everything else is superficial. You should not react to the world. I never said you should not be in the world. You can do whatever you wish. Whatever your karmic instincts tells you to do, your body will do it, for this is the reason you appear to take on a body. But you have nothing to do with those things. You are total freedom. You are not confined to a body, or to a world, or to a universe.

You should start feeling the silence as God. Feel good when you are in the silence. Up to now many of you have believed that the silence is nothing. It is a divine nothingness. Remember it's out of the silence that everything comes. When you return to the silence this is actually a self surrender. You are surrendering your ego, your lifestyle, your karma, everything is surrendered to the silence. Remember never believe that the silence is a waste of time. Just as we realize now that space is really consciousness. There is no such thing as space. It appears to be space but it's really consciousness. The same way the silence is consciousness. It's a living entity. It's alive, it's reality. Therefore sit in the silence and rejoice.

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