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Various Insightful Quotes
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This page was last updated on 2/4/24.


Normal consciousness is a state of stupor, in which sensibility to the wholly real and responsiveness to the stimuli of the spirit are reduced. The mystics, knowing that man is involved in a hidden history of the cosmos, endeavor to awake from the drowsiness and apathy and to regain the state of wakefulness for their enchanted souls. Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement and get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel


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.
~ Adam Roberts


If my mind doesn't go out to disturb the noise, the noise won't disturb me.
— Ajahn Chah


Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.
~ AJAHN CHAH


Samsara is Nirvana
Samsara and Nirvana seem to be polar opposites. Samsara is said to be the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. It is the realm of suffering. While Nirvana is liberation from rebirth, ignorance and suffering! So it is very surprising to hear that Samsara is Nirvana, how can that be true?
Samsara and Nirvana are two ways of looking at the Universe, two different perspectives, two points of view. For the unenlightened person whose heart and mind are full of delusions, greed and hatred the Universe is a place of suffering. This is because the universe does not conform itself to their desires, thing don’t happen they way they want, things don’t go as they had planned. Hence they are frustrated and suffer.
But enlightened persons whose hearts and minds are purified and free from desire and ignorance are able to accept and enjoy the Universe as it is. They are at peace with the Universe and not frustrated by it. For them the Universe is the Pure Land and Nirvana, and the way the universe evolves is the Dao.
The problem with Samsara does not actually lie with Samsara itself, but with us! It is in fact our problem. It comes from us not seeing clearly and appreciating the Universe as it is, all because of our ignorance and delusional thinking.
When freed from such afflictions we can appreciate the Universe and are immediately ‘reborn in the Pure Land’ of Nirvana.

~ Amida-buddha


Brahman is the ultimate reality; it is simultaneously Saguna and Nirguna; divisions are due to ignorance. Mind and intellect can never catch hold of it; they have only one option and that is to merge with it.
~ Amit Ray


You can believe in God, it is all-right, but you MUST have the Experience. It changes the whole game. Believing and having a concept about it, without direct experience, is dry life. God-Being is the True Self within and is accessible to both the believer, atheist and Knower. Few attend to this, many just go on in non-sensical dream that they call life. It is just a dream for me, but for them, it is EVERYTHING. The real pity is the ignorance of the Divine God that dwells within. There is a million dollars on your account and you only need to open the account and you can spend your million dollars. That's all it takes. You will not die, life is for everyone eternally and is not a mortal phenomena. You, I and everyone and everything is sitting amidst God's Kingdom and are knowingly or unknowingly in Absolute Heaven. Knowing it is enjoying it consciously. This is the goal, becoming happy as we are now, without a reason or cause. It is possible and is actually natural. Have no body-mind identification and you become Formless Essence. This means that you become Godly, unreachable by senses, High Divinity.
~ Anishwaraya Sarvajnaya Maharaj


The universe is contained within us, and what we experience externally is only a reflection. Transform your world by transforming your internal state. Start by learning to let go of negative self judgment, and replace it with positive and loving thoughts about yourself. Be kind to yourself, and watch your external world change.
~ Anita Moorjani


Sunset in the ethereal waves: I cannot tell if the day is ending, or the world, or if the secret of secrets is inside me again.
~ Anna Akhmatova


Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.
~ Annie Dillard


Do not compromise your time and energy by befriending the persistent tormentor in your head which is a major cause of your personal fears, confusion, doubts, bad habits, projections, limiting beliefs and psychological suffering..
~ Anon I mus


Be still and remove your ‘ego’ out of the equation. Be mindfully present with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors because no one else is going to do the work for you. Your awareness is the master key to how you will both perceive and experience your reality. Everything is created for you, (by you); it is always an inside job. In other words, you create the reality that you believe is both possible and deserving for yourself.
~ Anon I mus


Love is the greatest, unifying force of existence. Only love has the power to transform our barren desert of personal suffering into an oasis of eternal bliss.
~ Anon I mus


The nature of reality is observer-dependent; without you as an observer there can be no perceptual reality. Quantum mechanics states that by observing a particle, we can change it. The observer affects what is being observed; this is ‘action in non-action’.
~ Anon I mus (Spiritually Anonymous)


The observer cannot be separated from the observed. Any act of observation or measuring affects what is being perceived. The observer and the observed are inseparably one thing (not two, not two). No observer, no world.
~
Anon I mus (Spiritually Anonymous)


The truth that you are seeking is already seeking you. That which is being perceived is produced by the perceiver (there is no external source). Go deep within your inner spaciousness and surrender to your pure, eternal essence.
~ Anon I mus (Spiritually Anonymous)


You are that which is conscious of your existence: beyond thought, emotion, color, gender, sense perceptions, personality and physical form. Turn your attention inwards and become aware of your changeless awareness. Observe what effortlessly observes, put a spotlight of attention onto the very source of attention itself. This is how you awaken to the truth of your formless and timeless being (the ‘I’ witness).
~ Anon I mus (Spiritually Anonymous)


You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.
~ Anthon St. Maarten


Has it ever occurred to you that what you call your happiness is really your chain? For example, are you calling somebody your happiness? As in, ‘You are my joy.’ It could be your marriage, your business, your degree, whatever. In whom do you find your happiness? Whatever the answer is, that’s your prison.
~ Anthony de Mello (20th century Indian Catholic mystic)


The trouble with most people is they’re busy trying to fix things in themselves that they really don’t understand. Stop fixing yourself. Don’t interfere. Don’t fix anything. Simply watch. Observe. You’re OK. These things in you just need to be understood. If you understand them, they will change and you would finally see that all is well, within you and around you. This practice is a simple way of discovering this.
~ Anthony de Mello


This unity of all human beings, their interconnection and interdependence, is the primary vision of mysticism. It says that the virtue mystics practice is necessary not only because of its functional utility but because it is realistic. One should treat the other as oneself because below the surface we are all aspects of one being; the Golden Rule is not an arbitrary, culturally determined morality but an expression of the actual nature of the world.

Our continued existence as a species and our further development depend on our capacity for recognizing this reality despite the compelling influence of the object self.
~ Arthur J. Deikman


I am a bubble of Super-most consciousness. That is what my realization is. This is what I have gained. Now what I feel is that there is One, Infinite, Super-most Element. From IT, when it moves, Sound and Light come out and from that Light and Sound this creation takes place. Cosmic rays and many other types of rays come out of this Light and Sound and all this gross matter is made. So it is the Will of that Supreme Power. Everything is oozing out of IT and is merging back in IT.
~ Baba Faqir Chand


You, me and all have come from There. But, after coming into this world, we have forgotten about our Original Abode and we are completely engrossed in this world. Even though we face all sorts of difficulties, miseries and tortures, this world appears to be very attractive to us. Our desires for wealth, honour, fame and prosperity amidst all sorts of griefs and miseries continue to increase without any end. The Saints come in this world only for those who have no attachment with this world and with the creations of their own mind. The teachings of the Saints are only for those who understand that they are here for a specific period and not forever. Guru Nanak Sahib has named the Supreme Centre of Energy or the Lord of this world as ‘AKAL PURUSH’ [Timeless Supreme Being].
~ Baba Faqir Chand, Know Thyself To Know God


The Self is pure consciousness—it is beyond the characteristics of the mind. Pleasure, pain, anger, hate, attachment, anxiety, are within the mind, and they are expressed by sensory responses in the body... The mind controls the gross body, which is simply matter, composed of five elements. Nevertheless, this gross body is the mark of a living being. All of the labels worn by this body—such as black, white, Christian, Jew, man, woman—take birth and die... The Self is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and beyond all forms. When the Self is trapped within the body, the indicator of the Self, “I,” starts identifying with the body. This wrong identification is called ignorance... The real “I” is not the body, mind, or life force (prana). It is pure consciousness and can’t wear the same labels worn by the gross body.
~ Baba Hari Dass, Fire Without Fuel


There is a beautiful expression of this in the Chandogya Upanishad: 'There is this City of Brahman, (that is the body), and in this city there is a shrine, and in that shrine there is a small lotus, and in that lotus there is a small space, (akasa). Now what exists within that small space, that is to be sought, that is to be understood.' This is the great discovery of the Upanishads, this inner shrine, this guha, or cave of the heart, where the inner meaning of life, of all human existence, is to be found.
~ Bede Griffiths


He who realises Brahman is Brahman Itself. The Divine is the base and is also the superstructure. The beads are many, but the interconnecting, integrating string of the rosary is one. So also for the entire world of living beings; God, the permanent, omnipresent Parabrahman, the Supreme Divine Consciousness, is the base.

“I am God (soham)”, “He is I”, “I am that”, all these axioms indicate that even those that differentiate themselves under names and forms are in fact God Himself.

This is why the Vedas proclaim, “He who realises Brahman is verily Brahman Itself (Brahmavith Brahmaiva Bhavathi)”. This awareness is the awareness of the reality.
~ BHAGAVAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA


If you try to be anyone but yourself, you will fail; if you are not true to your own heart, you will fail. Then again, there’s no success like failure.
~ Bob Dylan


Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
~ Bob Marley


You are blessed. You are pure awareness. This awareness is your very nature; You can forget it but you cannot lose it. It cannot be stolen. It is your very center.

Relax, but go on entering deeper and deeper into yourself. The body remains far away, miles away, the mind remains miles away. You are just a silent watchfulness, a peace that passeth understanding., a bliss that no word can express.

An experience of eternity and immortality which will bring you a great feeling of dance, rejoicings, songs. Even your silence will become a song and your no-movement will become a dance.

Those who have known this source have become pure love, compassion, consciousness, purity. This is your ultimate nature. Life is only a school to bring you to this ultimate nature.
~ brahman-god-oceanoflove


When the intellect realizes that cosmic intellect is the source of its existence, then the deepest stage begins where the practitioner can realize that manifested form is a projection of unmanifest energy, and unmanifest energy is the power of one supreme consciousness, purusha, the supreme being. Then, the great tranquility beyond description is experienced.
~ Brahmrishi Vishvatma Bawra


At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.

In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.

Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.

When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again.
~ Caitlin Moran


The great mother is uroboric: terrible and devouring, beneficent and creative; she is a helper, but also alluring and destructive; a maddening enchantress, yet, a bringer of wisdom; she is both bestial and divine; voluptuous harlot and inviolable virgin, immemorially old, and eternally young.
~ Carl Jung, On the Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype


The secret is that only that which can destroy itself is truly alive.
~ Carl Jung, Psychology and Alchemy


If you take [a copy of] the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible IS the wind and the rain.
~ Carol R. McGrath


As I began to love myself. I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is Authenticity.
As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it; and, even though this person was me.
Today I call this Respect.
As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call this Maturity.
As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call this Self-Confidence.
As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call this Simplicity.
As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is Love of Oneself. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right and ever since I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is Modesty.
As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day; an,d I call it Fulfillment.
As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick.
But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide; and, out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
Today I know: This is Life
!
~ Charlie Chaplin


You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head… But you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
☆Chinese Proverb☆


Why do you insist the universe is not a conscious intelligence, when it gives birth to conscious intelligence?
~ Cicero


It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.
~ Colleen Hoover


What Mind?
Many seem to think that there is a separate mind to consciousness and that is wrong view.
Consciousness alone is reality and that which we call mind arises in the space of consciousness as a train of thoughts and images and all connected to sense objects and the duality of subject object thinking.
When these rise onto the surface of consciousness they are reflected onto it and your attention gives them life with any feeling or emotion that comes with them.
If you obey the thoughts by being dominated by them, that is ‘Samsara’ but if you pull away from them or remain unconnected to them, that is ‘Nirvana’ or ‘Self Awareness’ or ‘Awareness of My Self as Awareness.’
This brings up the importance of meditation and how, eventually, meditation and post meditation become one, because the practice of ‘Empty Mind’ in meditation becomes the practice of ‘Empty Mind’ in post meditation.
What is the nature of mind?
Emptiness like the sky, and stillness too, in fact the mind is not the mind until a thought arises into the stillness of consciousness and moves consciousness, then, consciousness can be called mind, but mind as an entity does not exist of its own accord, it is simply thoughts that are the ego expressing itself as karmic messages called thought by the power of the ‘Consciousness’ that you are.
Shivohum
Om Shanti

~ Crow


Man In the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self, and the World makes you king for a day;
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself, and see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father or mother or wife whose judgment upon you must pass;
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people might think you're a straight-shootin' chum and call you a wonderful guy;
But the Man in the Glass says you're only a bum if you can't look him straight in the eye.
He's the fellow to please -- never mind all the rest! -- for he's with you all the way to the end;
And you've already passed your most dangerous test if the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole World down the pathway of years and get pats on-the-back as you pass;
But your final reward will be heartache and tear ... if you've cheated the Man in the Glass
!
~ Dale Wimbrow, (1895 – 1954)


I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled and said to me.. “I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters. I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me… I stopped fighting with my in laws… I stopped fighting for attention… I stopped fighting to meet peoples expectation of me… I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people.. I stopped fighting to please everyone… I stopped fighting to prove they were wrong about me…. I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight… And I started fighting for my vision, my dreams, my ideas and my destiny. The day I gave up on small fights is the day I started becoming successful & so much more content.” Some fights are not worth your time… Choose what you fight for wisely.
~ Dana Ives


The flute does not know music: it does not know ‘G’ from ‘B flat;’ it does not know tempo or emphasis, and cannot make music come out of itself: it’s just a hollow bamboo stick with holes in it! It is the musician who has the knowledge and the skill and the intention and the dexterity, and whose breath blows through the instrument and whose fingers manipulate the openings so that beautiful music flows out. When the music is ended, no one congratulates the wooden stick on the music it made: it is the musician who is applauded and thanked for this beautiful gift of music.

It is precisely so with what we think of as our ‘selves.’ We are instruments, hollow sticks, through which the Breath, the Spirit, the Energy which is Presence, All That Is, Consciousness, flows. Just as it is not the flute making the note, but the Musician making the note through the instrument, so it is the breath which is Presence which animates this mind and body and comes out through this mouth to make it seem that this mouth is speaking words.

The basic misunderstanding, the basic ignorance, is this unwitting usurpation of the role of Musician by the instrument. This inversion of the truth is spontaneously realized when the Understanding occurs. It becomes obvious that there is no individual, that there is ‘nobody home,’ no entity here to be the doer or not. Because awakening is simply the Understanding that there is no one here to awaken.
~ David Carse, Perfect Brilliant Stillness


In a universe where visible matter accounts for only 0.01 percent of creation, it would be foolish to undertake science without a sense that reality is extremely mysterious.
~ Deepak Chopra, The Future of God


Reality is malleable as a dream. If you forget this, reality starts to freeze up, and then it’s only a small step to a world so rigid and self-enclosed that every other dimension is excluded.
~ Deepak Chopra


To hear never-heard sounds, to see never-seen colors and shapes, to try to understand the imperceptible Power pervading the world; To fly and find pure ethereal substances that are not of matte, but of that invisible soul pervading reality. To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul; to be a lantern in the darkness or an umbrella in a stormy day; To feel much more than know. To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain; to be a wave understanding the influence of the moon; to be a tree and read the memory of the leaves; to be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching. To be a smile on the face of a woman and shine in her memory as a moment saved without planning.
~ Dejan Stojanovic


When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
~ Desmond Tutu


You are immortal; you’ve existed for billions of years in different manifestations, because you are Life, and Life cannot die. You are in the trees, the butterflies, the fish, the air, the moon, the sun. Wherever you go, you are there, waiting for yourself.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz


The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.
~ Edwin H. Friedman


There is only one dogma in Magic, and it is this: The visible is the manifestation of the invisible, or in other terms, the perfect word, in things appreciable and visible, bears an exact proportion to the things which are inappreciable by our senses and unseen by our eyes.
~ Èliphas Lèvi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual


It is amazing how clear things become when we are still before Him, not complaining, not insisting on quick answers, only seeking to hear His word in the stillness, and to see things in His light.
~ Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart


I turn the searchlight of my consciousness inward, for everything and everyone is living within me!
The self—at one and the same time the self of all living creatures, and therefore my self—knows no bounds; so the entire universe is within me, and my self fills all the universe.
Everything that is — I am! In everything I love, I love my self, for the only things we think we don’t love are what we haven’t yet come to recognize within ourselves! THE SELF IS LIFE AND THE ONLY REALITY, AND WHOEVER IS INITIATED INTO THE SELF—AND IN THIS WAY HAS COME TO KNOW HIMSELF COMPLETELY — LOVES EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE EQUALLY, FOR HE IS ONE WITH THEM
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~ ELISABETH HAICH: INITIATION


The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
~ Elizabeth Taylor


Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
~ Emanuel Swedenborg


In the beginning there was void, and nothingness, a timeless, spaceless, nothingness. And into the nothingness came a thought, purposeful, all-pervading and it filled the void. There existed no matter, only force, a movement, a vortex or vibration of the purposeful thought that filled the void.
~ THE EMERALD TABLETS OF THOTH


God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.
~ Farrah Fawcett


In the beginning there was void, and nothingness, a timeless, spaceless, nothingness. And into the nothingness came a thought, purposeful, all-pervading and it filled the void. There existed no matter, only force, a movement, a vortex or vibration of the purposeful thought that filled the void.
~ Emerald Tablets of Thoth


The meaning to life is a life of meaning, just as music’s purpose is simply the music itself, capturing the moment and then dissipating away with grace. The meaning that we give to our song is something that each one of us must decide for ourselves as we have all experienced different pains in life. Only after one understands and accept themselves for who they were, who they are, and who they are becoming; will they be able to find the strength in themselves to sing their song.
~ Forrest Curran


I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see. And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power.

Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.

And so, at this time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and shadows flee away.

~ Fra Giovanni, 12/24/1513


You know why trees smell the way they do?” Murphy asked, looking up. “Sap?” Logan guessed. “Chlorophyll?” Murphy shook her head. “Stars. Trees breathe in starlight year after year, and it goes deep into their bones. So when you cut a tree open, you smell a hundred years worth of light. Ancient starlight that took millions of years to reach Earth. That’s why trees smell so beautiful and old.
~ Frances O’Roark Dowell


1. Consciousness-without-an-object is.
2. Before objects were, Consciousness-without-an-object is.
3. Though objects seem to exist, Consciousness-without-an-object is.
4. When objects vanish, yet remaining through all unaffected, Consciousness-without-an-object is.
5. Outside of Consciousness-without-an-object nothing is.
6. Within the bosom of Consciousness-without-an-object lies the power of awareness that projects objects.
7. When objects are projected, the power of awareness as subject is presupposed, yet Consciousness-without-an-object remains unchanged.
8. When consciousness of objects is born, then, likewise, consciousness of absence of objects arises.
9. Consciousness of objects is the Universe.
10. Consciousness of absence of objects is Nirvana
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11. Within Consciousness-without-an-object lie both the Universe and Nirvana, yet to Consciousness-without-an-object these two are the same.
12. Within Consciousness-without-an-object lies the seed of Time.
13. When awareness cognizes Time then knowledge of Timelessness is born.
14. To be aware of Time is to be aware of the Universe, and to be aware of the Universe is to be aware of Time.
15. To realize Timelessness is to attain Nirvana.
16. But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is no difference between Time and Timelessness.
17. Within Consciousness-without-an-object lies the seed of the world-containing Space.
18. When awareness cognizes the world-containing Space then knowledge of the Spatial Void is born.
19. To be aware of the world-containing Space is to be aware of the Universe of Objects.
20. To realize the Spatial Void is to awaken to Nirvanic Consciousness.
21. But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is no difference between the world-containing Space and the Spatial Void.
22. Within Consciousness-without-an-object lies the Seed of Law.
23. When consciousness of objects is born the Law is invoked as a Force tending ever toward Equilibrium.
24. All objects exist as tensions within Consciousness-without-an-object that tend ever to flow into their own complements or others.
25. The ultimate effect of the flow of all objects into their complements is mutual cancellation in complete Equilibrium.
26. Consciousness of the field of tensions is the Universe.
27. Consciousness of Equilibrium is Nirvana.
28. But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is neither tension nor Equilibrium.
29. The state of tensions is the state of ever-becoming.
30. Ever-becoming is endless-dying.
31. So the state of consciousness of objects is a state of ever-renewing promises that pass into death at the moment of fulfillment.
32. Thus when consciousness is attached to objects the agony of birth and death never ceases.
33. In the state of Equilibrium where birth cancels death the deathless Bliss of Nirvana is realized.
34. But Consciousness-without-an-object is neither agony nor bliss.
35. Out of the Great Void, which is Consciousness-without-an-object, the Universe is creatively projected.
36. The Universe as experienced is the created negation that ever resists.
37. The creative act is bliss, the resistance, unending pain.
38. Endless resistance is the Universe of experience; the agony of crucifixion.
39. Ceaseless creativeness is Nirvana, the Bliss beyond human conceiving.
40. But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is neither creativeness nor resistance.
41. Ever-becoming and ever-ceasing-to-be are endless action.
42. When ever-becoming cancels the ever-ceasing-to-be then Rest is realized.
43. Ceaseless action is the Universe.
44. Unending Rest is Nirvana.
45. But Consciousness-without-an-object is neither Action nor Rest.
46. When consciousness is attached to objects it is restricted through the forms imposed by the world-containing Space, by Time, and by Law.
47. When consciousness is disengaged from objects, Liberation from the forms of the world-containing Space, of Time, and of Law is attained.
48. Attachment to objects is consciousness bound within the Universe.
49. Liberation from such attachment is the State of unlimited Nirvanic Freedom.
50. But Consciousness-without-an-object is neither bondage nor freedom.
51. Consciousness-without-an-object may be symbolized by a SPACE that is unaffected by the presence or absence of objects, for which there is neither Time nor Timelessness; neither a world-containing Space nor a Spatial Void; neither Tension nor Equilibrium; neither Resistance nor Creativeness; neither Agony nor Bliss; neither Action nor Rest; and neither Restriction nor Freedom.
52. As the GREAT SPACE is not to be identified with the Universe, so neither is It to be identified with any Self.
53. The GREAT SPACE is not God, but the comprehender of all Gods, as well as of all lesser creatures.
54. The GREAT SPACE, or Consciousness-without-an-object, is the Sole Reality upon which all objects and all selves depend and derive their existence.
55. The GREAT SPACE comprehends both the Path of the Universe and the Path of Nirvana.
56. Beside the GREAT SPACE there is none other.

OM TAT SAT ~ Franklin Merrell-Wolff


The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.
~ George Roberts


The truth is that we are a part of God. God could not have created anything except out of his own consciousness. We’re all his dream, and our duty in life that God has assigned to us, that the universe has placed squarely in our laps, is to find out who we really are. “Gnothi seauton,” as the Greeks used to say. “Know thyself.” But to know thyself, if you trace it back, to the deeper and deeper levels, you discover that that self is not your body or your ego or your personality or your country or anything, that’s just a sack of self-definitions that you carry around with you.
~ GOSWAMI KRIYANANDA


The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment. This is the ultimate truth of the universe. Life is short, and we must make the most of every moment. We must find joy in the simple things, in the beauty of the world around us, in the company of our loved ones. We must savor every moment, for we never know when it may be our last.
~ Gregory Nunzio Corso


All art is erotic.
~ Gustav Klimt


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
– Henri Bergson


The blessing you crave for will be conferred on your behalf by the Supreme Father provided you trust in Him fully and think of Him or remember Him now and then by repeating His Holy Name [Radhasoami] and thinking of His holy charan [lotus feet] – the form of the first or second stage from this side. Do not be disheartened. The affection or love (attraction) is reciprocal. The more you would love the Supreme Father, the more His compassion and grace will attend you in all your work.
~ (Huzur Maharaj, Pilgrim’s Path, A Collection of Extracts From Letters)


Observe your own body. It breathes. You breathe when you are asleep, when you are no longer conscious of your own ideas of self-identity. Who, then, is breathing? The collection of information that you mistakenly think is you is not the main protagonist in this drama called the breath. In fact, you are not breathing; breath is naturally happening to you. You can purposely end your own life, but you cannot purposely keep your own life going. The expression, “My life”, is actually an oxymoron, a result of ignorance and mistaken assumption. You don’t posses life; life expresses itself through you. Your body is a flower that life lets bloom - a phenomenon created by life.
~ Ilchi Lee


Be silent like a rock, deeply rooted and straight like a tree, bend like a reed in the wind, listen to the sounds that your ears ignore, and feel the world through your intuition. The latter will never betray you, your senses will!
~ Irina Serban, Full Circle


God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.
~ J. G. Holland


I am a bubble of Super-most consciousness. That is what my realization is. This is what I have gained. Now what I feel is that there is One, Infinite, Super-most Element. From IT, when it moves, Sound and Light come out and from that Light and Sound this creation takes place. Cosmic rays and many other types of rays come out of this Light and Sound and all this gross matter is made. So it is the Will of that Supreme Power. Everything is oozing out of IT and is merging back in IT. (Baba Faqir Chand).
~ J. L. Chaudhari of the Radhasoami Faith


Without the projection of the mind, the world cannot exist. That world that appears to you in your dreams at night is just as unreal as the world that appears to you when you are awake. There is no difference whatsoever.
~ Jac O'Keeffe


The fear is simply because you are not living with life, You are living in your mind.
~ Jaggi Vasudev


God is the Supreme Soul (Paramatman) The Soul (Atman) is part the parcel of God- it is the real God Particle. God is the Supreme Soul (Paramatman). If God (Paramatman) was an ocean, the Soul (Atman) would be a droplet/wave of that ocean. If God (Paramatman) was the sun, the Soul (Atman) would be a ray of light coming from the sun. If God (Paramatman) was the fire, the Soul (Atman) would be a spark of that fire. Yet despite this, Paramatman (God/Supreme Soul) resides in the Atman(Soul)- "the ocean is in the drop, the ray is in the sun, God is in the Soul"- Sant Kripal Singh. "All know the drop merges into the ocean, but little know the ocean merges into the drop"- Sant Kabir. "I am not a drop in an ocean, I am an ocean in a drop"- Rumi. The Soul (Atman) resides in God (Paramatman) and God (Paramatman) resides in the Soul (Atman). So the true Self (Atman/Soul) is God in reality.
~ Jai Chandarana‎


The origin of synchronicity comes from the union of the Way and the Eternal Self. The Eternal Self and the Way go together as one, and this is experienced as synchronicity. Synchronicity is the language of Tao that manifests in an individual’s life as a result of his or her harmony between the Eternal Self and the Way. In Vedanta, as I’ve mentioned, this is known as the connection between Atman (Eternal Self/ undifferentiated consciousness) and Brahman (irreducible essence/ ultimate reality). There is also the movement of energy in the manifest world (prakrti) and the stillness of pure awareness (Purusha) of the yogic philosophy of Patanjali.
~ Jason Gregory


You cannot in anyway force your mind into a state of peace. Just watch its movements as you would a bird flying in the open sky. Relax all the various judgments and censors of your imagined self until there is nothing left but quiet looking. This is your natural meditative state, free of all layers of inhibitions and anxiety.
~ Jean Klein


Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror.
~ Jean Rostand


The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense.
~ Jim Harrison


The development of spiritual consciousness begins with our first realization that what we are beholding through the senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell is not the reality of things. Disregarding appearances entirely, the first ray of spiritual illumination brings us hints of the divine, the eternal and immortal. This in turn makes the appearance even less real to us, thereby admitting even greater illumination.
~ Joel Goldsmith


Science of nature has one goal:
To find both manyness and whole.
Nothing 'inside' or 'Out There,'
The 'outer' world is all 'In Here.'
This mystery grasp without delay,
This secret always on display.
The true illusion celebrate,
Be joyful in the serious game!
No living thing lives separate:
One and Many are the same
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~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Eternity isn’t some later time. Eternity isn’t a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.
~ Joseph Campbell


Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.
~ Joseph Campbell


I am Shiva-this is the great meditation of the yogis in the Himalayas ... Heaven and hell are within us, and all the gods are within us. This is the great realization of the Upanishads of India in the ninth century B.C. All the gods, all the heavens, all the worlds, are within us. They are magnified dreams, and dreams are manifestations in image form of the energies of the body in conflict with each other.
~ Joseph Campbell


Mythology is the song of the Universe, the music we dance to even when we cannot name the tune.
~ Joseph Campbell


When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die.
~ Joseph Campbell


When we perceive the stars, the stars are the object of our perception —they exist within us. When we perceive the ocean, the ocean is also within us. The idea that things exist outside of our Consciousness is an illusion. Ancient wisdom traditions have known this for centuries, and even modern science has recognized that our sense organs merely receive information and project it within our own minds. Vision does not take place in the eye, but in an area located in the back of the brain. Everything that we perceive to be “out there” is being experienced “in here.
~ Joseph P. Kauffman


When Life is guided by Pure Conscious Awareness [the SELF], there is ‘no mind’ to molest you and draw you into the great drama where dancing bears and juggling clowns define the parameters of your worldly experience. There ‘are’ no boundaries in Consciousness … whereas the mind is its own prison ‘and’ its own jailer having forged the bars with the conditioning that defines it. But how then to exist and function without the mind? The intricate mechanism of the body with its seemingly limitless processes, operates almost exclusively without your awareness by Consciousness. All but a few functions such a breathing and eating are totally hidden. The same infinite ‘unicity’ will provide you a moment by moment ‘flow’ that is precisely orchestrated for your highest good. You need only ‘invite’ IT to do so then remain ‘open’ – surrendered to ITs unbroken and Loving Embrace.
~ John McIntosh


The divine manifestation is ubiquitous, only our eyes are not open to it. Awe is what moves us forward. Live from your own center. The divine lives within you.

The separateness apparent in the world is secondary. Beyond the world of opposites is an unseen, but experienced, unity and identity in us all. You must return with the bliss and integrate it.

The return is seeing that the radiance is everywhere. The world is a match for us. We are a match for the world. The spirit is the bouquet of nature.

Sanctify the place you are in.
~ Joseph Campbell


When you accept every event that happens, no matter what it is, as an event that just is, and not take it personally in any way, or react emotionally because you wanted it to be another way, according to your expectations, you are learning how to move and sway with the Universe, you have been introduced to the art of detachment.
~ Judy Frenette - Rivers of Lotus Blossoms of Love





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