Enlightened Beings Quotes

Powerful Enlightening Messages for
Sparking a Spiritual Awakening in Your Life!

 

 

The following are the most enlightening quotes that I've found and collected throughout the past 25 years of my life.

The messages from these enlightened beings provide the most beautiful pointers towards the truth, to awaken that sleeping part of us that is in need of awakening.

As you read, read consciously, paying attention to how each message impacts your body, emotions and mind. One of these quotes may reveal to you the great mystery of Enlightenment you are most needing to know. Enjoy!!

There is nothing lacking in you!
You are no different than a Buddha.
-Zen Master Tao-Hsin

"When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love. And between these two, my life turns." - Nisargadatta Maharaj
 

Only by accepting that the ego is a fabricated
illusion do we walk the Buddha's way. - Dogen

Enlightenment is beyond concepts. 
No one has ever attained it. -Ying-an

"Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it." ~Rumi

"Love without courage and wisdom is sentimentality, as with the ordinary church member. Courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness, as with the ordinary soldier. Wisdom without love and courage is cowardice, as with the ordinary intellectual. But the one who has love, courage, and wisdom moves the world." -Ammon Hennacy (Catholic activist, 1893-1970)

You stand at the edge
Ready to throw yourself in.
What a shock to discover
There is no where to go
And no one to throw.
- Ram Tzu

"Let us be silent lest we may hear the whispers of God." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Matter is Energy. Energy is Light. We are all Light Beings." ~ Albert Einstein

"Being content with what you have is priceless" - Buddha

You can lose only what you cling on to - Buddha

Health is the greatest Gift
Happiness is the greatest wealth
Trustworthy is the greatest relative
Enlightenment is the greatest Bliss. - Buddha

"I am a Human being just like you but at the same time I AM GOD." ~Jesus (taken from the Gospel of St. Thomas)

"Non-possessiveness is basically trust in existence. There is no need to possess, because the whole is already ours." ~Osho

"You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't!
You have wings, learn to use them and fly!" ~Rumi

There are two types of creators in the world. One type of creator works with objects - a poet, a painter, they work with objects, they create things. The other type of creator, the mystic, creates himself. He doesn't work with objects, he works with the subject; he works on himself, his own being. And he is the real creator, the real poet, because he makes himself into a masterpiece. ~Osho

You are carrying a masterpiece hidden within you, but you are standing in the way. Just move aside, then the masterpiece will be revealed. Everyone is a masterpiece, because God never gives birth to anything less than that. Everyone carries that masterpiece hidden for many lives, not knowing who they are and just trying on the surface to become someone. ~Osho

Here it is - right now.  Start thinking about it and you miss it. -Huang-po

If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, 
you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion - Linji

Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it. God himself has created you; you cannot be improved. ~Osho
 

The only way to know God is to eat and taste if for yourself. ~ Guru Nank

'Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.' - Rumi

"A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move on to higher levels." ~Albert Einstein

"Enlightenment is not about imagining figures of light, But of making the darkness conscious! " ~ Carl Jung

Feel yourself being quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love. ~Rumi

"When people are truly dedicated to the Divine... there is no difference between action and prayer." ~Mother Meera

"Absence of consciousness is ego. Whenever the ego is absent, God is present." ~Osho

"There is nobody who is in any way different from you. Once you understand yourself you have understood the whole humanity. In that very understanding a great vision arises in which we are all brothers and sisters and we are all in the same boat. Then fear disappears; there is nobody to be afraid of. Nervousness disappears; what is there to be nervous about? We are all in the same boat." ~ Osho

A moment comes suddenly that you see it, which has been eluding you your whole life. Suddenly, what Gautam Buddha called "eighty-four thousand doors" open and the great silence that comes when we are at rest. ~Osho

The world is made up of stories, not atoms". Albert Einstein

"Wonder is a link between science, religion, and art, being common to all, which begin with wondering and imagination".S.H. Sharpe

"The man who has lost the power of wonder is a dead man". Albert Einstein

"Wonder is the seed of knowledge". Plato

"In wondering, we shall reach the kingdom". Goethe

"I like your silence, it the more shows off your wonder". William Shakespeare

"The best way to predict the future is to invent (create) it" Alan Kay

"The highest art in any medium can only emerge from a spiritual background. This applies particularly to the art of magic". S.H. Sharpe

"The richest person is the one who is contented with what he has." ~Robert C. Savage

To understand the magical nature of the mind is to acquire awesome power. It is to understand that at every moment of our lives, we have the power to accomplish everything we want. - Deepak Chopra

"What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind." ~ Buddha

"They said some day you'll find all who love are blind. When you heart's on fire you must realize
smoke gets in your eyes." ~The Platters


"If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos." ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Our relationship to money reflects how we feel about our power to affect the world. Since money is a mirror of our consciousness, the more comfortable we are with being powerful, the more money we are likely to create in our lives." ~Shakti Gawain

You have the power to create. Your power is so strong that whatever you believe comes true. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Benjamin Disraeli

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. ~ Henry David Thoreau

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Claude M. Bristol

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

"Miracles happen not in opposition to nature , but in opposition to what we know of nature."
St. Augustine

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke

"There are only two ways to live your life. One, is as though there are no miracles. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Albert Einstein

"The Universe has billions of ways to keep us humble and fascinated all at the same time." ~Mike Pearson

"The will to power and to dominate arises only in the sick mind. It arises out of the inferiority complex. People who are not suffering from an inferiority complex do not care about power; their whole endeavor is for peace, because the meaning of life can be known only in peace. Power is not the way." ~Osho

"If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life." ~Abraham-Hicks
 

When everything is seen as One, we return to the Source and stay where we have always been.. -Seng-t'san


Not thinking about anything is Zen.
Once you know this, walking, standing,
 sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.

Know that the empty mind can see the Buddha...

Using the mind to look for reality is delusion.
 Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. ~Bodhiharma


Freeing oneself from the mind is total liberation.  When the mind is the master, you live in a hell.
When you are the master of your mind,
you live in the land of the Buddhas. Mind creates all delusion. Consciousness penetrates the mind and transforms all delusion. If you use the Mind to study Reality, you won't understand Mind or Reality.  If you study Reality without using mind,
 you'll understand both. ~Bodiharma

The Mind and the world are opposites,
 and vision arises where they meet.
 When your Mind doesn't stir inside, 
the world doesn't arise outside.

When the world and the Mind are both transparent,  you have true vision. Such vision is the understanding of the Buddha. ~Bodhiharma

"I am a hole in the flute that the Christ's breath moves through. Listen to this music. I am the concert from the mouth of every creature singing with the myriad chords." - Hafiz

"The singer exists only in singing. The walker exists only in walking. So is the ego; the ego exists only in clinging, in possessing things, in dominating things. When there is no domination, no desire to dominate, no desire to cling, no desire to possess, the ego starts evaporating." ~Osho

"Everybody wants to be extraordinary. That is the search of the ego; to be someone who is special, unique, and incomparable. This is the paradox, the more you try to be exceptional, the more ordinary you look because everyone is after extraordinaryness. It is such an ordinary desire. The very search to be ordinary is actually extraordinary, because rarely does somebody want to be a nobody. Rarely does somebody want to be a hollow empty space. Yet, this is really extraordinary because nobody wants it. So when you become ordinary, you become extraordinary." ~Osho

"The one thing that love requires is to let others know they are not alone." ~Todd (Heaven is for Real)

1. Obey no orders except those from within.
2. The only God is life itself.
3. Truth is within, do not look for it elsewhere.
4. Love is prayer.
5. Emptiness is the door to truth, it is the means, the end and the achievement.
6. Life is here and now.
7. Live fully awake.
8. Do not swim, float.
9. Die each moment so that you are renewed each moment.
10. Stop seeking. That which is, is: stop and see
--OSHO

"Compassion is not against anger. When anger disappears, compassion is. Compassion is not to be fought for; it is not against passion. When passion disappears, compassion is. Compassion is your nature." ~ Osho

"The choiceless truth of who you are is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything. Not a thing and not separate from anything." ~ Gangaji

"When we recognize that nothing has to go right for us to be happy,
and that people don't have to behave for us to love them,
our walk home can become surprisingly simple." ---Hugh Prather

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." ~ 1 Corinthians 13

"If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos." ~Nisargadatta Maharaj


"The essence of saintliness is total acceptance of the present moment, harmony with things as they happen. A saint does not want things to be different from what they are; he knows that, considering all factors, they are unavoidable.
He is friendly with the inevitable and, therefore, does not suffer. Pain he may know, but it does not shatter him.  If he can, he does the needful to restore the lost balance – or lets things take their course." ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Stop imagining yourself being or doing this or that and the realization that you are the source and heart of all will dawn on you.- Nisargadatta Maharaj

God's grace consists in the fact that He shines in the heart of every one as the Self;
that power of grace does not exclude any one, whether good or otherwise. ~Ramana

Being himself exactly the Supreme Being, but thinking himself to be separate from Him, (man) strives to become united to Him; what is stranger than this? ~Ramana

Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it. ~Source unknown

You are what all happenings happen in.
What happens must happen so remain
unaffected as peace. Be peaceful and
this peace will spread. What rises from
peace is peace and what rises from
confusion is confusion. So be peace and
give this to the universe, it is all you
should do. Even thinking "I am peace"
disturbs this peace, so just be quiet,
be as you are.- Papaji


"When people are truly dedicated to the Divine... there is no difference between action and prayer." ~ Mother Meera

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will finally know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

"Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Personality is a farce, personality is pseudo, personality is that which is given to you by the society. Personality is imposed on you from the outside; it is a mask. Individuality is your very being. Individuality is that which you bring into the world, individuality is God's gift. Individuality is a non-egoistic phenomenon; it is pure am-ness, it has no 'I' in it. Personality is nothing but 'I': it has no am-ness in it. Personality is aggressive, violent, dominating, political. Individuality is silent, loving, compassionate; it is religious….” ~Osho

"God or guru never forsakes the devotee who has surrendered himself." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The guru does not bring about Self-realization. He simply removes the obstacles to it." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Awareness which already exists within everyone everywhere, is imperishable and changeless." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Anger is there, take note of it and just watch how it arises, how it spreads like a mushroom, how it covers you like a blinding force; how it starts making decisions for you, how you start acting according to it. Just watch, and you will be surprised that it cannot do anything. As it arises, it will not even go to the point of becoming a mushroom because it can become a mushroom only by nourishment. By watching it you have cut the very nourishment. It will arise as a crippled anger which cannot stand up even, and soon it will disperse like mist. It has no reality except your identification." ~ Osho

"Repressed anger becomes a temporary madness. Something happens which is beyond your control. If you could have controlled, you would have controlled it still -- but suddenly it was overflowing. Suddenly it was beyond you. You couldn't do anything, you felt helpless -- and it came out. Such a person may not be angry, but he moves and lives in anger." ~ Osho

"Don't listen to anybody except your own consciousness. When you are angry, you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. Anger covers you like a black cloud. You can commit murder, you can destroy life. But when you are loving, bells of joy start ringing in your heart. You start feeling your consciousness rising. And if in love also you lose consciousness, become unconscious, then remember: you are calling lust, love. And this kind of love is not the right thing, because it is not going to help you to grow, to expand, to attain the fulfillment of your potential." ~ Osho

"How do you throw your inner conflict and unease? You make the other responsible, then you pass through a catharsis. You can become angry now, you can throw your anger and violence and this will give you a release, a relief -- of course temporary, because the inside has not changed. It will again accumulate, it remains the old. Tomorrow again it will accumulate anger, hatred, and you will have to project it. You fight with others because you go on accumulating rubbish inside yourself and you have to throw it out. A person who has conquered himself has become a self-conqueror, has no inner conflict. The war has ceased. He is one inside -- there are not two. Such a man will never project, such a man will not fight with anybody else." ~ Osho

"Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself" ~George Bernard Shaw

"Life expands or contracts in proportion to one's courage" - Anaļs Nin

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead to a better understanding of ourselves." - Carl Jung

"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be." - Lao Tzu

"Anger is active sadness; sadness is inactive anger. They are not two things. Watch your own behaviour. When do you find yourself sad? You find yourself sad only in situations where you cannot be angry. The boss in the office says something and you cannot be angry; it is uneconomical. You cannot be angry and you have to go on smiling -- then you become sad. The energy has become inactive. You come home, and with your wife you find a small thing, anything irrelevant, and you become angry." ~ Osho

"Understanding transforms, it does not sublimate. If you understand, anger disappears and the same energy becomes compassion. Not that you sublimate: anger simply disappears, and the energy that was involved, invested in anger, is released and becomes compassion. When you understand hate, hate disappears and the same energy becomes love. Love is not against hate -- it is absence of hate." ~ Osho

"Understand anger, watch anger, become aware of anger. Don't do anything; just let it be there in front of you. Look deep into it, and suddenly you will see that just by looking into it, a transformation starts happening. Just by observation, anger starts changing into compassion. There is the key. Nothing has to be done -- just awareness does everything for you. And of course, then you are patient. Not that you have controlled your anger. You are patient because you are so happy. You are patient because your anger is transformed into compassion. You are patient because your hatred has become love. You are patient because your greed has become a sharing. You are patient because now you are enjoying life at its peak." ~ Osho

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." ~Charles Darwin

"Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away" ~ T. Wilson

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." ~ Plato (427 -347 BC)

"Somebody insults you and you feel anger. Don't miss this opportunity; try to understand why, why this anger. And don't make it a philosophical thing. Don't go to the library to consult about anger. Anger is happening to you -- it is an experience, a live experience. Focus your whole attention on it and try to understand why it is happening to you. It is not a philosophical problem. No Freud is to be consulted about it. There is no need! It is just foolish to consult somebody else while anger is happening to you. You can touch it. You can taste it. You will be burned by it." ~ Osho

"Try to understand why it is happening, from where it is coming, where the roots are, how it happens, how it functions, how it overpowers you, how in anger you become mad. Anger has happened before, it is happening now, but now add a new element to it, the element of understanding -- and then the quality will change. Then, by and by, you will see that the more you understand anger, the less it happens. And when you understand it perfectly, it disappears. Understanding is like heat. When the heat comes to a particular point -- one hundred degrees -- the water disappears." ~ Osho


May beauty be before you.
May beauty be behind you.
May beauty be above you.
May beauty be below you.
May beauty be all around you.
~Navajo Blessing

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

"The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self."- Albert Einstein

"To identify oneself with the body and yet to seek happiness is like attempting to cross a river on the back of an alligator." ~Ramana Maharshi

"Meditation is not really mind-effort. Real meditation is not effort at all. Real meditation is just allowing the mind to have its own way, and not interfering in any way whatsoever -- just remaining watchful, witnessing. It silences, by and by, it becomes still. One day it is gone. You are left alone." -Osho

"Misery does not exist in reality but only in mere imagination." ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

"So long as you consider yourself to be the body, you see the world as external and the imperfections appear to you. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"He who thinks he is the doer is also the sufferer." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"There are no others to be helped, for a realized being sees only the Self; just like a goldsmith estimating the gold in various items of jewelry sees only the gold. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Know that you are the perfect shining light, which not only makes the existence of God’s kingdom possible, but also allows it to be seen as some wonderful heaven." ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

"The mind is intangible. In fact it does not exist. The surest way to control it is to seek it. Then its activities cease." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The normal self is the mind. The mind is with limitations. But pure Consciousness is beyond limitations, and is reached by investigation into the "I."" ~ Ramana Maharshi

"There is no use removing doubts one by one. If we clear one doubt another doubt will arise and there will be no end of doubts. But, if by seeking the doubter, the doubter is found to be really non-existent, then all doubts will cease. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Which is the real power (siddhi)? Is it to increase prosperity or bring about peace? That which results in peace is the highest perfection (siddhi). ~ Ramana Maharshi

The feeling "I work" is the hindrance. Ask yourself, "Who works?" Remember who you are. Then the work will not bind you, it will go on automatically. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"No learning knowledge of scriptures is necessary to know the Self, as no man requires a mirror to see himself. All knowledge is required only to be given up eventually as not-Self." ~Ramana Maharshi

"Do not delude yourself by imagining your source to be some God outside you. Your source is within yourself. Give yourself up to it. That means that you should seek the source within and merge with it. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Complete surrender does require that you have no desire of your own. You must be satisfied with whatever God gives you and that means having no desire of your own. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected." ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


"In truth, you are spirit. The body has been projected by the mind, which itself originates from Spirit." ~Ramana Maharshi 

"One who is connected to the Energy Stream is more powerful than a million who are not. And two who are harmoniously focused and connected to the Energy Stream brings about a co-creative endeavor that cannot be matched by anything else in all of the Universe." ~Abraham Hicks

"In a single moment, in one stroke, you can become enlightened. It is not a gradual process, because enlightenment is not something that you have to invent. It is something that you have to discover. It is already there. It is not something that you have to manufacture. If you have to manufacture it, of course, it will take time; but it is already there. Close your eyes and see it there. Be silent and have a taste of it. Your very nature is what I call enlightenment. Enlightenment is not something alien, outside you. It is not somewhere else in time and space. It is you, your very core." ~Osho

"You must all have a firm determination. Even if total destruction comes or any great calamity comes, you must not be shaken from your determination. If there is a great flood, if fire breaks out - in any calamity - you must be so brave and determined that you would jump into fire or water. You must inspire others also to become brave and courageous. Only he who has courage is a true living being. One who has no courage is like a dead man, even though he lives.  We have tightened our belts and taken a firm determination to do good to the world and uplift humanity. You must stick to this resolve with your full energy. Calamities will fall not just on one country but on the whole universe; the whole universe is in danger. The terrible times which are approaching will engulf the whole world; the whole universe will be enveloped in this destruction. We must consider not only ourselves but also the whole of the universe. We can achieve anything in this world when we are hard working and industrious. Because you must consider the whole universe, we should say "Jai Vishwa!" instead of "Jai Hind!" "Jai Hind" means "Victory to India" - "Jai Vishwa!" means "Victory to the whole Universe!" ~Babaji

"Understand the obstructions you are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happiness and they will drop. Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness will disappear. Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you." ~Anthony de Mello

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependant on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the Universe to do." -Galileo Galilei

“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds, it will get you nowhere. Live instead by intuition and inspiration, let your whole life become a revelation.” ~Eileen Caddy

"Consciousness has two possibilities: In the first it can become a bright light in you, so bright that even the sun will look pale compared to it. Buddha says it can be like 1000 suns have risen suddenly, and when you look it it, with no mind, all you see is eternal light. It is all joy, pure, uncontaminated, unpolluted. It is simple bliss, innocent. It is wonder. Its majesty is indescribable, it's beauty inexpressible and it's benediction inexhaustible. The other possibility is you can become self-conscious, and then you fall. Then you become a separate entity from the world. Then you become an island, defined, well-defined. Then you are confined because all definitions confine. You are in a prison cell, and the prison cell is dark, utterly dark. There's no light, no possibility of light, and the prison cell paralyzes you. Self-consciousness becomes a bondage and consciousness becomes freedom. So drop the self and be conscious. That is the whole message of all the Buddhas of all the ages, past, present, and future." -Osho

"I want it clearly understood that I'm totally confused." ~Ashleigh Brilliant

"By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me." ~Ashleigh Brilliant

"All I want is a warm bed, a kind word and unlimited power." ~Ashleigh Brilliant

“Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature.
By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love – now you are love.” ~Osho

"Be not bewildered. Do not strain yourself to understand all my mysteries at once. Accept each one as it comes and fit it into the jigsaw puzzle, knowing that bit by bit each piece will be shown to you and will fit into place perfectly. Be surprised at nothing. Let peace and stillness flood through you and envelop you completely in its cloak. Put on the whole armour of love - and yet feel, feel very deeply. Let tears flow, washing away impurities until you feel clean within and clean without. Become like an empty vessel ready to be filled with my nectar." ~Eileen Caddy

"Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive. The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by." ~Tree of Life (DVD)

“And to me, seriousness is a sickness; and the sense of humor makes you more human, more humble. The sense of humor – according to me – is one of the most essential parts of religiousness." Osho

"Find God. This is your mission. You are the center of the Universe. Your center is God, Consciousness, Absolute Reality, Perfection, Brahman. This is the only piece that exists. You have absolutely nothing to give up, nothing to surrender, nothing to let go of. You are already liberated. How can you believe that you have to let go of something that never existed. It's just Maya. You think that you have to let go of your attachments, your fears, your worries, your thoughts. How can the Eternal Self have attachments? It is always pure, untainted and unattached. It is always opening, experiencing presence. If you think you have surrender all your fears, depressions, anxieties, worries...all these things that have been bothering you? Surrender to whom? Those things are not even yours. They do not belong to you. You do not have to give them up. You are pure Reality. You are the imperishable Self. You were never born, you never did prevail, and you'll never die. You are the One. The all pervading One. You have absolutely nothing to give up. You never had anything to begin with. It's actually egotistical to believe you have something to give up. There's nothing you have to surrender. Its only the ego that believes that something has to be surrendered, that there's work to do. The only work is to just drop into what is." ~Robert Adams

"Pleasure or pain are aspects of the mind only. Our essential nature is happiness. But we have forgotten the Self and imagine that the body or the mind is the Self. It is that wrong identity that gives rise to misery. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Self-Inquiry directly leads to realization by removing the obstacles which make you think that the Self is not already realized. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Silence is never-ending speech. Vocal speech obstructs the other speech of silence. In Silence one is in intimate contact with the surroundings. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of Silence. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The Guru is always within you." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"All that we have to do is to give up identifying the Self with the body, with forms and limits, and then we shall know ourselves as the Self that we always are." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The sense of doership is bondage, and not the actions themselves. "Be still and know that I am God." Stillness will prevail and there will be no agitation of the mind. Agitation of the mind is the cause of desire, the sense of doership, and of personality, or the personal sense of "I." If that is stopped, there is quiet." ~ Ramana Maharshi.

"It is absurd to say either: "I have not realized the Self," or "I have realized the Self." Why? Are there two selves for one to be the object of the other? It is the experience of all that it (the Self) is one." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"It is necessary that to see the mirror we should cease to see the reflection in it." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Turn the mind inward and search for the seer; you find that you are the seer and the objective world does not exist." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"He that sees the Self sees the Divine." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"All that you see depends on the seer. Apart from the seer there is no seen." ~Ramana Maharshi

"Did I ever say that the world is there because of you? I have put to you the question, "What is there without Self?" You must know that by the Self, the body -- subtle or gross -- is not meant." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"I am that I am," which implies the metaphysical dictum that the proof of existence is existence itself." ~Ramana Maharshi

"Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The one unalterable reality is being. Until you realize that state of pure being you should pursue the inquiry." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Only when the ever-present Consciousness is realized will it be permanent." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"There is only one state, that is consciousness, or awareness or existence." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Knowing the Self, God is known. In fact, God is none other than Self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Realization of the Self is realization of God. It is not an experience of God, rather, it is an understanding that one is God." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Individuality is the illusion that we are not identical with God. When the illusion is dispelled, what remains is God." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"You are neither consciousness nor its content. You are the timeless source...the supreme reality. Trust that." -Nisargadatta

"Don't rely on the mind for liberation...just have faith and act on it. You are the sum cause of the entire universe." ~Nisargadatta

"Feel ecstatic that there is no end to life, that when you have reached on one peak, suddenly another peak starts giving you challenges, a higher one, a more arduous climb, a more dangerous reach. And when you will have reached the other peak, another peak; peaks upon peaks. It is an eternal Himalayas of life." ~Osho

"You are born with a tremendous possibility of intelligence. You are born with a light within you. Listen to the still, small voice within, and that will guide you. Nobody else can guide you, nobody else can become a model for your life, because you are unique.  Nobody has there ever been who was exactly like you, and nobody is ever going to be there again who will be exactly like you. This is your glory, your grandeur--that you are utterly irreplaceable, that you are just yourself and nobody else." ~Osho

"The body is no-thing. It is made out of food. Understand? The body is just food for another body. Sustenance. What is real is the real you. The higher Self. That which exists without a body, without food.
Do not be concerned about the body. Do not worship the body. It is temporary. Fragile. Vulnerable to disease, old age, and death. Even Babaji must abandon the body. Understand? This is my message. Do not be attached to the body. It will bring much grief. Be aware of the higher self. Be alert to the higher self. Take care of the body. Feed it properly. Exercise it properly. But do not be unduly worried or enamored of it." ~Babaji

“It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing your whole life.” ~Mickey Mantle

“Through contradictions I destroy your clinging to the mind and thinking. Through silence I destroy the world of your feeling. And when both these layers are gone, you are as existence wanted you to be, in your purity, in your individuality. You have come home." Osho

"You are the Supreme Being, and yet thinking yourself to be separate from it, you strive to become united with it. What is stranger than this?" ~Ramana

"I am no-where but I am every-where instantly. I am here to give. Take all that you need. Change is difficult. I feel your burden. The body is not perfect and will always have needs. If you are on the High Path, living in Truth, Simplicity, Love, and Service. If you are becoming an independent thinker. Then fear not. Change is inevitable. Change is the Law of the Universe. But you will get through this. I am always with you." ~Babaji

"Do not respond to anger. Where there is no Love, do not go. Your purpose is to transmit the teachings, not to convince, not to expect that all will listen, understand, or be helped. Remember, you are serving unconditionally, without expectation." ~Babaji

"As long as we hold on to blame, we cannot forgive. As long as we do not forgive, we cannot love. Blame is an invention of the wounded ego. Love knows no blame only compassion. Blaming holds you in the energy of the duality, of victim and abuser. Forgiving is a direct way of reclaiming your power and free yourself to love beyond judgement."~ Grace Elohim

“The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” ~ Unknown

Comes The Dawn
Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child, And you learn to build all your roads on today, Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure... That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth. And you learn and learn... With every goodbye you learn. ~Veronica A. Shoffstall


"Whatever is done lovingly, with righteous purity and with peace of mind, is a good action." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Destiny (karma) is the result of past actions." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Whatever this body is to do and whatever experiences it is to pass through was already decided when it came into existence." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Unless the doer of all karmas (actions) -- the ego -- is annihilated through Inquiry, the perfect peace of Supreme Bliss, which is the result of Karma Yoga, cannot be achieved. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Until realization, there will be karma, that is, action and reaction. After realization, there will be no karma, and no world ~ Ramana Maharshi

Destiny (karma) is the result of past actions. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Until realization, there will be karma, that is, action and reaction. After realization, there will be no karma, and no world ~ Ramana Maharshi

He who is forgetful of the Self, mistaking the physical body for it, and goes through innumerable births, is like one who wanders all over the world in a dream. Thus, realizing the Self would only be like waking up from the dream-wanderings. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. ~ Ramana Maharshi


When there is no "I" there is no karma (destiny). ~ Ramana Maharshi

Bad habits and bad conduct are like a wound in the body. Every disease must be given appropriate treatment. ~ Ramana Maharshi


Whatever is done lovingly, with righteous purity and with peace of mind, is a good action. ~ Ramana Maharshi
Since everyone is one's own Self, whoever does whatever to whomever is doing it only to himself. ~ Ramana Maharshi

If one scrutinizes one's own Self, which is bliss, there will be no misery at all in one's life. ~ Ramana Maharshi


To bring about peace means to be free from thoughts and to abide as pure Consciousness. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Good, God, Love, are all the same thing. If the person keeps continuously thinking of any one of these, it will be enough. All meditation is for the purpose of keeping out all other thoughts. ~ Ramana Maharshi

You must love all and help all, since only in this way can you help yourself. ~ Ramana Maharshi

If one knows the truth that all one gives to others is giving only to oneself, who indeed will not be a virtuous person and perform the kind act of giving to others. ~ Ramana Maharshi

You are not instructed to shut your eyes to the world, you are only to "see yourself first and then see the whole world as the Self." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Since everyone is one's own Self, whoever does whatever to whomever is doing it only to himself. ~ Ramana Maharshi

To be the Self that you really are is the only means to realize the bliss that is ever yours. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Faith is in things unknown, but the Self is self-evident. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Consciousness is always Self-consciousness. If you are conscious of anything, you are essentially conscious of yourself. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Although tendencies towards sense-objects, which have been recurring down the ages, rise in countless numbers like the waves of the ocean, they will all perish as meditation on one's nature becomes more and more intense. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Stick to this "I"-thought and question it to find out what it is. When this question takes strong hold on you, you cannot think of other thoughts. ~ Ramana Maharshi

What does it matter how many thoughts rise? At the very moment that each thought rises, if one vigilantly inquires, "To whom did this rise?" it will be known "To me." If one then inquires, "Who am I?" the mind will turn back to its source (the Self) and the thought which had risen will also subside. By repeatedly practicing thus, the power of the mind to abide in its source increases. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The mind will subside only by means of the inquiry, "Who am I?" The thought "Who am I," destroying all other thoughts, will itself finally be destroyed like the stick used for stirring the funeral pyre. ~ Ramana Maharshi

If you are vigilant and make a stern effort to reject every thought when it rises, you will soon find that you are going deeper and deeper into your own inner self. At this level it is not necessary to make an effort to reject thoughts. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Cling to yourself, that is, to the "I"-thought. When your interest keeps you to that single idea, other thoughts will automatically get rejected and they will vanish. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Atma-vichara (Self-Inquiry) alone can reveal the truth that neither the ego nor the mind really exists, and enable one to realize the pure, undifferentiated being of the Self or the absolute. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"You have to remember that freedom is the highest value, and if love is not giving you freedom then it is not love." ~Osho

"Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away" ~T. Wilson

Having realized the Self, nothing remains to be known, because it is perfect bliss, it is the all. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The attempt to destroy the ego or the mind through sadhanas (practices) other than atma-vichara (Self-Inquiry) is just like the thief pretending to be a policeman to catch the thief that is himself. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Self-Inquiry is the one infallible means, the only direct one, to realize the unconditioned, Absolute Being that you really are. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Vichara (inquiry) is the process and the goal also. "I am" is the goal and the final reality. To hold to it with effort is vichara. When spontaneous and natural it is realization. ~ Ramana Maharshi


Realization is nothing new to be acquired. It is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts. All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and then realization is revealed. ~ Ramana Maharshi


Meditation requires an object to meditate upon, whereas there is only the subject without the object in vichara (inquiry). Meditation differs from vichara in this way. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Hold the ego first and then ask how it is to be destroyed. Who asks the question? It is the ego. This question is a sure way to cherish the ego and not to kill it ~ Ramana Maharshi

The essence of mind is only awareness or consciousness. When the ego, however, dominates it, it functions as the reasoning, thinking or sensing faculty ~ Ramana Maharshi

In a cinema-show you can see pictures only in a very dim light, or in darkness. When all the lights are switched on, the pictures disappear. So also in the flood light of the supreme atman (Self) all objects disappear ~ Ramana Maharshi

The ego's phenomenal existence is transcended when you dive into the source from where the "I" thought rises. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Get rid of the "I" thought. So long as "I" is alive, there is grief. When "I" ceases to exist, there is no grief. ~ Ramana Maharshi

When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The mind is merely thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought "I" is the root. Therefore, the mind is only the thought "I." ~ Ramana Maharshi

When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. ~ Ramana Maharshi

From where does this "I" arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The mind is nothing other than the "I"-thought. The mind and the ego are one and the same. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The jnani (enlightened one) lives in the Heart. When he moves about and deals with men and things, he knows that what he sees is not separate from the one supreme reality, the Brahman which he realized in the Heart as his own Self, the real." ~ Ramana Maharshi

The conception that there is a goal and a path to it is wrong. We are the goal or peace always. To get rid of the notion that we are not peace is all that is required." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Effort must be made to eradicate the mental tendencies. Knowledge can only remain unshaken after all the mental tendencies are rooted out." ~ Ramana Maharshi

The idea of time is only in your mind. It is not in the Self. There is no time for the Self. Time arises as an idea after the ego arises." ~ Ramana Maharshi

The mind cannot kill itself. So, your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you will know that there is no mind. When the Self is sought, the mind is nowhere. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Speaking of realization, it implies two selves-the one to realize, the other to be realized. What is not already realized is sought to be realized. Once we admit our existence, how is it that we do not know our self? ~ Ramana Maharshi

Because we exist the ego appears to exist. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Hearing the truth (sravana) is the first stage. If the understanding is not firm one has to practice reflection (manana) and uninterrupted contemplation (nididhyasana) on it. These two processes scorch the seeds of samskaras (mental tendencies) so that they are rendered ineffective. ~ Ramana Maharshi

That upon which memory and oblivion depend is the idea of the individual self. When one looks for it, this individual "I" is not found because it is not real. Hence this "I" is synonymous with illusion or ignorance (maya, avidya or ajnana). ~ Ramana Maharshi

When you identify yourself with the body then only the forms and shapes are there. But when you transcend your body the others disappear along with your body-consciousness. ~ Ramana Maharshi

When you try to trace the ego, which is the basis of the perception of the world and everything else, you find the ego does not exist at all and neither does all this creation that you see ~ Ramana Maharshi

The ego--self appears and disappears and is transitory, whereas the real Self is permanent. Though you are actually the true Self you wrongly identify the real Self with the ego--self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

There is no goal to be reached. There is nothing to be attained. You are the Self." ~ Ramana Maharshi

One believes that there is bondage and therefore seeks liberation. But the fact is that there is no bondage but only liberation. Why call it by a name and seek it?" ~ Ramana Maharsh

The state of being is permanent; things in the world are not. They are fleeting phenomena passing on the screen of being--consciousness, which is eternal and stationary." ~ Ramana Maharshi

How long does it take to reach mukti (liberation)? Mukti is not to be gained in the future. It is there forever, here and now. Abiding in that consciousness by which we know that we exist is absolute stillness. It's thoughtless Awareness. It's consciousness without an object or a subject. It is the Awareness that's prior to subject, prior to object. This is what is meant by Self-abidance. This is what is meant by Silence. This is Stillness. In this silent stillness, there is peace.

Realization is for everyone; realization makes no difference between the aspirants. This very doubt, whether you can realize, and the notion "I-have-not-realized" are themselves the obstacles. Be free from these obstacles also." ~ Ramana Maharshi

There is no reaching the Self. If Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not here and now and that it is yet to be obtained. What is got afresh will also be lost." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Realization is nothing to be gained afresh; it is already there. All that is necessary is to get rid of the thought "I have not realized." ~ Ramana Maharshi

If a man thinks that his happiness is due to external causes and his possessions, it is reasonable to conclude that his happiness must increase with the increase of possessions and diminish in proportion to their diminution. Therefore, if he is devoid of possessions, his happiness should be nil. What is the real experience of man? Does it conform to this view? No. ~ Ramana Maharshi

That which is called happiness is only the nature of Self; Self is not other than perfect happiness. That which is called happiness alone exists. Knowing that fact and abiding in the state of Self, enjoy bliss eternally." ~ Ramana Maharshi

The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned outwards, it becomes the ego and all the world." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The world is a looking glass. It gives back to every man a true reflection of his own thoughts. Rule your mind or it will rule you." ~Buddha

"Through contradictions you destroy your clinging to the mind and thinking. Through silence you destroy the world of your feeling. When both these layers are gone, you are as existence wanted you to be, in your purity, in your individuality. You have come home." ~ Osho

"Immature love says, "I love because I need you" and mature love says "I need you because I love you" ~Unknown

“The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people." ~Ammachi

“Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity--and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature--is the true goal of human life." ~Ammachi

"The highest phenomenon is when love is a state and not a relationship. Not that you are in love, but that you are love. Then love reaches to the highest peak possible, and at that peak it becomes prayer, at that peak it is meditation, at that peak it touches the feet of God. It becomes a dialogue with the whole of existence. Then you are in dance, and the whole of existence is the partner – the trees and the stars and the mountains." ~Osho

"Nothing matters so much that we should throw ourselves into a state of panic about it. No happening is so important that we should let ourselves be exiled from inner peace and mental calm for its sake." ~ Paul Brunton

"Always remember deep in your heart that all is well and everything is unfolding as it should. There are no mistakes anywhere, at any time. What appears to be wrong is simply your own false imagination. That's all. But we live in a universe of Brahman, of Absolute Reality, self -contained Consciousness, where there's perfection, perfect life, perfect bliss, perfect being. That perfection knows nothing about wrong and right, good and bad, happy and sad. It knows only itself as Perfection. And you are That." ~Robert Adams

"There is only one state, that of consciousness or awareness or existence. The three states of waking, dream and sleep cannot be real. They simply come and go. The real will always exist." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Actually, the idea of the Self being the witness is only in the mind; it is not the absolute truth of the Self. Witnessing is relative to objects witnessed. Both the witness and his object are mental creations." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The mind is intangible, in fact it does not exist. The surest way to control it is to seek it. Then its activities cease." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"There are no others to be helped, for a realized being sees only the Self; just like a goldsmith estimating the gold in various items of jewelry sees only the gold." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"All metaphysical discussion is profitless unless it causes us to seek within the Self for the true reality. All controversies about creation, the nature of the universe, evolution, the purpose of God, etc., are useless. They are not conducive to our true happiness. People try to find out about things which are outside of them before they try to find out "Who am I?" Only by the latter means can happiness be gained." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The proper way to get rid of a desire is to find out "Who gets the desire? What is its source?" When this is found, the desire is rooted out and it will never again emerge or grow." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Meditation is not so much thinking of the Self as giving up thinking of the not-Self. When you give up thinking of outward objects and prevent your mind from going outwards by turning it inwards and fixing it in the Self, the Self alone remains." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The final obstacle in meditation is ecstasy; you feel great bliss and happiness and want to stay in that ecstasy. Do not yield to it but pass on to the next stage which is great calm." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"You must never rest content with the pleasure of Laya (temporary abeyance of the mind) experienced when thought is quelled, you must press on until all duality ceases." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The normal self is the mind. The mind is with limitations. But pure Consciousness is beyond limitations, and is reached by investigation into the "I"" ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Which is the real power (siddhi)? Is it to increase prosperity or bring about peace? That which results in peace is the highest perfection (siddhi)." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"There is no moment when the Self as consciousness does not exist, nor can the seer remain apart from consciousness." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Renunciation is always in the mind, not in going to forests or solitary places, or giving up one's duties. The main thing is to see that the mind does not turn outward but inward." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Attending to the Self means attending to the work. Because you identify yourself with the body, you think that work is done by you. But the body and its activities, including that work, are not apart from the Self." ~ Ramana Maharshi

"The feeling "I work" is the hindrance. Ask yourself, "Who works?" Remember who you are. Then the work will not bind you, it will go on automatically." ~ Ramana Maharshi


"Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.” ~ Wayne Dyer

"Life's problems may be complicated, yet the answers are always very simple." ~Unknown

"If you really want to create peace on the earth, 
create peace in your heart, in your being. 
That is the right place to begin with...and then spread
and radiate peace and love. If more and more people
become peaceful, joyous, dance, sing and say hallelujah from their
very innermost core, it will become impossible for 
these few mad people to create a war." ~ Osho 

"You must have faith. Everything depends on faith." ~Babaji

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice." ~ Meister Eckhart

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." ~ Winston Churchill

"If only people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying. Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars... or your two legs... or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you'll find that you won't sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself" - Dale Carnegie

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." - Buddha

"In daily we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." - David Steindl-Rast

"When we give of our attention, we give of our soul. One moment of pure attention is worth a pound of gold." - Lisa Guyman

"I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God." ~ Helen Keller

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie

"Self-Inquiry directly leads to realization by removing the obstacles which make you think that the Self is not already realized." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Abide in your true nature. What does that mean? Cease identifying with the objectified movement of consciousness; i.e., with consciousness moving outward or objectively, and remain in non-objective Awareness, or pure Being. ~ Ramana

Silence is never-ending speech. Vocal speech obstructs the other speech of silence. In silence one is in intimate contact with the surroundings." ~ Ramana Maharshi

You may think and say you are choosing happiness, but the moment you rise in identification with the mind, you just told a lie about choosing happiness, you have just proven otherwise. Don't say one thing and be something else. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"When one remains without thinking one understands another by means
of the universal language of silence." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Being your Self is being pure Love, and that is what bliss is.
There is no real love until you are that pure Love. ~ Ramana Maharshi

All that we have to do is to give up identifying the Self with the body, with forms and limits, and then we shall know ourselves as the Self that we always are." ~ Ramana Maharshi

The sense of doership is bondage, and not the actions themselves. "Be still and know that I am God." Stillness will prevail and there will be no agitation of the mind. Agitation of the mind is the cause of desire, the sense of doership, and of personality, or the personal sense of "I." If that is stopped, there is quiet.~ Ramana Maharshi.

All that we have to do is to give up identifying the Self with the body, with forms and limits, and then we shall know ourselves as the Self that we always are." ~ Ramana Maharshi

The moment you start looking for the Self and go deeper and deeper, the real Self is waiting there to take you in" ~ Ramana Maharshi

The sense of doership is bondage, and not the actions themselves. "Be still and know that I am God." Stillness will prevail and there will be no agitation of the mind. Agitation of the mind is the cause of desire, the sense of doership, and of personality, or the personal sense of "I." If that is stopped, there is quiet. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Consciousness of the Self is the normal state; our present entanglement is the abnormal state. We imagine that we have to develop towards a perfect state, when we are already in it now, but have covered it with external things and thoughts. People talk of attaining the super-consciousness, but this is wrong. This Self is our normal consciousness; we imagine we have to develop and attain it, but we are in it all the time, it is just that our attention is diverted away from it to the intellect and to objects. ~ Ramana Maharshi

All the ancient scriptures are intended simply to make us retrace our steps to the original source. There is no need to gain anything. We must simply give up false ideas and useless accretions. Instead of doing this, we try to catch hold of something strange and mysterious, believing that happiness lies elsewhere. That is the mistake. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The Heart is the center from which everything springs. Because you now see the world, the body etc, it is said that there is a center for them called the Heart. But when actually in it, the Heart is neither in the center nor at the circumference as then there is nothing else. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The life-current originates in the Heart. This Heart is not the physiological organ of that name, but a spiritual center near to it. Thus everyone, even a child, of every creed or race, when referring to the "heart" as a metaphor for their deepest feelings will nevertheless point to the breast with their hand. But such discussions as inside or outside the body cannot arise in Self-realization. ~ Ramana Maharshi

When you have found the center, you will find that it encompasses the whole world; if you want, the radius can be extended to your body or to the world. We start with the wrong presumption that the circle is confined to the human form. Locate the center first. To that you always return, and you always remain in it; it is the common center for all humanity when they realize. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The Self is simple Being. Be! and there will be an end to ignorance. The "I" is always there. There is no knowing it. It is not new knowledge to be acquired. There is an obstruction to its knowledge called ignorance. Remove it. Ignorance and knowledge are not for the Self: they should be cleared away. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Can I go on thinking "I am God?" Is that right practice? ~ Ramana Maharshi

In fact you are God. But who goes around saying, "I am a man," "I am a male?" Of course, if there were any contrary thought that had to be refuted, such as, "I am an animal," then you might say, "I am a man." To the extent of crushing the wrong notion that one is this or that, according to one's erroneous fancies, you may indulge in the thought, but when the practice is over, the result will be no thought at all but merely Self-realization. There is no need of or meaning in thought at that stage; it is beyond conceptual thought. ~ Ramana Maharshi

There can be no real investigation into the Atman. The investigation can only be made into the non-self. It is only possible to eliminate the non-self. As the Self is always self-evident, it will shine of itself. "Knowing" means "Being." It is not relative knowledge. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Progress can be spoken of in reference to things to be attained, whereas here it is the removal of ignorance, and not the acquisition of knowledge. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The idea of diversity comes with body-consciousness, which arose at some moment; it has an origin and an end. What originates must be something. What is that something? It is "I"-consciousness. On finding its source you realize Absolute Consciousness. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Can the world exist without one to cognize it? Which comes first the being-consciousness or the rising-consciousness? The former is always there and eternal; the latter rises and disappears. It is transient. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Know the Self, and God is known. Of all the definitions of God, none is so well put as the Biblical "I AM THAT I AM" in the book of Exodus. But none is so direct as the name Jehovah "I AM." The Absolute Being is what is. It is the Self. It is God. ~ Ramana Maharshi


The Self is here and now and alone. It is not new and something to be acquired. It is natural and permanent. The term "Self" refers to the unlimited, the infinite Self; do not limit its meaning. ~ Ramana Maharshi

All thoughts such as, "Attainment is hard," or "Self-realization is far from me," or "I have to overcome many difficulties to know Reality," should be given up, as they are obstacles and are created by this false self, ego. They are untrue. Do not doubt that you are the Reality; live in that understanding. Never question it by deferring your realization of it to some future time. It is because people are victimized and hypnotized by such false thoughts that the Gita says that few out of millions realize the Self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"There is no more a greater challenge in life than love. If you love someone, you are in a tremendous turmoil. Love is not all roses as your poets have said...it is more thorny than you can imagine. Love is the greatest danger in life. If you really want to grow accept the greatest danger and move into it." ~Osho

After you have rejected what was to be rejected, and accepted what was to be accepted,
then only acceptance remains hollow. At that end you'll say, 'What's this acceptance for, even? I don't need it." Then you'll arrive at 'Who am I?' - Swami Amar Jyoti

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." ~ Buckminster Fuller


"Do you know that if you took all the space
in between all the particles in your body out,
there wouldn't be enough matter left
to fit on a pinhead. You are mostly space!
If you took that matter on that pinhead,
that matter is not matter at all, its energy.
The whole Universe is energy....
a huge sea of energy." ~Chris Bourne


Gather all courage and take a jump.
Even the dewdrop slipping from a lotus leaf trembles
for a moment, tries to hang on a little more,
because he can see the ocean...
once he has fallen from the lotus leaf he is gone.
Yes, in a way you will not be; just as a dewdrop
dissolves into the ocean, you will be gone.
But it is not a loss. You will be oceanic.
And all other oceans are limited.
The ocean of existence is unlimited. ~Osho

"Yoga means to be evolving in the dimension where there is no object, and only consciousness remains. When you are conscious of something you’re not conscious of being conscious." ~Osho

"Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is like when you trust yourself to the water. You don't grab hold of the water when you swim, because if you do you will become stiff and tight in the water, and sink. You have to relax, and the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging, and holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be." - Alan Watts


"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." ~George Sand

"Do not respond to anger. Where there is no Love, do not go. Your purpose is to transmit the teachings, not to convince, not to expect that all will listen, understand, or be helped. Remember, you are serving unconditionally, without expectation. ~Babaji

"Close your eyes and see it there. Be silent and have a taste of it. Your very nature is what I call enlightenment. Enlightenment is not something alien, outside you. It is not somewhere else in time and space. It is you, your very core." ~Osho

The Self is beyond duality. If there is one there will also be two. Without one there are no other numbers. The truth is neither one nor two. It is as it is. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Be always feeling and reflecting on the real Being. Be That. Cling close to It. Let your quest be constant and sustained until you catch the Self and thereby find eternal happiness.~ Ramana Maharshi

The fact is that you are ignorant of your blissful state. Ignorance draws a veil over the pure Bliss. Direct your attempts only towards removing the ignorance. This ignorance is just wrong knowledge. The wrong lies in the false identification of the Self with the body and mind. This false identity must go by inquiry into the Self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

There is no reaching the Self. If it were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not here and now, but would have to be gained. What is got afresh will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say the Self is not reached. You are the Self. You are already That. ~ Ramana Maharshi

See what the Self is. What you consider to be the Self is really either the mind, the intellect, or the "I"-thought. So hold onto the "I"-thought and the other thoughts will vanish, leaving the Self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The changefulness is mere thought. All thoughts arise after the "I"-thought. See to whom these thoughts arise. Then you will transcend them and they will subside. That is to say, by tracing the source of the "I"-thought, you will realize that the perfect "I-I-I" is the name of the Self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only. The inquiry should be where the "I" is. After the rise of the "I"-thought, there is false identification of the "I" with the body, the senses, and the mind. Self is wrongly associated with them; one has lost sight of the true Self. In order to sift the pure "I" from the contaminated "I," this discarding (of the koshas or sheaths referred to in the Sastras [Scriptures]) is mentioned. It does not mean exactly the discarding of the non-self, but more the finding of the real Self. The real Self is the infinite "I-I" in perfection. It is eternal. It has no origin and no end. The other "I" is born and dies. It is impermanent. See to whom the changing thoughts occur. They will be found to arise after the "I"-thought. Hold onto the "I"-thought and they will subside. The Self alone will remain. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Are there two "I's?" How do you know your existence? Do you see yourself with these eyes? Question yourself. How does this question arise? Do I remain to ask it or not? Can I find myself as I do in a mirror? Because your outlook has been turned outwards, it has lost sight of the Self and your vision is external. The Self is not found in external objects. Turn your gaze around and plunge within. You will be the Self. ~ Ramana Maharshi

The peace that you discovered in your temporary spiritual experiences was found in your Self. It was not imposed upon you. A time will come when we shall have to laugh at our own efforts to realize, for we shall find that what we were before and after is the same. ~ Ramana Maharshi

One who knows the Self has nothing more to do, nor has he any more thoughts. From then on, the infinite power will carry out all further actions that may be necessary for him. ~ Ramana Maharshi


"The final obstacle in meditation is ecstasy; you feel great bliss and happiness and want to stay in that ecstasy. Do not yield to it but pass on to the next stage, which is great calm. ~ Ramana Maharshi

"Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within yourself, you will then find it everywhere. ~Ramana Maharshi

"It is the Teachings that survive the Teacher. It is the Teachings that survive the Rituals. Constructing a Cathedral to God is building for the Ego, the lower self. Constructing a Cathedral to share the Teachings, to Serve humans, to promote Peace, to end poverty, war, loneliness and despair, inequality....... this is the true monument to God. There are scant few of these." ~Babaji

"There is enough energy in a single cubic meter of space to boil all the oceans in the world." ~Richard Feynman

"In the stillness lies the greatest power. When consciousness becomes perfectly still, the illusion is perfectly understood because it is consciousness that is creating the illusion. When the thinking mind is still, then you see reality as it is. You realize that Self and other are not separate. The mountain and valley are inseperable. Everything is connected, one consciousness, one field that moves through all. Everything has spirit. It is happening through you, as you. You are the "you" in Universe." ~Awaken The World Film https://www.youtube.com/embed/aXuTt7c3Jkg

"If you name me, you negate me." ~Kirkegard


"When man is born, he is tender and weak; at death he is hard and stiff. When things and plants are alive, they are soft and supple; when they are dead they are brittle and dry. Therefore hardness and stiffness are the companions of death, and softness and gentleness the companions of life. When an army is headstrong, it will lose in battle. When a tree is hard, it will be cut down. The big and strong belong underneath. The gentle and weak belong at the top." - Lao Tzu

"The periphery is moving, your center is not moving. In your center there is a silence, with no anger and no anti-anger, no sex and no celibacy, no greed and non-greed, no violence and no nonviolence because those are all outside. All the opposites are on the outside, inside you are neither this nor that. You are simply a being, pure. Being like a god, a pure being with no opposites hanging around, fighting or flighting. Simply being." - Osho

"Man is not born into mastery. You are born a slave of unconscious forces. The first step toward mastery is to recognize your slavery. To see that you are unconscious is the beginning of consciousness." -Osho

"There is no need to run towards the Ocean. Just slowly enjoy the trees, and the birds, and the people, having a trust in your heart that every river has always reached the Ocean so you cannot be the exception. Existence does not allow any exceptions. You will also reach the Ocean." ~Osho

"Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself. This is the direct method." - Sri Ramana Maharshi


“The more honest and authentic we are, the more deeply we go into the mystery of our own being.” ~ Adyashanti

"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good.
Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living." ~Unknown

"We all live under the same sky, but we don't see the same light--" Chinese proverb

"Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance." ~Morgan Freeman

"When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful." - Yogi Bhajan

"Only in the darkness can you see the stars." ~Martin Luther King Jr.

‎”You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato

"If love be not the law of our being, the whole of my arguments falls to pieces." ~Gandhi

"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” ~ Rumi

"The illiterate of the world are not those who cannot read or write. It is those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." ~ Alvin Toffler

"Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames." ~ Rumi

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” ~ Rumi

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.” ~ Rumi

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” ― Hafiz

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” ~ Rumi

"You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous.You cannot be loving if you are not courageous.You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous.You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous.Hence courage comes first... and everything else follows." -Osho

"Apart from the futility of effort itself, any attempt to prevent thoughts from arising divides the mind artificially into that which does the prevention against
that which is being prevented, creating only neurosis and conflict. Whatever thoughts arise (being without substance) will promptly vanish by themselves if they are not accepted and pursued as effective reality. To try to erase thoughts consciously and deliberately is like trying to wash away blood with blood." ~ Ramesh S. Balsekar

"Life is a mystery. The more you understand it, the more mysterious it becomes. The more you know, the less you feel that you know. The more you become aware of the depth, the infinite depth, the more it becomes almost impossible to say anything about it." -Osho

“You Can’t Change the Truth, But the Truth Can Change You.”

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." ~Eric Hoffer

"To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead."~Bertrand Russell

"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed." ~Michael Pritchard

"You don't face your fears, you stand up to them." ~Anon

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." ~Ambrose Redmoon

"When you build a house, every brick counts. When you build a character, every thought counts." ~

"All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. Begin with the end in mind." ~ Stephen Covey

"Remember the two maxims of Tantra, 'One must rise by that by which one falls, and the very poison that kills becomes the elixir of life when used by the wise.” ~Swami Nikhilananda

"Find ecstasy within yourself. It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The one you are looking for is you. You are the traveler and you are the destination. In experiencing the ecstasy of your own being, you have achieved the final goal." ~Osho

"Learn to sit and rest. Fall into deep rest, so the breathing becomes natural, the body becomes cool, all the fever of constant desire and turmoil disappears, evaporates. And then work. That work will have a totally different quality. It won't be out of desire, it will be pure creativity." ~Osho

"God is there only if you surrender. Surrender makes anything God. Surrender gives you the eyes,and everything that is brought to these eyes becomes Divine. Don't waste your life for that which is going to be taken away. Trust life. Trust God. If you trust, only then can you drop your knowledge, only then can you put your mind aside. And with trust, something immense opens up. Then this life is no longer ordinary life, it becomes full of God, overflowing. When the heart is innocent and the walls have disappeared, you are bridged with infinity. And you are not deceived; there is nothing that can be taken away from you. That which can be taken away from you is not worth keeping, and that which cannot be taken away from you... why should one be afraid of its being taken away? It cannot be taken away, there is no possibility. You cannot lose your real treasure." ~Osho

‘’There are no choices that are really a detour that will take you far from where you're wanting to be—because your Inner Being is always guiding you to the next, and the next, and the next. So don't be concerned that you may make a fatal choice, because there aren't any of those. You are always finding your balance. It's a never ending process’’ ~ Abraham-Hicks

"One who is connected to the Energy Stream is more powerful than a million who are not. And two who are harmoniously focused and connected to the Energy Stream brings about a co-creative endeavor that cannot be matched by anything else in all of the Universe." ~Abraham Hicks

"Dive into your heart center. Sit in the silence. Desire self-realization with all your heart, with all your mind, and all your soul. Cry out for God, and you will be with the right people. Everything will take care of itself." - Robert Adams

"Only do and act on only that which makes you more joyous, fulfills you, gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty. But this is possible only if the master in you is awake. Right now the master is fast asleep. And the mind, the servant, is playing the role of master. And the servant is created by the outside world, it follows the outside world and its laws. Once your awareness becomes a flame, it burns up the whole slavery that the mind has created. There is no blissfulness more precious than freedom, than being a master of your own destiny." ~Osho

“ If you cannot face directly your sexuality, you will never discover your true spirituality ” White Tigress Manual

"Seeing all as is, accepting all as is and co-creating with all as is. When this is done in surrender and trust the darkest dark and the lightest light are both deeply nourishing and necessary for anything new to be born." ~ Susanna Nova

"There is no failure if one lives in Truth, Simplicity and Love. Do not feel embarrassed. You have not failed. And you do not know the outcome. Be in the present. Live in the present. That is all one can do. Observe and know that what you see is the wheel of maya moving round and round, always changing, never stopping for a moment. Know this and know that there can be no failure.
Know this and understand that your emotions are but dancing chemicals of up and down, on and off, temporary, impermanent." ~Babaji

“Yoga is suppression with awareness; tantra is indulgence with awareness.” Osho

"When the violin can forgive the past it starts singing. When the violin can stop worrying about the future, it will become such a drunk laughing nuisence that God will then lean down and start combing you into his hair. When the violin can forgive every wound caused by others, the heart starts singing." - Hafiz

“Tantra is the hot blood of spiritual practice. It smashes the taboo against unreasonable happiness; a thunderbolt path, swift, joyful, and fierce. There is no authentic Tantra without profound commitment, discipline, courage, and a sense of wild, foolhardy, fearless abandon.” – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Any real ecstasy is a sign you are moving in the right direction, don’t let any prude tell you otherwise.” St Teresa of Avila

"Accept the enormity. Give up illusions of containment. The hardest fact of all is that no matter what the outcome it is unlikely that you can ever be the person you have been until now." ~ Ron, "How Do You Know" (movie)

"Courage is mastery of fear, not absence of fear." ~Unknown

"Obstacles are what you see when you lose sight of your goal." ~Unknown

"True Love, my dear, is putting an ironclad grip upon the soft, swollen balls of a divine rogue elephant and not having the good fortune to Die!" ~Hafiz

“Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi

"Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then we may perhaps find the truth." -F.A. Kekulé

Because every embodied individual is composed of a body, a mind and a spirit, the ancient Rishis of India who developed the Science of Life organized their wisdom into three bodies of knowledge: Ayurveda, which deals mainly with the physical body; Yoga, which deals mainly with spirit; and Tantra, which is mainly concerned with the mind. The philosophy of all three is identical; their manifestations differ because of their differing emphases. Robert Svoboda Motilal Banarsidass

…each one of us is a union of all universal energy. Everything that we need in order to be complete is within us right at this very moment. It is simply a matter of being able to recognize it. This is the tantric approach. Lama Thubten Yeshe

"In Tantra, the manner of approach is not that of Nay but of Yea! The world attitude is affirmative.Man must approach through and by means of nature, not by rejection of nature." ~ Zimmer

"Shambhala is a Sanskrit term comprising swayam and bhala. Self benefited is swayam and bala means self powered."

“Eros guides us to Logos.” ~ Plato

"The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death." ~Osho

"Therefore, the Holy One, blessed he be, dwells in him who (like Him) is one. When man, in perfect holiness, realizes the One, He is in that one. And when is that man called one? When man and woman are joined together sexually. The Holy one is not called ‘One’ if not united with the Shekinah." ~The Zohar

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

"Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks: the ultimate, the last test and proof: the work for which all other work is but preparation." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

"If you are burning, burn. If you can stand it. The shame will burn away and leave you shining, radiant, and righteously shameless.” ~ Elizabeth Cunningham

"Unless you become a buddha you have not lived at all because you will not know the great poetry of life, the great music of existence. You will not know the celestial celebration that goes on and on, you will not know the dance of the stars. This bliss is for you! All these flowers and all these songs and all these stars are for you. You are entitled to miracles." ~Osho

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche

"Relaxing into the divine sexuality is the source and core energy for all healing. Divinity and sexuality are one of the same. Sex and God are the same thing. When I talk about my sexuality, I'm talking about my spirituality." ~ Susanna Nova

“And this is a miracle: the moment that you realize that there is no way to make a home, then this whole existence is home. Then wherever you are, you are at home.” ~Course in Miracles

"If your problem has a solution then...why worry about it? If your problem doesn't have solution then...why worry about it?" ~ Chinese Proverb

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky." ~Hafiz

"Let us realize that engagement and detachment aren't opposite - the more engaged we become the more detached we have to be." -Deepak Chopra

"As we mature in our spiritual understanding, that we are a part of everything in the world, and that we are capable of creating in our world, the more we believe that it is possible the less important it becomes to change the reality. When we feel we are powerless our ego most wants to change the things in our world. As we realize we have the power to change our reality the maturity that comes with that understanding changes us, and we find ourselves in acceptance of what is with less desire of feeling our need to change the world around us." -Gregg Braden

"We are like lutes once held by God. Being away from His warm body fully explains this constant yearning." ~Hafiz

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” –John Maxwell

"Life is full and overflowing with the new. But it's necessary
to empty out the old to make room for the new to enter." ~Eileen Caddy

"Do you know how beautiful you are? I think not, my dear. For as you talk of God, I see great parades with wildly colorful bands streaming from your mind and heart, carrying wonderful and secret messages to every corner of this world. I see saints bowing in the mountains Hundreds of miles away to the wonder of sounds that break into light from your most common words." ~Hafiz


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gide

"No tree can grow to heaven until it's roots reach down to hell." ~Carl Jung


“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~Albert Pine

"There is no creativity if there is no chaos. Everything becomes indiscriminate, divisions disappear." -Osho

"Happiness is like a butterfly - the more you chase, the more subtle, but if you stop moving and quietly wait for it to land on you" ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne


"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." ~ Jean Houston

"The mind does not exist apart from the Self, that is, it has no independent existence. The Self exists without the mind, never the mind without the Self." ~Ramana Maharshi

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." ~Walt Whitman


"You are the pulsing heart of the emptiness, the mountain strength of the vastness." ~Pamela Wilson

"There are no mistakes anywhere, at any time. What appears to be wrong is simply your own false imagination." ~Robert Adams

"Watch deeply, then you will become the host and thoughts will be the guests. And as guests they are beautiful, but if you forget completely that you are the host and they become the hosts, then you are in a mess. This is what hell is. You are the master of the house, the house belongs to you, and guests have become the masters. Receive them, take care of them, but don’t get identified with them; otherwise, they will become the masters." ~Osho

"You go on thinking that thoughts are yours. Not only that, you fight for your thoughts, you say, ”This my thought, this is true.”You discuss,you debate, you argue about it, you try to prove that, ”This is my thought.” No thought is yours, no thought is original–all thoughts are borrowed. And not second hand, because millions of people have claimed those same thoughts before you.Thought is just as outside as a thing." -Osho

"Every brother is a gift because every person is unique and brings something new to the table. There is nothing like newness to stimulate rebirth." ~St Francis of Assisi

“Only you can say where the road goes for one sets his goals for the hour, for the relationship, for the phase of life." — L. Ron Hubbard

“One can feel at times like a spinning leaf blown along a dirty street, one can feel like a grain of sand stuck in one place. But nobody has said that life was a calm and orderly thing: it isn’t. One isn’t a tattered leaf nor a grain of sand: one can, to greater or lesser degree draw his road map and follow it." — L. Ron Hubbard

“One can feel that things are such now that it is much too late to do anything, that one’s past road is so messed up that there is no chance of drawing a future one that will be any different: there is always a point on the road when one can map a new one. And try to follow it. There is no person alive who cannot make a new beginning." — L. Ron Hubbard

'When you love, you have to become nobody. If you remain somebody, then love never happens. When you love a person–even for a single moment love happens and flows between two persons–there are two nothingnesses, not two persons. If you have ever had any experience of love, you can understand. Two lovers sitting by each other’s side, or two nothingnesses sitting together–only then the meeting is possible because barriers are broken, boundaries thrown away. The energy can move from here to there; there is no hindrance. And only in such a moment of deep love is orgasm possible." -Osho

"All the greatest treasures are hidden behind that which we wouldn't want to be with. You're this ultimate mischief and brilliance. All the wisdom, compassion and treasure is within...so where are you going to hide it?" ~Pamela Wilson

"It's such a surprise to notice that you are the pulsing heart of the emptiness, the mountain strength of the vastness." ~Pamela Wilson

"The day on which we come to know the supreme consciousness within us, then the outside world will also appear to us like the expanse of the supreme consciousness. The whole will be a mirror to us when we become a mirror within. If we stand near a stone, then we will be able to see ourselves even in the stone. Then we will not look at the stone with that hardness with which we look at man now. Then we shall touch a stone as if we are touching our beloved, because the stone is not stone, then it is God." ~Osho


"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." -Agnes Repplier

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of our will." -Epictetus

"For the rational, healthy person, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality." -Nathaniel Branden

"Our happiness springs mainly from moderate troubles, which afford the mind a healthful stimulus, and are followed by a reaction which produces a cheerful flow of spirits." -E. Wigglesworth

"Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation." -William H. Sheldon

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." -Charles Kingsley

"Tantra is the science of contacting souls, of going to the deepest core of the other. Tantra is one of the most important secrets ever discovered. But it is very delicate because it is the greatest art. To create a communion with the energy of the other, a dancing communion is the greatest and most difficult art to learn." ~Osho

"If you remain aware you will come to know that sex is not just sex. Sex is the outermost layer, deep inside is the love, and even deeper is prayer, and deepest is God himself. Sex can become a cosmic experience. Then it is Tantra." ~Osho

"Tantra is one of the greatest treasures that is - lying there, unused. The day humanity uses it, the earth will become a glow with a new love.This very earth can be paradise. It is impossible if you depend on nature. It is very, very possible if you depend on Tantra." ~Osho

"In meditation, if two meditators share their energies, love is a constant phenomenon. It does not change. It takes the quality of eternity. It becomes divine. The meeting of love and meditation is the greatest experience of life." ~Osho

"Love is not sex. Sex can happen in love, it can be a part, integral part to it, but sex itself is not love it is a substitute. You are trying to avoid love through sex. You are giving yourself a feeling that you are in love, and you are not moving into love. Sex is just like borrowed knowledge: giving a feeling of knowing without knowing; giving a feeling of love and loving without loving." ~Osho

"When you become the deepest valley of reception, then the highest peaks of consciousness can be given to you. Only a valley can receive a peak. A disciple should be absolutely feminine, receptive, like a womb. Only then such a phenomenon happens as is going to happen in this song." ~Osho

"The urge of the human body, like the animal body, to reproduce is very strong. Even if the Divine consciousness and love in the human heart is obscured, the physical urge driven by the reptile brain continues. The physical orgasm, especially in the male body, is a tremendous drive that exists so that the bodies shall make sure¯ that the human race survives. Even if human beings intuitively know that there is something more to human sexuality, they seem to either try to reach deep happiness through extreme physical sexuality or to attain true bliss by taking away sexuality; as in many spiritual circumstances where sex is considered or experienced as a hindering to a Godly or Divine life. This is because sexuality has become more and more bodily and male oriented. Kundalini awakening that unfolds Divine consciousness through sublimation of the sexual energy is very unusual today. Where it happens, in true heart chakra connected love relations, it happens slowly and beautifully." ~Osho

"The only real reason to exist as a human is to manifest the Divine in human shape. All resources the human being administers or may administer are therefore means in this process, including the human body itself. Whatever else that the human being is focusing on creates sufferings. All human beings are born with the inner yearning of being conscious creators in manifesting the Divine in human shape. Thus every child, every human being, needs to meet with mirrors within their social environment that nurture this yearning." ~Osho

"The moment you start seeing life as non-serious, a playfulness, all the burden on your heart disappears. All the fear of death, of life, of love - everything disappears. One starts living with a very light weight or almost no weight. So weightless one becomes, one can fly in the open sky." ~Osho

"Love and hate are not real opposites, but love and fear are real opposites. Hate can become love very easily: it is really love standing upside-down. It is not very far from love, it is love energy in a disturbed state. The energy can be calmed, stilled. It is only a question of rearranging the energy, and hate can become love. And we know – it happens every day in life – love can become hate, hate can become love. You hate the same person and you love the same person. One moment you hate, another moment you love. So love and hate are two sides of the same coin, they are not real opposites."~Osho

"Unless you become a buddha you have not lived at all, because you will not know the great poetry of life, the great music of existence. You will not know the celestial celebration that goes on and on, you will not know the dance of the stars. This bliss is for you! All these flowers, all these songs and all these stars are for you. You are entitled to miracles." ~Osho

"My understanding is that whatsoever is given to you is precious. If it was not so, existence would not have given it to you." ~Osho

"Through intense deep meditation you reach a state that is beyond thought, beyond change, beyond imagination, beyond differences and duality. Once you can stay in that state for a while and come out of it without losing any of it, then the inner divine love will begin to pour through you. You will not see people as different, separate individuals. You will see your own Self in everyone around you. Then the flow of love from within you will be constant and unbroken." ~Swami Muktananda

"I would like to give you two things: Roots into this earth and wings into the heaven. Meditation is the earth, it is here and now; the very moment you can spread your roots, do it. And once roots are there, your wings will reach the highest sky possible. Compassion is the sky, meditation is the earth, and when meditation and compassion meet, a Buddha is born." ~ Osho

"God is there only if you surrender. Surrender makes anything God. Surrender gives you the eyes, and everything that is brought to these eyes becomes Divine." ~Osho

"All journeys our outward journeys, there is no inward journey. How can you turn inwards? You are already there, there is no point in going. When going stops, journeying disappears. When desiring is no more clouding the mind, you are in." - OSHO

50 of Osho's Most

Enlightening Quotes

1) Experience life in all possible ways -- good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don't be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.

2) Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look to tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature.

3) Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you. Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning. Questioners sooner or later end up in a library. Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures, because scriptures are full of answers. And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder."

4) All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be -- don't try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.

6) Truth cannot be defined, although it can certainly be experienced. But experience is not a definition. A definition is made by the mind, experience comes through participating. If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it? But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it. God is the ultimate dance.

7) To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.

8) No dead principles can help, but only living consciousness. Be absolutely unprincipled and just follow life.

9) You can go on changing the outer for lives and you will never be satisfied; something or other will remain to be changed. Unless the inner changes, the outer can never be perfect.

10) Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings, of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home. He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.

11) To be alone in the only real revolution. To accept that you are alone is the greatest transformation that can happen to you.

12) Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love - now you are love.

13) Become more and more innocent, less knowledgeable and more childlike. Take life as fun - because that's precisely what it is!

14) If you take the responsibility for your life you can start changing it. Slow will be the change, only in the course of time will you start; moving into the world of light and crystallization, but once you are crystallized you will know what real revolution is. Then share your revolution with others; it has to go that way, from heart to heart.

15) Intelligence is a natural phenomenon -- just as breathing is, just as seeing is. Intelligence is the inner seeing; it is intuitive. It has nothing to do with intellect. Never confuse intellect with intelligence, they are polar opposites. Intellect is of the head; it is taught by others, it is imposed on you. You have to cultivate it. It is borrowed, it is something foreign, it is not inborn. But intelligence is inborn. It is your very being, your very nature.

16) Drop the fear. Fear was taken up by you in your childhood, unconsciously. Now consciously drop it and be mature. Then the life can be a light which goes on deepening as you go on growing.

17) Know the whole world is nothing when it is compared to knowing your own inner mystery of life.

18) Seriousness is a sickness; your sense of humor makes you more human, more humble. The sense of humor -- according to me -- is one of the most essential parts of religiousness.

19) Misery nourishes your ego -- that's why you see so many miserable people in the world. The basic, central point is the ego.

20) The beauty of facing life unprepared is tremendous. Then life has a newness, a youth; then life has a flow and freshness. Then life has so many surprises. And when life has so many surprises boredom never settles in you.

21) What is needed is not something in which you can forget your loneliness; what is needed is that you become aware of your aloneness – which is a reality. And it is so beautiful to experience it, to feel it, because it is your freedom from the crowd, from the other. It is your freedom from the fear of being lonely.

22) Man has lost one quality, the quality of zestfulness. And without zest, what is life? Just waiting for death? It can't be anything else. Only with zest do you live; otherwise you vegetate.

23) The perfectionist is bound to be a neurotic, he cannot enjoy life, until he is perfect. And perfection as such never happens, it is not in the nature of things. Totality is possible, perfection is not possible.

24) Your innermost core has always been pure. Purity is intrinsic to you, it cannot be taken away. Your virginity is eternal. You cannot lose it, there is no way to lose it. You can only forget about it or you can remember it. If you forget about it, you live in confusion. If you remember about it, all is clear.

25) In this world the greatest courage is to drop the mind aside. The bravest man is who can see the world without the barrier of the mind, just as it is. It is tremendously different, utterly beautiful. There is nobody who is inferior and there is nobody who is superior -- there are no distinctions.

26) The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time; it exists in the past and the future. And remember, time consists of only two tenses, the past and the future. The present is not part of time, the present is part of eternity.

27) Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles. Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge, it repeats the same knowledge, it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again. No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence. No-mind is the real way to live, the real way to know, the real way to be.

28) Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don't know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue.

29) There is no evil and there are no evil forces in the world. There are only people of awareness, and there are people who are fast asleep -- and sleep has no force. The whole energy is in the hands of the awakened people. And one awakened person can awaken the whole world. One lighted candle can make millions of candles lighted without losing it's light.

30) The heart is always right-- if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart-- because mind is a creation of the society. It has been educated. You have been given it by the society, not by existence. The heart is unpolluted.

31) The 'truth' is only a way of speaking; there is not something labeled 'Truth,' that one day you will find and open the box and see the contents and say, 'Great! I have found the truth.' There is no such box. Your existence is the truth, and when you are silent you are in truth. And if the silence is absolute then you are the ultimate truth. But don't think of the truth as an object –it is not an object. It is not there, it is here.

32) Mind functions in 'either/or' way: either this can be right or its opposite can be right. Both together cannot be right -- as far as mind, its logic, its rationality is concerned. If mind is 'either/or' then the heart is 'both/and.' The heart has no logic, but a sensitivity, a perceptivity. It can see that they both can not only be together, in fact they are not two. It is just one phenomenon seen from two different aspects.

33) The heart knows nothing of the past, nothing of the future; it knows only of the present. The heart has no time concept.

34) If the whole existence is one, and if the existence goes on taking care of trees, of animals, of mountains, of oceans –from the smallest blade of grass to the biggest star -- then it will take care of you too. Why be possessive? The possessiveness shows simply one thing – that you cannot trust existence. You have to arrange separate security for yourself, safety for yourself; you cannot trust existence. Non-possessiveness is basically trust in existence. There is no need to possess, because the whole is already ours.

35) Drop guilt! -- because to be guilty is to live in hell. Not being guilty, you will have the freshness of dewdrops in the early morning sun, you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake, you will have the freshness of the stars in the night. Once guilt disappears you will have a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant. You will have a dance to your feet and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.

36) If the mind wants to comprehend reality, it will have to come out of the past and the future. But coming out of the past and the future, it is no longer the mind at all. Hence the insistence of all the great masters of the world that the door to reality is no-mind.

37) Existence is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived. And you should be perfectly aware what the difference is between a mystery and a problem. A problem is something created by the mind; a mystery is something which is there, not created by the mind. A problem has an ugliness in it, like disease. A mystery is beautiful. With a problem, immediately a fight arises. You have to solve it; something is wrong, you have to put it right; something is missing, you have to supply the missing link. With a mystery there is no question like that. The moon arises in the night.... It is not a problem, it is a mystery. You have to live with it. You have to dance with it. You have to sing with it, or you can be just silent with it. Something mysterious surrounds you."

38) 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.

39) Looking at a sunset, just for a second you forget your separateness: you are the sunset. That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it. But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset, you are no longer feeling it; you have come back to your separate, enclosed entity of the ego. Now the mind is speaking. And this is one of the mysteries, that the mind can speak, and knows nothing; and the heart knows everything, and cannot speak. Perhaps to know too much makes it difficult to speak; the mind knows so little, it is possible for it to speak."

40) The witnessing soul is like the sky. The birds fly in the sky but they don't leave any footprints. \line That's what Buddha says, that the man who is awakened lives in such a way that he leaves no footprints. He is without wounds and without scars; he never looks back -- there is no point. He has lived that moment so totally that what is the need to look back again and again? He never looks ahead, he never looks back, he lives in the moment.

41) All beings are from the very beginning Buddhas. It is like water and ice: Apart from water, no ice, outside living beings, no Buddhas. Not knowing it is near they seek it afar, what a pity!

42) You are a Buddha. But remember you are not a Buddha in any special sense. Everybody is - So don't take it in an egoistic sense that "I" am a Buddha. Don't make it ambitious, don't go on an ambition trip. All is Buddha. Life is Buddha, being is Buddha-hood, existence is Buddha-hood.

43) All that you need is just to be silent and listen to existence. There is no need of any religion, there is no need of any God, there is no need of any priesthood, there is no need of any organization.

44) The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center the cyclone disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.

45) All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart of all the inhibitions of the past.  And laughter and tears can do both.  Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you and laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy.  Once you have learned the art you will be immensely surprised.

46) Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy. To be alive means to have a sense of humor.

47) If you are absolutely without mind, just pure consciousness, time stops completely, disappears, leaving no trace behind.

48) Unless you become a buddha you have not lived at all because you will not know the great poetry of life, the great music of existence. You will not know the celestial celebration that goes on and on, you will not know the dance of the stars. This bliss is for you! All these flowers and all these songs and all these stars are for you. You are entitled to miracles.

49) The day on which we come to know the supreme consciousness within us, then the outside world will also appear to us like the expanse of the supreme consciousness. The whole will be a mirror to us when we become a mirror within. If we stand near a stone, then we will be able to see ourselves even in the stone. Then we will not look at the stone with that hardness with which we look at man now. Then we shall touch a stone as if we are touching our beloved, because the stone is not stone, then it is God.

50) When you love, you have to become nobody. If you remain somebody, then love never happens. When you love a person–even for a single moment love happens and flows between two persons–there are two nothingnesses, not two persons. If you have ever had any experience of love, you can understand. Two lovers sitting by each other’s side, or two nothingnesses sitting together–only then the meeting is possible because barriers are broken, boundaries thrown away. The energy can move from here to there; there is no hindrance. And only in such a moment of deep love is orgasm possible.


 


 

 

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