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Khalil Gibran

link: http://4umi.com/gibran/spirits/heretic/7

Born on 6 January 1883 and died on 10 April 1931, Khalil Gibran was an artist, poet and writer. He was born in Lebanon and spent much of his productive life in the United States.

For Khalil Gibran no single religious tradition revealed the whole truth about life so he wove together insights from Eastern Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, American Transcendentalism, and the folklore of his native Lebanon to create his own universal “Anthem of Humanity” … he attacks narrow-mindedness, clerical hypocrisy and political injustice, and issues a declaration of faith in life itself. – Juan R. I. Cole

In truth, The Prophet is a work of such universal appeal that there is little to be gained from speculating on the identity of persons or places represented in it. For Gibran’s purpose was a lofty one, and his belief in the ‘unity of being’, which led him to call for universal fellowship and the unification of the human race, is a message which retains its potency today as do the messages of all great poets. Inspired by his experiences in a country far from the land of his origins, he strove to resolve cultural and human conflict, in the process developing a unique genre of writing, and transcending the barriers of East and West as few have done before or since. He became not only Gibran of Lebanon, but Gibran of America, indeed Gibran the voice of global consciousness: a voice which increasingly demands to be heard in the continuing Age of Anxiety. – Dr. Suheil Bashrui
Quotes about Gibran

Added to YieldMore in 2011, The Prophet is his best known book. See the Garden of the Prophet which was a sequel. Don’t miss the quotes and his piece on liberty.

His chapters on love and marriage make a good read for weddings. Speaking of weddings, don’t miss our very own Shasa’s Gratitude for Partners.

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AS Dalal

source: auro-ebooks.com

Moslem by birth, Dr. Dalal was born in Tanzania, moved to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for seven years, then worked in the U.S. as a psychologist for over two decades before returning to the ashram where he now lives. He has compiled ten books based on the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and has written two books integrating Sri Aurobindo’s psychological thought with modern psychology.

Books
* Psychology, Mental Health and Yoga
* A Greater Psychology
* Eckhart Tolle and Sri Aurobindo

Compilations (from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother)
* Living Within – The Yoga Approach to Psychological Health and Growth
* The Psychic Being
* Soul – Its Nature, Mission and Evolution
* The Hidden Forces of Life
* Growing Within – The Psychology of Inner Development
* Looking from Within – A Seeker’s Guide to Attitudes for Mastery and Inner Growth
* Powers Within
* Living Words
* Soul Kindlers for the New Millennium
* Our Many Selves
* Practical Yogic Psychology
* Emergence of the Psychic
* Governance of Life by the Soul
* The Yoga of Sleep and Dreams – The Night-School of Yoga
* The God-Touch – And Other Lights from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri
* Gifts of Grace – Five Aids for Inner Growth
* Morality, Idealism, Religion and Yoga

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Mirra Alfassa (The Mother)

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I belong to no nation, no civilization, no society, no race, but to the Divine. I obey no master, no ruler, no law, no social convention, but the Divine…” ~ The Mother

Mirra Alfassa or ‘The Mother’ of Auroville was the spiritual collaborator and companion of Sri Aurobindo, the great sage, seer, scholar, poet, patriot and teacher. She was prolific writer, artist, and musician, and founder of the spiritual city of the future – Auroville in Pondicherry, India.

Early Life of The Mother:

The Mother’s real name was Blanche Rachel Miriam Alfassa and she was born on February 21, 1878 to her Egyptian mother and Turkish father settled in Paris, France. Even as a student her interest lied in occultism and spiritual development, which led her to form a group of spiritual seekers. In the Mother’s own words, “Between eleven and thirteen a series of psychic and spiritual experiences revealed to me not only the existence of God but man’s possibility of uniting with Him, of realizing Him integrally in a life divine”.

The Mother Meets Sri Aurobindo:

At the age of 36, in 1914, the Mother came to Pondicherry to meet Sri Aurobindo, who went on to become the center point of her life going forward. She herself wrote in her memoir, “The moment I saw Sri Aurobindo, I knew it was he who had come to do the work on earth and that it was with him I was to work.” On February 21, 1915, the Mother’s birthday was celebrated for the first time in Pondicherry, and the following day she went back to France mainly owing to the outbreak for World War I.

The Mother Settles in Pondicherry:

A year later, she visited Japan for four years during which time she met the Hindu Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. The Mother returned to Pondicherry in 1920 never to go back again. She recounts, “when I began with Sri Aurobindo to descend for the yoga … when we brought down our yoga from the mind into the vital, within one month – I was forty at that time … I looked exactly eighteen.” Sri Aurobindo recognized in her “an embodiment of the dynamic expressive aspect of evolutionary, creative Force … the ‘Supreme Mother’.”

The Mother and the Aurobindo Ashram:

On November 24, 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion in 1926, she founded Sri Aurobindo Ashram along with a two dozen other disciples of Aurobindo and became the spiritual benefactor of the growing community. The Mother remained its inspirer, director and guide for nearly 50 years to build the Ashram into a huge, many-faceted spiritual community.

The Mother Launches Center of Education:

In 1952, two year after the master passed away, she founded the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education to fulfill “one of Sri Aurobindo’s most cherished ideals” – to usher in a new era of education for the youth of India. “Hundreds of students from around the world study here, shaping in their progress the cultural and spiritual unity of mankind, creating the basis of the new world.”

The Mother Becomes an Indian Citizen:

On India’s Independence Day, August 15, 1954, The Mother made a declaration. “I want to mark this day by the expression of a long cherished wish; that of becoming an Indian citizen. From the first time I came to India … I felt that India is my true country, the country of my soul and spirit … I hope I shall be allowed to adopt a double nationality, that is to say, to remain French while I become an Indian … I am French by birth and early education, I am Indian by choice and predilection. In my consciousness there is no antagonism between the two, on the contrary, they combine very well and complete one another…”

The Mother Founds Auroville:

On February 28, 1968, the Mother founded an international township in the outskirts of Pondicherry called ‘Auroville – the City of Dawn,’ named after her master Sri Aurobindo. “In its foundation urn is mixed the soil of about a hundred and twenty countries of the world and the soil of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the soil of Auroville. Its Charter lays down one condition: “To live in it one must be a willing survitor of the Divine Consciousness.” This is but one center of the radiation of Sri Aurobindo’s power and world-vision.”

The Mother’s Oneness with Sri Aurobindo:

The Mother continued Sri Aurobindo’s work of psychological and physical transformation. Both of them dedicated their lives for the manifestation of “a mode of consciousness beyond mind, which Sri Aurobindo named ‘Supermind’ or ‘The Supramental’.” The Mother’s Agenda recount her experience of the last 18 years of her life.

On November 17, 1973, the Mother left her earthly body which was placed in the courtyard of the Ashram where Sri Aurobindo’s body lay since 1950.

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Swami Sivananda

wiki: Sivananda Saraswati
link: Divine Life Society
source: sivananda.org
source: sivananda.org
source: biharyoga.net
motto: Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate and Realize

He initiated a LOT of people, including:
* Swami Satyananda^1 whose first mission was to spread yoga from door to door and shore to shore, second mission to Take care of your neighbours as I have taken care of you and third mission of Education.
* Swami Chinmayananda who founded the Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation, to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the nondual system of thought found in the Upanishads, which epitomizes the philosophical teachings of the Vedas and which operates schools.
* Swami Shantanand whose mission was to promote the arts (music and dance) via the Temple of Fine Arts in Coimbatore, Malaysia and Singapore.

^1 Swami Satyananda founded the Bihar School of Yoga in 1963 and in 1994 gave a new message, of Bhakti Yoga. He said that the purpose of human life is to realize God through love and to serve God by helping humanity. He prophesied that while Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga were the panacea of the twentieth century, devotion to God and Bhakti Yoga would be the panacea of the twenty-first.

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George Carlin

quote: George Carlin
youtube: YieldMore George Carlin Playlist

I’m a modern man, a man for the millennium, digital and smoke-free. A diversified multicultural postmodern deconstructionist. Politically, anatomically, and ecologically incorrect.
Modern Man

I hope were interfered with again by the extraterrestrials and this time they help… I hope they say were going to do another genetic thing to you humans just like we did when we we taught you architecture…when suddenly you could lift stones up and build the pyramids…when suddenly you had mathematics and many other things…were going to do that again and this time were gonna help you folks…I hope that happens because then all those dreams that I dont quite have for humanity would come true, and that would be the best surprise that I could get.
Alien Interference

1) Thou shalt always be honest and faithful to the provider of thy nookie.
2) Thou shalt try real hard not to kill anyone, unless of course they pray to a different invisible man than you.
3) Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.
The Ten Commandments

I became a sun-worshipper. Several reasons. First of all, I can see the sun, okay? Unlike some other gods I could mention, I can actually see the sun. I’m big on that. If I can see something, I don’t know, it kind of helps the credibility along, you know? So everyday I can see the sun, as it gives me everything I need; heat, light, food, flowers in the park, reflections on the lake, an occasional skin cancer, but hey. At least there are no crucifixions, and we’re not setting people on fire simply because they don’t agree with us.
Sun Worship

I don’t understand why prostitution is illegal. Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn’t selling fucking legal? You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that’s perfectly legal to give away? I can’t follow the logic on that one at all! Of all the things you can do, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying napalm on people! In civilian life you go to jail for giving someone an orgasm! Maybe I’m not supposed to understand it…

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Jiddu Krishnamurti

wiki: Jiddu Krishnamurti
quote: Jiddu Krishnamurti

To have compassion means to have passion for all things, not just between two people, but for all human beings, for all things of the earth, the animals, the trees, everything the earth contains. When we have such compassion we will not despoil the earth as we are doing now, and we will have no wars.

Truth is a pathless land (dissolution speech):
You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of Truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to let him organize it.

Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it.

If an organization be created for this purpose, it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage, and must cripple the individual, and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness, which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth.

I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.

Of what use is it to have thousands who do not understand, who are fully embalmed in prejudice, who do not want the new, but would rather translate the new to suit their own sterile, stagnant selves?

You want to have your own gods-new gods instead of the old, new religions instead of the old, new forms instead of the old-all equally valueless, all barriers, all limitations, all crutches… when I say all these things are unnecessary, when I say that you must put them all away and look within yourselves for the enlightenment, for the glory, for the purification, and for the incorruptibility of the self

The only spirituality is the incorruptibility of the self which is eternal, is the harmony between reason and love… I want therefore to set man free, rejoicing as the bird in the clear sky, unburdened, independent, ecstatic in that freedom.

Again, you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the Kingdom of Happiness. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own self, and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that self alone is the Kingdom of Eternity.

But those who really desire to understand, who are looking to find that which is eternal, without beginning and without an end, will walk together with a greater intensity, will be a danger to everything that is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows. And they will concentrate, they will become the flame, because they understand.

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Swami Vivekananda

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wiki: Swami Vivekananda
The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.”
Introduction speech at the World Parliament of Religions, 1893
If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”
Concluding speech at the World Parliament of Religions, 1893
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Swami Shantanand Saraswati

freepdf: paulmason.info
wiki: Shantananda Saraswati
link: http://satsangwithswamiji.com

Meditation

His thoughts on meditation have been moved under the topic meditation

Atman and Param-Atman

Atman is universal, constant, all pervasive, light and conscious. All that is not Atman is limited, unstable or transitory, partial, heavy, dark and not conscious. With Viveka (discrimination between what is real and unreal, between the permanent and the impermanent) one sees Atman everywhere in everything at all times. A wise man, one with Viveka, treats everyone as himself and sees the Self in everyone. He is always awake, just, full of love and happiness all the time.
We do not see or understand that the changes take place in our nature and not in Atman. Atman is not subject to change. One who understands this becomes very light and walks in freedom without carrying the load of the world. He is one who enjoys the drama in its true sense and never associates himself with the characters of the drama. Our job is simply to watch and enjoy.

The Absolute is the embodiment of love, knowledge and devotion. It is limitless in every sense and its door is always open. The universe is one and full of love and everything is motivated by love. Let love flow without hindrance from any direction.
To be able to acquire universal grace constantly all one needs to do is to keep one’s inner door open, open in the direction of the Absolute. The universal grace of the Absolute permeates the universe so it is available all the time. If the memory of the universal grace is kept alive, then it forms a connection and
allows one to be receptive to grace all the time.

Good Qualities

The collection of good qualities is essential. The good qualities are these: (1) One should always love to speak the truth so that there is no disparity between what one thinks, what one says and what one does. There should be complete correspondence between ideas with activities. (2) Cultivate the love of people, encouraging them in turn to express their love through certain types of activity. (3) Be magnanimous in dealing with those around you.
There is a Sanskrit verse which says that, if one learns to understand that one is part of the universe and one has equal status with everyone else, then give to others what you would like given to you. What pleases you should be made available for the pleasure of others – or do as you would be done by!
We should cultivate the habit of never thinking of the defects of others, nor our own. Our attitude should be to overlook and ignore them. Let good thoughts prevail.
It is quite possible to get for a few pence a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, which holds the philosophy of liberation, but the essence and truth and knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita cannot be bought even for a million rupees. That truth or knowledge is only available if one practices three-fold work. The first is trust, faith. With faith one should prepare oneself and take to the work, in service of the Absolute. The second is the sincerity with which one attends to the work or knowledge which is being given, and one tries to understand and put the whole thing into practice again and again. The third is discipline to gain
control over the senses and the mind. Control over the senses and the mind is essential, otherwise the disciplines are lost in due course.
Through your beneficial and holy efforts, let your own fullness see the fullness of the Param-Atman, and let the practice, the practitioner and the object of practice merge together to form a single identity.
Then the world as such disappears and the Param-Atman appears in its place.

True Freedom

A man who owns a small estate, on acquiring a bigger one, feels freer because he can manipulate more resources than he was used to. But this is not real freedom. Real freedom is achieved by realizing that you are one with Truth, Consciousness and Bliss and so not attached or identified with anything at all. That is true freedom.
The mind is never satisfied with what it has, and always desires something quite different. While a poor man envies the comforts of the rich and wants to be rich too, a rich man is weary of his anxieties and envies the carefree sleep of one who has nothing. A sick man worries about getting well, only making his sickness worse, while a man in good health worries that he may get ill. The mind also has a tendency to live more in the past and the future than the present. This combination of dissatisfaction with the present and the perpetual desire for something different in the future causes perpetual unhappiness.
The remedy is to see, with the eye of true knowledge, the same thing in everything, and that same thing is Param-Atman. Then the outlook becomes balanced and unified, unrest giving place to tranquility.

True Renunciation

The creation is such that everything has a purpose and must fulfill its function; so it must keep circulating, it must be used. Use everything, and give up the idea that you are renouncing. Don’t hold on to anything in this creation; that can only be done by this final renunciation of giving up the idea that you have anything. In fact, you have nothing. Everything is of the Absolute, everything is permeated by the Absolute; you use whatever you need, and the rest simply belongs to Him. This is true renunciation.
True knowledge is made available to everyone, to show that all this beauty is really the creation of your own Self. It is free to be enjoyed and to give the bliss which is what you really want. Don’t attach yourself to anything because, the moment you do, the bliss will disappear. The creation is totally free; there is no bondage whatsoever. You can appreciate everything in this creation and be happy. You need not be attached and miserable, trying to be free. You are free and you are made free, and a free man knows that everyone is free.
What we have to give up is the desire to benefit from our actions – and not the actions themselves. If we give up actions but continue to indulge in desires, then we would be simply pretending to give up.
Before undertaking an action, an ordinary worldly man always tries to assess what benefit would accrue to him as a result. But a Realized Man undertakes it as a matter of duty, with no desire for its consequential benefits.
We should bear in mind that, whatever the Creator has given to the world, He has “given it up” to the world. He no longer asserts any ownership over it. We also should cultivate the habit of using and enjoying it as His gift and not our own property. This attitude will correct our evil tendencies, and then the practice of devotion or meditation will begin to bear fruit.
Attachment means to consider as ours what really belongs to God. Our body, our house, our wealth, our sons, etc. Give up this feeling and you rid yourself of all your troubles. Do not think that the world around you is insubstantial. Rather it is your feeling of attachment to it that is insubstantial. Whatever is
happening around you is right. What is wrong about it is the view you are taking of it. If you could correct your viewpoint, you would be happy.
We must carry the idea that we own nothing. Everything has now become God’s; we are using everything with His permission, and not as owners. This helps with the elimination of the individual ego – then the pure realization of the Self develops.
Giving up can be done mentally and intellectually at all times and in all conditions. In this, there is no question of today or tomorrow, or of one or two days a week. Practice giving up all the time. You must consider the body, the mind and the intellect as belonging to the Param-Atman, and as offering all these to Param-Atman. This is what giving up means.

Death

The following teachings from the Bhagavad Gita tell us how to deal with death: (1) Forget the past. Do not fear the future either. Devote the present to Param-Atman. A devotee of Param-Atman never perishes;
2) for two half-hour periods of meditation a day, give up all duties and obligations; surrender yourself completely to the single care and protection of Param-Atman. He will save you from all evil consequences, and therein would lie the end of all your worries.
3) One who sees Param-Atman in everybody and everything in Param-Atman – to him Param-Atman never becomes obscure and he never becomes obscure to Param-Atman.
We fear death because, under the influence of Maya, we have forgotten our Selves. And it is this forgetting of the divine Self which makes for us all the troubles we get. It is not God who is the maker of our troubles.
After constant meditation and work on oneself, the adept starts to realize that a man is not just flesh and bones: he has a soul, he has consciousness, and he is bliss. When he has realized this fully, everything becomes simple for him. Whatever he does, the way he moves, the way he talks, reflects the dignity of Atman, which is pure consciousness and bliss.
In one of the scriptures it says, “This body is only flesh and bones; cease to be attached to it.” Transfer your attachment to the Atman. Because Atman is part of the Param-Atman, there is no difference between the two. Both are able to cut worldly bondages.
Being part of the Absolute, the individual is fundamentally all knowledge, fundamentally all joy. Surrendering oneself to God removes illusion. Then True knowledge dawns and we realize there is no death for us, that no knowledge is hidden from us and that the fullest joy is always with us. The Present
There is a Sanskrit verse in which it is said, “The Absolute is here in the present. See, enjoy and communicate with Him, and do not bother your head with the past or the future.” You cannot bring the past to life, you cannot tailor the future as you want. Both things are beyond the control of the individual, so we should not bother our head least about the past and the future. With the memory of the Absolute we should try to make use of the present with all the glorious things that the Absolute offers in the present moment. The present is always lit, because it is the presence of the Absolute, and the light of the Absolute falls on the present. There is nothing to worry about or fear in the present. Past and future are very dark, and that is where the fears are, and it is only fears of some sort that drag individuals to the past or future. Whenever you find that we are travelling towards the darkness of the past or future, come into the light of the day – the light of the present. It has been observed in the scriptures that the wise man behaves like a child, not that his actions are childish, but because of his wisdom he is alive to the present. The child is neither bothered by the past nor does it hanker for the future. The wise man who behaves like a child is always filled with bliss. He is not influenced by the deeds of the past or by expectations of the future. He is always in bliss and free.

Darkness and Light

There can be no darkness without light. Do not be afraid of the darkness, there is light beyond it. If there is total darkness, then even a small light will shine out. But when the place is completely illuminated, the small light appears very insignificant, almost negligible. When you feel you are lost in darkness, this creates fear, but do not be afraid, because there is light shining beyond it. Have full faith in it – that there is light and that will remove your fear completely.
If we give some time to reading holy books, some time to thinking of Param-Atman, then our wisdom matures; darkness no longer frightens us, and we attain supreme happiness. Not only this, but we begin to radiate happiness, which affects our surroundings as well as those around us.

Resolve

In the end it is up to the individual to decide once and for all that he is going to love only the truth and leave the rest. And he must stand by it. Only then is transformation possible

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Sri Aurobindo

source: en.wikiquote.org
source: sriaurobindoashram.org
wiki: Sri Aurobindo
link: http://sriaurobindoashram.org
link: http://yieldmore.org/authors/sri-aurobindo/
link: Integral Yoga
link: Overman Foundation
link: http://cselian.com/blog/?s=aurobindo
link: All Publications, from Russia with love
link: FB Writings of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo is no visionary. He has always acted his dreams. So from individual self-discipline he has gone to the life of humanity. The Psychology of Social Development, Ideals and Progress and The Ideal of Human Unity should be carefully considered by all those who are busy preparing blue-prints for the future.
Times Literary Supplement [London]

Man’s greatness is not in what he is but in what he makes possible. His glory is that he is the closed place and secret workshop of a living labour in which supermanhood is made ready by a divine Craftsman.

But he is admitted to a yet greater greatness and it is this that, unlike the lower creation, he is allowed to be partly the conscious artisan of his divine change. His free assent, his consecrated will and participation are needed that into his body may descend the glory that will replace him. His aspiration is earth’s call to the supramental Creator.

If earth calls and the supreme answers, the hour can be even now for that immense and glorious transformation. – Hour of God

Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature. As man emerged out of the animal, so out of man the superman emerges.

A significant stage in evolution is often marked by a recrudescence of all that has to go OUT of evolution

Look up, O Child of the ancient Yoga, and be no longer a trembler and a doubter; fear not, doubt not, grieve not; for in your apparent body is One who can create and destroy worlds with a breath. – power supreme, Isha Upanishad

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Ramana Maharshi

wiki: Ramana Maharshi

Forty Verses on Reality

Happiness is your nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside
when it is inside.
Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy
because nearly all do not know the true Self.
Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.
All else is fleeting.
To know one's Self
is to be blissful always.
...Bliss is not something to be got.
On the other hand you are always Bliss.
This desire [for Bliss] is born of the sense of incompleteness.
To whom is this sense of incompleteness?
Enquire. In deep sleep you were blissful.
Now you are not so.
What has interposed between that Bliss and this non-bliss?
It is the ego.
Seek its source and find you are Bliss.
Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.

From `Happiness and God's Grace'
by Ramana Maharshi

We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that.
Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.
That inner Self, as the primeval Spirit,
Eternal, ever effulgent, full and infinite Bliss,
Single, indivisible, whole and living,
Shines in everyone as the witnessing awareness.
That self in its splendour, shining in the cavity of the heart
This self is neither born nor dies,
Neither grows nor decays,
Nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space within it is not,
And similarly, when the body dies the Self in it remains eternal.
Every living being longs always to be happy, untainted by sorrow; and everyone has the greatest love for himself, which is solely due to the fact that happiness is his real nature. Hence, in order to realize that inherent and untainted happiness, which indeed he daily experiences when the mind is subdued in deep sleep, it is essential that he should know himself. For obtaining such knowledge the inquiry 'Who am I?' in quest of the Self is the best means."

-The Collected Works of Sri Ramana Maharshi
(Page 39, Samuel Weiser Edition 1977)

Sri Ramana Maharshi
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by Ramana Maharshi, translated by Arthur Osborne.

Happiness is your nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside
when it is inside.

Photo by: John Nordstrand. Visit his website at: epicphotos.com
Back to Words of Wisdom

It is false to speak of realisation. What is there to realise?
The real is as it is always. We are not creating anything new or
achieving something which we did not have before. The illustration
given in books is this. We dig a well and create a huge pit. The
space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just
removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space
was there then and is also there now. Similarly we have simply
to throw out all the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which
are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will
shine alone.

-"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
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.

-'Be As You Are',
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
"God dwells in you, as you, and you don't have to 'do' anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state." Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry is the one direct and immediate way."
Sri Ramana Maharshi
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by Ramana Maharshi, translated by Arthur Osborne.

Happiness is your nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside
when it is inside.

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It is false to speak of realisation. What is there to realise?
The real is as it is always. We are not creating anything new or
achieving something which we did not have before. The illustration
given in books is this. We dig a well and create a huge pit. The
space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just
removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space
was there then and is also there now. Similarly we have simply
to throw out all the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which
are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will
shine alone.

-"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep
seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We
think that there is something hiding reality and that
this must be destroyed before reality is gained.
How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh
at all your past efforts. That which will be the day
you laugh is also here and now.
Relative knowledge pertains to the mind and not to the Self. It is therefore illusory and not permanent. Take a scientist, for instance. He formulates a theory that the Earth is round and goes on to prove it on an incontrovertible basis. When he falls asleep the whole idea vanishes; his mind is left a blank. What does it matter whether the world remains round or flat when he is asleep? So you see the futility of all such relative knowledge. One should go beyond relative knowledge and abide in the Self. Real knowledge is such experience, and not apprehension by the mind.

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Sri Ramana Maharshi
Read Forty Verses On Reality > >
by Ramana Maharshi, translated by Arthur Osborne.

Happiness is your nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside
when it is inside.

Photo by: John Nordstrand. Visit his website at: epicphotos.com
Back to Words of Wisdom

It is false to speak of realisation. What is there to realise?
The real is as it is always. We are not creating anything new or
achieving something which we did not have before. The illustration
given in books is this. We dig a well and create a huge pit. The
space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just
removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space
was there then and is also there now. Similarly we have simply
to throw out all the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which
are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will
shine alone.

-"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
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.

-'Be As You Are',
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
You and I are the same.
What I have done is surely possible for all.
You are the Self
now and can never be anything else.
Throw your worries to the wind,
turn within and find Peace.
We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that.
'I exist' is the only permanent self-evident experience of everyone. Nothing else is so self-evident as 'I am'. What people call self-evident, that is, the experience they get through the senses, is far from self-evident. The Self alone is that. So to do self-enquiry and be that 'I am' is the only thing to do. 'I am' is reality. I am this or that is unreal. 'I am' is truth, another name for Self.

-"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
"Heart" is merely another name for the Supreme Spirit,
because He is in all hearts.

The entire Universe is condensed in the body,
and the entire body in the Heart.

Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe.
Your own Self-Realization
is the greatest service you can
render the world.
You and I are the same.
What I have done is surely possible for all.
You are the Self
now and can never be anything else.
Throw your worries to the wind,
turn within and find Peace.