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In fact, rather than building temples in order to reach the truth, we should demolish them; instead of sculpting idols, we should destroy them. We should drop our obsession with the form so that the formless may enter. The moment the manifest leaves our minds, the unmanifest appears.

Truth too is like this. Empty the mind and it is there.


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Right watchfulness towards one’s own mind is the key to victory over life.


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We must all become that which, at the center, we already are. We have to go nowhere else other than where we are already.

We have to proceed from the ’seen’ to the ’seer’. The ’seen’ is form, action and isness. The ’seer’ is formless, inaction, and nothingness. The ’seen’ is the other, the ephemeral, the world, bondage, non liberation, and the cycle of rebirth. The ’seer’ is the self, brahman, liberation, emancipation, nirvana. See; see Him who sees. This is the whole essence of yoga.


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’The answer comes from the void – knowing this truth, the revelation of life takes on a new dimension. This state of mind is called samadhi, enlightenment.
Ask and be quiet – utterly quiet. And let the solution come of its own accord, allow it to come to fruition at its own pace. And in this unblinking state of the mind is seen that which is, that which I am.


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We should not call him – we should listen for him calling us. This can happen only in silence, only when the mind is completely free of disturbance. When there is no sound in the mind, his resonance is perceived.
Complete silence is the only prayer. Prayer is not action; on the contrary, when the mind is doing nothing, it is in prayer.


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we do not open our eyes, but we seek the light.
Never fall into this mistake. Drop all seeking, and be silent. Quiet your mind and listen. Keep your eyes open and see. If a fish in the water were to ask my advice in its search for the ocean, what would I say to it? I would say, ”Stop searching. Just see: you are already in the ocean.”


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If you wish to attain truth, then drop the mind. As the mind ceases to exist, truth is revealed, in just the same way as opening the doors allows the sunlight to enter. Like a wall, the mind prevents the truth from entering, and the bricks of the wall consist of thought. Thoughts, thoughts and more thoughts, this chain of thought constitutes the mind. The sage Ramana once said to someone, ”Stop your thoughts, and then tell me where the mind is.”
Where there is no thought, there is no mind. If there are no bricks, how can there be a wall?


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Jesus Christ has said: ”He who tries to save his life loses it and he who loses it attains it.”


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The roots of religion lie in meditation and yoga. Without yoga, the life of a sadhu can only be either pretence or suppression. Both are valueless.

At one extreme there are the pangs of sensual enjoyment, the heat and fever of a life scorched in its own flames, and the endless race to slake an unquenchable thirst. At the other extreme, we find the burning flames of suppression and self-torture. Escaping the well of one extreme, we fall into the deep ditch of the other.

Yoga is neither indulgence nor suppression. It is awakening from both. Both extremes of this duality should be avoided.

Yoga is not a clinging to anything – it is dropping all clinging.