Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 21, 2018

In the dance of life, yet absolutely still

My life is infinitely broad.
I can be in the dance, yet I am absolutely still.
You are not a one-coloured rainbow,
you can be all of this.
I can go into hell itself and have chai with the devil.
We can hug, because we know
he must do his work and I must do mine.
All this is part of the dance of existence.
Nothing exists independent of the Supreme Power.
Everything you experience, even the difficult things in life,
are your teachers.
The one who realizes the Truth blesses everything.
How can I be overwhelmed by anything that happens?
That is only an idea.
You are the untouched One.
Do not be afraid.

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 16, 2018

Unmanifest reveals Himself through the world of manifestation

In whichever direction you may turn your gaze you will find One Eternal Indivisible Being manifested. Yet it is not at all easy to detect this Presence, because He interpenetrates everything. As a King is known by his majesty, as fire is known by its heat, so the Unmanifest reveals Himself through the world of manifestation. The analysis of the substance of all created things, if carried sufficiently far, will lead to the discovery that what remains is identical and equally present in all creatures: it is He, it is That, which is styled as Pure Consciousness.

~ Sri Anandamayi Ma

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 10, 2018

The object is to make the mind one-pointed

Reality being your Self, there is nothing for you to realise. All that is required is that you should give up regarding the unreal as real…

As for sadhana, there are many methods. You may do vichara, asking yourself `Who am I?’ or, if that does not appeal to you, you may do dhyana `I am Brahman’ or otherwise, or you may concentrate on a mantra or name in japa. The object is to make the mind one-pointed, to concentrate it on one thought and thus exclude our many thoughts, and if we do this, eventually even the one thought will go and the mind will get extinguished in its source.

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi


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The Ocean does not forget that it is a wave,
but the wave forgets that it is an Ocean.
This is “why” there is manifestation;
for sake of play this forgetfulness arises.
The world is only for celebration.
Manifestation is just a cosmic drama to be enjoyed.
There is only play and it is not existent,
and continues because whatever you think so it becomes.
This manifestation was created by you
and it will be destroyed by you.

The first thought is “I”.
Then arises “my,” which is ego,
and then comes all manifestation.
Time, mind, manifestation is projected out of “I”
which is itself the projection required to manifest the play.
Undress yourself of these things
and find where “I” rises from.

You are Shiva if you do not project “I”,
and your Shakti is the projection by which to play.
Consciousness is the source of this play,
of the mind, and That is all.

~ Sri H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji)

Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 5, 2018

Be as simple as you can be

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 4, 2018

How does one reach the Supreme State?

Questioner: How does one reach the Supreme State?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: By renouncing all lesser desires. As long as you are pleased with the lesser, you cannot have the highest. Whatever pleases you, keeps you back. Until you realise the unsatisfactoriness of everything, its transiency and limitation, and collect your energies in one great longing, even the first step is not made. On the other hand, the integrity of the desire for the Supreme is by itself a call from the Supreme. Nothing, physical or mental, can give you freedom. You are free once you understand that your bondage is of your own making and you cease forging the chains that bind you.

~ from “I Am That”, chapter 64

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 28, 2018

Start seeing things without naming them

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 26, 2018

Asking, ‘What is the Truth?’is a demolition project.

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“Asking, ‘What is the Truth?’is a demolition project. Most of spirituality is a construction project. We’re ascending and ascending—ideas are ascending, kundalini energy is ascending, consciousness is ascending. It just keeps building, and a person feels, ‘I’m getting better and better.’ But enlightenment is a demolition project. It simply shows you that everything you have ever believed was true isn’t. Everything you take yourself to be, whatever your self-image is—good, bad, or indifferent—you’re not that. Whoever you think others are—good, bad, or indifferent—is not true. Whatever you think about God is wrong. You cannot have a true thought about God, so all of your thoughts about God tell you precisely and exactly what the divine is not. Whatever you think the world is tells you exactly and precisely what the world is not. Whatever you think about enlightenment is also precisely and exactly what it’s not. Do you get the flavor of it? It’s a removal project. What does it remove? Everything. And unless it’s a removal of everything, it’s not ultimately liberating. If there is one thing or a single viewpoint that hasn’t been removed, then liberation hasn’t happened yet.”

~ Adyashanti

Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 25, 2018

I’m more ordinary than I have ever been

The truth is I’m more ordinary than I have ever been because I have found the utter fulfillment of this existence of being. I’m an ordinary human being and I experience all states of emotion and some are more welcome than others, but even in the unwelcome ones I know what is truly at peace and that is what I am. And that’s who you are. That’s who each of us is; each of us has that same existence. Each of us is a human being that is fundamentally, inherently, utter fulfillment.

~ Gangaji

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“There are things most human beings know; they just don’t want to know them. They know deep down that certain things in their lives are working or aren’t working, that certain parts of their lives are functional and others are dysfunctional. But sometimes, as human beings, we don’t want to know what’s not convenient. So we pretend not to know. What is most important is to come out of pretending. There is a time and a place for everything. There’s a time to make effort and to be disciplined. There is a time to let go and realize you cannot do it alone, that it is up to grace, that effort and struggling and striving play no part. But understand one thing: the trajectory of our spiritual lives—no matter what our path, whether it’s a progressive path or a direct path, whether it is a devotional path or otherwise—the trajectory of our spiritual lives and of all spiritual awakening is toward surrender. Ultimately, that’s the name of the spiritual game.

Everything we do spiritually is leading us to a spontaneous state of surrender—to letting go. That is where it all leads, no matter what the path is, no matter what the practice is. Once you know that, you notice that each step along the way is the next opportunity to surrender. It may take effort to get there; it may take effort to get you to the point where you are willing to let go into grace, but ultimately the whole of spirituality boils down to letting go of the illusion of the separate self, letting go of the way we think the world is and the way we think it should be. We need the willingness to lose our world. That willingness is the surrender; that willingness is the letting go. And each of us has to find what that letting go means for us, what we need to let go of. Whether it’s easy or difficult doesn’t matter in the slightest. It is the letting go that is ultimately important.”

~ Adyashanti

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