This silence, this moment, every moment,
if it’s genuinely inside you,
brings what you need.
There’s nothing to believe. …
Only when I stopped believing in myself
did I come into this beauty.
Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say,
‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet.
Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running from silence.
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.
You believe thoughts,
therefore you become easily confused
and so peace is hidden.
Behind the screen of mind
is the realm of unchanging awareness…
— silent, vast and perfect.
The wise leave aside
the incessant murmurings of the mind
and merge themselves here
in the infinite bliss of being.
If you surrender yourself to the Higher Power all is well. That Power sees your affairs through. Only so long as you think that you are the worker you are obliged to reap the fruits of your actions. If on the other hand, you surrender yourself and recognise your individual self as only a tool of the Higher Power, that Power will take over your affairs along with the fruits of actions. You are no longer affected by them and the work goes on unhampered. Whether you recognise the Power or not the scheme of things does not alter. Only there is a change of outlook. Why should you bear your load on the head when you are travelling on a train? It carries you and your load whether the load is on your head or on the floor of the train. You are not lessening the burden of the train by keeping it on your head but only straining yourself unnecessarily. Similar is the sense of doership in the world by the individuals.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
Only two kinds of people can attain to Self-knowledge: those whose minds are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, not overcrowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing.
~ Sri Ramakrishna
To be mindful is to be fully present with whatever we are doing. If you are drinking tea, just drink your tea. Do not drink your worries, your projects, your regrets. When you hold your cup, you may like to breathe in, to bring your mind back to your body, stop your thinking, and become fully present. In that moment, you become real and the cup of tea becomes real. In this state of true presence and freedom you enjoy simply drinking your tea.
– Quote and calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh