Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end…
~ Ajahn Chah ~
Life of man is what is. That which is, is. All the trouble arises by having a conception of it. Mind comes in. It has a conception. All trouble follows. If you are as you are, without a mind and its conceptions about various things, all will be well with you. If you seek the source of the mind, then alone all questions will be solved.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
“The only way to enter silence is on its own terms. You can’t go there with something, only with nothing. You can’t be somebody, only nobody. Then entrance is easy. But this nothing is actually the highest price we ever pay. It’s our most sacred commodity. We will give our ideas, our beliefs, our heart, our body, our mind, and our soul. The last thing that we’ll give is nothing. We hold on to our nothingness because that’s our most sacred commodity, and somewhere inside we know this. Only the nothing enters the silence; that’s the only thing that gets in. The rest of what we are just bangs at the nonexistent door. As soon as you want something from the silence, you are moved outside the silence again. Silence reveals itself only to itself. Only when we enter as nothing and stay as nothing, will silence open its secret. Its secret is itself. That’s why I say all the words, all the books, all the teachings, and all the teachers can only get you to the door, and perhaps entice you to enter. Once there, you start to feel the presence of silence very powerfully. When this happens, something spontaneously arises that’s willing to enter it without being somebody. That is the sacred invitation. Inside you find that silence is the final and ultimate teacher and the final and ultimate teaching. It’s the only teacher that won’t speak to you. Silence is the only teacher and teaching that keeps our humanness on its knees all the time. Silence is the ultimate and best teacher, because in silence is the never-ending welcoming to do that which our human heart truly desires, which is to always be with our knees on the floor, always be in that sort of devotion to Truth. Silence is the only teaching and the only teacher that is there all the time. Every minute that you are awake, every minute that you are alive, every minute that you breathe, it’s right there.”
Everything that you can ever imagine, that you want to be,
you already are.
You are the Imperishable Self that has always been,
that you will always be.
Beyond birth, beyond death, beyond experiences,
beyond doubts, beyond opinions.
Beyond whatever it is your body is going through,
whatever thoughts your mind thinks.
You are beyond that.
You are the Silence,
The Silence of the Heart.
~ Robert Adams
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
~ Lao Tzu
…from “Tao Te Ching” (verse 16), translation by S. Mitchell
“Simply keep still. If thoughts arise allow them to come and go, but don’t hold on to them or let them land. Do not touch “I am the body.” Instead the first and last thought must be, “I am pure infinite Consciousness, I am Love itself.
You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place. You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided. Just keep Quiet. All is well. Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble. Be kind to yourself. Open to your Heart and simply Be.”
~ Papaji ~
“The Way of Liberation is medicine used to cure various states of spiritual dis-ease. Just as medicine is not itself good health but a means to good health, these teachings are not Truth but a means of revealing Truth. The Indian sage Ramana Maharshi likened spiritual teachings to thorns used to remove other thorns, and I rather like that image. To study The Way of Liberation teachings is to study yourself. To study yourself does not mean to add more knowledge to your cluttered brain’s ideas about yourself, but to remove all of the customary defining characteristics you usually associate self with: name, race, gender, occupation, social status, past, as well as all of the psychological judgments you make about yourself. When the self is stripped down to its essential core, all that can be said about it is: ‘I am; I exist.’
What then is the I that exists?”