#3556 - Sunday, June 7, 2009
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3556, Sunday, June 7, 2009
When you have a dream, your mind creates all the people and events in it. They have no reality apart from you, and their creation takes nothing from you and their re-absorption adds nothing to you; you are the same after as before. It is something like that with the manifestation of the universe.
You cannot be outside the Spirit or other than it, because there is no other. If you discover the real self of you behind all thoughts and feelings, it is Spirit, the Self of all; whether you discover it or not, only the Self is.
Why, then, should one trouble to discover It? Because by breaking through illusion of a separate individuality and discovering the One Self, suffering and frustration is avoided and strife replaced by a vibrant Peace, sorrow by a luminous Bliss.
The Oneness of Being is the ultimate truth all religions and all occultism and esoterism, although some may have lost sight of it. It is known in Hinduism as `Advaita', Non-Duality. The three Western religions and some schools of Hinduism have veiled it behind the less direct teachings of a Personal God who creates and rewards and punishes. Their teaching is true but not the ultimate Truth. So long as the ego persists in the illusion of its own reality, the Self is the God who creates it. The Self drawing it back is the Love of God for his creature.
- Arthur Osbourne
Q: How then can I become free from this limitation, the sense of being an individual entity?
A: First welcome all that you think you are. When you fully welcome all that you take as yourself, you will suddenly find yourself in openness and you will see that this, and not your assumptions about your character and so on, is your real nature. In openness you are aware that all you think, all that appears, is not you. When you welcome the body, senses and mind, and find that they are only objects of your perception that appear in you, you discover a new dimension behind your beliefs. You will be absorbed by this new dimension and will see that what you took to be yourself is only an expression of what you are. Then you live completely integrated, knowingly in your totality.
This coming to know what you are not is an organic ripening but it can happen in one monment. There is great beauty in it.
- Jean Klein, from Who Am I? The Sacred Quest
In other words, the aim becomes the present moment, and the present moment is its own significance, and its own preciousness. The present moment is not different from the self-realization, which is not different from the self that is realized, which is not different from the reality that is precious.
- A.H. Almaas, from Diamond Heart Book Three
The "I" is not a thought at all. It is the very principle of Consciousness itself, pure Being. It is neither personal mind nor physical body, neither ego nor little self. Without it they could not exist or function. It is their witness.
- Paul Brunton, from Notebooks of Paul Brunton: The Ego, Vol. 6
I AM is a feeling of permanent awareness. The very center of consciousness is the feeling of I AM. I may forget who I am, where I am, what I am, but I cannot forget that I Am. The awareness of being remains, regardless of the degree of forgetfulness of who, where, and what I am.
- Neville Goddard, from The Power of Awareness
"I Am That I Am" sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in "Be Still."
To know the truth of one's Self as the sole Reality, and to merge and become one with it, is the only true Realization. Just be the Self, that is all.
Because people want something elaborate and mysterious, so many religions have come into existence. Only those who are mature can understand the matter in its naked simplicity. The ultimate truth is so simple; it is nothing more than being in one's natural, original state. It is a great wonder that to teach such a simple truth a number of religions should be necessary, and so many disputes should go on between them as to which is the God-ordained teaching. What a pity!
Your duty is to Be, and not be this or that.
The state we call Realization is simply being one's self, not knowing anything or becoming anything. It is not a matter of becoming but of Being. Because people love mystery and not the truth, religions cater to them, eventually bringing them around to the Self.
Whatever be the means adopted, you must at last return to the Self; so why not abide in the Self here and now? There is no greater mystery than this: Being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality. Abide as the Self. Do not look for teachings...for the Self is beyond knowledge and ignorance.
- Ramana Maharshi, from The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi- A Visual Journey
Saying yes, opening up, and loving: these are the keys that will unlock the prison door.
- Arnaud Desjardins from Offerings
You are love itself when you are not afraid.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj