Questioner: You too will die.
Maharaj: I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference in my case. I am a timeless being. I am free of desire or fear because I do not remember the past or imagine the future; Where there are no names and shapes, how can there be desire and fear? With desire lessness comes timelessness. I am safe because what is not, cannot touch what is. You feel unsafe because you imagine danger. Of course, your body as such is complex and vulnerable and needs protection. But not you. Once you realize your own unassailable being, you will be at peace.
Only the ego wants to get rid of the ego – Francis Lucille
We cannot see how divine the hills and mountains are, so we want an angel with wings on top of them – Francis Lucille
When we have reached the outposts of the mind, We have ready for the journey to the heart. – Francis Lucille
We are one huge universe speaking and listening to itself – Francis Lucille
Joy knows itself, as a child we didn’t know the word joy, we were joy – Francis Lucille
“The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness.”
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one being and that every soul is that being in full, not a part of that being”
– Swami Vivekananda.
“There is no more Identification with time and space, body sensors, and mind. All events happen in awareness.”
– Jean Klein
“A work of art always arises from the background: Consciousness. Be it music, painting, architecture, poetry or sculpture, It is always seen by the artist in an instant, like a flash of lightening, as it surges forth from deep within him.” – Jean Klein
It is like being in the desert. First, you have to listen to the absence of the sound and call it silence. then suddenly you may be taken by the presence of stillness where you are one with listening to itself. – Jean Klein
“Ego is nothing more than an Image held together by a memory”
– Jean Klein
“The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace.”
― Jean Klein
“There comes a time, when you have to let go all the words, all the teaching and trust the infinite.” ― Billy Doyle, The Mirage of Separation
“Go deeply into the urge to be silent and not the mental interference of how, where and when. If you follow silence to its source you can be taken by it in a moment.”
― Jean Klein, Who Am I?: The Sacred Quest
“What is important is neither pleasure nor pain, success nor failure, what is important is to understand that neither of them have any importance whatsoever. This understanding calls for peace, calm and serenity.”
― Jean Klein, Be Who You Are
“Welcoming, openness, is the nature of life.” – Jean Klein, I am
“You cant find consciousness. It isn’t a thing. It is the knower of a thing.” – Swami Sarvapriyananda.
“I was waiting for one afternoon for a train. The platform was deserted and the landscape sleepy. It was silent. The train was late, and I was very relaxed and free of all thinking. Suddenly a cock crowed and its unusual sound made me aware of my silence.
It was not the objective silence I was aware of, as often happens when an individual is in a quiet location and a sudden sound from somewhere throws into relief the silence around. I was ejected into my own silence. Subsequently, this feeling came to me several times”
Billy Doyle’s approach is influenced by Jean Klein. This approach of Billy is based on the traditional art of listening to our bodies. We humans do not actually know the real body. Through accumulated tensions and living in the head, the body too has become an idea rather than something living, something that can be felt.
Enlightenment is the identification of our true nature. It is the essential experience of ‘being aware’ of Awareness itself. This does not share the limits or destiny of the body. This understanding is then integrated into every part of our daily lives.
When you begin to understand that the mind cannot understand, at that moment innocence arises, you come to the feeling ‘I don’t know’, ‘I don’t know’. In not knowing I would say, you become open, you become available, you become available for that you cannot think that is beyond the mind, but that which is that is our very heart, which I would say is the most obvious thing there is.
Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-duality school of Hindu philosophy. This in turn springs from the Upanishads. This is elaborated intimately by eminent scholars like Gaudapada and Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Dvaita means duality and Advaita means non-duality. In other words, Advaita means the absence of the duality between subject and object.
The Upadesa given by Ramana Maharshi was secret in a sense. Although questions were asked to him and he answered them in public. his guidance to each of his disciples was direct and adapted to the latter’s character. He believed that the spiritual instructions must be provided to the people to uplift them.