The book details human abnormality, greed, stress, and the cruelty we force on each other. It also sheds light on mankind’s lost efforts to discover life’s aim and meaning through belongings and toxic relationships. It states that thoughts can have a strong and useful “effect on the healing process”. This puts forth the idea of “Evolutionary transformation of human consciousness”. This idea inspires the reader to engage in “honest self-evaluation [that] can lead to positive change.”
His narrations are powered enough to influence anyone to lead a beautiful life. His words always mention the importance of leading a Satvik life, the power of yoga, meditation. Leading a comfortable life is way better than a luxurious life. If you consider money as the only way to get comfortable, then you are missing a lot. There are so many elements on earth, nature, that can please you and give you a beautiful life. Regular yoga, a good diet is most important. Another essential aspect of life is the inner you. If you cannot keep your mind and soul pure, then nothing can please you completely. Ram Dass always mentioned the power of being together, love, humanity, and minimalist.
“But be warned, oh seeker of knowledge, of the thicket of opinions and of arguing about words. There is nothing to opinions, they may be beautiful or ugly, smart or foolish, everyone can support them or discard them. But the teachings, you’ve heard from me, are no opinion, and their goal is not to explain the world to those who seek knowledge. They have a different goal; their goal is salvation from suffering. This is what Gotama teaches, nothing else.”
Gangaji grants everyone an easy, captivating message: “stop all movement of your mind away from the truth so that you can discover directly, for yourself, this jewel that is alive within you”. “In a little instant”, “and without a single asana!”, “any of us can wake up to who we truly are. Gangaji challenges us to just stop. Stop searching, stop thinking, be still, just be”, “go deeper into the silence of our own hearts and be still in that pure presence. Euphoria.”
Get in the habit of remaining silent for a few hours a day. This is most easily done when one is at home or around people who understand what you are trying to do. (In India if you are silent everyone immediately says, “Ah, Mourn/’ and honors you.
In the West, people either interpret silence as a sign of your hostility towards them or as a physical illness about which they feel pity. Either of these reactions makes your work more difficult.) At first, you may want to remain by yourself during these few hours.
Later you will be able to be around people comfortably without having to speak.
Arranging thoughts in the order of value, the `I’-thought is the all-important thought. Personality-idea or thought is also the root or the stem of all other thoughts, since each idea or thought arises only as someone’s thought and is not known to exist independently of the ego. The ego therefore exhibits thought activity.
The second and the third persons [he, you, that, etc.] do not appear except to the first person [I]. Therefore they arise only after the first person appears, so all the three persons seem to rise and sink together.
Trace, then, the ultimate cause of `I’ or personality. From where does this `I’ arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes. This is the pursuit of wisdom. When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. The mind is merely thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought `I’ is the root. Therefore the mind is only the thought `I’. The birth of the `I’-thought is one’s own birth, its death is the person’s death. After the `I’-thought has arisen, the wrong identity with the body arises. Get rid of the `I’-thought. So long as `I’ is alive there is grief. When `I’ ceases to exist there is no grief.
The Tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.
Osho describes the true meaning of love. He partakes that Sex is a requisite attraction. It has to be recognized as a regular and common physiological activity. Society has denounced it a lot which has led to corruption and suppression. In actuality, sex provides the first flash of Samadhi, of no-thought. The same spirit of sex when it soars upwards becomes superconsciousness.
The LA Times wrote the following about him: “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Alan Watts had the rare gift of writing beautifully the un-writable. Watts began with scholarship and intellect and proceeded with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit. A fascinating entry into the deepest ways of knowing.
First thing in the morning, imagine yourself tremendously happy. Get out of bed in a very happy mood – radiant, bubbling, expectant – as if something perfect, of infinite value, is going to happen today. Get out of the bed in a very positive and hopeful mood, with the feeling that this day is not…
Throwing Things Out
Whenever you feel that the mind is not tranquil- tense, worried, Chattering, Anxious, Constantly dreaming –
Do one thing, first exhale deeply.
When: every night before you go to sleep
When: at night before sleeping
Duration: 5 to 10 minutes.
Duration: 20- 31 minutes
Step 1: Close your eyes and allow any nonsense sound. Then allow it to take any route it likes – you are not to do it. One sound will lead to another by Association. Sometimes it will stop because you are breathing; there will be gaps. So do it without any Hurry.
“The more conscious a being becomes, the more he can use any occupation as a vehicle for spreading light.” – Ram Dass
“Each of us finds his unique vehicles for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.” – Ram Dass
“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.” – Ram Dass
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear” – Ram Dass
“We are all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass
In a state of sincerity, Try to reverse think about all the thoughts that you have had in the past half hour. Keep going backwards until you reach a state of blankness, Stay with it and repeat it – The Blank state will keep becoming longer.
Lift your Hand calmly. Now observe the Hand. And try to reach the ultimate observer who is observing everything.
Ask yourself in a state of relaxation and sincerity, Am I the Body? Am I the Thoughts/Emotions/Feelings? Am I the Brain? Who Am I?
Whenever you remember, try asking yourself – Who is noticing that? who is noticing that? Try to reach the ultimate observer of whatsoevers happening.
Ask yourself, what can I notice without words or what can I notice without any labels to it, Just pure noticing.
“Happiness is simply to allow everything to be exactly as it is from moment to moment.” – Rupert Spira
“In other words, in reality, there are not two things—one, the screen and two, the document or image. There is just the screen.” – Rupert Spira
“However, love, peace and happiness are inherent in the knowing of our own being. In fact, they are the knowing of being. They are simply” – Rupert Spira
“And this ‘knowing’ is our self, aware presence. In other words, all that is ever experienced is our self knowing itself, awareness aware of awareness.” – Rupert Spira
“We take that which is unreal to be real and that which is real to be unreal.” – Rupert Spira
“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” Ram Dass
“Only that in you, which is me can hear what I’m saying.” – Ram Dass
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” – Ram Dass
“I’m not interested in being a ‘lover.’ I’m interested in only being love.” – Ram Dass
“Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.” – Ram Dass
“We’re fascinated by the words, but where we meet is in the silence behind them.” – Ram Dass
“Starve your Ego, Feed your soul” – Unknown.
“The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.” – Muhammad Iqbal
“The ego is always looking to find something; the spirit sees what’s already there.” -Marianne Williamson
“Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore.” -Osho
“The ego loves to strengthen itself by complaining—either in thoughts or words—about other people, the situation you find yourself in, something that is happening right now but “shouldn’t be,” and even about yourself.” –Eckhart Tolle
“Accept whatsoever you are. In that very acceptance you will accept others, too.” – Osho
“My teaching is not for self-control, self-discipline. My teaching is for self-awareness, self-transformation.” – Osho
“It is others’ opinion about you that creates the ego.” – Osho
“Start meditating. Start putting off the constant chattering of the head. Slowly, the mind becomes quiet. Get into things where the mind is not needed—for example, dancing. Dance, and dance to abandon, because in dance the mind is not needed. You can lose yourself in a dance. In losing yourself in a dance, the heart will start functioning again.” – Osho
“Go inward and inquire, and you will see that all your miseries exist because you support them. Without your support nothing can exist. Because you give it energy, it exists; if you don’t give it energy it cannot exist.” – Osho
“You are feeling sad? Befriend it. Have compassion for it. Sadness also has a being. Allow it, embrace it, sit with it, hold hands with it. Be friendly. Be in love with it. Sadness is beautiful! Nothing is wrong with it. Who told you that something is wrong in being sad? In fact, only sadness gives you depth. Laughter is shallow; happiness is skin-deep. Sadness goes to the very bones, to the marrow. Nothing goes as deep as sadness.” – Osho
The only problem with sadness, desperation, anger, hopelessness, anxiety, anguish, misery, is that you want to get rid of them. That’s the only barrier. You will have to live with them. You cannot just escape. They are the very situation in which life has to integrate and grow. They are the challenges of life. Accept them.” -Osho
“What are your thoughts except ripples on a lake? What are your emotions, your moods, your sentiments? What is your whole mind? – just a turmoil. And because of this turmoil you cannot see your own nature. You go on missing yourself.” -Osho
“You meet everybody in the world and you never meet yourself.” – Osho
Before he took his last breath, Babuji continued to practice the lessons received from his guru. He also invented Sahaj Marg, which is a living practice that he transferred to his disciples. It is a style of life that everyone should follow to be a better human. It can be said that it is a divine form of life that is full of calmness and natural beauty.
Now I would like to talk about our zazen posture. When you sit in the full lotus position, your left foot is on your right thigh, and your right foot is on your left thigh. When we cross our legs like this, even though we have a right leg and a left leg, they have become one. The position expresses the oneness of duality: not two, and not one. This is the most important teaching: not two, and not one. Our body and mind are not two and not one. If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two and one.
There are three sorts of feelings—pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. When we have an unpleasant feeling, we may want to chase it away. But it is more effective to return to our conscious breathing and just observe it, identifying it silently to ourselves: “Breathing in, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me. Breathing out, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me.” Calling a feeling by its name, such as “anger,” “sorrow,” “joy,” or “happiness,” helps us identify it clearly and recognize it more deeply.
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.
The mind is extremely pure and therefore throws out all the thoughts – Divine or worldly which arise and try to disturb its natural purity – Babuji
God has been defined in many ways. But none of them are correct. If god can be defined, He’s not god at all. – Babuji
Only ultimate consciousness can change the character of a man. – Babuji
People ask for an experience of reality, but they don’t understand it -Babuji
I’m not a speaker, But a listener – Babuji
First thing in the morning, imagine yourself tremendously happy. Get out of bed in a very happy mood – radiant, bubbling, expectant – as if something perfect, of infinite value, is going to happen today. Get out of the bed in a very positive and hopeful mood, with the feeling that this day is not going to be an ordinary day – that something exceptional, extraordinary, is waiting for you; something is very close by.
U. G. Krishnamurti, has been a constant influence for a better life. He always claimed to be in a “natural state”. and believed in the presence of psychology along with a presence of biological factors. He believed in the reality of life. His teachings always had a message that helps a person to lead a better life. Find the reason for life and their lifestyle. He never claimed his teachings to be unique, but his way of commutation was unique.
Jeff Brown also teaches other courses like The Abandonment Wound and The Healing Course. Another course named, The Writing Your Way Home Course in which helps men and women explore their call to write. The Poetry Healing Course helps us to write from our heart and soul.
“The way meditation regulates the mind is by orienting it toward the ultimate Source of contentment.” ― Kamlesh Patel Daaji
“Without peace, we cannot be creative.” ― Kamlesh Patel Daaji
“Divinity flows through heart to heart.
“Everything you do, spiritualise it. Your heart will guide you.” ― Kamlesh Patel Daaji
Heartfulness is about expansion of consciousness and divinization of existence through meditation.― Kamlesh Patel Daaji
“Whatever you think you are, that’s not it.” ― Adyashanti
“Whatever the image of yourself, it’s a mask and it’s hiding emptiness.” ― Adyashanti
“The greatest dream that we can have is to forget that we are dreaming.” ― Adyashanti
All delusions begin in the mind. All delusions are based on various ways we’re talking to ourselves and then believing what we are saying.” ― Adyashanti
“When we believe what we think, when we take our thinking to be reality, we will suffer.” ― Adyashanti
“Awareness isn’t something we own; awareness isn’t something we possess. Awareness is actually what we are.” ― Adyashanti
“As long as you are trying to become, trying to get somewhere, trying to attain something, you are quite literally moving away from the Truth itself.” ― Adyashanti
“In the end it’s all very simple. Either we give ourselves to Silence or we don’t.” ― Adyashanti
“As I often tell my students, the person you’ll have the hardest time opening to and truly loving without reserve is yourself. Once you can do that, you can love the whole universe unconditionally.” ― Adyashanti
“Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now?”
“Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story.” ― Adyashanti
“The Truth is the only thing you’ll ever run into that has no agenda.”
“My speaking is meant to shake you awake, not to tell you how to dream better.”
“All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.”
“The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.” – Adyashanti
He always spoke about the importance of understanding yourself. As a mirror reflects your image, you should also realize who are you. To be in that state of mind, you should be a reasonable observer. Only if you can analyze well, then you can understand yourself. To become a good analyst, you should be a reasonable observer.
“Consciousness has no religion and no nationality.” – Jeff Foster
“Spirituality is about celebration of the uniqueness of who you are and recognizing our underlying shared essence.” – Jeff Foster
“Can this moment be deeply allowed? and if it can’t can that be allowed too?” – Jeff Foster
“True spirituality is not a comfort – it is a furnace, burning up your cherished homes and dreams, your outdated beliefs about life, the universe and everything.” – Jeff Foster
“My guru is this moment. My lineage is this moment. My spiritual path is this moment. And my home is this moment.” – Jeff Foster
“Just as the ocean allows every wave, Awareness allows every thought and feeling.” – Jeff Foster
“The most unexpectedly beautiful gifts can come from a deep and total embrace of helplessness.” – Jeff Foster
“Breathe in the moment, exactly as it is. Love changes everything, by leaving everything unchanged.” – Jeff Foster
“Accept your non-acceptance. Forgive your inability to forgive. Surrender to your lack of surrender. This is the pathless path!” – Jeff Foster
“The word “depressed” is spoken phonetically as “deep rest”. We can view depression not as a mental illness, but on a deeper level, as a profound state of deep rest, entered into when we are completely exhausted by the weight of our own identity.” – Jeff Foster
“True happiness has no opposite, for it embraces all. It is your nature, not some far-off utopia. It is you, before you were named, before you learned to doubt yourself.” – Jeff Foster
“One of the biggest illusions: something outside of myself is going to bring me home.” – Jeff Foster
“We are not in control. Everything is dying from the moment it is born, as the Buddha taught. Everything is made of crystal. And therein lies our greatest sorrow and deepest depression, but also our greatest potential for joy and liberation.” – Jeff Foster
“There are two core fears: losing what you have, and not getting what you want. There is one solution: Falling in love with where you are.” – Jeff Foster
“Stop waiting for others to make you happy. You’ll be waiting forever. Discover your natural happiness. The in-built contentment that doesn’t depend on content.” – Jeff Foster
“Nothing can make you happy until Nothing can make you happy.” – Jeff Foster
“Stop trying to love yourself. Simply be the self that loves.” – Jeff Foster
“Love is the answer. The question is unimportant.” – Jeff Foster
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