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The four parts of the Mind ~ S.N. Goenka

In the referenced video, S.N. Goenka goes on to explain the four different parts of the mind.

1. Vinnyana or Consciousness
2. Sanya or Perception
3. Vedhana or Sensation
4. Sankhara or Reaction

Knowing and loving the ~ Energy Body ~ Select quotes from Jane Klein

We must look at our body completely objectively, as we look at a tree or a table or any object which does not have a strong psychological impact on us. We will then feel, without comment, the weight, contraction, agitation, and so on.

We accept the facts without psychological: interference. In accepting the sensation of the body—accepting, not tolerating—the various sensations can come fully into our acceptance, our awareness.

Select quotations on Self Enquiry and Centering Awareness from the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra

When the awareness has abandoned one object and remains fixed without moving on to another object, then through the state in between (the two) the supreme realisation will unfold. ~ Verse 62

One should concentrate on the state when sleep has not yet come, but the external awareness has disappeared (between waking and sleep)—there the supreme Goddess reveals herself. ~ Verse 75

Osho on how to live your life

“The best way to miss life is to have a certain attitude towards it. The attitudes originate in the mind, and life is beyond mind. The attitudes are our fabrications, our prejudices, our inventions. Life is not our fabrication; on the contrary we are just ripples in the lake of life” Osho

Osho on seeing things just as they are

“Start seeing things without naming them, without labeling them, without saying good or bad, without dividing them. Just see and allow the fact to be there in your presence without any judgement, condemnation, appreciation, whatsoever ~ Osho

Osho on Depression ~ When Depressed, be Depressed

“When depressed, be depressed. Simply be depressed. Don’t get depressed about your depression. When depressed, simply be depressed. Don’t fight it, don’t create any diversion; don’t force it to go. Just allow it to happen, it will go by itself. Life is a flux, nothing remains. You are not needed: the river moves by itself, you are not to push it. If you are trying to push it, you are simply foolish.
The river flows by itself – allow it to flow.”

Gibberish Meditation by Osho

“I am dealing with the contemporary man, who is the most restless being that has ever evolved on the earth. But people do become silent; you just have to allow them to throw out their madness, insanity, then they themselves become silent.” 
Osho

Mystic Rose Meditation by Osho

“All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart of all the inhibitions of the past. Laughter and tears can do both. Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you and laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy.”

Osho

The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment ~ By Eckhart Tolle

Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.

Autobiography of a Yogi : Paramahansa Yogananda

“The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.”

“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”

The Art of Happiness ~ by Dalai Lama

“On the other hand, you can have another person enjoying a similar economic status and financial success, but at the same time, that person is warm and affectionate and has a feeling of compassion. Because that person has another source of worth, another source that gives him or her a sense of dignity, another anchor, there is less chance of that person’s becoming depressed if his or her fortune happens to disappear. Through this type of reasoning, you can see the very practical value of human warmth and affection in developing an inner sense of worth.”

Jeff Foster ~ This is not a Teaching and I am not a Teacher

“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, and very misunderstood, state of deep rest, entered into when we are completely exhausted by the weight of our own identity.”

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

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.”

Ram Dass ~ Be Love Now ~ A Biography

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.

Siddhartha ~ By Hermann Hesse

“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.”

The Diamond in Your Pocket ~ By Gangaji

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.”

Be Here Now ~ By Ram Dass

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.

Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

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.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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.

Sex Matters: From Sex to Super consciousness by Osho

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.

Alan Watts ~ A Man of Zen

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.

Osho Meditation ~ Using Imagination

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…

Quick Meditation ~ Throwing Things Out

Throwing Things Out
~
Whenever you feel that the mind is not tranquil- tense, worried, Chattering, Anxious, Constantly dreaming –

Do one thing, first exhale deeply.

Quick Meditation ~ Gibberish

Gibberish
~
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.

Ram Dass ~ Spreading Light

“The more conscious a being becomes, the more he can use any occupation as a vehicle for spreading light.” – Ram Dass

Ram Dass ~ Wisdom

“Each of us finds his unique vehicles for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.” – Ram Dass

Quick Meditation ~ Blankness

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.

Quick Meditation ~ Observe

Lift your Hand calmly. Now observe the Hand. And try to reach the ultimate observer who is observing everything.

Quick Meditation ~ Who am I?

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?

Quick Meditation ~ Ultimate Observer

Whenever you remember, try asking yourself – Who is noticing that? who is noticing that? Try to reach the ultimate observer of whatsoevers happening.

Happiness ~ Rupert Spira

“Happiness is simply to allow everything to be exactly as it is from moment to moment.” – Rupert Spira

Screen ~ 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

Self Knowing ~ 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

Expect Nothing ~ 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

Be Love ~ Ram Dass

“I’m not interested in being a ‘lover.’ I’m interested in only being love.” – Ram Dass

Love without an object ~ 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

`Playfulness kills Ego ~ Osho

“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

Complaining strengthens ego ~ Eckhart Tolle

“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

Acceptance ~ Osho

“Accept whatsoever you are. In that very acceptance you will accept others, too.” – Osho

Self-Transformation ~ Osho

“My teaching is not for self-control, self-discipline. My teaching is for self-awareness, self-transformation.” – Osho

Start Meditating ~ 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 ~ 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

Befriend Sadness ~ 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

Accept challenges of life ~ 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

Turmoil ~ 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

Babuji of Shahjahanpur ~ The Man and his Teachings

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.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind : Shunryu Suzuki

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.

Peace Is Every Step : Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.

Natural Purity ~ Babuji

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

Osho Meditation ~ Using Imagination to Change Negative to Positive

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 ~ Live Life in the Present

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 ~ A Grounded Spiritualist

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.

Contentment ~ Kamlesh Patel

“The way meditation regulates the mind is by orienting it toward the ultimate Source of contentment.” ― Kamlesh Patel Daaji

Delusions ~ 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

Suffer ~ Adyashanti

“When we believe what we think, when we take our thinking to be reality, we will suffer.” ― Adyashanti

Awareness ~ Adyashanti

“Awareness isn’t something we own; awareness isn’t something we possess. Awareness is actually what we are.” ― Adyashanti

The Truth Itself ~ 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

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