These pages contains quotations I originally shared on the nondual quotes list. Enjoy!
Oneness is like the clear blue sky- everything arises, unfolds, and subsides within its all-compassionate love. Oneness is our real Self. Everything is an aspect of Oneness. And our quest to know this comes from Oneness. Abhinavagupta on the teachings of Non-dual Kashmir Shaivism
A man has many skins in himself, covering the depths of his heart. Man knows so many things; he does not know himself. Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, just like an ox's or a bear's, so thick and hard, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself. ~ Meister Eckhart
Papaji: Self is what you are. You are That Fathomlessness in which experience and concepts appear. Self is the Moment that has no coming or going. It is the Heart, Atman, Emptiness. It shines to Itself, by Itself, in Itself. Self is what gives breath to Life. You need not search for It, It is Here. You are That through which you would search. You are what you are looking for! And That is All it is. Only Self is.
Gitanjali 69: THE same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment. Rabindranath Tagore
From 'The Bhagavad Gita': ... the beginningless Brahman, ... can be called neither being nor nonbeing. It is both near and far, both within and without every creature; it moves and is unmoving. In its subtlety it is beyond comprehension. It is indivisible, yet appears divided in separate creatures. Know it to be the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer. Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness. It is called the light of lights, the object and goal of knowledge, and knowledge itself.
Dying and giving birth go on inside the one consciousness, but most people misunderstand the pure play of creative energy, how inside that, those are one event. Lalla Naked Song/Coleman Barks
You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place. Always rest in peace. You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided. Just keep Quiet. All is well. Keep Quiet Here and Now. You are Happiness, you are Peace, you are Freedom. Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble. Be kind to yourself. Open to your Heart and simply Be. ~ Papaji
All objects unfold in perceiving. The perceiver is also in the perceiving. Here, there is only perceiving. There is no split. There is no separate self. There is no separate other. Everything is made of the same substance. There is only Oneness. There is only love. Richard Miller http://www.nondual.com/advaitayana.html
Papaji: Look within, There is no difference between yourself, Self and Guru. You are always Free. There is no teacher, there is no student, there is no teaching.
Oneness is Compassionate. Oneness has no judgement. Oneness sees everything as it is. Oneness allows everything as it is. Oneness is all there is. ~Richard Miller
Lalla, you've wandered so many places trying to find your husband! Now at last, inside the walls of this body-house, in the heart-shrine, you discover where he lives. ~Lalla Naked Song/Coleman Barks
Being without passion, behold the source! Being with passion, behold the flow! The two are one - born of the same root, differently named when they appear. Both may be called mystery - going from mystery to deeper mystery, enter the secret of Life! -- Laozi
When you know yourself, your "I-ness" vanishes and you know that you and God are one and the same. ~Ibn 'Arabi
From: 'The Spirit of Tao' Thomas Cleary SAYINGS OF ANCESTOR LU Nothingness Those obstructed by nothingness, clinging one-sidedly to this principle, sit blankly to clear away sense objects and think that the Way is herein. None of them seeks the secret of nurturing the three treasures. Though they speak of reaching nothingness, this is really not the Way. The ulti- mate Way is not in reification, nor simple nothingness. The mystic essential is to balance openness and realism.
In terms of ephemeral manifestations, even the body passes away, to say nothing of success, fame, wealth, and rank. In terms of reality, all beings are oneself, to say nothing of family members. If people can see through the ephemeral and recognize the real, then they can bear great social responsibilities and at the same time be free from the bonds of the world. -Huanchu Daoren
Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7: That which is the finest essence--this whole world has that as its soul. That is Reality. That is the Self (Atman). That art thou.
From: 'Tantra - The Path of Ecstasy' Georg Feurstein This Is the Other World Although in many respects Tantra continued the metaphysics and language of nondualism, it often sought to express new meanings through them. The Tantric One (eka), for instance, is not the life- negating Singularity of some brahmanical teachers but the all- encompassing Whole ( purna), which is present as the body, the mind, and the world yet transcends all of these. At its best, Tantra is integralism. This is hinted at in the word tantra itself, which, among other things, means "continuum." This continuum is what the enlightened adepts realize as nirvana and what unenlightened worldlings experience as samsara. These are not distinct, opposite realities. They are absolutely the same Being, the same essence (samarasa). That essence merely appears different to different people because of their karmic predispositions, which are like veils or mental filters obscuring the truth. To ordinary worldlings, the One remains utterly hidden. To spiritual seekers, it seems a dis- tant goal, perhaps realizable after many lifetimes. To initiates, it is a reliable inner guide. To the Self realized sages, it is the only One that exists, for they have *become* the Whole.
* No Water, No Moon * When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time. At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free ! In commemoration, she wrote a poem : In this way and that I tried to save the old pail Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break Until at last the bottom felt out. No more water in the pail! No more moon in the water!
From: 'Teachings of Zen' Ed. Thomas Cleary This Mind Bodhidharma came from the West and just pointed to the human mind, to show its nature and enlighten it. That was undeniably direct and economical, but when seen with the absolute eye, it is already all mixed up. There is no choice for now but to make some medi- cine for a dead horse. This mind that is simply pointed to is precisely what the Buddha could not express in forty-nine years of lectures and talks. It is extremely rarefied, extremely subtle; few are able to find the true pulse. This mind cannot be transmitted but can only be experienced in oneself and understood in oneself. When you get to the point where there is neither delusion nor enlightenment, you simply dress and eat as normal, without a bunch of arcane interpretations and lines of doctrine jamming your chest, so you're clear and uncluttered. Ying-an (d. 1163)
Now I am called the shepherd of the desert gazelles, Now a Christian monk, Now a Zoroastrian. The Beloved is Three, yet One : Just as the three are in reality one. ~Ibn El-Arabi From 'The Way of the Sufi' Idries Shah
As for me, I delight in the everyday Way, Among mist-wrapped vines and rocky caves. Here in the wilderness I am completely free, With my friends, the white clouds, idling forever. There are roads, but they do not reach the world; Since I am mindless, who can rouse my thoughts? On a bed of stone I sit, alone in the night, While the round moon climbs up Cold Mountain. ~Han Shan
A telling analogy for life and death: Compare the two of them to water and ice. Water draws together to become ice, And ice disperses again to become water. Whatever has died is sure to be born again; Whatever is born comes around again to dying. As ice and water do one another no harm, So life and death, the two of them, are fine. ~ Han Shan
Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. from 'A Still Forest Pool' by Ajhan Chah
To love is to know Me, My innermost nature, The truth that I am. Bhagavad Gita 18.55
The Sea Is Our Essence We are of the sea, and the sea is our essence; why then is there this duality between us? The world is an imaginary line before the sight; read well that line, for it was inscribed by us. Whatsoever we possess in both the worlds in reality, my friend, belongs to God. His love I keep secretly in my heart; the less of the pain of His love is our cure. Companions are we of the cup, comrades of the saki, lest thou suppose that he is apart from us: it is the assembly of love, and we are drunk - who ever enjoyed so royal a party? So long as Ni'mat Allah is the slave of the Lord, the king of the world is as a beggar at his door. ~Ni'mat Allah From: 'The Element Book of Mystical Verse'
Truth Is One In long devotion to forms that cheat Thou hast suffered the days of thy life to fleet: But outward forms are still passing away, Changing their fashion from day to day. Tread not ever on stones that are rough to thy feet; Nor shift from one branch to another thy seat. Seek high o'er the sphere of the world thy rest; In the world of reality make thee a nest. If Truth be thine object, form-worshippers shun; For form is manifold, Truth is one. In number trouble and error lie. To Unity then for sure refuge fly. If the might of the foeman oppress thee sore, Fly to the fortress and fear no more. ~Jami From: 'The Element Book of Mystical Verse'
In God nought e'er is known. Forever one is He. What we in Him e'er know Ourselves must grow and be. ~Angelus Silesius
Swami Vivekananda 'Vedanta - Voice of Freedom' Good is near Truth but is not yet Truth. After learning not to be disturbed by evil, we have to learn not to be made happy by good. We must find that we are beyond both evil and good. We must study their adjustment and see that they are both necessary. Really good and evil are one and are in our mind. When the mind is self-poised, neither good nor bad affects it. Be perfectly free - then neither can affect you, and you will enjoy freedom and bliss. Evil is the iron chain, good is the gold one: Both are chains. The thorn of evil is in our flesh. Take another thorn from the same bush and extract the first thorn, then throw away both and be free. There is only one Power, whether manifesting as evil or good. God and the devil are the same river with the water flowing in opposite directions.
When we realize that the way we are experiencing things is mixed up with our own interpretations of things and our reactions to our own interpretations, we learn to refrain from taking our own representa- tions for ineluctable realities, and thus reduce our susceptibility to compulsion and obsession. Within the calmness and stability this in- sight produces, we can distinguish between subjective projections and objective truths. Thomas Cleary 'Zen and the Art of Insight'
"When you most desire to be alone with God, distracting concepts will slip into your mind with such stealth that only constant vigilance will detect them. Be sure that if you are occupied with something less than God, you place it above you for the time being and create a barrier between yourself and God." -Cloud of Unknowing
When you desire the common good, the whole world desires with you. Make humanity's desire your own and work for it. There you cannot fail. - Nisargadatta Maharaj 'I Am That'