These pages contain nondual quotations, many of which I originally posted on the nondual quotes group on Yahoo!
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
~ Meister Eckhart
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.
THE same stream of life that runs through my veins night
and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic
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.
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
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.
Naked Song Trans. 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.
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
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.
Naked Song Trans. 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!
When you know yourself, your “I-ness” vanishes
and you know that you and God are one and the same.
From: The Spirit of Tao Thomas Cleary
SAYINGS OF ANCESTOR LU
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Zen and the Art of Insight Thomas Cleary
“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
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