These pages contain nondual quotations, many of which I originally posted on the nondual quotes group on Yahoo!
It is so easy for everyone to just simply rest as consciousness in
that same true way of being. All it requires is untainted surrender
to what you honestly know is true, and all it will cost is your
personal wants and needs. All it will cost is just your personal
dream… your illusion. Then, as you continue to let in Truth to
the point where it has replaced everything in you that is untrue,
then you come into true form. You come to know your real self,
and you come to realize and live the reality you were in when you
were very, very young. You begin to grow as a real human being,
a beloved servant of Truth, instead of as a human “wannabe,” a
slave of your own illusion.
~ John de Ruiter
The Tao has its reality and its signs but is without action or form.
You can hand it down but you cannot receive it; you can get it but
you cannot see it. It is its own source, its own root. Before heaven
and earth existed it was there, firm from ancient times. It gave
spirituality to the spirits and to God; it gave birth to heaven and to
earth. It exists beyond the highest point, and yet you cannot call it lofty;
it exists beneath the limit of the six directions, and yet you cannot call it
deep. It was born before heaven and earth, and yet you cannot say it
has been there for long; it is earlier than the earliest time, and yet you
cannot call it old.
~ Chuang Tzu 6
It is not after we understand the truth that we attain
enlightenment. To realize the truth is to live – to exist
here and now.
~ Shunryu Suzuki
But is there any comfort to be found?
Man is in love and loves what vanishes,
What more is there to say?
~ W. B. Yeats
From ‘Sailing to Byzantium’
When you set out to look for the Way,
At once it changes to something
That is to be sought in your self.
When sight becomes no-sight,
You come to possess the jewel,
But you have not yet fully penetrated into it.
Suddenly one day everything is empty like space
That has no inside or outside, no bottom or top,
And you are aware of one principle
Pervading all the ten thousand things.
You know then that your heart
Is so vast that it can never be measured.
~ Daikaku (1213-1279)
If you want to have a spiritual life you must unify your life.
A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all.
~ Thomas Merton
“Blessed One, what is meant by this term Nirvana?”
Replied the Buddha, “When the self-nature and the habit-energy
of all the sense-discriminations, including ego (alaya), intellect
(manas), and the faculty of judgment (manovijnana), from which
issue the habit-energy of wrong speculations–when all these go
through a revulsion, I and all the Buddhas declare that there is
Nirvana. The way and the self-nature of this Nirvana is emptiness,
which is the state of reality.”
Lankavatara Sutra 38
In original nature there is no this and that.
The Great Round Mirror has no likes or dislikes.
~ Seung Sahn
My daily activities are not unusual,
I’m just naturally in harmony with them.
Grasping nothing, discarding nothing…
Supernatural power and marvelous activity –
Drawing water and carrying firewood.
~Layman Pang-yun (740-808)
All these things arise dependently, from causes,
Yet they are neither existent nor nonexistent,
Therein is neither ego, nor experiencer, nor doer,
Yet not action, good or evil, looses its effects.
Vimalakirta Nirdesa Sutra
Translated by Robert A. F. Thurman
Nothing left: thought smoke.
A moment – a billion years.
Dont curl like orange peel, dont ape
a mummified past. Uncage eternity.
When selfs let go, universe is all –
O for speed to get past time.
~ Shinkichi Takahashi
The spiritual light, shining independently,
transcends the senses and objects;
the essence is revealed, real and eternal,
not confined to written words.
The nature of mind has no stain;
it is basically complete in itself.
Just detach from false mental objects
and be enlightened to being-as-is.
from Chinese literary critic Liu Hsieh…
is transmitted by symbols
in which feelings and changes
The knowledge of things…
is learned through appearances,
but the awareness of reality…
is reflected in…
“Is Love, then, so Simple”
Irene Rutherford Mcleod
IS love, then, so simple my dear?
The opening of a door,
And seeing all things clear?
I did not know before.
I had thought it unrest and desire
Soaring only to fall,
Annihilation and fire:
It is not so at all.
I feel no desperate will,
But I think I understand
Many things, as I sit quite still,
With Eternity in my hand.
From Posthumous Pieces:
Wei Wu Wei
If we clearly apperceive the difference
Between direct apprehension in Whole-mind
And relative comprehension by reasoning
In mind divided into subject-and-object,
All the apparent mysteries will disappear.
For that will be found to be the key
Which unlocks the doors of incomprehension.
A life-time is not what’s between,
The moments of birth and death.
A life-time is one moment,
Between my two little breaths.
The present, the here, the now,
That’s all the life I get,
I live each moment in full,
In kindness, in peace, without regret.
~Chade Meng, One Moment
Sound swallowed away,
no waters, no mountains, no
bush, no grass and
because no grass
no shade but your shadow.
Not flatness because no not-flatness.
No loss, no gain. So–
nothing in the way!
Finding the Space in the Heart
Mountains and Rivers Without End, p. 151
“…our experience is altogether momentary.
From one point of view, each moment is so
elusive and so brief that we cannot even
think about it before it has gone. From
another point of view, this moment is always
here, since we know no other moment than the
present moment. It is always dying, always
becoming past more rapidly than imagination
can conceive. Yet at the same time it is
always being born, always new, emerging just
as rapidly from that complete unknown we
call the future. Thinking about it almost
makes you breathless.”
~ Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
All that you are attached to, all that you Love,
all that you know, someday will be gone.
Knowing this, and that the world is your mind
which you create, play in, and suffer from,
is known as discrimination.
Discriminate between the real and the unreal.
The known is unreal and will come and go
so stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging Truth.
All which appears and disappears is not real,
and no nectar will come from it so don’t cling to it,
and once you let go do not turn back to it.
Stay as Eternity in your own Being.
The Truth Is, Papaji
“The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is
what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams,
illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is
what it is. Accept that it’s unknown, and it’s plain sailing.”
~ John Lennon
The moon’s the same old moon,
The flowers exactly as they were,
Yet I’ve become the thingness
Of all the things I see!
“…when you really understand that you are
what you see and know, you do not run around
the country-side thinking, ‘I *am* all this.’
There is simply ‘all this.’ ”
~ Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
That which is, is peace. All that we need do is to keep quiet. Peace is
our real nature. We spoil it. What is required is that we cease to spoil it.
If we remove all the rubbish from the mind, the peace will become manifest.
That which is obstructing the peace must be removed. Peace is the only
When you understand one thing through and through
you understand everything.
*Day and Night*
Day and night there is movement of foam on the Sea.
You see the foam, but not the Sea. Amazing!
We are dashing against each other like boats:
our eyes are darkened though we are in clear water.
O you who have gone to sleep in the body’s boat,
you’ve seen the water,
but look at the Water of the water.
The water has a Water that is driving it;
the spirit has a Spirit that is calling it.
Rumi (Mathnawi III, 1271-1274)
trans. Camille and Kabir Helminski
Dissolver of sugar, dissolve me,
if this is the time.
Do it gently with a touch of a hand, or a look.
Every morning I wait at dawn. That’s when
it’s happened before. Or do it suddenly
like an execution. How else
can I get ready for death?
You breathe without a body like a spark.
You grieve, and I begin to feel lighter.
You keep me away with your arm,
but the keeping away is pulling me in.
Trans Coleman Barks/John Moyne
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