These pages contain nondual quotations, many of which I originally posted on the nondual quotes group on Yahoo!
The Way is not about knowing or not-knowing.
Knowing is only delusion and
not-knowing is merely blank consciousness.
Quoted in ‘Zen Wisdom’ Timothy Freke
For enlightenment to happen the perceiver must turn right around
and wake up to the fact that he is face to face with his own nature –
that HE IS IT. The spiritual seeker ultimately finds that he was
already at the destination, that he himself IS what he had been
seeking and he was in fact already home.
~Ramesh S. Balsekar, A Net of Jewels
Think of Brahman, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, as a shoreless ocean.
Through the cooling influence, as it were, of the bhakta’s love, the water
is frozen at places into blocks of ice. In other words, God now and then
assumes various forms for His lovers and reveals Himself to them as a
Person. But with the rising of the Sun of Knowledge, the blocks of ice
melt. Then one doesn’t feel any more that God is a Person, nor does one see
God’s forms. What He is cannot be described. Who will describe Him? He who
would do so disappears. He cannot find his I any more.
~ Sri Ramakrishna
From Ask The Awakened Wei Wu Wei
This ‘real’ nature with whose revelation the Chan Masters are primarily
concerned, or the Atman-‘I’ of the Vedantists, is not the far-off,
unreachable will-o’-the-wisp we are apt to imagine, but just the within
of which we know the without. It is just the other side of the medal,
and it lies wherever our senses and our intellect cease to function.
It does nothing, yet it has fashioned the universe. Sustaining the entire
universe, it does nothing at all. All substances are non-different from it,
yet it is not a substance; though it is non-substantial it pervades all substances.
The cosmos is its body, yet it has no body… that infinite consciousness is and
is not. It is even what it is not. All these statements about what is and what is
not are based on logic, and the infinite consciousness goes beyond truth, beyond
Vasishtha’s Yoga (pp. 377-378)
If the process of manifestation, which involves the full-fledged appearance
of the visible world, never truly involves a departure from the unmanifest,
undifferentiated reality of Shiva, then it follows that the tantric path of
return consists of the recovery of this vision of the undifferentiated unity
of all things.
This vision, which at first appears to annihilate all things into the dark
abyss of Shiva, later grows into the unmilana samadhi, which reveals the
pulsating essence of Shiva actively structuring and maintaining all the
apparently finite and even inert forms of visible reality. The yogin must
come to a vision of the inseparability of all things from Shiva.
Remember: if you can cease all restless activity,
your integral nature will appear.
from: The Hua Hu Ching
“If you lose all differentiation between yourselves and others,
fit to serve others you will be.
And when in serving others you will win success,
then shall you meet with me;
And finding me, you shall attain to Buddhahood.”
O Rama, two aspects of the “heart” are spoken of here: one is
acceptable and the other is to be ignored. The heart that is part
of this physical body and is located in one part of the body may
be ignored! The heart which is acceptable is of the nature of pure
consciousness. It is both inside and outside and it is neither inside
nor outside. This is the principal heart and in it is reflected everything
which is in the universe, and it is the treasure-house of all wealth.
Consciousness alone is the heart of all beings, not the piece of flesh
which people call the heart!
from: Vasishtha’s Yoga
… we should learn to see God in all gifts and works, neither resting
content with anything nor becoming attached to anything. For us there can be
no attachment to a particular manner of behavior in this life, nor has this
ever been right, however successful we may have been.
It is important to remember always that the principle of egolessness does
not mean that there was an ego in the first place, and the Buddhists did
away with it. On the contrary, it means there was never any ego at all to
begin with. To realize that is called “egolessness.”
When you are with everyone but me, you’re with no one.
When you are with no one but me, you’re with everyone.
Instead of being so bound up with everyone, be everyone.
When you become that many, you’re nothing. Empty.
The Essential Rumi Barks/Moyne
The Imperson witnesses everything ‘we’ do and everything ‘we’ think (all
psychic and physical manifestation), and that is the great joke. For we
ourselves are the Imperson, and the ‘we’ that acts and thinks is only a
personalisation of the one Unself (Reality) seen as phenomenon, a notion
that as phenomenon has neither permanence nor duration but is renewed every
Why Lazarus Laughed Wei Wu Wei
When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, from Touching Peace
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, an angel of the
Lord said unto them, “Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this
day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
“Blessed is the season which engages the
whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
~Hamilton Wright Mabie
SO WHAT IS THERE TO REALIZE?
Peonies bloom on peony trees.
A cat doesn’t become a chicken.
Tulips are tulips, not roses.
Why can’t we realize this true fact?
That to be me is great.
I don’t have to be anyone but me.
I am blooming as I am in my life, just as
a peony blooms on a peony tree.
Further, a beautiful peony flower does not
worry about when it will wilt and fall to the ground.
It does not compete with the flower next to it;
rather it blooms with its whole self.
~ Sensie Ogui, from Zen Shin Talks
The notion of oneself being identical with the body is the cause of
egoism. It is this egoism that entangles all judgments of value in the
preconception that knowledge is acquired through the senses and
the mind or the intellect. This prejudice of egoism is Samsara, the
persistent idea that all knowledge is in terms of space, time and
~ Swami Krishnananda
Make your mind one-pointed in meditation, and your heart will be
purified… With all fears dissolved in the peace of the Self and all
desires dedicated to Brahman, controlling the mind and fixing it on
me (God), sit in meditation with me as your only goal. With senses
and mind constantly controlled through meditation, united with the
Self within, an aspirant attains nirvana, the state of abiding joy and
peace in me.
Bhagavad Gita 6:12-15
All I know is Love,
And I find my heart Infinite
ALL THIS CAN SOUND RATHER ESOTERIC–
rapture, bliss, impermanence, lack of self–
and it is important not to let the practice
become a cluster of words up in your head.
You don’t want to create an image of yourself,
a stone Buddha like those you see around various
centers, always sitting in the lotus posture
and discerning marvelous wisdom.
The whole point of a book like this, of retreats
and classes, of sitting practice itself, is for you
to take the practice into everyday life,
to practice moment to moment.
You can learn everything I’ve said
just as well by cleaning the toilet.
from Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation
In reality there are no others, and by helping yourself you help
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The privilege of a lifetime is to be yourself.
~ Joseph Campbell
The particular is born and reborn, changing name and shape, the
gnani is the Changeless Reality, which makes the changeful possible.
The entire universe is his body, all life is his life. As in a city of
lights, when one bulb burns out, it does not affect the network, so
the death of a body does not affect the whole. With me, all is one,
all is equal.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Song Maker
I MADE a hundred little songs
That told the joy and pain of love,
And sang them blithely, tho’ I knew
No whit thereof.
I was a weaver deaf and blind;
A miracle was wrought for me,
But I have lost my skill to weave
Since I can see.
For while I sang — ah swift and strange!
Love passed and touched me on the brow,
And I who made so many songs
Am silent now.
~ Sara Teasdale
Neither ignorance nor illusion ever happened to you. Find the self
to which you ascribe ignorance and illusion and your question will
be answered. You talk as if you know the self and see it to be under
the sway of ignorance and illusion. But, in fact, you do not know the
self, nor are you aware of ignorance.
By all means, become aware, this will bring you to the self and you
will realize that there is neither ignorance nor delusion in it. It is like
saying: if there is sun, how can darkness be? As under a stone there
will be darkness, however strong the sunlight, so in the shadow of the
“I-am-the-body” consciousness there must be ignorance and illusion.
Don’t ask ‘why’ and ‘how’. It is in the nature of creative imagination to
identify itself with its creations. You can stop it any moment by switching
off attention. Or though investigation.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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