Nondual Quotations – 12

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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

The man of wisdom is devoid of ego even though he may
appear to use it. His vacant or fasting mind is neither doing
anything nor not doing anything. He is outside of volition,
neither this nor that. He is everything and nothing.

~ Ramesh S. Balsekar

“When mind is quiet, all is Self.
When mind moves the world arises.
So be Still, throw away everything and be Free.”

~ Papaji

How can you determine whether at this moment we are sleeping,
and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and
talking to one another in the waking state.

Plato, Theatetus

A human being is part of the whole, called by us universe, a
part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, has
thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a
kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a
kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task
must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our
circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature in its beauty.

~ Einstein

You know that you are. Don’t burden yourself with names, just be.
Any name or shape you give yourself obscures your real nature.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

The World of Love

Since I have heard of the world of Love,
I’ve spent my life, my heart
And my eyes this way.
I used to think that love
And beloved are different.
I know now that they are the same.
I was seeing two in one.

~ Jalaluddin Rumi

From Crazy as we are selected Rubais from the Divan-i Kebir,
translated by Nevid O. Ergin, p. 8.

Alice Walker
“Expect Nothing”

Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
Become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough.
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.
Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold.
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise.
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

“One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice
the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that
is the place to train.”

~ Morihei Ueshiba

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.

~ Taishen Deshimaru

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
and tell them: and the truth of truths is love.

~ Philip James Bailey

I take a book from the other side of this desk; I hear the boys playing
ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the
neighboring woods; – in all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen.
No wordy discussion is necessary or any explanation.

~ D T Suzuki

That self is empty like space; but it is not nothingness, since it is
consciousness. It is: yet because it cannot be experienced by the
mind and senses, it is not. It being the self of all, it is not experienced
(as the object of experience) by anyone. Though one, it is reflected
in the infinite atoms of existence and hence appears to be many.
This appearance is however unreal… But the self is not unreal. It is
not a void or nothingness: for it is the self of all…

~ Vasishtha

Having realized that you cannot influence the results, pay no
attention to your desire and fears. Let them come and go.
Don’t give them the nourishment of interest and attention.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

You can become a night watchman and live happily. It is what you
are inwardly that matters. Your inner peace and joy you have to earn.
It is much more difficult than earning money. No university can teach
you to be yourself.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance,
and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the
guidance and benefit of others, by expressing in the world
of forms – truth, love, purity and beauty – this is the sole
game that has any intrinsic and absolute worth. All other
incidents and attainments can, in themselves, have no lasting

~ Meher Baba ‘Discourses’

Your journey is towards your homeland. Remember you are
traveling from the world of appearances to the world of Reality.

~ ‘Abd’l-Khaliq Ghijuduwani

If you want to love, take the time to listen to your heart.
In most ancient and wise cultures it is a regular practice
for people to talk to their heart. There are rituals, stories,
and meditative skills in every spiritual tradition that awaken
the voice of the heart. To live wisely, this practice is essential,
because our heart is the source of our connection to and
intimacy with all of life. And life is love. This mysterious quality
of love is all around us, as real as gravity. Yet how often we
forget about love.

~ Jack Kornfield

To identify yourself with your personality is more or
less a reflex. You must see, when the reflex comes
up, that it is a kind of feeling of insecurity; you are
looking for a hold.

~Jean Klein

As the rivers flowing east and west
Merge in the sea and become one with it,
Forgetting they were ever separate rivers,
So do all creatures lose their separateness
When they merge at last into pure Being.

Chandogya Upanishad

The whole world is you
yet you keep thinking there is something else.

~ Hsueh-Feng

Transcendence implies the surpassing of two things, and the
consequent attainment of a third thing. But there are no ‘things’
in reality, of any kind whatever: there is only the thing-in-itself,
its suchness, which is Reality, revealed when the illusory dualism
of inexistent qualities is dissolved.

~ Wei Wu Wei

Only to the extent that person exposes his or her self
over and over again to annihilation, can that which
is indestructible arise within themselves. In this lies
the dignity of daring.

from The Way of Transformation

is for me a practice of love. Unconscious love is an oxymoron,
an impossibility. To be fully present with oneself and others, I
believe, is the truest love there is. Our courage to enter the darkest
recesses of our hearts and minds births a deliverance from all that
has kept us tight, disconnected and loveless for so long. We forget
and we remember.

~ Gavin Harrison
Inquiring Mind, Fall, 1998

“Queen Mary, she’s my friend
Yes, I believe I’ll go see her again
Nobody has to guess
That Baby can’t be blessed
Till she sees finally that she’s just like all the rest”
(Dylan – Just Like a Woman)

Do not struggle.
Go with the flow of things,
And you will find yourself at one with
The mysterious unity of the Universe.

~ Chuang Tzu

If you look for the truth outside yourself,
it gets farther and farther away.
Today, walking alone,
I meet him everywhere I step.
He is the same as me,
yet I am not him.
Only if you understand it in this way
will you merge with the way things are.

~ Tung-shan

My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which
I strive and grow and win what the world
cannot take from me with fire or sword.


Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet
Through Love all that is copper will be gold.
Through Love all dregs will turn to purest wine
Through Love all pain will turn to medicine.
Through Love the dead will all become alive.
Through Love the king will turn into a slave!

Translated by Annemarie Schimmel, Look! This is Love


So hardly any of us are going to have some flashing moment of

Some do, but that’s not necessary. Gradually a state arising
that is inner stillness rather than noise, a state when mind activity
becomes secondary. All the mental noise no longer has the power to
grab you and to draw your attention in so completely that you’re
totally identified with it. You begin to be able to see thinking as
just thinking, not such a big deal, and you realize that all the
problems that you and most humans are burdened with are mental
There’s no reality to any problem. I’m not saying that challenges
don’t exist in life. Challenges come, but the only way they can exist
is in the Now and that’s the only place where you can face the
challenge by taking action in the Now or surrendering to what is.
In either case it’s not a problem.
You can verify this for yourself by asking, “What problem do I
have at this moment?” When you ask that question the mind becomes
still and you realize this moment is actually fine, because most moments
are fine. Even when they don’t look fine on the surface, if you become
still enough the present moment always has a deep goodness to it
underneath the external appearance of what’s happening in it because
the very power of your being is inseparable from what I call the
Ultimately the Now is the power of your consciousness prior to
thought, prior to forms arising out of it.

Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things
that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas
of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own
hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the
common beliefs of their day.

~ Ching Ning Chu

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