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"Good sense and sage counsel seldom deflect the progress of fate" - Duryodhana in the Mahabharata


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“When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.” ~ Swami Satchidananda

Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon


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Life is the unfoldment and development of a being under circumstances tending to press it down. ~ Swami Vivekananda

The first manifest effect of life is expansion. You must expand if you want to live. The moment you have ceased to expand, death is upon you, danger is ahead. ~ Swami Vivekananda

Manifest the divinity within you and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it. ~ Swami Vivekananda


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All of spirituality is contained in that one word: Awareness. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi

Proceed on life’s journey with awareness. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi

If I were to summarize it ( Guruma's teachings) into one thing, it would be awareness. How to develop that awareness-insight. I am not referring to awareness at the level of the mind as seen in mountaineers or astronauts. A slip in awareness and the mountaineer can be buried alive under snow or the astronaut blasted away from his ship. But that awareness does not transform them or cause them to disassociate from the mind and its functions. To be an observer is to be totally neutral and to be a witness. And somewhere, I would add, the awareness of who I am, or what the truth is. ~ Anandamurti Gurumaa

How to do meditation, many people ask me. Don't do anything, to just go into thoughtless awareness. Try to go to the thoughtless awareness. If you can get into that condition of thoughtless awareness you've done your job, because that's the point where you are with the truth, with the reality, with the joy, with everything that is so fundamental. ~ Nirmala Devi

When you are in thoughtless awareness, you must know that you are in the kingdom of God and His people, His arrangements, His consciousness, is going to look after you. ~ Nirmala Devi


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Self-awareness is yoga. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Deepen and broaden your awareness of yourself and all the blessings will flow. You need not seek anything, all will come to you most naturally and effortlessly. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


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The Self, our Being, is awareness. - Sri Muruganar

Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one’s Self is to be blissful always. - Ramana Maharshi

Man’s search for happiness is an unconscious search for his true Self. The true Self is imperishable; therefore when a man finds it, he finds a happiness which does not come to an end. - Ramana Maharshi

This world is trapped in the well of suffering. What is this suffering due to? This suffering stems from ignorance of the Self. All suffering in this world is because of ignorance. This ignorance leads to raag (attachment) and dwesh
(abhorrence) relentlessly and suffering is experienced as a consequence. Only Gnan can cure this suffering. There is no other remedy. Gnan insulates you from suffering. -- Ambalal Muljibhai Patel

Purpose of suffering is to connect you to your Self (Awareness). It indicates that you got carried away by all the transient things around you. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


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Awareness is who we are and forgetting that leads to suffering. -Vicki Woodyard

Being unconscious means you’re lost in thought, in the pictures and stories your mind is producing. You have entered the made-up content of your mind and are occupying it as if it were reality itself. Your ego is invested in this content as being real and important, and very likely as a result you are experiencing some kind of emotion (stirred up by the thinking). You have forgotten that all of it is the product of your mind (even if its content appears to be true or important). As a result, you are missing actual reality, what’s happening in the now — including that you are inventing the thoughts. - JAN FRASIER

Your true nature is awareness and not what your mind is producing. - Burt Harding


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The Self, our Being, is awareness. ~ Sri Muruganar

Remember your Self always and everywhere. ~ George Gurdjieff

Don't ever lose awareness of your Being. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

Abiding in your own Being is also holy company. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


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If we continuously maintain self-awareness, we will be able to experience peace and happiness. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi

As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love - even the most simple action. ~ Eckhart Tolle

And thoughtless awareness is nothing but such a pouring sense of joy - joy which is neither happiness or unhappiness, but singular. ~ Nirmala Devi

The most beautiful moments in your life – moments of bliss, moments of joy, moments of ecstasy, moments of utter peace – were moments when you were not thinking about anything. You were just living. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Happiness is self-generated as the mind becomes still. As we become involved with the desires of the world, we lose that centering, that stillness. ~ Dr. Frederick Lenz

Whenever your mind becomes still there is happiness and enjoyment, and each time the mind is shaken then sorrow, tensions and worries surround you. ~ Anandmurti Gurumaa


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Stop being tense about the external situations. Once the inside of a person is clean, then the outside automatically becomes all right. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without. ~ Eckhart Tolle

In the realm of mind, like attracts like. If the soul is peaceful, then it attracts peaceful environment and people around it. ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Set your mind right and all will be right. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


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When there is attention (awareness), goodness flowers; when there is no attention, every form of evil comes into being. So attention is the only virtue. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

You miss the real by lack of attention and create the unreal by excess of imagination. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is nothing like ignorance, only inattention. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Evil is the shadow of inattention. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


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Under the obsessive thoughts and plans, under the emotions, positive and negative, there is an ocean of peace. ~Gangaji

To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. ~ Eckhart Tolle

We are completely unaware of our true nature because we identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre, which is pure consciousness. ~ Dr. Jean Klein


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The Self is pure consciousness. ~ Ramana Maharshi

Remove the ego and avidya (ignorance) is gone. Look for it, the ego vanishes and the real Self alone remains.~ Ramana Maharshi

To be free from bondage the wise person must practise discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self.
By that alone you will become full of joy, recognising Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss. ~ Adi Shankaracharya

When I say, ‘Meditate on the Self’ I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness. ~ Annamalai Swami

Tayumanuvar, a Tamil saint whom Bhagavan (Ramana Maharshi) often quoted, wrote in one of his poems: ‘My Guru merely told me that I am consciousness. Having heard this, I held onto consciousness. What he told me was just one sentence, but I cannot describe the bliss I attained from holding onto that one simple sentence. Through that one sentence I attained a peace and a happiness that can never be explained in words.’

Annamalai Swami: Final Talks, pages 67–68.



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Self-awareness is yoga. ~ Nisargadatta

Awareness is the great non-conceptual perfection. ~ Dzogchen

Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness. ~ Eckhart Tole

Evil is neither a quality nor is it an act, it is a consequence of ignorance. The most horrendous things happen not because somebody is evil, but because he is ignorant. So you cannot destroy evil, you just have to bring knowing and awareness. ~ Sadhguru


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You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes
place. ~ H.W. Poonja

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. ~ Ramana Maharshi

We are not separate from the Natural Awareness we experience within the present moment. ~ Metta Zetty



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You are so accustomed to think of yourselves as bodies having consciousness that you just cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Once you realize that bodily existence is but a state of mind, a movement in consciousness, that the ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal, and that, when in touch with consciousness, you are the witness only, you will be able to withdraw beyond consciousness altogether.

~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


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Prajnanam Brahma. (Aitareya Upanishad 3.1.3) -- Brahman is pure consciousness.

“The pure mind is itself Brahman; it therefore follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage.” ― Ramana Maharshi

Consciousness minus conceptualization is the eternal Brahman the absolute; consciousness plus conceptualization is thought. -- Yoga Vasistha

Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought. -- Eckhart Tolle