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It is good to remind yourself that all this is but a long dream
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My stand I take where nothing is; words do not reach there, nor thoughts.
One should realize one’s essential nature as pure consciousness. Thus does one attain liberation.
I am offering you exactly what you need – awakening.
A journey through spiritual concepts, ideas, beliefs, teachings and opinions is a journey through illusion. Practice is what is essential.
My heart wants you awake. I see you suffer in your dream and I know that you must wake up to end your woes. When you see your dream as a dream, you wake up. But in your dream itself I am not interested. Enough for me to know that you must wake up.
Bad thoughts make bad dreams and good thoughts make good dreams, and if you have no thoughts you don’t dream at all.
The difference between the deep dreamless sleep state and the final Reality is that in the deep dreamless sleep state there appears to be unconsciousness. In the final Reality there is awareness that never changes and is always aware.
Everything you perceive in the waking-dream, which is what humans mistakenly call real life, is one consciousness that has the ability to appear as the earth, people, animals, plants, starts, etc. In other words one consciousness that has the ability to appear as everything including almost everything that word in the dictionary point towards. That one consciousness appears as both things and actions.
When you go to sleep at night and have a sleeping-dream all that appears in your sleeping-dream is just your own consciousness. All the people you communicate with and all the places are really just your own consciousness. They are not real. They are your consciousness appearing as people, places, events and things. Therefore what they really are is just one consciousness that has the ability to appear as everything in the dream.
It is a matter of actual experience that the Self has being independent of mind and body. It is being-awareness-bliss. Awareness of being is bliss.
Thoughts come and go, but the background of awareness that is aware of the thoughts is there during all the waking hours and does not come and go. The background of awareness is the true Self. Technically one can say that the true Self is infinite Awareness and your background of awareness is the doorway to that infinite awareness.
Maharaj: My world is real, while yours is made of dreams. Questioner: Yet we are talking. Maharaj: The talk is in your world. In mine – there is eternal silence. My silence sings, emptiness is full, I lack nothing. You cannot know my world until you are there.
There is no salvation without the total renunciation of all notions or ideas or mental conditioning.
That is known as the attainment of the highest in which one abandons the notions of the existence of objects and in which one rests on one’s own pure Self. When all divisions are given up, the indivisible alone remains. It is pure, one, beginningless and endless.
Manonasa: A Spiritual Autobiography
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The Direct Means to Eternal Bliss
Eternal good is not to be found in any of the activities of any of the senses.
The goal is to perceive the seer. Almost any experience you have, including those you consider to be spiritual experiences, are the seen and not the seer. They are the perceived, not the perceiver. Therefore, they should be ignored.
There is no power greater than right action in the present. Hence, one should take recourse to self-effort.
The nature of my realization was such that the “I” that asserts its own reality was revealed as false and disappeared, but not the “I” that is the unique, pure, non-dual Self that exists permeating all things equally.
The body and the mind are limited and therefore vulnerable; they need protection which gives rise to fear. As long as you identify yourself with them you are bound to suffer; realize your independence and remain happy. I tell you, this is the secret of happiness. To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except Self-knowledge, is wisdom.
Four perfections are numbered by the wise. When they are present there is success, but in their absence is failure. First is counted the discernment between things lasting and unlasting. Next Dispassion, the indifference to self-indulgence. Then the six graces, beginning with restfulness. Then longing for freedom.
Eliminate completely your self-identification with this body, and with determination see that your mind is devoted to the removal of all ideas of additions to your true Self.
I am peace.
Bliss is possible only by Self-knowledge, not by any other means. Hence, one should apply oneself constantly to Self-knowledge.
Consciousness alone is the heart of all beings, not the piece of flesh which people call the heart!
When the mind gets involved in the external objective universe, it moves away from the Self.
However heavy may be the hand of destiny, it can be lifted by patience and self-control. Integrity and purity remove the obstacles.
To find the Self, to find what is real, you have to look inside yourself.
The one Self, perceives itself, within itself, as the infinite consciousness.
With the dissolution of the personal “I”, personal suffering disappears.
The purpose of spiritual practice is not to wake up in the dream. The purpose of spiritual practice is to wake up from the dream.
Swami Sarvapriyananda – Defining God, based on Taittiriya Upanishad – Vivekananda Samiti, IIT Kanpur