' Progress is irreversible '...

"All real progress is irreversible.

Ups and downs merely show that the teaching has not been taken to heart and translated into action fully."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Absorption into Overself '...

First, he has a vague feeling of being attracted towards the Overself.

Then he bestows more attention upon it, thinks of it frequently;

at length attention grows into concentration and this, in turn, culminates in absorption.

In the end, he can say, with al Hallaj:

"I live not in myself, only in Thee.

Last night I loved.

This morning I am Love."

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 5: Self-Development > # 329
Paul Brunton

' That is all '...

"We live in illusion and the appearance of things.

There is a reality.

We are that reality.

When you understand this,

you see that you are nothing,

and being nothing,

you are everything.

That is all.”

- Kalu Rinpoche

' By knowing what is not '...

By knowing what is not, the sage knows what he truly IS.

Polarity, which modern science confirms as existing in all manifestations of life even in the most minute atomic and sub atomic particles of the universe, is an expression of an intimacy of love that cannot be described in words.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' We meet today '...

"This body is not me.

I am not limited by this body.

I am life without boundaries.

I have never been born, and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.

Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.

Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.

So laugh with me, hold my hand, let us say good-bye, say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.

We will meet again tomorrow.

We will meet at the source every moment.

We meet each other in all forms of life."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

' Surrendering to the Divine '...

Such a prudent aspirant will surrender himself to no exterior organization but only to the interior Overself.

He will permit no human group to annex his will and direct his thought,

for they are to serve the Divine alone.

-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 4: Surrender > # 40 Paul Brunton

' Don't believe your mind '...

' This is the short way '...

"The sheikhs are the pourers of the wine and the dervish is the glass.

Love is the wine.

By the hand of the wine pourer, the glass — the dervish — is filled.

This is the short way.

Love could be offered to one by other hands.

This is the short way."

-Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al Helveti al Jerrahi
Love is the Wine: Tales of a Sufi Master in America
Threshold Society

' The Self is everywhere '...

Our sense of being is the quality of the quintessence of food and the shape of the food material is taken by us as our form.

Your Eternal nature is without the sense of being.

When the vital breath leaves the body, it becomes inert.

It is like the extinguishing of a flame.

Does the flame go anywhere?

When the body drops, there is no going anywhere.

At the so called birth, there is no coming from anywhere.

The Self is everywhere.

It does not leave any space to travel to.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nothing is Everything 12/7/1979

' Self-reliance '...

The rarity of competent teachers in the world, and especially in the Western world, forces seekers to practise self-reliance and cultivate independence, unless they are willing to accept substitutes for competence or join organizations making unsubstantiated claims.

The Overself will not neglect determined seekers and through circumstances, events, books, or otherwise gives them the particular guidance or instruction needed at a particular time.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 90 Paul Brunton