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Watch the Self...

Undeluded by whatever else may come and go,

unwinking watch the Self,

because the little fault of forgetting for one moment

one's true Being as Pure Awareness brings tremendous loss.

- Ramana Maharshi

Love must Love...

"God is Love. And Love must love. And to love there must be a Beloved. But since God is Existence infinite and eternal there is no one for Him to love but Himself. And in order to love Himself He must imagine Himself as the Beloved whom He as the Lover imagines He loves.

"Beloved and Lover implies separation. And separation creates longing; and longing causes search. And the wider and the more intense the search the greater the separation and the more terrible the longing.

"When longing is most intense separation is complete, and the purpose of separation, which was that Love might experience itself as Lover and Beloved, is fulfilled; and union follows. And when union is attained, the lover knows that he himself was all along the Beloved whom he loved and desired union with; and that all the impossible situations that he overcame were obstacles which he himself had placed in the path to himself.

"To attain union is so impossibly difficult because it is impossible to become what you already are! Union is nothing other than knowledge of oneself as the Only One."

Meher Baba
_The Everything and The Nothing_
Beacon Hill, NSW, Australia: Meher House Publications, 1963, p. 9

Desire not, fear not...

Desire not, fear not, observe the actual,

as and when it happens,

you are not what happens,

you are to whom it happens.

Ultimately even the observer you are not.

-Nisargadatta Maharaj

No external teacher...

The necessity of a teacher is much exaggerated.

His own soul is there, ready to lead him to itself.

For this prayer, meditation, study, and right living will be enough to find its Grace.

If he has sufficient faith in its reality and tries to be sensitive to its intuitive guidance he needs no external teacher.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 274
Paul Brunton

The Gospel of Thomas...

When you know yourselves,

then you will be known,

and you will understand that you are children of the living Father.

But if you do not know yourselves,

then you live in poverty,

and you are the poverty."

- Jesus the Christ,
from the Gospel of Thomas

Ring Them Bells

The Bliss of Buddhahood...

"Selfish or limited motivations
create the illusory sense of imprisonment
and scatter seeds of further delusion.
Even genuine religious teaching
can generate narrowness of vision.
Trust only the approach
that is utterly vast and profound.

"The noble way of Mahamudra
never engages in the drama of
imprisonment and release.
The sage of Mahamudra
has absolutely no distractions,
because no war against distractions has ever been declared.

This nobility and gentleness alone,
this nonviolence of thought and action
is the traceless path of all Buddhas.
To walk this all-embracing way
is the bliss of Buddhahood."

Tilopa's Mahamudra Instruction to Naropa in Twenty Eight Verses
Translation by Keith Dowman

Love has no personality...

Holiness is falling in love with your own self.
This is devotion, and it is not different from love!
What you love you are devoted to and
what you are devoted to you love.

When this love has no object, and goes nowhere
but to itself, it will reveal itself to you in whatever
form you desire; manifest or unmanifest.

If you desire this love don't try to love a particular
person because this love has no personality, no
form, and no name.

God is this love.

- Papaji

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"The Truth Is"
Sri H.W.L. Poonja
Yudhishtara, 1995

Imperfect Institutions...

Two of the grave and discriminative defects of the Indian methods of seeking Truth are the turning of men into Gods and the glorifying of imperfect institutions.

While it is possible for the student to learn to some extent from these sources in the East and also in the West, he must keep in mind the fact that they are helpful only to beginners, and should exercise caution in joining any of their organizations.

Our present times call for firsthand information, experience, and individual proof of the Truth, which the Quest alone offers.

Institutions and organizations, on the other hand, offer nothing, demand much, and actually impede progress. There are a very few redeeming exceptions which justify their existence, but these are not generally known.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 4: Organized Groups > # 63
Paul Brunton