Sunday, February 7, 2010

The mind is nothing but the thought "I"

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Thoughts arise because of the thinker.
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The thinker is the ego, which if sought will automatically vanish.
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Reality is simply loss of the ego.
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Destroy the ego by seeking its identity.
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Because the ego has no real existence, it will automatically vanish, and Reality will shine forth by itself in all its glory.
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This is the direct method.
All other methods retain the ego,  In those paths so many doubts arise, and the eternal question remains to be tackled.  But in this method the final question is the only one and is raised from the very beginning.
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No practices are even necessary for this quest.
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The cause of misery is not in life without;  it is within you as the ego.
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You impose limitations on yourself and then make a vain struggle to transcend them.
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Why attribute to the happenings in life the cause of misery, which really lies within you?  What happiness can you get from anything extraneous to yourself?  When you get it, how long will it last?
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There are no stages to Realization of degrees of Liberation.  There are no levels of Reality; there are only levels of experience for the individual.
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It is not a matter of becoming but of being.
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Remain aware of yourself and all else will be known.
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~ Ramana Maharshi
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