When I met my Guru, he told me: “You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are. Watch the sense ‘I am’, find your real Self.” I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence. And what a difference it made, and how soon!
My teacher told me to hold on to the sense ‘I am’ tenaciously and not to swerve from it even for a moment. I did my best to follow his advice and in a comparatively short time I realised within myself the truth of his teaching. All I did was to remember his teaching, his face, his words constantly. This brought an end to the mind; in the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I am — unbound.
I simply followed (my teacher’s) instruction which was to focus the mind on pure being ‘I am’, and stay in it. I used to sit for hours together, with nothing but the ‘I am’ in my mind and soon peace and joy and a deep all-embracing love became my normal state. In it all disappeared — myself, my Guru, the life I lived, the world around me. Only peace remained and unfathomable silence.
My Guru ordered me to attend to the sense ‘I am’ and to give attention to nothing else. I just obeyed. I did not follow any particular course of breathing, or meditation, or study of scriptures. Whatever happened, I would turn away my attention from it and remain with the sense ‘I am’, it may look too simple, even crude. My only reason for doing it was that my Guru told me so. Yet it worked! Obedience is a powerful solvent of all desires and fears.
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had with souls that have made our souls wiser, that spoke what we thought, that told us what we knew, that gave us leave to be what we truly are.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only problems that reach a Prime Minister’s desk are those with no technical solution and no clear best option. Judgment calls are all Prime Ministers do.
– Matthew Hooton
Humour is the breaking of expectations.
A dog might destroy your shoes but never break your heart.
Compassion + attachment = conditional compassion + resentment Compassion + non-attachment = unconditional compassion + no resentment
The passion of the convert.
The great enemy of man is indifference, lethargy, laziness. And it is Purushartha and Abhyasa – regular persistent effort – that are the ultimate force that overcomes this great enemy. Sadhana must become your second nature. One should resolutely undertake Purushartha without a false sense of Kartritva Abhiman (pride of doership), recognising that all is a gift of God.
~ Sri Swami Chidananda