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The power of the guru

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The awakened, or the guru, has the least power of all, really. Less power than the average man. Less power even than a man dying who has no hope of life. But that powerlessness, is a sort of power.

— Omkaradatta



What are we?

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In our endless attempts to be more than we really are, we are less than we really are.

— Omkaradatta



The Wall

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When one sees someone else as being behind a wall, one is standing on the other side with a wall in front of them.

— Omkaradatta



The Dawn of Wisdom

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To know that you are a prisoner of your mind, that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation, is the dawn of wisdom.

To want nothing of it, to be ready to abandon it entirely, is earnestness. Only such earnestness, born of true despair, will make you trust me.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



In our ignorance, we are innocent...

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In our ignorance we are innocent; in our actions we are guilty. We sin without knowing and suffer without understanding. Our only hope: to stop, to look, to understand and to get out of the traps of memory. For memory feeds imagination and imagination generates desire and fear.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



Truth by numbers

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Your notion of "truth by numbers" is reversed. Generally the more people agree on something, the falser it is -- quantity is dilution, limitation. Only at the individual (not-divisible) level is truth possible.

— Omkaradatta



Union with God

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Stop trying to unite with God, and allow God to unite with you. Instead of seeking out the universe, let the universe inside your walls.

— Omkaradatta



Heaven and hell

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We may create our own hell, but neither can we, nor do we need to create our own heaven. Just stop creating hell. The absence of hell is heaven.

— Omkaradatta



Options

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People often see just two options -- attachment and rejection. The third option, detachment, is often missed by the mind, which tends to think dualistically. Letting go is the answer.

— Omkaradatta



Simultaneous Consciousness

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When talking to others, remember both yourself and the other at the same time. Divide not. Be both yourself and the other.

— Omkaradatta