Omkaradatta's quotes

Happiness

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To be happy ourselves -- what better gift can we offer mankind? For to see someone happy is to remember we need not seek company in misery, that it's OK to be happy.

— Omkaradatta



Be free of the world

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Be free of the world. Only then are you free to participate in it. Otherwise you are bound to your attachments, and you cannot act freely.

— Omkaradatta



The surface universe

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The universe is but the surface of an ocean. Its depths are all within You.

— Omkaradatta



Going beyond the mind

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What thinks to go beyond the mind? The mind. You are already beyond, the ever-present witness of the mind and its ideas about achieving transcendence.

— Omkaradatta



Success and intelligence

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Usually intelligent people have the most problems in life, as the spare mind capacity is appropriated by the 'me' for its various issues. The unintelligent have the least problems, and tend to succeed and get the highest paying, most prestigious jobs. The end result is that the world is being run by the stupid.

— Omkaradatta



Meaning

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I am my Self the meaning I sought.

— Omkaradatta



Advaita's hypothesis

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Advaita's understanding is very helpful as a hypothesis to support your existential enquiry, not as an (unverified) belief about truth.

— Maitreya Ishwara



Turn yourself inside out...

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Turn yourself inside out. Say, "I am that which Sees, not that which is seen by others". Remember it always.

— Omkaradatta



Reality according to Doug

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There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself.

— Douglas Harding



Karma

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All karma is really self-imposed. If something is bothering you, go away from it, leave it alone, and it will cease to trouble you. We trouble ourselves, because we are attached.

— Omkaradatta