Omkaradatta's quotes

Acceptance

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You cannot stop someone else from having what you want. You can only stop yourself from wanting what they have. And if you do, you have all that you ever need: Acceptance.

— Omkaradatta



If you seek...

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If you seek nothing, you lack nothing. If you want nothing, you want for nothing. If you know nothing, you know everything. Emptiness is fullness!

— Omkaradatta



Responsibility

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If most human beings truly realized the impact that they have on the whole, they'd be crushed by the realization of it.

— Adyashanti



It is over

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When you can say "I want nothing but awareness", when you truly want nothing but the intimacy of your own Being, it is over for you. What can trouble a man who wants nothing but himself?

— Omkaradatta



Cause of suffering

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The problem is universal -- suffering and the ending of suffering. The cause of suffering is dependence, and independence is the remedy.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



On fear

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Be aware that whatever happens, happens to you, by you, through you, that you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive and you will not be afraid. Unafraid, you will not be unhappy, nor will you seek happiness.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



Spirituality and ambition

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Ambition is personal, liberation is from the personal. In liberation both the subject and the object of ambition are no longer. Earnestness is not a yearning for the fruits of one's endeavours. It is an expression of an inner shift of interest away from the false, unessential, the personal.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



The Self

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You have no self apart from the universe. The universe is your Self. Isn't your body a part of it? Just stop calling it "yours" and identifying with it, and everything is you and yours.

— Omkaradatta



Self-absorption

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Total self-absorption leads to total freedom from self. Be with yourself, accept yourself, re-absorb the self into the Self. You are not 'something else' you can see, like the body or the mind. You are your Self only.

— Omkaradatta



Independence

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The independence of the awakened can be intolerable to the ego... it highlights our own self-imposed weakness and dependency.

— Omkaradatta