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Life of the mind

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Life in the mind is either exciting or boring -- there are few in-betweens. Life without the mind is steady and calm, yet vibrant and active and living, completely fulfilled. The mind tells you that life will be boring without it, yet that is anything but the case.

— Omkaradatta



Psychological time

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Psychological time is what divides 'now' from 'now', fragments you into pieces. No matter when you see the clock it's always Now, yet you desire something in the future, and feel relieved when you get it. If you never desired, the relief would always be with you.

— Omkaradatta



What's next?

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People are always asking "What's next, what's next?" Next is nonexistent. Get rid of this question, and all your other questions are answered.

— Omkaradatta



Suffering is unnecessary

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It is right to feel right, good to feel good, normal to feel normal. Please take this to heart. Suffering is not right or wrong, but rather, unnecessary. The ego cannot survive when things are going well for too long. Let this ego go, release it and claim your birthright.

— Omkaradatta



Here

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Without going out of my door I can know all things on earth. Without looking out of my window I can know the ways of heaven.

— Tao Te Ching



Know your mind

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Know your own mind inside and out. Then you know everybody's, because we are not different, not separate, not apart. Seek yourself first, then you can truly relate to others.

— Omkaradatta



Placebo

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90% of all drug effects, as well as 90% of everything else are dreamed by us into existence, imagined. This is called 'placebo effect' in pharmacology, but it applies everywhere.

— Omkaradatta



Unbounded Deep

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I am the unbounded deep in whom all living things naturally arise, rush against each other playfully, and then subside.

— Byrom's Astavakra Gita



Mysticism

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A mystic knows without knowledge, without intuition or information, without contemplation or description or revelation. Mystics are not themselves. They do not exist in selves. They move as they are moved, talk as words come, see with sight that enters their eyes.

— Farid ud-Din Attar



All is in Awareness

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As all waves are in the ocean, so are all things physical and mental in awareness. Hence awareness itself is all important, not the content of it. Deepen and broaden your awareness of yourself and all the blessings will flow. You need not seek anything, all will come to you most naturally and effortlessly. The five senses and the four functions of the mind -- memory, thought, understanding and selfhood; the five elements -- earth, water, fire, air and ether; the two aspects of creation -- matter and spirit, all are contained in awareness.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj