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Trust

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Trust in your own best wisdom, and never violate that trust. Follow your clarity, generosity, sincerity, honesty, inner peace, caring for people and for your Self, and your love of life and freedom. These cannot fail you.

— Omkaradatta



Notice everything

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Sacrifice desire and fear daily, in sacrifice to that which is True in you: Your own Being, your presence to everything. Notice everything, love everything, BE everything.

— Omkaradatta



The dream is social

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The dream is a social one, and the people involved are all in your mind, not "out there". Not a single person exists as you imagine them to be. The common link between them all is You.

— Omkaradatta



The inner child

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I am now 74 years old. And yet I feel that I am an infant. I feel clearly that in spite of all the changes, I am a child. My Guru told me: that child, which is you even now, is your real self (swarupa). Go back to that state of pure being, where the 'I am' is still in its purity before it got contaminated with 'this I am' or 'that I am'. Your burden is of false self-identifications -- abandon them all.

My Guru told me -- 'Trust me. I tell you; you are divine. Take it as the absolute truth. Your joy is divine, your suffering is divine too. All comes from God. Remember it always. You are God, your will alone is done'. I did believe him, and soon realised how wonderfully true and accurate were his words. I did not condition my mind by thinking: 'I am God, I am wonderful, I am beyond'. I simply followed his 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.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



Being right...

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I'm not interested in being 'righter than you', putting down your point. I'm interested in being universally right, in a way that's right for everyone. You, too can be so interested, provided the focus isn't on whether you're more enlightened or wiser than someone else.

— Omkaradatta



I am the space

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I am the space in which everything occurs. In this way, inner and outer space are not-two, not apart.

— Omkaradatta



You have never been estranged...

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I can see with the utmost clarity that you have never been, nor are, nor will be estranged from reality, that you are the fullness of perfection here and now and that nothing can deprive you of your heritage, of what you are. You are in no way different from me, only you do not know it. You do not know what you are and therefore you imagine your self to be what you are not. Hence desires and fear and overwhelming despair. And meaningless activity in order to escape.

Just trust me and live by trusting me. I shall not mislead you. You are the Supreme Reality beyond the world and its creator, beyond consciousness and its witness, beyond all assertions and denials. Remember it, think of it, act on it. Abandon all sense of separation, see yourself in all and act accordingly. With action bliss will come and, with bliss, conviction. After all, you doubt yourself because you are in sorrow. Happiness, natural, spontaneous and lasting cannot be imagined. Either it is there, or it is not. Once you begin to experience the peace, love and happiness which need no outer causes, all your doubts will dissolve. Just catch hold of what I told you and live by it.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



Do understand...

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Your feet are set on a path from which there is no return; do understand that you are destined for enlightenment. You did not choose this path, none of us did. The path chose you. Your destiny is the whole: all is You and Yours.

— Omkaradatta



Endless discovery

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When the search is given up, endless discovery results: Discovery and re-discovery and re-discovery! As seeking prevents and delays finding, when seeking drops there is only finding.

— Omkaradatta



We are not separate

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We are not separate. Let those who consider themselves apart, separate themselves and then squabble like pigeons over scraps, whether physical or psychological. Maybe someday mankind will realize this glorious abundance we all share, the sacredness of what we have and are, and the uselessness of what we do not have, what we are not.

— Omkaradatta