Omkaradatta's quotes

Know your inner worth

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You are what you are, timelessly, but of what use is it to you unless you know it and act on it? Your begging bowl may be of pure gold, but as long as you do not know it, you are a pauper. You must know your inner worth and trust it and express it in the daily sacrifice of desire and fear.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj



Lack of doubt

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There is not an absolute assurance here, but rather a lack of unassurance. What is there to be unsure about? It is merely the absence of doubt, of floating anxiety, of the general sense of lack characteristic of 'me'. The need for reassurance is absent. All is silent.

— Omkaradatta



Feeling good

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To feel right is, of course, right, but to the ego it is wrong. Ego will not let you alone, won't give you any peace. This is why we seek to understand it, and to transcend it.

— Omkaradatta



Thinking about advaita

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If you sit and think about advaita all the time, all you get are thoughts about advaita. If you know your true nature is wordless, silent, already fulfilled, then act on it. Behave as though it were true. Stop filling your mind with noise. Just BE.

— Omkaradatta



The soul

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"The soul comes to the end of its long journey, and, naked and alone, draws near to the divine."

— (from the film Fearless, 1993)



The price

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The price of imagination is the loss of reality. The price of reality is the surrender of the imaginary.

— Omkaradatta



The truth...

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The truth will wipe out all your precious fantasies, and leave you with a much more precious Reality.

— Omkaradatta



Sincerity

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Sincerity, earnestness, devotion, interest, awareness, attention, love. Nothing is difficult if you have these. Everything is difficult if you don't.

— Omkaradatta



Bombay, 1958

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When you look at this life of action — the growing tree, the bird on the wing, the flowing river, the movement of the clouds, of lightning, of machines, the action of the waves upon the shore — then you see, do you not, that life itself is action, endless action that has no beginning and no end. It is something that is everlastingly in movement, and it is the universe, God, bliss, reality. But we reduce the vast action of life to our own petty little action in life, and ask what we should do, or follow some book, some system.

— J. Krishnamurti



Truth is a pathless land...

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When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep, radical mutation in the mind.

— J. Krishnamurti