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Freedom is a state of mind – not freedom from something.

This craving for position, for prestige, for power, to be recognized by society as being outstanding in some way, is a wish to dominate others, and this wish to dominate is a form of aggression.  And what is the reason for this aggressiveness?  It is fear isn’t it?

You must learn how to be lucid in all your actions; that is, you must not only be aware of the time, the place, and the circumstances, in which the action takes place, but also of yourself, the player, of your body and what is happening at any moment.  It is not only a question of seeing things as they are, but of seeing yourself at the same time, and the reactions that take place within you.  In other words, you absorb the whole thing within you and you become complete.

First of all, accept yourself.  When you do not accept yourself and imagine yourself to be someone different, a conflict arises between what you believe you are and what you really are.

Knowledge relieves all suffering Knowledge liberates.  Which knowledge? Chemistry? Physics? Astronomy? Geology? They help a little, but only a little.  The true knowledge is the knowledge of our own nature.  Know yourself.  You must know who you are, understand you inner nature.  You must become conscious of this infinite nature in yourself.  Then you will break free of your shackles.

All the responsibility of good and evil is on you.  This is the great hope.  What I have done, that I can undo.

There is no weapon move powerful in achieving the truth than acceptance of oneself.

Such awareness is like living with a snake in the room; you watch its every movement, you are very, very sensitive to the slightest sound it makes.  Such a state of attention is total energy; in such awareness that totality of yourself is revealed in an instant.

Contemplation is seeing the here and now.

If you are in the moment, you are in the infinite.

Life is like a garden.  Quite naturally, leaves wither and flowers fade.  Only if we clear the decay of the past then and there can we really enjoy the beauty of the new leaves and flowers.  Likewise, we must clear the murkiness of past bad experiences from our minds.  Life is remembrance in forgetfulness.  Forgive what ought to be forgiven; forget what ought to be forgotten.  Let us embrace life with renewed vigor . . We should be able to face every moment of life with renewed expectation, like a freshly blossomed flower.

We would rather cling to the known than face the unknown – the known being our house, our furniture, our family, our character, our work, our knowledge, our fame, our loneliness, our gods – that little thing that moves around incessantly within itself, with its own limited embittered existence.

Death is extraordinarily like life, when we know how to live.  You cannot live without dying.  You cannot live if you do not die psychologically every minute.

All of our selfish impulses, all of our personal desires, obscure our true vision of the soul, as they only point out our shabby ego.  When we are aware of our soul, we perceive the inner life that surpasses our ego and that has profound affinities with the Whole.

We must refuse to be lifted off our feet.  A drowning man cannot save others.

We should never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours.  When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom.  Therefore when you find it, never swerve from it.  Your way is the best for you, but that is no sign it is the best for another.

As long as there is division in any form there must be conflict.  You are responsible, not only to your children, but to the rest of humanity.  Unless you deeply understand this, not through words or ideas or the intellect, but feel this in your blood, in your way of looking at life, in your actions, you are supporting organized murder which is called war.

In all religions of the world you will find it claimed that there is unity within us. Being one with divinity, there cannot be any further progress in that sense.  Knowledge means finding this unity.

Every day a man must solve the problem of widening the field of his life and adjusting his burdens.  These are too complex and numerous for him to carry himself, but he knows that by being methodical he can lighten the load.  When the burdens are too complicated and difficult to manage, he must understand the reason: he has not found a system that will put everything in place and distribute the weight he carries more evenly.  The search for this system is actually the search for the whole, for synthesis; it is our effort to create harmony, thanks to an interior adaptation, in the heterogeneous complex of exterior material.

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed.  I want the cultures of all the lands to blow about my house as freely as possible.  But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction and therefore there must be a higher law than that of destruction.  Only under that law would a well – ordered society be intelligible and live worth living.  And if that is the law of life, we have to work it out in daily life.

Religion is but one tree with any branches. If you look only upon the branches, then you are tempted to say that there are many religions; but if you look at the whole tree, you understand that there is but one religion.

This is a good point to understand that the sun and substance of this lecture is that there is but One Existence, and that One Existence seen through different constitutions appears either as the earth, or heaven, or hell, or gods, or ghosts, or men, or demons, or world, or all these things.

The saffron of virtue and contentment Is dissolved in the water gun of love and affection.  Pink and red clouds of emotion are flying about, Limitless colors raining down.  All the covers of the earthen vessel of my body are wide open; I have thrown away all shame before the word.  Mira’s Lord is the Mountain Holder, the suave lower.  I sacrifice myself in devotion to His lotus feet.

When the life of a man, freed from all distractions, finds its unity in the spirit, the knowledge of the infinite comes to him immediately and naturally, like light from a flame.

Silence is a great benediction, it cleanses the brain, gives vitality to it, and this silence builds up great energy, not the energy of thought or the energy of machines, but unpolluted energy, untouched by thought.  It is the energy that has incalculable capacity, skills.  And this is a place where the brain, being very active, can be silent.  That very intense activity of the brain has the quality and the depth and the beauty of silence.

The soul is the home of all living beings; and from the soul all living beings derive their strength; and from the soul all living beings derive their strength.  There is nothing in the universe that does not come from the soul.  The soul dwells within all that exists; it is the truth of all that exists.  You, my son, are the soul.

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