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  1. "The mirror says, 'There is nobody in me.' The man who looks into the mirror says, 'I am in the mirror.'"


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  2. "You were pure, formless and alone. Then, when the awareness of 'I Am' arises, understand that this is the active feeling of the ego, which says, 'I.'"


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  3. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    "When one says that he or she was absent a hundred years ago, who says that – the one who was absent or the one who is present?" ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
  4. "The Jiva is himself Shiva, but the allurement of Maya is there. Although you are Shiva, she makes you conceive of yourself as a body. That is her power. She increases the forgetfulness of the Self and the longing after sensual pleasures. The thinking about sense objects is called mind. The cleverness of ego is called intellect."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  5. "That which is not perceived is Reality."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  6. "Relinquish all of the things that the 'I' desires, and then the mind is automatically slain."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  7. "The real worth is related to the original thing. That thing is made to assume various forms and the whole game is going on. It is a fun. It is an amusement. It is a play of imagination indulged in, in idle time. It is playful attitude, and idea of fun. There is no consideration whether there is profit or loss, good or undesirable. It is just merriment of Consciousness. There is no need to feel sorry or happy about it. It is just a joyful mood of Consciousness. However, one who takes this seriously as true, falls into an ocean of sorrows."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  8. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    "Human nature is such that if a man is forcibly robbed of a thing, he suffers immensely. He will make persistent efforts to regain that thing. Yet, if he were to part with that same thing out of his own free will, that sacrifice would bring him immense joy." ~Siddharameshwar Maharaj
  9. Chidabhasa

  10. "The jiva does not wish to have no form, no sensation, or to be extremely vast and spread out everywhere. We presume that it is death if we become like that. Thus, there is a liking for a particular form."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  11. Chidabhasa

    Then please forgive my lack of insight mistaking your supposed inability to grasp it for labeling it as nonsensical! I'm sure you understand how some opponents of Advaita may seem to easily dismiss its teaching methods due to lack of depth in clarity. Thankfully, you seem to be scratching beneath the surface. As a matter of direct experience, one could say it consists of a subtle shift in perception; an inuitive abiding. Being, that is, true knowing beyond intellect, reveals how it is solely oneself which imparts reality to whatever may be objectively known or observed(including the body mind). The analogy in which the self-effulgent sun effortlessly illumines all simply by its being, is quite fitting in that regard. There is a knower of space residing beyond it. The golden thread throughout, or bridge between known and unknown is the sense that you are. The Subject or Witness through which one could not otherwise claim to have witnessed or known. The entirety of phenomenal manifestation from alert activity to deep blissful swoon arise and subside within it. This experience is universal, and there is no experience or object apart from it. Pure awareness is but aware of itself. Brahman is where only One is. Brahman is non-dual. Experience can only take place with the aid of some other object. Freedom from all experience is freedom to truly experience, universally. The jivatman suffers from the darkness of ignorance(otherness), delusion that he is other than Brahman. There is only Brahman.
  12. "All powers come to one who expects nothing at all."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  13. Chidabhasa

    Hi forestofemptiness. This seems like a matter of preference. How is it you've concluded it is illogical? What would you suggest using to analogically illustrate that which is being pointed to ? Indeed, and it isn't mere implication. It's an outright declaration that an impulsive, (to the exclusion of all else) self-identification with the individual body-mind is an illusion. Pure awareness reflected as the mind is inconsistent, a flickering phantom. The body and mind are temporal instances within pure awareness. Naturally, the registering of the changeful requires that which is changeless. Attributing qualities to that which makes attributing possible, is tantamount to being convinced the sun actually exists in a water-filled pot in which its rays are reflected. It does not. The reflected rays are but an image. The sun is the reality, and 'that thou art.'
  14. Stories for Inspiration

    "One man came for dinner and said, 'We are seventeen people.'" ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj
  15. "No second has ever been able to enter. If it is felt that some other has entered, this is only delusion. In the totality of doubtlessness, doubt is the second thing. That doubt multiplies and becomes a mind full of doubts, and the Illusion of the world appears."


    ~Shri Samarth Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj