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Ramana Maharshi

  1. “The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”

  2. Question: "What is illusion?" Maharshi answers: "To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish. Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant and unknown.”

Alan Watts

  1. “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

  2. “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.”

  3. “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” 

  4. “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”

  5. “We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  1. “The mind created the abyss. The heart crosses it.”

  2. “Nothing ever goes wrong”.

  3. “As you watch your mind, you discover yourself as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover yourself as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown is the source of knowledge. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there.”

  4. “Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive.”

  5. "Don`t try to understand. It`s enough if you do not misunderstand.”

  6. “The mind is discontinuous. Again, and again, it blanks out, like in sleep or swoon, or distraction. There must be something continuous to register discontinuity.”

  7. “A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

  1. “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”

  2. “If you are simply aware of the whole structure of habit without resistance, there is freedom from habit, and in that freedom a new thing takes place.”

  3. “When you fight a habit, you give life to that habit; and the fighting becomes another habit.”

  4. “Whatever you do is in the pattern of habits. So, to do nothing, to have the feeling that you do not have to fight it, is the greatest action of intelligence.”

  5. “Any form of resistance feeds the habit, which does not mean that you go on with the habit. You become aware of the habit and of the cultivation of its opposite, which is also a habit, and this awareness shows you that whatever you do regarding the habit is the formation of another habit. So now, after having observed this whole process, your intelligence says, do not do anything about the habit. Do not give any attention to it. Do not be concerned with it because the more you are concerned with it the more active it becomes. Now intelligence is in operation and is watching. This watching is entirely different from the vigilance of resisting the habit, reacting to it. If you get the feeling of this intelligence watching, then this feeling will operate and deal with the habit, and not the vigilance of resolution and will. So, what is important is not habit but the understanding of habit which brings about intelligence. This intelligence keeps awake without the fuel of desire, which is will. In the first instance the habit is confronted with resistance, in the second it is not confronted at all, and that is intelligence. The action of intelligence has withered the resistance to the habit on which the habit feeds.


“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”