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Ramana Maharshi

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

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone."


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

  5. “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.”

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.