To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. The buddha is the person who’s free, free of plans, free of cares. If you don’t see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you’ll never find a buddha. The truth is, there’s nothing to find, but to reach such an understanding you need a teacher and you need to struggle to make yourself understand.
In order to discover the infinite depth of your own self, you must find a way to enter into a very deep state of meditation – such a deep state that your awareness of thought moves to the background and eventually disappears. When awareness of thought disappears, the awareness of the passing of time disappears along with it, and so does the awareness of the world and all the objects within it. If you keep penetrating into the infinite depths of your own self, eventually your awareness even of your own physical form will disappear. It is enlightening to discover that when thought, time, world, and even your own body disappears, you haven’t gone anywhere! Even without the movement of memory, you will find that the most intimately felt essence of your own self – who you always are at the deepest level – remains intact. That self that remains when time and form disappear is eternal and unchanging. It has never been born and will never die. That self is the deepest ground of your own being, in each and every moment, whether you are aware of it or not. Everything that is born, the entire evolving cosmos, arose from that empty ground, and everything that dies will return to it. In that no-place, that zero point, where there is no birth and no death, nothing ever happened and the cosmos never existed. When we discover this dimension of our own self, we find only nothing at all: desirelessness, the fullness of Being, and indescribable peace, without end.
– Andrew Cohen
Whatever you have in your mind – forget it;
Whatever you have in your hand – give it;
Whatever is to be your fate – face it!
– Abu Sa’id
“Agyan timir-andhasya Gyananjan Shalakaya.
Chakshur-oonmeelitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.”
Salutations to that glorious Guru (reverential teacher) who opened my eyes, by applying the divine collyrium of Self-knowledge in my eyes, thus removing the darkness which had got blinded by the cataract of ignorance.
Keep your mind quiet, steady and firm. Do not submit to desires, but try to control them. One who cannot restrain his tongue cannot restrain his mind; one who cannot restrain his mind cannot restrain his action; one who cannot restrain his actions cannot restrain himself; and one who cannot restrain himself cannot attain his real Infinite Self.
– Meher Baba
To your mind feed understanding,
to your heart, tolerance and compassion.
The simpler your life, the more meaningful.
The less you desire of the world,
the more room you will have in it
to fill with the Beloved!
– Shaykh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir
- I’ve learned that no matter how thin you are, people still have something to say.
- I’ve learned that its taking me a long time to become the person I want to be & its a lot easier to react than it is to think.
- I’ve learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
- I’ve learned that maturity has more to do with the types of experiences you’ve had.
- I’ve learned that quantity is not as important as quality when it comes to best friends.
- I’ve learned that it isn’t enough to be forgiven by others, sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
- I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world will not stop for your grief.
- I’ve learned that background and circumstances might have influenced who you are, but we are responsible for who we become.
- I’ve learned that you can’t make someone love you, all you can do is be someone who can be loved.