Quotes From Old Dead Guys

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Disciples as numerous as grains of sand in the River Ganga,

yet not one has come to enlightenment;

they err in seeking it as a path taught by others.


There are many spiritual seekers that huddle forever around a site of a well that has gone dry: the words of an old dead guru.


They unfortunately never recognize the ever-present Perfect Outpouring streaming 'within' and standing quietly next to them.



Reality is simply loss of the ego.

-Ramana Maharshi



Only he who loses his life will find it.

-Jesus of Nazareth

If you understand,

things are just as they are.

If you do not understand,

things are just as they are.

- Zen Proverb


Realization is of the fact that you are not a person... 

Personal entity and enlightenment cannot go together.




Distinctions arise

from the clinging needs of the ignorant...

What benefit can be derived

from attachment to distinctions and separations?

Third Zen Patriarch



I show the truth to living beings -

and then they are no longer living beings.

- Tung-shan


The final truth cannot be accepted

unless the mind is empty of the 'me'

and the heart is full of love.

-Ramesh Balsekar



   If you do not follow somebody,

   you feel very lonely.

   Be lonely then.

   - J. Krishnamurti




There is no such thing as an entity.

Now you know you are awake

because you are here and you have

that knowledge.

There is nothing else other than this knowledge,

no entity.

- Nisargadatta



We rarely hear the inward music,

but we're all dancing to it nevertheless.

- Rumi













- John Lennon


Paul McCartney

Do you want to know how to live life?

Let it be! Let it happen.

Everything that everyone is 'doing'-

let it happen!

Be still, 'do' whatever 'you' want,

and don't bother about the world!

Be still. Be still means, don't think!

You see? It's so simple!

-Ramesh Balsekar

Pure knowledge is not imparted by another:

it comes unasked.

It is the one that is listening:

it is your own true nature.



No masters, only you   

the master is you   

- Ikkyu   






Wei Wu Wei writes:

There is no 'path' to follow because all paths

lead from here to there, and there is no 'there.' 

(Only in an imaginary story of separation

does an individual follow a path).

It is all the mind can do -

discover the unreal as unreal.

The problem is only mental.

Abandon false ideas, that is all.

There is no need of true ideas.

There aren't any.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj




There was a door to which I found no key;

there was a veil past which I could not see:

some little talk a while

of me and Thee there seemed:

and then no more of Thee and me.

-Omar Khayyam






The eye through which I see God

is the same eye through which God sees me:

my eye and God's eye are one eye,

one seeing, one knowing, one love.

- Meister Eckhart

The Great Way has no gate.  There are a thousand paths to it.

If you pass through the barrier you walk the universe alone.

- Wu Men



A person

is not a thing

or a process

but an opening

through which

the absolute manifests.

 - Martin Heidegger

Nothing objective actually exists

Ignorance of what is eternal is due to the concept of 'time.' 

The 'I-concept' and the 'time-concept' are inseparable,

neither can appear to exist without the other:

they are dual aspects of what is erroneously conceived as objective.

- Wei Wu Wei

From within or from behind,

a light shines through us upon things

and makes us aware that we are nothing,

but the light is all.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One instant is eternity;   

eternity is the now.

When you see through this one instant

you see through the one who sees.

- Wu Men




Sometimes naked, sometimes mad,

now as scholars, now as fools;

Thus they appear on the earth - the free ones!

- Shankara

To imagine that some little thing-

food, sex, power, fame-

will make you happy is to deceive yourself. 

Only something as vast and deep

as your real Self

can make you truly and lastingly happy.


Why are you unhappy?

Because 99.9 percent of everything you think,

and everything you do, is for your self - and there isn't one!

-Wei Wu Wei


"The trouble with students these days is that they seize on words and form their understanding on that basis...

What a mistake!

Blind fools, what sort of juice do they expect to get out of old dried bones?"

-Master Lin-chi (who lived 1100 years ago!)  

What has changed?

Realisation is a matter

of becoming conscious

of that which is

already realised.

-Wei Wu Wei

This is what Nisargadatta Maharaj said of your natural state, of what you are naturally, spontaneously, without effort:

"This state is before the appearance of beingness.

It is prior to or beyond beingness

and non-beingness.

I Am, in that state which existed before the arrival

of beingness and non-beingness.

With the arrival of the waking state, all the world

becomes manifest;

because of my beingness, my world is manifest.

That also is observed by that state which is prior

to beingness,

and you are That!"

"... merely a readjustment is needed,

such readjustment being

the abandonment of identification

with an inexistent individual self ..."

 Wei Wu Wei



It is the judging that makes us miserable:

When the mind is in bondage, the truth is hidden and everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness."

- Seng-Ts'an

 "Your vision will become clear

when you look into your heart.

Who looks outside, dreams.

Who looks within, awakens."

Carl Jung

When your individuality is dissolved, you will not see individuals anywhere, it is just a functioning in Consciousness.

If it clicks with you, it is very easy to understand.  If it does not, it is most difficult.  It is very profound and very simple, if understood right.

What I am saying is not the general run of common spiritual knowledge.


Beyond All Ideas

 "The ultimate mystery of being is beyond all categories of thought."

Joseph Campbell


All I am trying to point out is that as long as we are conceptualising we are 'out', and as soon as we cease to conceptualise we are 'in'.  I suggest that it is as simple as that ...                 Wei Wu Wei

Don't pretend to be what your are not, don't refuse to be what you are.



This dream you call the world is not the problem;

 your problem is that you like certain parts of the dream and dislike others.  

 Once you have seen the dream as a dream,  you have done all that needs to be done.                    

- Nisargadatta

"Whoever discovers the true meaning

of these sayings will never die:

Let the seeker not stop seeking until he finds.

And when he finds, he will be greatly troubled.

And after he has been troubled,

he will be astonished,

and he will reign over the All."

-Jesus of Nazareth (The Gospel of Thomas)



"The essential Understanding is that

in reality nothing is.

This is so obvious that it is not perceived."

Wei Wu Wei

"You take your imagining for facts

and my facts for imagination..."


"Whatever happens is part of the functioning of Totality."

Ramesh Balsekar

"Compassion is but another word

for the refusal to suffer for imaginary reasons."

- Nisargadatta

It is not so very difficult to understand, at least intellectually,

that this universe is a dream,

but it is almost impossible to accept

that the one who is suppose to understand this 

is himself part of the dream. 

- Ramesh Balsekar

"I can assure you there is no such thing as God.

There's no such thing as creation,

and there's no such thing as the universe.

So there's no such thing as the world,

and there's no such thing as you.

There's no such thing as 'I.'

What is left? Silence!"

- Robert Adams

From The Move 'The Matrix'


I'm trying to free your mind.

I can only show you the door.  

You're the one that has to walk through it.


Do not overlook this pointer!

The mind self-validates and reconfirms whatever it is taught to believe!  Check out this wisdom from David Bohm which shows why

'You see what you believe and believe what you see ...'

It is truly an amazing realization!


Reality is what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is what we believe.

What we believe is based on our perceptions.

What we perceive depends on what we look for.

What we look for depends on what we think.

What we think depends on what we perceive.

What we perceive determines what we believe.

What we believe determines what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is our reality.


Stop.  Can you now see why it is quite difficult to ever Realize a different reality?

Pointing to the complete surrender

Jesus of Nazareth: "Not my will, but Thine be done."

(because it is understood that there is no 'me' to will)


If you understand the meaning of all this,

it implies that you know there is nothing to be achieved.

- Hui Hai


There is neither creation nor destruction,

neither destiny nor free will,

neither path nor achievement.

This is the final truth.

- Ramana Maharshi


To seek to persuade ourselves

that we do not exist as individual entities is, however,

to ask the eye to believe that what it is looking at is not there.  

Only whole-mind can reveal this knowledge

as direct cognition which, once realized, is obvious. 

This is the total readjustment.

- Wei Wu Wei

Please understand

that there is only one thing to be understood,

and that is that you are the formless,

timeless unborn.

- Nisargadatta