The natural manifestations of the ego are greed, desire, fear and jealousy. These negative emotions arise from your illusory concept that “you” are separate from the universe. You identify yourself as one being opposed to others; comparing, judging and discriminating. As long as there is duality, it is not possible to be rid of these negative emotions without being rid of the ego itself. Think of this: if there were no “others” at all, if you were alone in the universe, would your ego vanish? What, then, would be your concept of yourself? Could you sustain the conceptual ego you have now? It’s perfectly natural to want to satisfy the need for food, clothing, shelter and comfort, but when greed exceeds need, your ego rules you, and you become ugly.
Notes to myself while reading “Explorations into the Eternal”, P.70, Ramesh S. Balsekar
The desire for self-knowledge is the most brilliant of all gifts. Treasure it. Protect it. In the constantly changing world, look for that in you which never changes. This is the Self, Brahman, God. There is no such thing as sin, or guilt, or karma. There is only ever-changing life and unchanging witnessing. Awareness is above all, silent, passive and eternally awake and unchanging. The light of awareness shines in your heart, and always has, but you sleep while walking and never look or see. You must find your own way; any other way is not your way. Be focused and determined.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P.495, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You love being alive. Even if it’s full of pain and grief. You want to be alive. You are addicted to being alive. But think about this: the body and the life you are so attached to do not belong to you. Very few people understand this. The days of your life are short and quickly vanish. A person who is full of pride and cleverness is of no use to himself or anyone else. People are like donkeys. They have no idea of the life force animating their consciousness, and seek no understanding of it, even though, in reality, it is all they are. How can anyone not want to know?
Notes to myself while reading “Master of Self-Realization”, P. 152, Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj
Quantum Physics tells us that the universe is one unbroken, continuous whole. When one thing in the universe changes, everything changes. It can be no other way. Therefore, you have great power, beyond anything you could imagine, to change the world simply by changing yourself.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P.490, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Ramana Maharshi taught that there is no thing more important to spiritual discovery than to ask continually, “Who am I? Who sees what I see, hears what I hear?” If you really look at this question, you will see that you don’t know. You are not a name, not a form or a bundle of experiences that happened to that form. You are not the eyes that looked out yesterday, nor the thoughts that bothered you last week. When you turn away from all inner and outer experiences, past and present, and allow your awareness to dwell on itself, you can sense that you are nothing but awareness. This awareness is the one thing in you that never changes, regardless of your age. Who knows what you know? You may call it consciousness, spiritual being, Self, Atman or whatever. What “you” are is that awareness that remains when every single thing you can possibly be aware of has vanished.
Notes to myself while reading “The Untethered Soul”, Pg. 23, Michael A. Singer
For such is this life. You are the gift you have been given: awareness, life force, knowingness. This gift was given to you without your knowledge or consent because you didn’t exist until it was given. The gift was given to you, and it became you. Do you understand? Unless you look, you will never find. Unless you question, you will never know.
Notes to myself while reading various authors.
The Self is the life-force which animates everything in the universe. That which the Self animates is constantly changing and perishable, but the Self is unchanging and eternal. All living things, from you to a mosquito larva to the tiniest amoeba, are made up of the five elements and the Self. This Self is your awareness, your aliveness and your very being. You cannot utter one word, think one thought or move one eyelid without it. The Self does not belong to you or me; it is not divided. It is the same Self in all. Just as the one and only sun can be reflected in many puddles of water at the same time, so the same Self shines in all living things, but is One and only One. To realize and experience this Self is the greatest blessing and bliss. When you sit quiet and look within, you become aware of it. It is like seeing the “eye of the eye”. The Self is the “eye of the eye”, and is the one who sees, as well as what is seen.
Notes to myself while reading “Amrut Laya – The Stateless State”, P. 218, Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj
There is little difference between your waking state and your dream state. You are a creature of your memories, and the world you think you see, both asleep and awake, is a projection of those memories. Your memories are valid only for you, and not for anyone else, so they cannot be “real”. To know your true Self, you need to get out of those memories, desires and expectations and live in the now. When you live in the now, you know eternity, for eternity is only in the present moment. You miss it when your mind is preoccupied with past and future. What you really are is in the now, and to meet yourself, to know what you are, you have to be in this moment with yourself. It is possible to learn to keep your mind focused in each moment. It’s called Meditation, or Mindfullness. When you learn that, you are centered in reality, and in contact with eternity. And you discover the meaning of “I am”.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P.527, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Be quiet. Do not try to be quiet, which is actually not being quiet. Just BE. Be aware that you ARE, without anticipating the next moment. Be timeless. Focus on your inner self, be with yourself, with love and awe, for you are a great mystery. You are not the one who lives your life, you are the one who is witnessing the one who lives your life. Touch that witness. Every moment you are a great mystery, but you don’t pay attention. You are too busy. Make a time every day when you sit quiet and just BE. When you know who you are, you begin to realize what you are. Just be quiet.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P.508, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Your conscious self is a reflection of your unconscious self, which many spiritual teachers refer to as “the heart”. In order to consciously believe or understand anything, you must first believe it and understand it subconsciously. No amount of browbeating your mind can force you to believe anything your subconscious mind does not understand or accept. Your true character, your morals, what you believe about yourself (your “ego”), are soundly centered in your unconsciousness. Your conscious mind merely reacts, with no intuition or understanding of its own. Thoughts rise randomly from your unconsciousness. Self-awareness is the practice of being consciously aware of your thoughts, impulses and desires as they arise in your conscious mind. This self-awareness is effectively practiced with dispassion, without judgement, and with tremendous love and understanding for yourself. Rather than trying to change or “improve” yourself, you simply observe. In this way, you begin to know what you are, and why. This is the true beginning of enlightenment.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P.74, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj