To understand the meaning of Maya, look at your dreaming state. Your mind creates your dreams, over which you have no control. Asleep, you do not know when a dream starts or where it came from. You cannot perceive that it’s an illusion while you are in it. You simply watch. In order to create your dream world, your sleeping mind must be completely unaware of your “awake” world: your “real” body, lying quietly upon your bed, and all that surrounds it. This unawareness of what is, is a perfect example of the magic of Maya. If you want to awaken from a dream, or from Maya, you need only realize it is illusion. All you need is understanding.
Notes to myself while reading “Journey From Many To One”, P. 112, Swami Bhaskarananda
“Time” is a dimension pertaining to the past and future. Past and future exist only in your mind. Therefore, “time” is thought! All thought arises from memory, and all memory is filtered through your “me” concept. No thought can be retained in memory without a “me” attached. A remembered event is recalled and viewed only in the present moment, through the eyes of your body/mind identification, and is no more real than your dreams are real. The only thing that is real, that you can ever truly experience, is the present moment. That’s the timeless NOW, and timeless means “eternity”. Think about this.
Notes to myself while reading “Discovering the Realm Beyond Appearance”, P. 7, Robert Powell
Consciousness is the closest thing to you because it’s what you are. It’s the only thing that belongs to you, and one defining thing in your existence of which you are unaware. You focus on what your consciousness is observing, forgetting the observer. The mind/brain is a sixth sense organ. Consciousness uses the brain, but it is not the brain. You see, hear, taste, touch and smell only because you are this consciousness. It’s always present, so you don’t notice it, like you don’t notice gravity.
Notes to myself while reading “Discovering the Realm Beyond Appearance”, P. 9, Robert Powell
The essence of existence in space and time is continual change from birth to death. Anything that never changes is not “alive”. As a human animal, you have the ability to question and ponder; therefore you question the strange mystery of your existence. However, humans can only think in terms of space and time, so the questions you ask arise from that place of space and time. You question with your mind/brain, and you look for answers that your mind/brain can understand. If you ask a question while asleep and dreaming, any answer you get will be true only in your dream. Real answers are beyond space and time.
Notes to myself while reading “Explorations into the Eternal”, P.20, Ramesh S. Balsekar
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.