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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3296, Sunday, September 21, 2008, Editor: Mark

And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far away deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of the setting suns,
And the round ocean, and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the minds of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.

- William Wordsworth, from Tintern Abbey

The timeless non-state cannot be achieved because the mind cannot evolve towards it. The mind can only bring you to the threshold. Awakening comes unexpectedly when you do not wait for it, when you live in not-knowing. Only then are you available.

- Jean Klein

Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion that it may sing and let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like a phoenix rise above its own ashes.

- Kahlil Gibran

Ocean of nectar, full of grace, engulfing the universe
in Thy splendour! Oh Arunachala, the Supreme itself! Be Thou
the sun and open the lotus of my Heart in Bliss!

Oh Arunachala! In Thee the picture of the universe is
formed, has its stay, and is dissolved; this is the sublime truth.
Thou art the inner Self, who dancest in the Heart as `I'. `Heart'
is Thy name, Oh Lord!

He who turns inward with untroubled mind to search
where the consciousness of `I' arises, realizes the Self, and rests
in Thee, Oh Arunachala! like a river when it joins the ocean.

Abandoning the outer world, with mind and breath
controlled, to meditate on Thee within, the yogi sees Thy light,
Oh Arunachala! And finds his delight in Thee.

He who dedicates his mind to Thee and, seeing Thee,
always beholds the universe as Thy figure, he who at all times
glorifies Thee and loves Thee as none other than the Self, he
is the master without rival, being one with Thee, Oh
Arunahala, and lost in Thy bliss!

- Ramana Maharshi

Discard all you are not and go ever deeper. Just as a man digging a well discards what is not water, until he reaches the water-bearing strata, so must you discard what is not your own, till nothing is left which you can disown. You will find that what is left is nothing which the mind can hook on to. You are not even a human being. You just are - a point of awareness, co-extensive with time and space and beyond both, the ultimate cause, itself uncaused. If you ask me "Who are you?", my answer would be: "Nothing in particular. Yet, I am.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, from I Am That

Do realize that it is not you who moves from dream to dream, but the dreams flow before you, and you are the immutable witness. No happening affects your real being - that is the absolute truth.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, from I Am That

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