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#3636 - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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"One's own misdirected thought can do one more harm than one who hates you or wishes you ill.

Even one who loves you very much cannot do you as much good as your own properly directed thought."
--The Buddha
From the Dhammapada


Stop worrying about success


When you no longer need to make an effort, that is success, or liberation. At that point, there are no more vexations. Nevertheless, you have neither thrown away vexations nor grasped liberation. If you want to hold on to enlightenment and keep away vexations, that is not the true natural state.

But to follow your own nature, in this sense, is not the same as following your personal habits or whims, as in the expression "be natural." Nature here refers to your self-nature, or Buddha-nature. Some people think that one can become a buddha through meditation. This is wrong. The potential for Buddhahood is within your own nature. If it were true that Buddhahood depended on meditation, then if you stopped meditating after you became a buddha, you would become a common person again. The objective of practice is to be in accord with the natural way, so that your true nature can manifest itself. Just practice according to the methods taught by the Buddha and do not worry about being a success.

–Master Sheng-Yen, from "Being Natural," Tricycle, Summer 1995

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Realization is nothing to be gained afresh; it is already
there.  All that is necessary is to get rid of the thought 'I
have not realized'.

Stillness or peace is realization.  There is no moment
when the Self is not.  So long as there is doubt or the feeling
of non-realization, the attempt should be made to rid oneself
of these thoughts.  They are due to the identification of the
Self with the not-Self.  When the not-Self disappears, the
Self alone remains.  To make room, it is enough that objects
be removed.  Room is not brought in from elsewhere.

                                         - Sri Ramana Maharshi

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"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
edited by David Godman
posted to Along The Way  


The degree of enlightenment which a mystic has reached corresponds also to the degree of freedom from the ego which he or she has reached.

— Notebooks of Paul Brunton   posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  


Questioner: How does the jnani proceed when he needs something to be done? Does he make plans, decide about details and execute them?

Maharaj: Jnani understands a situation fully and knows at once what needs be done. That is all. The rest happens by itself, and to a large extent unconsciously. The jnani’s identity with all that is, is so complete, that as he responds to the universe, so does the universe respond to him. He is supremely confident that once a situation has been cognised, events will move in adequate response. The ordinary man is personally concerned, he counts his risks and chances, while the jnani remains aloof, sure that all will happen as it must; and it does not matter much what happens, for ultimately the return to balance and harmony is inevitable. The heart of things is at peace.

from
I Am That
Nisargadatta Maharaj
chapter 101
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  


Enlightenment
Means
Not describing
Nor discussing
What enlightenment
Is.
It is so simple
It’s a shame to admit
Even the lowest of the base
Know it.
Yet the most profound intellect
Can but glimpse
A mere reflection
Of its depths.
No amount of words
Can describe the taste
Of honey.
Eat!
The enlightened ask not
They are
The answer.   --yosy

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