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Name/Link
D=Deceased
L=Living
T=Openly teaching

? = nothing known
Location Quote
Abbah Frederic
L, T
Netherlands "Spiritual life is not something you are just interested in, like a hobby or a study. It is much deeper than that. You are driven to it by something in yourself. In fact as long as you do not feel that urge, you should not start on a
spiritual path, because when you do not feel any real need to re-orient yourself, nothing will change."
Sailor Bob Adamson
L, T
Victoria, Australia "Who is this "me" that you believe yourself to be. Have you ever investigated and had a look. And when I start to do that, I find that the false cannot stand up to that investigation."
Adi Da Samraj
L, T
Fiji "Even this attainment, this knowledge...is a modification of your own state. There is a conscious instant in which it becomes obvious that this is so. And that is, if we can still apply any name or significance to it whatsoever, radical understanding. It is absolutely nothing."
Adyashanti
L, T
California "The aim of spiritual practice is to discover in your own present experience That which the movement of thought never touches. This does not mean to suppress the thinking mind, nor does it mean to attempt to understand by using thought. What I am pointing toward is the Unknown: the already, ever-present, silent-still-source that not only proceeds thought but surrounds it. You must become more interested in the unknown than in that which is known."
Aja
L, T
Portland, Oregon "Our life has been turned topsy turvy with choice. Where we once knew where our destiny lay, what our path was, and what was required of us to gain the graces of the divine and enter into our conceived heaven, now we flounder in an ocean of choices."
A.H. Almaas
L, T
Boulder, Colorado
Berkely, California
"Once you know yourself to be the personal essence, what you do doesn't matter much. You choose what will enlarge and enhance your real self. There can never be a sense of lasting fulfillment unless you have realized that essential part of yourself. Nothing else can take its place." www.ahalmaas.com
Amber
L
  "We are concerned too much perhaps with what we are conscious of, and forget the miracle of consciousness itself."
Ammachi
L, T
Worldwide "...by keeping our mind on God constantly, while engaged in any work, the benefit will reach all members of the family. The ultimate aim in life should not be to amass wealth for children and relatives; it should be to focus on our own spiritual development."
Ananda Sky
L, T
Sweden "Well back in Sweden again, i turned my attention with renewed vigor upon consciousness, my own feeling of "I". This lead to a number of strong experiences. After a few months, however, my old life took the upper hand. I thought now and then especially about Gangaji but it wasn’t until January 1995 that i finally took myself by the collar and sought out the couple who had shown the Gangaji video two years earlier."
Reb Anderson
L, T
California,
Worldwide
"There's this little or big fear of what will happen if I let go of past and future. Will I survive? Will I go insane? Will I lose my reputation? Will I do something crazy? Who will be here to control me? If I don't stand outside and watch over myself and make sure if I throw myself into the present who will make sure I don't do something wrong? Who will protect me?"
Arjuna Nick Ardagh
L, T
California,
Worldwide
"... So this is really the nature of our endeavor now, ... to sit together in full honoring of the unchanging immaculate truth and of the suchness of being a human being and all the implications which that has without the need to deny any of it or to make it outside the realm of awakening."
Erik Asmussen
L
Sweden "Polarity: This implies that differences are not merely oppositions, but that differences are distinctions that are a nondual part of a larger whole. Asmussen articulates and intensifies polarities. In the dormitory Ormen Lange, which means long snake, the railing of the second-floor exterior walkway consists of wooden members that spring from the supporting columns like the branches of a tree. The columns and railings rise and fall rhythmically as they march across the face of the building, imaging the forest against which the building is sited and giving artistic expression to the rhythmical movement of students as they walk along this very public concourse. This same polarity of rising and falling can be seen in the design of the chimneylike bathroom vents that break the ridgeline of Ormen Lange. A vent that is shaped with an expanded, upward-rising top is followed by one with the opposite gesture."
Wayne Austin
L, T
Cyberspace "How do you begin to speak in such a way that what you are saying does not get absorbed into the collective trance that you are emerging from? You See everything in the Present Moment, Now, no past, no future. One Moment. Yet, in order to be Heard, you must lie, you must lie in the sense that you must *use* the lie, past, present, future (time) in order to bring someone *out of* the lie, the lie which in Truth they were never in."
Avasa
L, T
Cyberspace "I have been into sharing my stuff for over 30 years after realising the Self in 1972 and have been available since that time for anyone to contact when the universe conected us.This last 18 months I have been on the net and placed a number of bits n pieces on Ganga Ji's site.I am avilable through my Email box and always willing to help any sincere seeker with any stuff I am able so if you know of anyone ? give me a try. I have never charged for what I do as I see that if the job is done from the Heart then the universe pays accordingly! All is One."
Aziz
L, T
Wordwide "Beneath the I Am is a place of Absolute Rest. The Absolute is a secret of the Being aspect of the I Am. The Awareness or Heart cannot reach the Absolute. The complete surrender happens only through the Being."
Ralph Bakker
L, T
The Netherlands, Cyberspace "Praising God is the same as praising myself or - for that sake - yourself. The angel became the guy while God rolled himself around. The pure VOID of undifferentiated consciousness blew it and threw it and its tag fell on the floor. God shook off his own ID and fell silent. At that moment I woke up. I turned around and noticed that there was no-one there. I became the singing of the Halleluja."
Baba Bhagwan Ramji
L, T
Sonoma, California "...although I know of even higher methods which can lead one face to face with the Self, but I am unable to put them in words because they pertain to experience. By putting them in words one can not understand them."
Ramesh S. Balsekar
L, T 
Bombay, India "Between pure Awareness and Awareness reflected as consciousness there is a gap which the mind cannot cross. The reflection of the sun in a drop of dew is not the sun itself."
Jan Barendrecht
L, T
Cyberspace "I have no intent to write any book because seeing in retrospect the events from my life, doing the right, spontaneous wish as an innocent child was all that mattered." 
Éric Baret
L, T
Worldwide "Truth is not 'something' to be felt, or to be experienced; it is the constant experience of non-truth."
Michael Barnett
L, T
Europe "The dualities of form and content, phenomena and essence, are both there and not there. Their distinguishing features are acknowledged, but because they are completely interwoven, they do not clash. The duality works so intimately that effectively it disappears."
Bob Bays
L
U.S. "The essence of 'Ultimate Reality' is unknown and indeed unknowable therefore it may as well be called the 'X'. Although the 'X' cannot be known as the object of awareness, perception or cognition, it can be Realized as changeless Being-without-attributes infinite Consciousness-without-an-object and the absolute, unmanifest Source of All"
Jeff Belyea
L, T
Maine, Cyberspace "To be a guru one must; first be fully self-realized, actualized, illumined, god-realized, have experienced christ consciousness, gone into nirvikalpa samadhi and sahaj samadhi, seen through the illusion of duality, reached nirvana, known the bliss of transcendent awareness, perceived that which is beyond the rational and sensory, and awakened to natural enlightenment. Then that one must be willing to serve as a guide for those who wish to take the same epic journey."
Edwin Bergman
L, T
New York "I blessed my "path" as I put it into the fire to be forever burned. I let it return to the nothingness from which it came. I bless and give eternal thanks to all of my teachers and students, starting with my beautiful parents and ending with the beloved Gangaji. I encourage you to do the same with your path. I then encourage you to put "you" as you know yourself to be, into this symbolic fire as well."
Marcello Bermann
L, T
Southern California I am not politically correct. I do not care about being right, or being judged to be right. I don't care about your opinions, or mine. Time has ran out for all that. Time is now. If you're going to run and hide, you won't find shelter, there's a part of you that's tired of all that, the facade, the lies, the tricks. Your soul is hungry for the truth, feed it, for it won't leave you alone until you do. You want Peace, -I AM THAT- so be it.
Wolfgang Bernard
L, T
Cyberspace, France, Germany "Truth cannot be experienced. Truth is (or isn't). All that you can experience is true but not truth."
Jon Bernie
L, T
San Francisco Jon expresses deep gratitude for his teacher, Adyashanti, who closely and with love mentored him to fruition on the path and asked Jon to teach. Along with public teaching and leading retreats, Jon has had a full time private practice in San Francisco for the past 22 years. Certified in Zero Balancing, Alexander Technique, NLP and Amanae - as well as trained in Self Acceptance Training, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Cranial Sacral therapy and eye movement emotional release work - Jon integrates emotional and hands-on therapy from the perspective of deep interconnected beingness.
Bhava
L, T

?

"If you have a desire to discover your own true nature and want support, please call on me. It is a privilege to serve you."
bindu
L, T
Australia, cyberspace "Become nothing. - This does not mean that you yourself - Should or can become nothing- It means remain as nothing, Do Not Become. The rags are rags and always will be rags. However we can clean them by diving into the self such that they dissolve into the acid of The Self. We cannot clean them, we cannot replace them we cannot get new ones, because new ones are still rags. We can only refuse to get dressed."
Sensei Charles Shinkai Birx and Sensei Ellen Jikai Birx
L, T
Virginia "When we sit we have no goals. We simply sit straight and tall, solid and still, like a mountain or like a great tree with deep roots- at one with the good earth.
Judith Blackstone
L, T
New York "We realize fundamental consciousness by accessing the subtle channel in the vertical core of our body. The more access we have to this channel, the more realization we have of fundamental consciousness, pervading our body and our environment."
Brad Blanton
L, T
Virginia "We all lie like hell. It wears us out. It is the major source of all human stress. Lying kills people."
Brother Lawrence
  "I found no small pain in this exercise, and yet I continued it, notwithstanding all the difficulties that occurred, without troubling or disquieting myself when my mind had wandered involuntarily. I made this my business as much all the day long as at the appointed times of prayer; for alt all times, ever hour, every minute, even in the height of my business, I drove away from my mind everything that was capable of interrupting my thoughts of God."
Paul Brunton
D
  "Meditation on oneself was a necessary and admirable pursuit, but it did not constitute the entire activity which life was constantly asking of man. It was good, but it proved to be not enough. For the efflux of time had shown me the limitations of mystics, and more time showed that those limitations were accountable by the one-sidedness of their outlook and the incompleteness of their experience."
Buddha   "I am awake." Or, "It is awake."
Cameron Burgess
L, T
Brisbane, Queensland,
Australia,
Cyberspace
“In truth, there is no teaching, there is no dogma, there is no ‘way’ to be or not be, to do or not do. In truth there is only the ever-deepening knowing that it is not the seer, the seen or the seeing that matters, but the place in which all three rest, the awareness of all three. This is who you are.”
Aruna Byers
L, T
Okinawa, Japan "When I asked Aruna about my fear, she told me to go into it and experience it fully. Then she asked, 'what is the source of the fear?' At that point I experienced a very big space there, pure space, but it was fun and free, like an amusement park with nothing there."
R.J. Campbell
D
  "I image the being of God to myself as a shoreless ocean of undifferentiated being, the one reality which eternally is, and out of which our life has come. That shoreless ocean is bliss, light, life, love, and power all in one. There is no other reality."
Candice
L, T
Marin County, California
Worldwide
"You are always about to die. So see your consciousness as a feast of nothing; your body as not constituting an 'I'; your Natural State as formless and neither coming nor going; your Natural State as something neither commencing at birth nor perishing at death, but whole and motionless in its very depths; your Natural State and points of view as one – you can really accomplish this, you are the Natural State in a flash. You are no longer entangled by points of view; you are the Natural State."
Antoine Carré
L
Cyberspace "I guess Vertigo comes when one comes to realize that each little action or movement carries all of life with it... And Vertigo comes to vanish when there is no one left to realize that each little action or movement carries all of life with it..."
Carlos Castaneda/don Juan
D ?
  "There is nothing in this world that a warrior cannot account for. You see, a warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing for him to lose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he's clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything."
Cee
L, T
Northern California, Cyberspace "To be or not to be may be the question. To be and not to be, may be the answer."
Master Charles
L, T
? "To live consciously is to live with balance. Awareness of truthful reality is the result. Meditation is the means."
Hilda Charlton
D
  "I don't encourage anything. I let it happen. If a person thinks he is getting spiritual, then he isn't spiritual. Having the very idea "Now I'm getting spiritual" means he's not, because ego has come in. You must become like an empty flute of Krishna."
Sandeep Chatterjee
L, T
Cyberspace "Once you have 'known', your every act is automatically of awareness, of consciousness. Soon you forget all about enlightenment, because it has become your body, your bones, your blood, your marrow, your being. There have been masters who have forgotten completely that they are enlightened, because there is no need to remember it.Their Masters have hit them with the Zen stick and said 'now pick up your rented bicycle and go away.Get on'. Enlightenment does not happen twice-once is enough."
Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu
L, T
Worldwide "Ultimately the guru is he who ends up making you the guru. He is free. He remains free. He remains unnoticed. He is like an ice cube in a cooling drink. He cools your consciousness and then disappears."
Chris and Emma
??
U.K. Chris does nearly all the talking-because it is man's nature to conceptualize, whereas woman (when she is being a true woman and not trying to fit into an image foisted on her by man) is content to just be. According to Emma (in one of her rare pronouncements), the East has taught that enlightenment is a solitary pursuit and that men and women cannot enter it together. But they can. The West will produce men and women who can find Truth "in relationship".
Andrew Cohen
L, T
Worldwide "Allowing oneself to embrace a life without compromise and free from pretense is utterly liberating in its depth and singularity. Like none other, it enables the individual to give their full and undivided attention to the destruction of all that is false, wrong and untrue."
Peter Collins
L
Ireland "...the first step in moving from rigid phenomenal (dualistic) to intuitive (nondual) awareness is to create paradox in terms of the dualistic interpretation (through bi-directional understanding). This prepares the mind for a qualitative transformation where the paradox is intuitively reconciled. This intuitive awareness in turn facilitates a greater recognition of the rational paradox of dualistic interpretations. So in dynamic terms, direct intuitive awareness and indirect bi-directional understanding are inseparable."
Cor and Inana
L, T
Germany "It's our ego that separates us from one another. Enlightenment is here to get us integrated with our fellow human beings."
Jan Cox
L, T
Atlanta, Georgia "A man with a history is a dead man walking."
Dada Bhagwan
D
Institute in Topeka, Kansas "Dada Bhagwan is the Lord of the Universe who is manifest fully within...Ambalal Muljibhai Patel, a contractor by profession, had just finished supper and was sitting on a bench at a railway platform in Surat, Gujarat State, India...waiting for another train. The time was late evening in June 1958. He was 51 years old. An extraordinary phenomenon occured and within 48 minutes he attained Self Realization."
Dalai Lama
L, T
Worldwide "No matter what part of the world we come from, we are all basically the same human beings. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering. We have the same basic human needs and is concerns. All of us human beings want freedom and the right to determine our own destiny as individuals and as peoples. That is human nature."
Susan Dane
L, T
France "Spirituality is about one central thing--not self promotion or self-improvement, but rather becoming the space where Spirit lives its life as us. Dedication to this 'striving' is the wisest investment of our time and energy and the only true promise of a genuine 'better.'"
John David
L, T
Australia, India "Become quiet, let go of your daily drama, look deeply inside and discover the subtle Truth that has always been present."
David Davidson
L, T
New York "So could this be a contemporary domain for the non-dual guru function? Cyberspace may or may not produce the guru as embodied personality-certainly many individuals are already showing up on the Web and in newsgroups to claim a teaching role or provide collegial spiritual support . Yet I see a new possibility emerging here, consistent with the Internet's fundamental character as an self-organising, egalitarian and freedom loving community that resists authority, control and external regulation."
Ellen Davis
L, T
Los Angeles "If you go deep enough into what you gauge as a center point of emptiness or silence, you will find no center point. Your notion of center point is where you are referencing from in relation to somewhere else. It is what gives you your sense of self."
David Deida
L, T
U.S., Canada "In the midst of orgasm, practice opening, breathing and feeling all that you can feel, your intense pleasure, your lover, the entire room, the lives beginning and ending everywhere, and continue opening to feel everything fully without closure."
Anthony de Mello
D
  "Most people don't live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts--generally somebody else's--mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions."
The Desert Fathers   "The Abbot Macarius used to say to the brethren in Scete, 'When mass is ended in the church, flee, my brothers.' And one of the brethren said to him, 'Father, whither in this solitude can we further flee?' And he laid his finger upon his mouth saying, 'This is what I would have you flee.' And so he would go into his cell and shut the door and there sit alone."
Djihi Marianne
L, T
Netherlands  
Dolano
L, T
Koregaon Park, Poona, India I say, just knowing who am I is not enlightenment. I call this awakening, but only when deeply recognized the value of who am I. Enlightenment I call when the drop has fallen into the ocean. The drop falls into the ocean, when the recognition is so complete that the mind is liberated. Then everything falls into its place.
Billy Doyle
L, T
London, England "This approach is based on the traditional art of listening. We don't really know the real body. Through accumulated tensions and living in the head, in a world of concepts and ideas, the body too has become an idea, rather than something living, something felt."
Jim Dreaver
L, T
California "I was strolling down to the afternoon dialogue, contemplating the notion that I was not the "person" I'd taken myself to be, when my "I," my ego--with its whole story-line--suddenly jumped out into my awareness. In that moment, I saw the game I'd been playing all these years. I saw my attachment to the identity of myself as a spiritual "seeker." I felt a great sadness. I sensed I would never be able to quite buy into my own "story" again."
Tim Duerden
? ?
? "Thus, in unity there is no duality and in duality there is no unity. The mystery is the ‘connection’ between these two independent states."
Name/Link
D=Deceased
L=Living
T=Openly teaching

? = nothing known
Location Quote
Meister Eckhart   "There is no process of becoming in God, but only a present moment, that is a becoming without a becoming, a becoming-new without renewal. . . All that is in God is an eternal present- time without renewal."
Elysha
L, T
New Zealand, Cyberspace "The gentlest thing that you can do for yourself is to come back home and into your Heart."
William Fahey
L
  "I found myself in a place I'd never been, and wondered - who am I?"
Becky Fitzsimmons
L
  "Explaining nondualism in words isn't easy. Nondualism is by nature paradoxical and elusive, at least to our habitual way of thinking. It is also eternal, beatific, and worthwhile."
Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji
L, T
India, Worldwide "Sadguru is like gold, sugar cane and sandal wood. Gold : the more you burn it the purer it become. Sugar cane: the more you sqeeze it, the greater is the quantity of juice that it yields. Sandal wood: the more you rub, the greater is the scent that it yields."
Ganga Karmokar
L, T
India, Seattle, Cyberspace "there is nothing that is to be learned. it is more of a process of letting go... you do not gain anything... how can you gain what has always been and will always be Reality...."
Gangaji
L, T
Worldwide "When you are willing to walk on air, to not be supported, to not be maintained, then you see you are walking without feet or legs. And when you are walking without feet or legs, you are walking without a head. You are walking without a director. Then you can't even say you are walking. You can't say you are teaching, you can't say you are giving, you can't say you're receiving. You can only say, 'I am.' From that 'am' the clearest, most pristine, most unwalked-upon teaching speaks. Naturally."
Alice Gardner
L, T
Vermont The author of this site makes no claims to any special state or stage or perspective. What is contained here is a simple expression of how things are seen to be, by this individual, and no claims of correctness or realization can be made based on that. It is my hope however, that what flows onto these pages may be helpful, or even valuable to others who open themselves to the possibility of our awakening in the midst of life.
Jim Gilman
L, T
California "Notice how painful it is, to constantly be wanting, wanting. This is our suffering. Once we realize that the problem is not that we do not have what we want, but rather THAT WE COMPULSIVELY DESIRE, then we will develop the heroism to do something about it."
Philip Goddard
L
  "...my life quest was over, successfully completed; there was nothing more that I had to seek or to do to fulfil myself. This seemed incredible, because despite having been purposefully moving towards liberation from limiting habitual tendencies and negative emotions, I'd had no idea that I was heading for such a sublime goal, and up to that point had still felt painfully lacking in a life direction and was plagued by a feeling of unfulfilment despite all my creative work - and now, suddenly I'd hit the fulfilment that my life had all along really been pointing to, without even trying!"
Thaddeus Golas
L
  "There is not point in worry or wonder about worse or better spiritual conditions, although that game is available. You will not be able to rise above your present vibration level to stay until you love the way you are now."
Greg Goode
L, T
New York, Cyberspace "The mind, memory, body and world appear as thoughts, feelings, and sensations. These are all arisings appearing in Consciousness, which is Knowledge. Arisings cannot reach outside themselves. They cannot point to each other, touch each other or contain each other. Since memory is also just an arising, it cannot point backwards or forwards to anything. So there can't really be two arisings. If there cannot be two arisings, how can there be one? What is left? Knowledge, our true nature."
Gurdjieff
D
  "One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on yourself is to realize that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind."
Guruji Grace Love
L, T
Arizona

Guruji Grace Love is a wholistic healer of 23 years. She uses a wide range of modalities, including Unconditional Love, Reiki, Clinical Hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, flower remedies, play, meditation, spontaneous prayer, and spiritual counsel. Guruji trained with the Simontons, Dr. Irving Oyle, Dr. Hans Selye, Dr. Barry Seedman, and meditated in India and California with enlightened Sages. She is a 10 year breast cancer survivor. She has had a Clinical Hypnotherapy practice for 23 years and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Master Hypnotist, and a candidate for both the Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy and the Ph. D. through Albert University.

Joan Halifax
L, T
New Mexico "Spirituality is difficult for us to touch because it flows to and from the invisible, from love and the mystery of death. It comes out of that meltdown that we know as love and compassion and the surrender that we know as death."
Hanuman
L, T
Washington, Oregon "The very heart of Satsang is the revelation of that which is already and always eternally silent and everpresent."
Burt Harding
L, T
Vancouver, B.C. "What really gives meaning is the love you feel. The love is in you. If you don't feel love, there is no meaning. Now, if you believe that it is the other that gives you meaning, then you are attached. This attachment blinds you to your own love and brings pain."
Douglas Harding
L, T
Worldwide "Our need is to discover that it is a myth, and to start living that other kind of life, the life of non-confrontation - in which each of us is emptied for the others. I would see the future of my work as the continued pointing to the truth of non-confrontation and its necessity."
David Hargrove
L, T
Atlanta, Georgia "In November of 1996 I was waking back to my desk at work and suddenly and from nowhere the simple understanding happened. All things conceivable or perceivable were contained in the "One effortless Awareness." I found myself to Be what I had always been 'Simple Being.'"
Steven Harrison
L, T
Worldwide "At the historic core of every religion is not ritual, but someone who broke through ritual to direct contact with the transcendental. They were not following religion. They were discovering it and living it. Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Lao-tzu, Mohammed were not following anything but the expression of their direct contact with the actuality of life."
Harsha (Dr. Harsh K. Luthar)
L, T
Cyberspace "Once a student asked a teacher, 'How can I really know whether I exist or not after death?' The teacher said, 'You Are Existence.' The jump was too big. The student became silent. One day, after many years, the student Realized. The Self is Existence. The Self is Pure Perception which is the same as the Pure Perceiver. It is not nothingness. But it is devoid of things. It is No-Thingness. This perception is devoid of all thoughts and concepts and imagination of this and that and therefore is free from interpretation. To say It is beyond this and beyond that is to make a mystery of it. No need to complicate the simple beauty of who we are."
David R. Hawkins
L, T
Sedona, Worldwide "Self Identitiy is not an easy concept to comprehend.  It is actually a subjective realization that cannot be adequately verbalized because of the inherent structure of languaging."
Nick Herbert
L
  "One of the best-kept secrets of science--a veritable skeleton in the science closet--is the fact that physicists have lost their grip on reality."
Chuck Hillig
L
California "...if you really feel moved to save the whales, help the poor, stop AIDs, etc., then go ahead and completely throw yourself into it 100%. Don't hold anything back! The "you" that you think you are, though, is not really the "do-er" of any of these actions. Consequently, this "you," then, need not concern itself with the results of these "actions" that you're feeling so compelled to, seemingly, "do." In Truth, by playing ALL of the so-called "parts" in the cosmic drama, Consciousness is really "doing" it all."
Evor Hines
L, T
Warwickshire, UK; cyberspace "whatever appears to be going on. Or not … Beyond concepts of: good and bad, happy and sad pleasure and pain, laughing or crying life and death, beginning and end..."
Lex Hixon
D
  "Basically, non-duality is a continual correction of dualistic conceptions as they arise. It's a spontaneous process which, without judgment, playfully erases lines of division as they arise."
David Hodges
L
Cyberspace "We are so lucky to have that nice new paperback edition with the yellow and black cover. It will change from inspiration to experience, though, when you put down the book and ask yourself where "you" were while your mind was busy reading the book. Another thing to try is, whenever Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj says that the key is to find I AM, pay attention. Pay attention. Pay attention. Don't let yourself be in the position of all those questioners of his, trying to figure him out or trying to figure IT out. Realize that Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj is asking you to experience what he is saying NOW."
Edgar Hofer
L, T
Austria, La-Gomera Spain, Cyberspace "...the often spoken "I AM" "(is all what is)" does not sound "total and final true" for me anymore... *sm* and: the "real journey" did start AFTER, but this is a total different story..."
His Holiness Hui Neng, the great Sixth Patriarch of Ch'an   Hui Neng defined Sitting Ch'an as: "In the midst of all good and evil, not a thought is aroused in the mind - this is called Sitting. Seeing into one's original nature, not being moved at all - this is called Ch'an. He taught that Sitting Ch'an should be practiced at all times, not just during formal sitting. He stressed it is the attitude of mind that is important, and not the physical posture, because truth can be found standing, walking, or lying down. In Japanese, Sitting Ch'an was called Zazen."
Name/Link
D=Deceased
L=Living
T=Openly teaching

? = nothing known
Location Quote
Ibn 'Arabi   "The relationship between the human being and retreat is that between God the Real (al-haqq) and 'the heart of the servant which contains God' and where nothing else enters, under any aspect belonging to worldly realities, so that the heart being empty (khali) or free of every worldly reality, God manifests Himself there with His Being."
Catherine Ingram
L, T
Portland, Oregon.
U.S.
"What I'm speaking about is dropping the illusory mythis of 'I', 'me', 'mine'. This is about subtraction rather than addition. Subtract what is not real and let the real shine through effortlessly, without obstruction."
Leonard Ingram (Bhagwan Ra Afrika)
L, T
Illinois "When one is truly in contact with reality, and not one's concept and abstraction of reality, no choices arise. Choices are created by the mind - not by reality! Reality is simply the case." Traditions: World religions, Psychology (anger management), African-American culture, Sant Mat. Location: Illinois. Access:see website.
Ishvara
L, T
Santa Fe, New Mexico In the Alaya community, there are no goals. There are no methods or techniques. Instead, Alaya is a Space of de-programming. It is a Space of letting go of goals, systems and methods. Getting rid of beliefs and concepts "about" the process. This is a fast track that leaves self-help far behind."
Leonard Jacobson
L, T
Northern California "I am one of God's alarm clocks. It is time to wake up."
Jae Jah Noh
? ?
  "How can one really explain the Infinite? Only an infinite explanation could possibly achieve that purpose and it is immediately available in the form of real life. The infinite explanation arises spontaneously and naturally as the form of your very life. Life is itself its own explanation, and immediately obviates the need for any other."
Eli Jaxon-Bear
L, T
Worldwide "It was not until I had passed through many spiritual traditions and lineages, meeting many gurus and saints did I finally come across the pure transmission of immaculate Realization. In the vast universe of spirituality where claims and counterclaims, cover-ups and frauds run rife, there is one who is universally respected as a true Self-realized one who did no harm. His devotees called him Ramana Maharshi. He said, 'You cannot acquire happiness and bliss. Your nature is happiness and bliss.'"
Jesus Christ   "I will give you what eye has not seen and what ear has not heard and what hand has not touched and (what) has not arisen in the heart of man."
Jetsunma Ahkön Norbu Lhamo
L, T
U.S. "Now my experience has been that, of the people who came to my temple at first, some of the ones who were suffering the most were a lot of the gay people. They were deeply ingrained in finding an identity and gathering it around themselves and making a box out of it. It was as if they were less free than those who didn’t feel the need to find an identity. They were just encumbered by this need."
Jinendra Swami
L, T
India "In my sadhana I realized, it's not what I do but what I stop doing that matters. There was nothing to be changed but simply my attitude, which required no conscious efforts but simple Awareness."
Jnaneshvar   "In a tank the water may be so clear that it appears non-existent; though one who looks into the tank may not see it, still it is there. Similarly, the ultimate Reality exists in Itself, and is beyond the conceptions of existence or non-existence."
Kali Ma
L, T
California A one-pointed mind, fixed on the goal of awakening, is one of the most powerful forces on earth. Free of the past, free of interruption, free of projections about the future, it is one-pointed-ness that allows the practitioner to fully experience life. Discipline is the path to one-pointedness and concentration. It is Discipline that can save a person’s life by constantly redirecting it’s forces towards that which has greatest meaning."
Raymond Karczewski
L, T
cyberspace "Do not strive for spirituality. If you do, you will block it. It will be prevented from coming into your life. That is the most difficult thing for most people to learn, not to get in their own way. It is already yours. It has always been so. Relax, be still, and you will see what I mean."
Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
L, T
New York "The term Karma Triyana Dharmachakra is from the Sanskrit and translates loosely as "the place under the spiritual guidance and protection of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa (Karma) where all three (Tri) levels (yana) of the Buddha's teachings (Dharma) are preserved and taught (chakra)." The term, as used for this Web site, refers in particular to His Holiness Karmapa's main monastic seat in North America at Woodstock, New York, and generally to all of the projects and activities that manifest from there through His Holiness's inspiration, blessings, and activities."
Karunamayi
L, T
U.S.
Worldwide
"The finale of mediation is spiritual illumination and its language is silence."
Byron Katie
L, T
Worldwide Judge your neighbor, ask four questions:
1) Is it true?
2) Can I really know that it’s true?
3) What do I get when I hold that belief?
4) Who (or what) would I be without that belief?
Turn it around.
Kay
L, T
Mississippi "Is this all there is?"
Jack Kerouac
D
  "And I buy Buddha, who said, that what he said was neither true nor untrue, and there's the only true thing or good thing I ever heard and it rings a cloudy bell, a mighty supramundane gong -- He said, 'Your trip was long, illimitable, you came to this raindrop called your life, and call it yours -- we have purposed that you vow to be awakened -- whether in a million lifetimes you disregard this Kingly Heeding, it's still a raindrop in the sea and who's disturbed and what is time--?"
Kiran
L, T
India, Worldwide "Remember, you are nobody in this vast existence. The whole existence is working since billions of years. What impact are you going to have on this existence during your short life of sixty, eighty or a hundred years? Basically no impact!"
Dr. Jean Klein
D
  "...between deep sleep and awakening, there was a sudden vanishing of all the residues of 'my persons', each having believed themselves hitherto to be a doer, a sufferer, an enjoyer. All this vanished completely, and I was seized in full consciousness by an all-penetrating light, without inside or outside. This was the awakening in Reality, in the I am...I knew myself in the actual happening, not as a concept, but as a being without localisation in time or space. In this non-state there was a freedom, full and objectless joy."
Henry Kono
L, T
Worldwide, Canada "Wherever you place your attention, leave it there and do not let it wander. The rest will follow naturally." Tradition: Aikido.
Jack Kornfield
L, T
U.S. "While I benefited enormously from the training offered in the Thai and Burmese monasteries where I practised, I noticed two striking things. First, there were major areas of difficulty in my life, such as loneliness, intimate relationships, work, childhood wounds, and patterns of fear, that even very deep meditation didn’t touch. Second, among the several dozen Western monks (and lots of Asian meditators) I met during my time in Asia, with a few notable exceptions, most were not helped by meditation in big areas of their lives. Many were deeply wounded, neurotic, frightened, grieving, and often used spiritual practice to hide and avoid problematic parts of themselves."
Sri Krishna   "...the beginningless Brahman, ... can be called neither being nor nonbeing. It is both near and far, both within and without every creature; it moves and is unmoving. In its subtlety it is beyond comprehension. It is indivisible, yet appears divided in separate creatures. Know it to be the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer. Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness. It is called the light of lights, the object and goal of knowledge, and knowledge itself."
Prof. V. Krishnmurthy
L
  "The physical reality that Science is after is only half the battle in the quest for knowledge. Vedanta says that there is a Spiritual Reality within us, which has divine attributes, as unbelievable as would the physics of fundamental matter be to a layman. Spirituality is the pursuit of the divine in us. This is what is missed by Science. The path has to be a step by step process of internal self-discipline, not just in terms of habits and manners but in terms of what we think we really are. This spiritual task of the individual is necessary for the Society to reform itself."
J. Krishnamurti
D
  "Now, there is no security, no comfort, but only clarity of thought which brings about the understanding of the fundamental cause of suffering, which alone will liberate man. In this liberation lies the blessedness of the present. I say that there is an eternal reality which can be discovered only when the mind is free from all illusion. So beware of the person who offers you comfort, for in this there must be exploitation; he creates a snare in which you are caught like a fish in a net." "Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path."
U.G. Krishnamurti
D
Worldwide "You can never understand the tremendous peace that is always there within you, that is your natural state. Your trying to create a peaceful state of mind is in fact creating disturbance within you. You can only talk of peace, create a state of mind and say to yourself that you are very peaceful -- but that is not peace; that is violence. So there is no use in practicing peace, there is no reason to practice silence. Real silence is explosive; it is not the dead state of mind that spiritual seekers think. 'Oh, I am at peace with myself! There is silence, a tremendous silence! I experience silence!' -- that doesn't mean anything at all. This is volcanic in its nature: it's bubbling all the time -- the energy, the life -- that is its quality. You may ask how I know. I don't know. Life is aware of itself, if we can put it that way -- it is conscious of itself."
Swami Lakshman Joo Raina
? ?
  "Anything can happen in this world. Everything is possible in this world. One may die at any moment. Any second one may die. Any second there would be fire. Your house will catch fire and it will turn to ashes. Your bank draft of money will be smuggled. Everything is possible in this world. So, whatever you have to do, do in this world for that point. Be in an equilibrium state always. If you have got $1000 in your pocket, well and good. If you have nothing and you are a pauper, then, well and good. Think like that. Then you'll be liberated from the repeated births and deaths."
Lama Surya Das
L, T
U.S.
Worldwide
"On the other hand, deep spiritual life can be very special. I have been zapped by my gurus. I admit it. So I won't pretend that blessings don't exist. But they happen when you are ripe; you can hardly force it. You can't decide who the gurus really are or what they are going to do to you or how you are going to get zapped. So you just kind of schlep along and see what happens and try to enjoy it along the way. Don't take it too seriously. Affirm everything along the Way. There is a lot of joy and delight in that."
Lama Thubten Yeshe
D
  "The object of insight meditation, the experience of shunyata, is realization of non-duality. The flashing of the worldly sense objects and images disappears and there is the experience of the one total unity of absolute reality. Here there is a difference between the experience and the philosophy of shunyata."
Lao Tzu   Something mysteriously formed, Born before heaven and earth. In the silence and the void, Standing alone and unchanging, Ever present and in motion. Perhaps it is the mother of ten thousand things. I do not know its name. Call it Tao.
Ronda LaRue
L, T
California, Cyberspace "The yearning drive to find meaning in one’s life, the deep desire to know why we are here, the hope of healing, the ability to express the fullness of ourselves – and the fears that keep us from this Self-Realization – these are the very core drivers of our actions, our feelings and our beliefs, each moment of each day. This deep yearning for, and sensing of, “something more” commingled with an incessant fear of being hurt and obliterated is both the biggest block, and our surest avenue, to freedom".
Gloria Lee
L
  Like a caged bird, You are caught in today. Only at this moment May you sing your song. But first, Listen to your heart... Listen to your heart's story, then listen to the innocence... of your soul's original silence."
Lester Levenson
D
  In 1952, Lester Levenson, a physicist from New Jersey, claimed he had discovered the ultimate secret to achieving and maintaining perfect health, effortless wealth, deeply satisfying relationships, as well as a profound sense of peace, happiness and freedom—independent of outer circumstances. In a nutshell, he claimed he had discovered the Ultimate Secret of Success.
Jose LeRoy
? ?
  "Enlightenment doesn't remove the personal sense, the feeling of existing, but this feeling of being, this 'I AM' is pure; it is no longer identified with an individual who is confronting other individuals. The 'I AM' is not relative, it is absolute; it is an unlimited presence and conscious of itself."
E.J. Light
L, T
Cyberspace "It is conditioned thinking that says 'But we don't know that', because we are fully Aware of it. It is because of the conditioned thinking that we do not Realize that we are Aware of it. And so we *go* on *quests* try to 'Discover it for myself', all the time under the auspices of our conditioned thinking. So it is a conditioned quest and a conditioned discovery."
Dustin LindenSmith
L
  "Traditionally, my understanding has been based on details and knowledge such as the nature of this, the definition of that, the particulars of this, or that; I consider it a grand leap forward that I am no longer concerned with anything other than understanding anymore - there is no knowledge other than That, and That is all that I wish to understand."
Sharlene Lindstrom
L
  "Every moment of my life, so far, has led me here, just to write these words in this moment. It may not sound like much, but to me it's a blessing to have the freedom of speech, the freedom to express, and the freedom to share."
Wayne Liquorman
L, T
Hermosa Beach, California; Worldwide "Go back to your church, your temple, your therapist, your drug dealer, your ashram. There you may find a few moments peace. You found it there once. Here is only emptiness for you."
Clara Llum
L, T
Miami, cyberspace "All these experiences converge in what I am now and how I teach or coach. Although I am just a walker of the Path, I have always found people that come to me in search of advice, love or instruction. My feeling is that they get some benefit, peace, clarity, confidence or resolution, so I decided to continue my sharing, not forgetting that -to me- all are mirrors of Wisdom."
Barry Long
L, T
Australia "Enlightenment is to be emptied (not empty) of feelings and thus at one with the pure sensation of divine being. And that pretty well sums up the whole spiritual process. But the spiritual process is so little understood that people don't realize their feelings are personal and false and have been misleading them all their life."
Francis Lucille
www. francislucille.com
L, T
Worldwide "Remember the recipes for happiness that were given to you by these same people when you were a child, study hard, get a good job, marry the right man, etc.? These recipes don't work, otherwise you wouldn't be here asking these questions. They don't work because they are based on a false perspective of reality, a perspective that I am suggesting that you put into question."
Name/Link
D=Deceased
L=Living
T=Openly teaching

? = nothing known
Location Quote
M.
L, T
cyberspace "By stilling all vikalpas (dichotomising thought constructs) during meditation, one eventually, by virtue of practice, begins to carry a thought free state into his day to day activities. This inward absorption that is free of all vikalpas--even though the eyes are turned outward and one is going about his daily business--is called Bhairavi mudra or Khechari mudra."
Ma
L, T
Florida, U.S. "This very moment I want you to breathe into an imaginary empty space inside of you. Then breathe out the clarity of love. See how you feel. Where is that empty space?"
Andrew Macnab
L
  "Regarding psychological wounds and awakening, it is my experience that attention to wounds can slow healing down, like picking at scabs. With awakening, the wounds heal up, or rather they are seen as not real. I think it is a mistake to tie psychological healing to awakening. One can happen without the other and neither is a necessary precondition for the other. Wounds heal themselves given time and rest first, then gentle exercise. Taking it on oneself to break down another's ego is prideful hurtful and wrong. It ends badly however well intentioned. It shows error and delusion in the one who takes it upon himself to do so. My advice to young seeker who finds such a person would be to run the other way as fast as he can."
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda
L, T
Worldwide "...spirituality is really about becoming simple and free, not becoming more entrapped by ideas or thoughts such as, 'this is what I need to be,' or, 'this is who I should become.' Really, it's about unbecoming, connecting to that space within, being who we truly are, becoming more and more established in the awareness 'I am that Truth, I am that Consciousness.'
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
L, T
Worldwide "There is no moving towards the omnipresent; wherever we are, we are that. When we talk on the level of evolution, we talk on the level of stress. Otherwise, when we talk of evolution it's just a waste of time."
Maitreya
L, T
New Zealand "You are programmed by Source to desire and achieve. The fire of now burns your toys. The fire of now is dangerous for children who are attached to their toys. Your toys are: your friends and relationships, your desire for pleasure and possessions, your lust for life, your need for attention, whatever pulls you outward away from your centre. The fire of now burns in your centre with the eternal energy of Source. It is awareness."
Manchine
L, T
Chile, Cyberspace "The sacrifice of the true Nondual Guerilla is that (s)he must precariously leave one foot in the dual. It is an honor, and a lesson that is absolutely neccesary for his/her final liberation." Tradition: Psychology, Independent nondualism. Location: Chile, Cyberspace. Access: Impossible Realities
Jean-Marc Mantel
L, T
Israel, Europe "The therapist should therefore be well-informed so as to be able to regulate, with the co-operation of the patient, a therapy using various means and adapted to changing situations. But he/she should never loose sight of a crisis being the expression of suffering, either latent or obvious, that liberation from suffering is the dearest desire of both "care-taker" and "care-giver", and that the price of liberation is very high, as it requires the dissolution of all beliefs, images and constructs about ourselves, and their conscious resolution in the absolute silence which precedes creation."
Kip Mazuy
L, T
New Zealand, cyberspace "In this moment, who are you? This question simply takes out the thinking you and all that is left is this feeling of being. All that is left is this moment. Ask this over and over. "Who am I? Who am I?" The question takes you immediately back to now."
John McClellan
? ?
  "I suspect I brought the nondual view into the wrong arena. Maybe it's a specialty subject, an area of concentration for saints and sages, for buddhas and bodhisattvas. Ecology seems to be understood in our society today as Environmentalism, what we have been calling in this seminar Shallow Ecology. As such it seems to be a place for values, for splendid games of good guys and bad guys, for right and wrong, for trying to help, and make a difference and so on. My new thought is, well, maybe rightly so!I'm not sure about these things, I'm just trying to figure out why it is that my simply pointing to what seems Obvious has been such uphill work, and arouses so much resistance."
Mark McCloskey
L, T
Cyberspace "All spirituality, all the teachers, all the teachings, all philosophies, all psychologies and therapies, all the words on this website are attempting to tell you the same thing: if you wish to live fully, to experience life freely, to have peace of mind and heart and to feel good about your own existence and to be love to all those around you, you must live out of this present moment."
Thomas J. McFarlane
L
  "Mathematics is not only a thread by which we may know the Beyond, but also a means by which we may commune with it."
Dan "Anubuddha" McKee
L, T
Thailand, Worldwide "Allow life as if You are a hollow Bamboo flute Being played by the master. Navigate life as if You know the wind The stars, the waves And the ship Are your friends. Bless life as if Every moment is like saying Grace before a meal."
Meher Baba
D
  "In nonduality there is freedom from limitation, as well as the knowledge and appreciation of things as they are. In nonduality alone is there the realization of the true spiritual infinity that secures abiding and unfading bliss."
Franklin Merrell-Wolff
D
  "1.Consciousness-without-an-object is.
2.Before objects were Consciousness-without-an-object is.
3.Though objects seem to exist Consciousness-without-an-object is.
4.When objects vanish yet remaining through all unaffected Consciousness-without-an-object is.
5.Outside of Consciousness-without-an-object nothing is."
Gary Merrill
L, T
UK, Cyberspace Oneness is not gained but uncovered as already the case.
Some call this Tao or God, but it is not a name or concept.
What is one doesn't know itself as one, as that would require a relation, two.
The division into self and other gives the appearance of duality, of separate identity, of an objective world.
Oneness is before 'one' and 'not one'.
What is true isn't known, but is right here right now, as it is.
Is neither real nor illusion.
Thomas Merton
D
  "The only full and authentic purification is that which turns a man completely inside out, so that he no longer has a self to defend, no longer an intimate heritage to protect against inroads and dilapidations.......the full maturity of the spiritual life cannot be reached unless we first pass through the dread, anguish, trouble, and fear that necessarily accompany the inner crisis of "spiritual death" in which we finally abandon our attachment to our exterior self and surrender completely to Christ."
Canela Michelle Meyers
L, T
North Vancouver, BC, Canada You are the Present. The Gift of each moment. You are the only one to receive this gift, this Present; to allow an unwrapping of That. Will you relax enough to witness this unwrapping? Thoughts, sensations, emotions, all that is revealed, is simply the ‘wrapping paper’ of the Gift of Who you Are. The invitation is, to not get caught up in the wrapping paper, to simply let it unfold to reveal That which resides always; The Truth of Who you Are.”
Milarepa
D
  "In the city of the illusory body,
The illusory mind is the great culprit,
Enslaved by the flesh and blood of the body,
With little time to realize the Ultimate Reality.
O Retchung, discern the true nature of mind."
Richard C. Miller, Ph.D.
L, T
California, N.America "All great searches begin with the suspension of the statements: 'I know' and 'I don’t know.' This orients us in an attitude of listening. In fact, yoga may be described as the art and science of listening, and silence is the ground in which listening takes root and blossoms."CA, N.America
Dan Millman
L, T
Northern California,
U.S.
"...the heroic choice often means taking responsibility for where you are now and participating fully and intentionally, with greater presence and passion than ever before."
Kenneth G. Mills
D
Canada "My life has been one, hopefully, that could lead you to find the Key that would erase your robotization and would allow you to perceive your True Identity. This is not easy to do. The reason it isn't easy to do is because you have such a love affair with your everyday experience without realizing it is built on supposition." ... "'Kenneth Mills' evening gowns are clearly the work of a Renaissance man. There is poetry in every pleat, art in every sweep of silk. His creative talent is so prolific that his designs will remain light years ahead of his imitators."
Mira
L, T
Worldwide "I don't believe in preparation, because preparation leads you to somewhere very far in your life, you need many years. And after all you are never ready, psychological you are never ready for something . This question "Who am I " is not a psychological question you know. It 's a natural question and it is like an arrow. You have just to follow the direction of it and it doesn' t care of any psychology any preparation. It is natural, it is your natural nature you know. "
Moller de la Rouviere (no link at this time)
L, T
South Africa is the resident meditation teacher and spiritual facilitator at ADVAITA-ASHRAM in a remote, but beautiful part of the South African countryside. The gradual removal of all the obscurations we bring to our lives which inhibit the Freedom and Clarity of our inherent Non-dual Vision is the path which Moller proposes and which he encourages everyone who is serious about ‘this thing called life' to consider with him.
Joel Moorwood
L, T
Eugene, Oregon "As you enter Death's terrain it may seem at times like you are journeying through a totally foreign country. But in your heart of hearts you know this is not so."
Bruce Morgen
L, T
Cyberspace "Gentlemen, with all due respect, what you are discussing is not self love, but rather narcissism and self-indulgence/self-pity, which I agree are the other side of the coin of self hate. True self love is of an entirely different ilk, it is simply allowing compassion to touch us in the same way we would counsel compassion toward others. Without such self love, the insight and wisdom of 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' is rendered meaningless, with it, the door into transformation may well swing open."
Ray Morose
L, T
Australia "Your transitory physical existence is similar to a temporary visitor's visa. Both are short term and both have an expiry date. When that expiry date appears an unseen burden may materialize, created by not investigating the how and why of the visa."
Richard Moss
L, T
U.S., Worldwide "...as our attention begins to be rooted more and more in the universal stillness that is at the root, or at the core of our real nature, then we see the other as likewise imbued with the infinite, as likewise participating in mystery. This quality of attention makes possible a whole new range of aliveness that is not so much transferred from us to the other, but called forth in the other simply by our being available to this deeper attention."
Swami Muktananda
D
  "You are Shakti. You are Shiva. You are the soul vibrating in the heart. your manifestations--as the world and as the Self--are both filled with bliss and beauty. As long as they lack full knowledge of You, ignorant people project onto you various dualistic ideas such as Shiva-Shakti, world-illusion, bondage-liberation, indulgence-renunciation, spiritual-worldly."
Terry Murphy
L, T
Cyberspace, Hawaii "If we can penetrate to the core of life, to this primordial consciousness which hasn't chopped everything into rigid and instinctive categories (food, friends, foes, family, etc), then we are at the threshhold of true living, and clear seeing, 'with the simple stature of a child.'"
E.T. Nada
L, T

?

"The suchness which is written here has never really been written, nor has it ever needed to be written, spoken, known or thought of. Suchness is more immanent than the most primordial, beyond all implications of absolute ultimate transcendence, yet it is unexceptionally ordinary."
Nagarjuna
D
  "Nagarjuna rejects self-existence by examining relativity, or interdependent origination, in a critical, dialectic way, beginning with the idea of self-existence, going on to the idea of relativity or the absence of self-existence, and terminating with the idea of emptiness (shunyata). These three steps--from self-existence to non-self-existence, and finally to emptiness--are developed through three types of investigation: (1) the investigation of causality, (2) the investigation of concepts, and (3) the investigation of knowledge. Through the investigation of these three classes of phenomena, Nagarjuna and the Madhyamaka system take us from the naive, everyday belief in the idea of self-existence, in the independent reality of phenomena, to an intellectual understanding of emptiness."
Neelam
L, T
California "You are free- naturally! In a moment of Silence you can taste and recognize yourself- the limitless, boundless being that you are. Everything that arises in you- thoughts, feelings, emotions, body sensations- if met with simple willingness, reveal themselves to be Freedom itself, too."
Neo The Matrix "When Neo was inducted into the 'resistance', he was subjected to martial-arts trainings. In those episodes, he learned of his own assumptions as to his abilities; he was showed by the 'master' Morpheus that his assumptions as to his own vulnerabilities and strengths were off the mark. He had to relearn his entire perspective of reality, using the arena of combat as the proving-ground. He learned that he did not know, and he learned that he had been assuming."
Durius Nguyen
L
  "One years later, in the spring of 1999, walking in Utrecht I smelt from afar the Turkish hot bread along the canal. Suddenly. I am hungry. After four years of objections, it was the best food I ever had in my life. My mind is the Turkish bread at that moment."
Keith Nightingale
L, T
Cyberspace, Western Australia. "A friend and teacher said to me: 'At some point you must decide that you are finished. Then if you ever catch yourself in the bad habit of trying to get finished just stop it and keep quiet in the moment.' This is the current state of being. When I read of undeniable and eternal experiences of truth as one's experience and SELF recognition I think there is still a flutter of doubt along the lines of ... 'Sure... you know definitely what you are not ... good... now keep quiet and FINALLY you will know who/what you are.' This FINALLY seems a problem...."
Swami Nirmalananda
D
  "Dear Friends, It is almost time to take leave of you all. It has been a joy & a privilege to have known you and received your love and affection. How could we repay them? No words can adequately express our feelings for you. My so-called end is really endless, as there is no end and beginning for life. Feel the infinite state of our Being and feel the limitless expansion of the heart. My living presence and our Blessings could be felt gently but firmly in your heart when the mind is quiet, silent and receptive. Parting is always painful. It is with tearful feelings that I bid you farewell. But remember my smile, my trademark! Smile is my best sermon because it shows that our goal is Happiness."
Nisargadatta Maharaj
D
  "Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought 'I am'. The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet. Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally, without any interference on your part."
Swami Nityananda
D
  "It is man's duty to return the treasure he has been given, the treasure of the Self. Return to the Self within, know your own secret, the universe is inside you, you are inside the universe. The inner Self is the One who dances in all, the One who is here and the One who is there."
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda
L, T
India "...spirituality is really about becoming simple and free, not becoming more entrapped by ideas or thoughts such as, 'this is what I need to be,' or, 'this is who I should become.' Really, it's about unbecoming, connecting to that space within, being who we truly are, becoming more and more established in the awareness 'I am that Truth, I am that Consciousness.'
Nirmala
L, T
U.S., Canada "So, I quit medical school and gave my share in our house to my wife. These are the irrelevant parts, by the way. You don’t need to have a spouse leave you. You don’t have to give away your house, drop out of school, or quit your job. But I did all of that to follow Neelam through Europe and on to India. I had never had a strong desire to go to India, with all of its poverty, disease, and other challenges; and I had even less of a desire now that I was going. It had nothing to do with India; that was just where Neelam was going to be."
Nirodhananda (Nirji)
L
Queensland, Australia "Awareness of every moment is the key to true Insight, true meditation, a meditation that circumvents any mind processing as to what it is or should be."
OH.
L
  "Go anywhere. Do nothing. Love everybody."
Ad Oostendorp
L, T
Netherlands "When I go to sleep, I remember my Beloved When I wake up, I remember my Beloved Love is vibrating within and without When the mind touched This it dived deep and dissolved into No-Mind."
Jean Bouchart d’Orval. France, Montreal, Europe  
Dave Oshana
L, T
London, Worldwide Revolutionary Young Enlightened London Teacher.
Steven Ott
L, T
Berkeley and Nevada City, California "Our practice--Kundalini MahaYoga--is about finding that sacred space within where the individual heart is merged into the heart of the divine. The awakening and experience that occurs in that sacred space reveals our complete and total unity with the Divine. This practice is in the teaching and lineage of Bhagavan Nityananda and Swami Rudrananda."
Toni Packer
L, T
New York, California, Europe "Sooner or later we may discern the palpable difference between just being here as we are, openly attentive, and the state of entanglement in a web of fantasy about being somewhere else. Can we directly experience this difference without a need to elevate or disparage either state? Every state of being speaks for itself."
Anthony Padgett
L
U.K. "The new link of art and aesthetics is in virtual reality experiences that use 3D external/virtual objects to point to meaningful moral action in the world (whilst showing themselves to be ephemereal) but still link to a psychologically basic 2D aesthetic experience. This links our dual and non-dual nature, our Theos. It is the closest we can get to the One and might catalyse a link in our consciousness."
Pan and Venus
L, T
Frankfurt, Germany "To live an absolute simple and natural life in awareness is enlightenment. To live a life of peace, of joy, with a heart full of gratitude, is the only prayer. When this is your daily reality, fulfillment is there."
Papaji, Poonjaji
D
   "Look within, there is no difference between yourself, Self and Guru. You are always Free. There is no teacher, there is no student, there is no teaching."
Tony Parsons
L, T
U.K.
Worldwide
"So what do we look for in a teacher?" "Someone who gives you absolutely nothing and leaves you feeling helpless. Then it is possible that you're left only with what is. If someone tells you that there is something that you can do or there's a certain way that you can be in order for awakening to happen, they are simply feeding your own avoidance."
Conor Patterson
L, T
UK "Isness can be described as 'that which is'.
It encompasses everything and nothing.
It includes the spiritual and the material.
It is immediate.
There is nothing outside of it.
We are isness."
Peace Pilgrim
D
  "The spiritual life is the real life - all else is illusion and deception. Only those who are attached to God alone are truly free. Only those who live up to the highest light they have find their lives in harmony. Those who act on their highest motivations become a power for good."
Pema Chodron
L, T
U. S. "In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves. In particular, to care about other people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean– you name it– to have compassion and to care for these people, means not to run from the pain of finding these things in ourselves. In fact, one's whole attitude toward pain can change. Instead of fending it off and hiding from it, one could open one's heart and allow oneself to feel that pain, feel it as something that will soften and purify us and make us far more loving and kind."
Gregory Penn
L, T
Northern California "Success and failure are not a part of meditation. Nothing special is supposed to happen! There is nothing to expect."
Spencer Perdriau
L, T
Sydney, Australia; Cyberspace. From UNITY - The Journal of a Young Mystic: "A mystic begins life just like any other ordinary person. However as their life proceeds, they find themselves developing an unswerving love for Life, and The Source of Life Itself. And then, through grace, at some momentous instant in their life, they are opened up to the ultimate mystery and realization of unity and boundless being that lies beyond the limitation and confinements of individuality. Their life is then forever onward changed and established in an awareness of That which permeates, creates, sustains, and retrieves all finite reality."
Colin Perini
L
Cyberspace, Queensland, Australial "Who would want to live safe so that you can die safe? Only a nut would spend his whole life immersing himself in safe systems that make a prison where nothing can occur. This is the crazy world of ‘sane’ society."
Brian Perkins
L
  "The empty mind exposes the world as an infinite mirage."
Petros
L, T
Cyberspace, California "One does not need to create satsang; satsang creates itself."
Kriben Pillay
L, T
South Africa "But the greatest trap in all of this is to think I am Awareness, while continuing to act from the thinking self-deluding oneself with understanding derived from conceptual knowledge, which has its own place, but which can never replace the act of Seeing. You cannot think your way out of this problem - Seeing is not a matter of thinking but of doing. There simply has to be that shift into Seeing, which is our inherent nature, our Being."
Gene Poole
L, T
Cyberspace, Spokane, Washington "My thesis is that to 'move to correct' (speaking here to describe an intensely personal, inner movement, common to everyone) is to completely miss noticing the Unchanging One, which is Self, or consciousness. To notice this Self as the Unchanging One, is to realize the essentially unchanging nature of consciousness. For me, this vivid contrast, the field of continual change which is always happening, against (read 'against' as similar to a movie projected 'against' a projection screen) the Unchanging One, is to realize that the unceasing changes are mere trivia, and that to give attention to the Unchanging One, rather than to the field of change, is possible."
Prajnaji
L, T
Germany  
Michael Prayag
L, T
Toronto, Canada "I charge no fee as I believe that the passing on of spiritual knowledge ought not to be a commercial transaction. Though be warned, Self-realization does come with a significant cost, namely your familiar and comfortable body/mind identification. But you will find this is a small price for 'Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, and Bliss Absolute'."
Bernie Prior
L, T
U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland. "Stop identifying yourself as body-mind. Truly see yourself as nothing. That's when you'll know yourself as everything, and complete."
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L=Living
T=Openly teaching

? = nothing known
Location Quote
Brian Qara
L, T
Santa Monica, Calif. Brian Qara is devoted to sharing the glorious message of his teacher GANGAJI and of her teacher -- That who you are is already free, there is nothing you can "do" to get this freedom for it is who you are.  Come join us in an intense and radical inquiry into reality and awaken in true meditation. All are welcomed.
Don Quixote fictional "...for it may be said of Knight-errantry what is said of love: that it makes all things equal."
Robert Rabbin
L, T
California, U.S. "Whether we see it nor not, the light of the invisible Source shines within us. If we would just sit quietly by the open window of our heart for a few minutes each day, soon that light would be evident to us, and soon that awakened light would heal, inspire, and enlighten us. We would enter reality, knowingly, and become lovers and servants of this reality."
Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh (Osho)
D
  "Sometimes a Self-realized saint acts childlike; sometimes in the behaviour of a child we get a glimpse of saintliness. Sometimes an Enlightened One looks like an absolute ignorant person, an absolute fool, and it would seem that no one could be as foolish as he. But the saint has gone beyond Knowledge and the child is still below knowledge. The similarity lies in the fact that they both are 'outside' of knowledge."
Ram Dass
L, T
Worldwide "Remember, Be Here Now."
Ram Tzu
L, T
California, U.S. "Go back to your church, your temple, your therapist, your drug dealer, your ashram. There you may find a few moments peace. You found it there once. Here is only emptiness for you."
Ramana Maharshi
D
  "Although the Self is real, as it comprises everything, it does not give room for questions involving duality about its reality or unreality. Therefore it is said to be different from the real and the unreal. Similarly, even though it is consciousness, since there is nothing for it to know or to make itself known to, it is said to be different from the sentient and the insentient."
A. Ramana
L, T
North Carolina "If you feel that you're not That, that's a thought. If you didn't have that thought where would you be? If you didn't have the thought that you are not realized, where would you be? What would your state be?"
Yukio Ramana
L, T
California "I still feel a full range of emotions, such as anger, fear, joy, compassion and hurt. Yet throughout all of these feelings, there is an underlying Knowing and conscious awareness, which is ever-present and stable. No emotion or situation seems to "stick" for very long, and is frequently replaced by a veritable Knowing and trusting of The Process unfolding before me, accompanied by a very deep inner silence."
Sri Ranjit Maharaj   "The Deer who runs all day long after a mirage in search of water feels unlucky when the sun sets. Man also strives hard all life long for the illusive happiness, and dies in misery. All human beings that they get happiness from other objects or persons, but that is not true."
Richard
L, T
Byron Bay, cyberspace "Then there is nothing except the series of sensations which happen ... not happening to an ‘I’ or a ‘me’ but just happening ... moment by moment ... one after another. To live life as these sensations, as distinct from having them, engenders the most astonishing sense of freedom and magic."
Sogyal Rinpoche
??
  "Sometimes I think that living in a city in the modern world, we are already like the tormented beings in the intermediate state after death, where the consciousness is said to be agonizingly restless. According to some authorities, up to 13 percent of the people in the United States suffer from some kind of mental disorder." .
Rinzai
D
  "Followers of the Way, Buddha is not to be attained. There is no real Dharma; it is all but surface manifestations, like printed letters on a sign board to indicate the Way."
Bernadette Roberts
L
  "Here now begins the journey beyond union, beyond self and God, a journey into the silent and still regions of the unknown."
Robert Rose
L, T
Philadelphia, Cyberspace "You are now and have always been and will forever be pure conscious energy."
Richard Rose
D
  "Experience is a worthless and transient existence unless the experiencer is known."
Bruce Joel Rubin
L, T
New York, Los Angeles "In Shaiivism the entire manifested world is seen as nothing but the form of God. Consequently there is no conflict between spirit and flesh. Both are extensions of the same pure consciousness. Through meditation and work we gain experience and understanding of this fundamental unity."
John de Ruiter
L, T
Canada,
Worldwide
“Humanity generally mistakes the true self for mental, emotional, intuitional, volitional and physical bodies. People constantly seek to satisfy these or search for a hidden, deeper truth through the use of them. This mistaken identity leaves people perpetually seeking and perpetually dissatisfied because the true self has not been addressed."
Rumi   "Dear soul, if you were not friends with the vast nothing inside, why would you always be casting your net into it, and waiting so patiently?"
Andy Rymer
L, T
U.S. "Oddly enough, it's the very wanting of enlightenment that pushes it away."
Steven Sadleir
L, T
California "Once you begin to realize that there is something to be realized, then your realization has begin. You have evolved your consciousness to the point that you are conscious of having a consciousness, and your conscious awareness is now guiding you to seek out ways to further evolve yourself. The evolution of your consciousness is instinctual, and your spirit already knows how to waken you and fulfill your life purpose. You are led through your curiosity, your hunches; your spirit prods your mind to enquire. It was your instinct that brought you to these words."
Salt Doll Symbolic Character "Once a salt doll went to measure the depth of the ocean. It wanted to tell others how deep the water was. But this it could never do, for no sooner did it get into the water than it dissolved. Now, who was there to report the ocean's depth? What Brahman is cannot be described. In samadhi one attains the knowledge of Brahman -- one realises Brahman. In that state reasoning stops altogether, and man becomes mute. He has no power to describe the nature of Brahman."
Samadhi Mayi Ma
L, T
Northern California, Cyberspace "Self and God are One. There is only the ONE Self, and it is Eternal. You are that Eternal Self, Self-Effulgent, shining like a star. What is Self Knowledge? Self Knowledge is DIRECT knowledge of the Supreme Self. Self Knowledge is True Knowledge. All other knowledge is not true knowledge. A Jnani is one who has Awakened to True Knowledge. This is the crown of creation, the true purpose of life. Cultivate the desire for Self Knowledge, Truth. Cultivate association with Jnanis."
Samuel
L
  "There are only... Two Truths ...in the Universe!" 1 - "Only Divine*... exists." 2 - "Only Divine*... persists." (* = whatever word the reader chooses)
William Samuel
D
  "The statement "there is no matter" does not mean there are no mountains or flowers. It simply means that mountains and flowers are not outside consciousness, are not "external". Indeed, there are mountains,and little boys climbing them; there are flowers, and little girls picking them; but they are not apart from the Awareness that perceives them. They are not "out there." They are not one thing and Awareness another, just as the images on the television picture tube are not one thing and the picture tube another. Images, picture tube and television set are one."
Mario Sanasi
L
  The thoughts, choices etc JUST HAPPEN, like your digestion JUST HAPPENS, like your heartbeat JUST HAPPENS. You have incorrectly identified with them, they are not the real you. The assumption that it is 'you' who is thinking each thought, making each decision, IS INCORRECT. Thinking just happens on the real you which is the SEEING. THERE IS NO 'PERSON' THERE. There are just thoughts, which are JUST HAPPENING.There is no separate 'ghost in the machine'. Their is just ONE 'ghost in the machine' which drives EVERYTHING, and that is the SEEING.
Rob Sandaar
L, T
Netherlands "Advaita deals with the question "Who am I?" If you realy want to know the answer to that question you will have to do more than just a little bit of investigation. The deeper you go digging the faster your answer seems to run away. All you will find out is there are many things you're not."
Sankara   "Just as an imaginary city in the sky, filled with shops stocked with vendable articles, houses, palaces and villages teeming with men and women, although seeming to be real, is observed to vanish suddenly, and as dream and illusion are observed to be unreal, even so all this universe of duality in its entirety, is seen to be non-real."
Shanti Lin Rose
L, T
in Northern California or by phone "Enlightenment is the great flowering of your inner self.  To experience this you simply need to be 'in the moment'.  This is because the moment is all there is, all there ever has been and all there ever will be.  It is the only way you can experience the wisdom of non-duality beyond all concepts, thoughts and conditioning.  Here you find the joy within the 'light of truth' that alone can set you free."
Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati.
D
  "Although you have a body and mind, you are not the body and mind... Therefore, meditate on the sense of 'I-Am' beyond the body and mind."
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
L, T
India "There are today countless numbers of scholars who expound the Vedanta and they have numerous listeners. The outcome of it all is precious little. This is because there is no practice of the teachings of Vedanta. All study of Vedanta is of no avail if the precepts are not practised."
Satyam Nadeen
L, T
Worldwide "The very thought that Consciousness is all there is, and I am not the doer, kept me in a blissful swoon for months. It's easy to understand how Buddha just sat there for a couple of weeks under the Bodhi tree when he got his wake-up call. Ramana Maharshi sat on a mountaintop for three years without moving when his alarm clock went off."
Suzanne Segal
D
  "I suddenly became aware that I was driving through myself. For years there had been no self at all, yet here on this road, everything was myself, and I was driving through me to arrive where I already was. In essence, I was going nowhere because I was everywhere already. The infinite emptiness I new myself to be was now apparent as the infinite substance of everything I saw."
Seng-ts'an   "The great way isn't difficult for those who are unattached to their preferences. Let go of longing and aversion, and everything will be perfectly clear. When you cling to a hairbreadth of distinction, heaven and earth are set apart."
Phil Servedio
L
  "The person wants to be seen, but not be vulnerable, and this psyche of 'I am different' or 'I am advanced' is literally the wall of invulnerability that must be dismantled, a la Milarepa. While there is the impulse for realization in all of us, the seeker wears spiritual sincerity as a mask, and is only interested in keeping up the status-quo."
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
L, T 
Worldwide "Beyond your changing body, beyond your changing thoughts, beyond your changing feelings, the very center core of your existence - it is very subtle, very delicate - you can call it Love or anything: that consciousness, the core of existence, is responsible for this whole creation."
Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
L, T
Worldwide "We say there are two banks to a river. When we sit on the bank of the river and watch the water, the river moves. But when we sit in the river, the land appears to move. When we go to the bottom of the river, both banks meet — there’s only one bank. The Supreme loves to appear as two. Two hands, one sound; two legs, one step; two nostrils, one breath; two lips, one sound."
S.S. Shankar
L
  "Here was a quiet so special, like the cemetery of Lord Shiva, who sits upon the bodies of the dead to contemplate the transience of the world."
ShantiMayi
L, T
Worldwide "To know that you are the timeless reality is all I care to see, and this is our only meeting place. Our journey is to awaken the greatest capacity, to ignite an understanding that combines life's highest ideals with pure practicality."
Isaac Shapiro
L, T
Worldwide "When we stop trying to grapple with it with our minds, the direct experience starts to happen. And I'm not trying to delineate between heart and head or anything like that. Heart is just a way of speaking, it's not the physical heart. It's a direct experience that is possible here and now in this instant. When you give up any effort, any past, any future, any intention and you just directly experience this instant, for one instant, something shows its face, something is recognized which is your own Self."
Galen Sharp
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  "When the mind lets go of its sense of self and volition there is the deepest sense of complete peace and fulfillment. It is the Bliss spoken of by the ancient masters. All fear disappears. We are now looking from our true Source (as we always were but didn't realize) the timeless, spaceless Absolute. The unmanifest. This is what we all are. This is the ultimate source of our light of awareness. We are perceiving the manifest from its source, the unmanifest and it unfolds spacially and temporally as it eternally IS."
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba
D
  "We must see things for ourselves. What good is there in going about asking for this man or that for his views and experiences.?"
Swami Shuddhanada
L, T
Worldwide ""At this moment we are concentrating on taking care of the people so that they can be on their own. This is the need of the hour. There is no education, no proper means to earn money. The deprivation at the physical level is so deep. I would love them to get strength in their bodies first. There are villages that have started temples on their own. I have never told any one of them to have temples. They have come and told me, "Babaji, we want to have a temple. Our village is transformed. It has become such a holy place. So we want to have temples." But mind you, we never went there to teach or preach religion. We went there only with our heart open to give love and give them the understanding that they have the same self-respect and self-dignity as anybody else has in this world. And once they have that, spirituality will blossom out of their hearts."
Sri Swami Sivananda
D
  "Jnana Yoga of Brahma Vidya or the science of the Self is not a subject that can be understood and realized through mere intellectual study, reasoning, ratiocination, discussion or arguments. It is the most difficult of all sciences."
Alexander Smit
D
  "Of course I have not been everywhere, but with Ramana Maharshi you just melted. That was another way. With Krishna Menon the intellect could just not keep it together under the gigantic dismantling, but by Nisargadatta, every escape was doomed to failure. People who came to get something, or people who thought they could bring something stood naked outside the door within five minutes. I saw a great many people there walking away in great terror. At a certain moment I was no longer afraid, because I felt that I had nothing more to lose."
Helga Schleiter Smith
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  "One of the first things that struck me upon learning about the Teaching of Non-duality was the constant reminder that I was to question myself, to look at myself, my assumptions about others, life, and myself. And truly, when I started to take the first glances, I was amazed at how much I assumed on a regular basis about life, without ever questioning the validity of these mostly theoretical ideas. No wonder it was so difficult and slow to change!"
Stanley Sobottka
L
Cyberspace "In spite of the prevalent belief in free will, it is not possible to show that free will objectively exists within the split self, as the previous sections showed. Something else other than a split self must convey the experience of freedom. This something is pure consciousness, which is unified, nondual, unsplit, and is totally free... ."
David Spero
L, T
California A Heart Awakened Soul presents Himself as a divine offering to those who wish to feed on bliss food. It is living food to be digested by the wise. Truly, there is no other, no sense of otherness, in this finally felt and understood condition of limitless Consciousness and Feeling. It is more than merely being That or mere Consciousness. One has actually become the fullness of Total Reality, Bliss Consciousness Itself, immortal and shining, desiring and devastated. Don't get caught in the gilded trap of being That. That is also This. This is also That. You are everything. You are suffering, too. Come into the Divine now and feel the living fire of Pure Reality.
Spiritual Chicks
Tami Coyne Karen Weissman
L, T
New York City

--Question everything, condemn nothing, and then align yourself with what you want.
--On the playground, things just naturally take care of themselves.
--The people who get what they want out of life know that they are one hundred percent responsible for what happens to them.
--You have to make your efforts consistent with your goal. If you want potatoes, don't plan beets.

Subhash
L, T
Germany  
Pak Subuh
D
  "...we do not have a teaching, there is nothing we have to learn or to do, because all that is required of us is complete surrender. A person who claims to know the way to God is really one who is anticipating God's gifts without having received them."
Sunyata
D
  "Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."
Surya Devi
L, T
Netherlands  
Vasant Swaha
L, T
Norway "I was no more the one I was yesterday. I had no identification with any personality or ego. The whole past was gone. This was the climax of seeking, the flowering of sannyas, now whatever happened was in the hands of Existence, God."
Maurice Taylor
L
  "What is the meaning of your life? Just sincerely look and see. Just see that your ego-life contains a kind of dread and lacks joy. Watch how mechanical it all is. Watch. Observe how thoughts and beliefs are actually determining your experience (plus or minus). Become the Witness. A radical awakening is at hand. A radical Intelligence is about to happen. This is not just another experience, more content happening in the brain. No, this is beyond experience and content. It is what happens outside content and experience. It is Awareness in which content and experience become possible (similar to the space in which quantum objects appear). You are that Space as well as the content that accumulates. In that Space is creativity, the Unknown, the mystery of existence."
Amber Terrell
L, T
United States "We are concerned too much perhaps with what we are conscious of, and forget the miracle of consciousness itself."
Tathagata
L,T
Germany Our awareness is focussed most of our time on the continual change in our thoughts and feelings as well as our bodily sensations. Entangled with strain, often for years, to change, improve or get rid of our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, we „search“ for liberation, peace and presence. Without ever having enquired, we unknowingly assume, that there is an „I“, to whom all these experiences occur.
Thayumanavar
D
  To be thinking not any thought
Is transcendental meditation they say.
That is the state of grace.
Grace comes from meditation.
It is the state of absence of self-consciousness.
Leslie Temple-Thurston
L, T
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Worldwide
"...after you have churned up all of this egoic stuff and feel as though you have emptied your cup, just to let it all go. You don’t have to continue to analyze, fret, figure it out with your head, or be the one to fix the situation. Spirit does the work for you after you have made the unconscious conscious. Remember that all of the desires and fears are not real; they are not who you are. You are pure awareness, and these states just pass through you. You can rest and relax after your offering, knowing that you are releasing everything you have dug up. There is nothing more for you to do once you have made the four corners of the square conscious. You can trust that grace will come in and make the changes for you, bringing you more into wholeness, balance and healing, more into the knowledge of who you truly are—the Self."
Thich Nhat Hanh
L, T
France, Worldwide "Every time there is one of us who is not happy, we have to help him, to help her, to go to the other shore. We have to support him, support her. We shall not say, “That is your problem,” no. There is no such thing as your problem; it is a problem for everyone. If one person suffers, then everyone around has to suffer too."
Thierry
L, T
France "L'arrière-plan spirituel n'est pas "mental" (issu de la pensée), il est la substance même de la Vie, commune à tous les êtres. Inutile de comprendre les mots, laissons parler le coeur."
Nikhil Tikekar
L
  "Who sought when this ego sought the mystery with no name, The doer, the knower, the seeker; deed, knowledge and sought, The spinner of web of space, time, form from a total naught, Who will catch as the mist recedes and 'the who'is caught?!"
TG
L
  "The real Power is in not balance, not chastity, not fasting (or anything you think you have to *do*). It is in surrender."
Eckhart Tolle
L, T
Worldwide "To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease."
Joan Tollifson
L, T
Chicago, Illinois "Awareness includes everything and needs nothing. It has no boundaries or limits. Awareness is love. Awareness sees the divine everywhere, in every being, every circumstance, every moment."
James Traverse
L, T
Nova Scotia, Canada "We are One. It is a simple realization."
Brock Travis, Ph.D.
L
  "Conversations with others who share the nondual view are precious and powerful moments in the course of this pursuit. Probably the primary reason that I have attempted to codify an approach to the nondual view is to create such conversations. Any meeting with another carries the potential to become an encounter with an expanded sense of one's own being. If that other by some chance shares the nondual view, then the potential of the meeting is vastly enhanced.
Tu Fu
D
  Poems that evoke the nondual. It has been said that his response to the human condition is the only kind of religion likely to outlast this century.
Vernon Kitabu Turner
L
  People forget that Bodhidharma, the twenty-eighth patriarch of the Buddha, was the one who introduced the foundation of what is known as Shaolin Kung Fu today. On his way to China he became aware of the dangers on the road from robbers who would try to attack him in order to get the very important records that he carried. So he meditated, and it was revealed to him to study the animals, and in time he developed what came to be called the "Eighteen Movements of Lo Han." And these Eighteen Movements evolved into Shaolin Kung Fu and inspired many other martial arts after that. The idea was that a person who is working for the good of humanity does not develop an aggressive nature but a peaceful center, and his purpose is to defend, not to attack—to defend his own body, to defend loved ones, to defend those who are weaker than himself, and never to desire to do harm even to the one who is attacking you, never to allow yourself to become like the evil ones who would destroy you. It’s when you’ve developed that resolve that the spiritual path reveals itself to you and begins to lead you in the right direction. You’ll say, "No, I will do no harm to others. I will not be a person who is aggressive and violent. But neither will I sit here and watch someone be destroyed when I know I should reach out and offer a helping hand."
Thyagi Tzu
L
  "Fill your mind with the right things. If it pleases you to think about Zen theory, permeate your mind with it. If you want to think about commercials, pizza and soap operas, really get INTO them with some friends. Enjoy enjoy enjoy. That is the name of this fold. Leave no room for those servile-thoughts, those guilt-merchant ideas, those unhappy worries that disturb your peace. As with many of the other points here, the 'right' focus is the one which brings the most pleasure."
Name/Link
D=Deceased
L=Living
T=Openly teaching

? = nothing known
Location Quote
Umi cyberspace "So that is the process of Satsang, melting the ice, melting the mind. When the ice becomes water it is Consciousness. It becomes fluid, flowing, adaptable, will conform to any shape. Has no preference. It will always fit where ever it is. It will fit with any situation. This is Consciousness. But as the water gets nearer and nearer to the fire it turns to steam, this is Nirvana. It disappears into the Nothingness, into The Whole. So these are the three stages of the same phenomena. Ice, water and steam. Mind, Consciousness and Nirvana. This is Enlightenment."
Morehi Uyeshiba
D
  "I am never defeated, however fast the enemy may attack. It is not because my technique is faster than that of the enemy. It is not a question of speed. The fight is finished before it is begun."
Jan van Delden
L, T
Netherlands  
Swami Veda
L, T
India, Worldwide "Every day, before launching the boat of your body, before rowing it with the oars of your mind across the flowing rivers of actions and experiences, stand on the tranquil banks of your soul for a moment and know that: "I am." Close your eyes. Seal your lips. Still your tongue and say in your mind: "I am." Then ask yourself: "who is that declaring this I-ness, this being? Who whispered from within the depths of the well of my existence: 'I am?'" This is truly your only question."
Esther Veltheim
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Florida, North America "When I eventually did settle and marry it was with the greatest fear. I married, fully realizing that everything about my lifestyle would probably change. It was the hardest step I have ever taken, but ultimately it proved to be the most liberating. Unlike most people I did not marry for security or stability. I married because one day it became clear that my need to keep on the move was due to my fear of facing what seemed like a terrible alternative."
Shri Vethathiri Maharishi
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  "What we conceive as pure space is itself the all-powerful principle, Gravity - the unlimited, primordial state of universe.  It is the stock force -- inexhaustible plenum, consciousness, force and time -- and transforms into the entire universe by its nature of self compression."
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  "I separate myself from all spiritual groups and simply live the truth of Being awakened consciousness as an ordinary human being."
Swami Chetananda
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Portland, Oregon "Your true path is inside you. As soon as you decide that you've had enough of this garbage and that there has to be a better way and you have to find it, and you hold that strongly in your heart, then your path will start to appear. The fog separates and there it is right in front of your feet, and all you have to do is walk it, which unfortunately is something that many people are too fearful to do."
Swami Rudrananda
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  "You have to really break open your heart every single time, and in breaking it open you really make the necessary sacrifice - it is the depth and sincerity in you that calls to do something of a higher level and gets a return. Ask and you shall receive. Until you understand that, you will never understand the power and nature of spirituality."
Swami Vivekanada
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  "Therefore, to gain this infinite universal individuality, this miserable little prison - individuality must go. Then alone can death cease when I am one with life, then alone can misery cease when I am one with happiness itself, then alone can all errors cease when I am one with knowledge itself; and this is the necessary scientific conclusion- Science has proved to me that physical individuality is a delusion, that really my body is one little continuously changing body in an unbroken ocean of matter, and Advaita (unity) is the necessary conclusion with my other counterpart, Soul."
Sufi Musfaad Wali
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  "If a fellow Being insults you or attempts to do harm to you, he is giving you an opportunity to forgive him and to grow. Acceptance of the deep Truth about all living Beings brings one to that blessedness that we all seek. How can one see fellow Beings in terms of differences and at the same time wish for understanding? We must remove the blinding passions from our own character before we can see the reality of Life. This is not actually easy to do. It may require years of effort and dedication, however, what worthwhile thing does not take years of effort and dedication to attain? The funny thing is that when understanding is attained, one sees that it was there all along. It was never lost. It was your own inner Truth and has always been. This is why the Sufis say that God is the True Home of the Heart."
Melvyn Wartella
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Cyberspace I also never had a teacher. Throughout history there have only been a few really good teachers. Today we have more claiming to be teachers who clearly have not awakened unless you call a spiritual hiccup awakening. For the most part they are so-called Moon Buddha's; reflecting what they have read or heard but with no real experience. It seems like many, too many, of the teachers today are what I call Conclusionists. They have a mental picture of what it is all about and plant these images into the minds of their students. Then the students come to a conclusion, which makes them high for a moment, and they think they are awake. Enlightenment is never a conclusion. It has nothing to do with the thinking mind. Except the clear need to go beyond it.
Alan Watts
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  "This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. We do not 'come into' this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean 'waves,' the universe 'peoples.' Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated 'egos' inside bags of skin. The first result of this illusion is that our attitude to the world 'outside' us is largely hostile."
Roy Whenary
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Roy Whenary lives and works in the English West Country town of Totnes, near Dartmoor, amidst beautiful rolling hills, and close to the rugged South Devon coastline. "Our apparent separateness from the rest of the universe is not due to the universe being separate from us, but because we have contracted within our minds what we think we are."

"It is with the 'feeling' that we truly understand and comprehend. The mind understands very little, because it is usually disconnected from reality."

"We do not need to search in order to find our true being. We already are it, and the mind which searches for it is the very reason why we cannot find it."

John White
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  "In that moment I melted into a recognition of the absolute perfection of existence and rightness of all things, including whatever might happen in the future, so long as I remained surrendered to that sense of God as the source and centre of my being - body, mind, soul, will. In that moment I saw myself at that metaphysical point in the process of embodied existence where I could, if I chose, leap into nirvana at the end of my life and dissolve out of the mechanics of the cosmos into what I call the preluminous void - meaning that state of being before God said Let there be light- never to be known again directly in any way whatsoever. I also saw the ultimate selfishness of that choice. I therefore chose to surrender my will to Divine Will. My soul, which had been the locus of my sense of self-identity, dissolved into the Divine Domain and in so doing, paradoxically, I discovered complete ad enduring freedom - liberation."
Walt Whitman
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  "I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. The suns I see and the suns I cannot see are in their place. The palpable is in its place and the impalpable is in its place. And will never be any more perfection than there is now, Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now."
Ken Wilber
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  "The great difficulty is that, no matter how 'enlightened' you might be, it takes a certain amount of practical wisdom to gauge the effects of your teaching work on the world at large."
John Willemsens
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Netherlands, Cyberspace "The radically non-dual philosophy and way of life we call Advayavada Buddhism, to which we wholeheartedly adhere, is derived from Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka. For the Advayavadin Samsara and Nirvana are not different objectively and there is in Advayavada no talk of a mind separate from the body. Mind is merely to think and to think is a manifestation of being, as are to walk, to talk or to sleep. It is one of the many ways in which the one 'person' operates."
Alan T. Williams
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  "Gateway/The radiant sphere/the luminous orb/the elusive/inner sun/at the apex/of awareness/during egoless neurospiritual/attunement/is none other/than a reciprocal/transformation/boundary/an experientially/impervious/gateway/to inseparable/Also-I/unconditioned/Pure Consciousness/and no amount/of ego energy/can force passage/through that gateless gate./Only when one/deletes every thought,/expunges/every perception,/only then/can one transition/from conditional/ relativity/to the ineffable/shadowless sunlight/of egoless ONEness,/uncreated/absolute/Pure Being."
Pamela Wilson
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U.S. "Satsang is a gathering of mountains to discuss their mountain nature."
John Wren-Lewis
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  "To me now, systems of spirituality seem like analogues of those dreams which prevent waking up (for example, to wet a thirsty throat or relieve the bladder) by creating a never- ending nocturnal drama of moving towards the desired goal, encountering and overcoming obstacle after obstacle along the way, but never actually arriving."
Wei Wu Wei
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  "You know the quaint story of the ten monks traveling together from one Master to another, in search of the enlightenment they had failed to obtain? Crossing a river in flood, they were separated by the swift current, and when they reached the other shore, they reassembled and one counted the others to make sure that all were safely across. Alas, he was only able to count nine brothers." Click on Wei Wu Wei to continue.
Christopher Wynter
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Cyberspace "If you haven't questioned your life, and your beliefs, you wouldn't be reading this."
Paramahansa Yogananda
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  "Our real self, the soul, is immortal. We may sleep for a little while in that change called death, but we can never be destroyed. We exist, and that existence is eternal. The wave comes to the shore, and then goes back to the sea; it is not lost. It becomes one with the ocean, or returns again in the form of another wave. This body has come, and it will vanish; but the soul essence within it will never cease to exist. Nothing can terminate that eternal consciousness."
Yudhishtara
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California, New Mexico "In keeping with Papaji’s wishes, Satsang is Always Free. Donations are not required or accepted."
Metta Zetty
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U.S., Cyberspace "No amount of effort is needed. No amount of effort will be successful. And yet, through mindful attention to the Background of Awareness inherent within the Present Moment, Awakening will inevitably dawn upon you. In that Instant you will delight in the Reality of who and what you have been all along.
Nenno de Zoete
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  "Meditation is not something one can learn, but it is a state of consciousness in which witnessing the most important (passive) activity is. The personality is brought back to an inactive role and peace, completeness and harmony are the elements, which form the basis for a feeling of complacency. Meditation is not something one can learn, but one can create the conditions and to do one's utmost, like the developing of love and virtues, to let meditation happen. Certain meditation techniques can be of great help when one practices them on a regular schedule."