Live in fragments no longer
"Pain is the background of all your pleasures. You want them because you suffer. On the other hand, the very search for pleasure is the cause of pain. It is a vicious circle."
"Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem. By flowing with life I mean acceptance — letting come what comes and go what goes. Desire not, fear not, observe the actual, as and when it happens, for you are not what happens, you are to whom it happens. Ultimately even the observer you are not. You are the ultimate potentiality of which the all-embracing consciousness is the manifestation and expression."
"My life is a succession of events, just like yours. Only I am detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Don’t struggle with it (mind); just disregard it. Deprived of attention, it will slow down and reveal the mechanism of its working. Once you know its nature and purpose, you will not allow it to create imaginary problems. …It is memory and anticipation that create problems of attainment or avoidance, coloured by like and dislike.The problem is not yours - it is your mind’s only. Begin by disassociating yourself from your mind. Resolutely remind yourself that you are not the mind and that its problems are not yours. How can an unsteady mind make itself steady? Of course it cannot. It is the nature of the mind to roam about. All you can do is to shift the focus of consciousness beyond the mind. Leave your mind alone, that is all. Don’t go along with it. After all, there is no such thing as mind apart from thoughts which come and go obeying their own laws, not yours. They dominate you only because you are interested in them. It is the mind that tells you that the mind is there. Don’t be deceived. All the endless arguments about the mind are produced by the mind itself, for its own protection, continuation and expansion. It is the blank refusal to consider the convolutions and convulsions of the mind that can take you beyond it. Having never left the house you are asking for the way home. Get rid of wrong ideas, that is all. Collecting right ideas also will take you nowhere. Just cease imagining. Don’t try to understand! Enough if you do not misunderstand. Don’t rely on your mind for liberation. It is the mind that brought you into bondage. Go beyond it altogether."
"Be where you are. Flow your love wherever you go. Feel just as much joy in line for the ride as you do on the ride itself. Put no one on a pedestal. We are all one. Let the Universe unravel it all. You just exist here & now, receiving what Mama is giving you. When you think of the other, think of their Spirit—not the illusion of the Story. Choose to see beyond the voices in your mind. They are not you & they are not true. Let them speak, but give them no energy. They are merely clouds passing through your sky. And most of all, enjoy your cosmic symphony. It’s all for you."
"When rooted in reality, in the softness & the silence of the moon & the way the sand feels beneath my head, I remember that there is nothing else—that this moment is all there is; the rest is an merely an illusion of my identity: who I have been & who I might be, but never who I am: pure consciousness existing here & now, gently unfolding by the sea."