Triggering spiritual insight, revelation, experience, and change
through contemplation of key statements.

The ego and the world are
unreal – God is real

Shankara:  "God (Brahma) is real, the
universe is unreal, God is the universe."  /  "The world …is like a
dream: it appears to be real as long as one is ignorant, but becomes unreal when one is
awake."

Ma Yoga Shakti:   "The material world is
ultimately no more real than the worlds of our dreams; both are the products of
consciousness."

New Testament:   "Awake you that
sleepest, arise from the dead."  /  "Awake to Righteousness."

Bhagavad Gita:  "With the sword of
Knowledge cut asunder this doubt about the Self. Arise!"


The world is a manifestation of God’s energy

New Testament:   "Before the world was
created, the Word already existed, and the word was with God,
and the Word was God."

Vedic Scriptures:   "God (Brahman) was
in the beginning, with Him was the word (vak) and the word is God."


Where to find God or reveal the Self:

New Testament:   "The
Kingdom of God is WITHIN you."   /  "Know that you are God’s Temple
and that God’s Spirit lives IN you."
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Bhagavad Gita:  "The Supreme Reality exists
WITHIN."  /  "I am the Self, seated in the Hearts of all
creatures."

Robert Browning:   "Truth is WITHIN
ourselves."

Swami Muktananda:   "There is a sublime place
INSIDE us where love dwells."

Roy Eugene Davis:  "At the
deepest level of your being, behind the screen of mind and personality, is the pure,
immortal, true SELF you are."

Siddha Mantra: "OM namah Shivaya
(I honor the inner SELF)"

Ramana Maharshi:  
"Self-realization is BLISS."


How to find God or reveal the Self:

Shankara:  "By constant
meditation is kindled the flame of Knowledge, which completely burns up
the fuel of ignorance."  /  "The Knowledge which destroys
ignorance, can only be achieved through the inquiry:
WHO AM I?"

Bhagavad Gita:   "I am easy
of access to that ever steadfast seeker who constantly meditates on Me and
gives no thought to anything else."

New Testament:   "Pray
without ceasing."

Swami Rama:   "One realizes
the absolute, undivided Reality through knowledge of the Self alone."

Bible/Bhakti/Devotion:  "You
shall love God with all your heart, with all your Soul, and with all your mind."

Socrates:   "Know
Thyself!"

Mother Teresa:   "By
forgetting yourself you find your SELF."

Ramana Maharshi:   "Enquiry
of "Who am I?" means finding the source of ‘I’. When that is found, that which
you seek is accomplished."


Hurdles to overcome: Ignorance, Habits, and Fear

Ignorance:

New Testament:   "If they
did understand they would turn to God and He would forgive them."

Bhagavad Gita:   "The man
endowed with wisdom I deem to be my very Self. Steadfast in mind, He remains fixed in Me
alone as the supreme goal."

Shankara: "Action cannot destroy
ignorance, for it is not in conflict with ignorance. Knowledge alone destroys ignorance,
as light destroys dense darkness."  /  "It is only because of
ignorance that the Self appears to be finite."

Habits:

New Testament:   "Stop
paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires."  / 
"For you have to put off the old self with its habits and have to put on the new
Self. This is the new Being which God its Creator, is constantly renewing in his image in
order to bring you to a full knowledge of Himself."

Bhagavad Gita:   "When a
man has no attachments to the objects of the senses…, and when he has wholly renounced
his will, he is said to have attained Yoga (union with God)."  /  "To
him who has conquered himself by Himself, his own Self is a friend."

Fear:

Isaiah:   "Do not fear, for
I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help
you."

Shankara:   "The Soul
regarding Itself as the jiva (individual soul, ego) is overcome by fear, just like
the man who regards a rope as a snake. The Soul regains fearlessness by realizing
that It is not a jiva but the Supreme Soul."

Bertrand Russel:   "To
conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."

Uriah Heep:   "Don’t be
afraid just look at your Self."

The Guru is at hand:

Yogananda:   "If you think
me near, I will be near."

Ephesians:   "..Christ will
make his home in your hearts through faith."

Qu’ran:   "Where ever you
turn, there is the face of God."

Arthur Osborne:   To anyone
looking for him, Ramana Maharshi is present here and now. 
(FREELY
translated)


Sources:
"New Testament" (King James version)
"Life Surrendered in God" Roy Eugene Davis
"Daughters of the Goddess" Linda Johnsen
"I have become Alive" Swami Muktananda
"Awareness The Center of Being" KWB
"Living with the Himalayan Masters" Swami Rama
"Talks" Ramana Maharshi
"Self-Knowledge" Shankara 
"Autobiography of a Yogi" Paramahansa Yogananda
"Ramana Maharshi und der Weg der Selbsterkenntnis"
Arthur Osborne


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