Gems From The Wise Ones

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With this episode #9, we continue our journey of  ... explorations in Consciousness, ... Silence, ... Self Realization, ... Self Discovery, ... The Mystery ...

Today I want to offer certain paraphrased quotes from the wise ones who have had an enduring impact on me and my journey. Ponder on these exquisite and profound words and enjoy the gems within.

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Ramana Maharishi's paraphrased quotes:

"Inquire until there is no one left to inquire."

"What good are gods that come and go?"

A story from Papaji: Papaji went to Ramana for help because Papaji had stopped seeing his visions of his favorite Hindu God Krishna ... something he used to see regularly in his meditations. Ramana asked "Can you see Krishna right now?" Papaji said no and that it was only during his meditations. To which Ramana replied "What good are gods that come and go?"

"Be Still and the Universe will be revealed."

If someone told Ramana that he/she is enlightened Ramana would ask "Who is Enlightened?"

Gandhi's quotes:

"It has often occurred to me that a seeker after truth has to be silent. I know the wonderful efficacy of silence."

"After I had practiced silence for some time I saw the spiritual value of it. It suddenly flashed across my mind that that was the time when I could best hold communion with God."

"My life is my message."

Papaji's paraphrased quotes:

"Understanding will not reveal the source because every question and answer arises from the ego .. from the illusion of separateness."

"You can not see God because you are God! How can you search for That which you are?"

"If you want to realize your true nature then .... STOP doing anything ... any thinking or effort ...  Surrender and let Silence have you."

Gangaji's quotes:

"Self-Inquiry is not a path that leads you somewhere. It is the path that stops you in your tracks so that you can discover directly, for yourself, who you are."

"The ever present possibility in any moment is to wake up to the truth of yourself as consciousness. That waking up occurs in the mind's surrender to silence."

Joseph Campbell's classic Quote:

"We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us — the labyrinth is thoroughly known.
We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world. "

Gandhi's quotes come from his writings, Gangaji's quotes come from "the Diamond in your Pocket, discovering your true radiance, by Gangaji," Joseph Campbell's quote is from his classic book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." Ramana and Papaji's quotes come from my interpretation of their teachings, including various books re their lives and their teachings.

We also have two other channels available: PolitOpine re contemporary American politics and Obama Presidency and RumiTime re mystical poetry readings from Rumi, Kabir and others.

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