advaita

A Quote by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on advaita and non duality

Wherever it leads you, it will be a dream. The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go anywhere? Just realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world, and stop looking for ways out. The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of the dream and not another. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs be done.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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A Quote by Vimala Thakar on advaita and non duality

"Nothing in life is trivial. Life is whole wherever and whenever we touch it, and one moment or event is not less sacred than another."

Vimala Thakar

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A Quote by Ramesh Balsekar on advaita and non duality

"Self-Realization or Enlightenment is nothing more than the deepest possible understanding that there is no individual doer of any action - neither you nor anyone else. Also you are not the thinker of any thoughts, nor the experiencer of any experiences - they happen. When IT happens, no bright lights are likely to flash in your head!"

Ramesh Balsekar

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A Quote by Catherine Ingram on advaita and non duality

"Thoughts are not necessarily a distraction. Nor is the body. Thoughts are arising in this present awareness and dissolving back into it. The silence remains untouched, unstained, immaculate. Thoughts are only a problem if you are preoccupied with them, giving them all your attention, believing in the entity of "me" around which the thoughts swirl. But thoughts in and of themselves are not some kind of enemy. Thoughts can be very useful, functional, and even entertaining. They are allowed in this vast clearing. No problem"

Catherine Ingram

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A Quote by Dennis Waite on advaita, vedanta, sanskrit, and nondualism

The full title of the philosophy is 'Advaita Vedanta'.   'Vedanta' simply means that it derives from the scriptures that form the last part of the Vedas, the four sacred texts of the Hindu religion.  The literal meaning is 'the end of knowledge', in the sense of being the highest knowledge one can attain.  It is not itself a religion, however—there are no churches or priests.  The first part of the Vedas does contain rituals and so on but Advaita does not itself rely on these.

Advaita is an extremely simple philosophy. Its complete essence is summed up in its Sanskrit name: a - not, dvaita - two.  In a very real sense, there is no need for a book to explain it.  It can be summed up in a single sentence.

            There are not two things.

Dennis Waite

Source: The Book of One: The Spiritual Path of Advaita, Pages: 16

Contributed by: J.K.

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