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RANJIT  MAHARAJ

EVERYTHING  IS  NOTHING



Let there be peace and love among all beings of the universe. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

reality | knowledge and ignorance | body | ego | world | zero | thought | mind | real happiness | master | death


ANJIT  Maharaj was born in Bombay on January 4th, 1913. At the age of 12, he met his master, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, a great unknown Guru of the age.


He did not begin to teach until 1983 at the age of 70 when increasing numbers of seekers kept showing up at his door. His teaching is in the continuity of his master's, which emphasises simplicity and directness in language.

The specificity of Maharaj's teaching is its radical stand and directness: "All is illusion, the "I" is illusion, so whatever the "I" does is also illusion." Therefore, he does not give any method to improve the illusion.  

Knowledge is a mere remedy to cure the disease of ignorance, and once ignorance has vanished, knowledge no longer has any real existence. "Within Reality there is neither knowledge nor ignorance. When "I" do not exist, when "I" am not, He only is and that is Reality, that is Self without self."

Maharaj often speaks of zero, which refers to consciousness, the sense that "I am". Whatever rises within consciousness is no different from consciousness itself and to make something of it is totally pointless. Making something from nothing is ignorance, and knowing that everything is nothing is wisdom. What need is there to prove that zero is always zero? Reality is the source of everything and is the natural state beyond consciousness, the stateless state. Only That is true and as Maharaj always says, "Everything that comes and goes is zero, is unreal." Reality remains ever-present and is absolutely independent from the "I", the body, the mind, the world and consciousness, which all come and go. During deep sleep, there is nothing, not even the "I am" consciousness, yet Reality remains. Through true knowledge and the rejection of all false identifications that one has taken upon oneself, the veils of ignorance are removed and we realise our true nature. "To find out your true nature is the easiest thing since you are always That."

Ranjit Maharaj passed away on November 15th, 2000 at 6:16 PM at his residence in Bombay. Maharaj's words during his last few days were, "It is of no use now and has to go."


REALITY


If you want to follow a practice, you have to follow someone who is realised. Methods are full of frustrations and give no real satisfaction. Reality has no method. Illusion has many methods, many problems and many concepts. To overcome illusion, or concepts, one should ask, "From where does all this thinking arise?" Thinking is always of other things. To know the thoughtless Reality, no thinking is required. It is where there is no thought. Whatever thing you think of doesn't exist. Everything is Eternal Reality and apart from Him there is nothing in the world. Whatever is thought of, makes Him something other than what He is. When thinking ends, what happens? You return to zero.

As long as the body is there, the realised being acts. He calls his mother "mother", and his wife "wife". But still he knows. If somebody asks him, "What is your name?", he gives his name, but he knows, "I am not this." That clear cut understanding is required. Complete understanding is called That. Be in That. Be like a lotus leaf – you are produced in water, you live in water , but you are not touched by water. Stay like that, nothing else. Once you know, "I am not this", then you become doubtless. My master told me, "After understanding, if you want to stay, then stay. Stay in jail, but remember: "I am not a victim."" One cannot afford to leave the illusion so fast, so live there, but understand that "I'm not the victim." Ego is such; in very many different shapes and different ways, he remains. So, one should always be aware, and then, once you are complete, there is nothing to worry about. What you see is illusion. If you understand that "myself" is illusion, then where does everything remain? People don't understand that illusion is nothing. How can it block you? How can nothing block you?

Awakening is nothing but a complete, thorough understanding. A clear cut understanding of a thing is awakening. Reality is not to be achieved, it is already here. After this thorough understanding, nothing is required.



In human nature, fear is always there. Everyone has fear, because, they believe "I am the body." Mind creates this fear and is nothing but your own concept. Fear arises in the mind due to the unsteadiness of the world. Every minute is changing. If you go beyond darkness and knowledge, then there is no fear at all. For example, a screen has no fear of any picture because it is steady. So, that which is not steady always has fear. Your mind changes every moment and cannot remain steady by itself. If your mind knows its own source or its own beginning, then only can it be happy. As long as there is a body, there is fear. If you want to be fearless, be what is fearless, because That has no end. The Final Reality has no end and no beginning, it is limitless. It is so subtle, that all thoughts and concepts stop. Duality contains fear, the one Reality has no fear.

Forget everything and immediately you are the Self, in this very moment. There is nothing to reject and nothing to gain because everything is nothing. You are Self without self.

Take out the thorn of the ego. Remove the name and the shape and nothing remains. You see by your own understanding that everything is illusion. Experience it! You don't want to see because the mind doesn't allow you to see. The mind is the only hurdle which keeps you away from your Self. The mind says, "Everything is true." Tell the mind, "It is not true." Understand the mind and then it doesn't remain.

You can see the space, you can observe the space, you can feel the space, but Reality is beyond space. Space is zero, where there is no silence, no voice, no peace, no state. All these are conditional things. Reality is beyond everything and is completely empty. Nothing can disturb Him. An aspirant may then ask, "So, what should I do?" Do nothing! Words only go up to the space. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "There, from where the words come, That is my Self." That is my Self. In the Bible, Christ also said the same thing: "Know thy Self and you know the world." Go up to where thinking ends, go up to That, and there is the Self. So, I always call it, "Self without self." Self-realisation is Self without self. As long as "realising" remains, self remains. The eyes have got the habit to see that which is not. The master takes you up to That, up to the Reality and says, "Be That." This is the position.

Everyone is He and that is real witnessing. But when you take the "I" to be the witness, then everything which is not is seen as real. Neither "I" nor the world ever existed. Witness is beyond everything.

Reality is That which plays in everyone. And when Reality enters the ten senses, He becomes individual self. When you enter the ten senses, you lose your peace.

One who dives to the depth of the ocean finds the pearl. Go to the depth of yourself and you will find Him.

It is your love for the illusion that keeps you away from your own Self. When you see the illusion as an illusion you will stop being fooled by it. This is the true "understanding". You are already the Reality. Why waste time running after the unreal?

What He [Reality] is, He makes you.

All the scriptures point to the one Reality, and when you discover It, then the scriptures become empty and non-existent.

What do you get when you desire? You get nothing because you forget your Self. What is the use of it if you lose your Self? Try to preserve your association with your Self, which will take you to Final Reality.

Everything is just like bubbles in the ocean. There are millions of bubbles and your individual self is just one of them. You must break your bubble so that you return to your true nature, Reality. That's all. True understanding breaks the bubble.

If you go to the source of a river, will you find a river? At the source, there is only ice and snow. When you go to the source of yourself, you also disappear. There is only source.

Everything is projected onto Him, the Reality. The whole world is nothing but His shadow. If you understand this, then what do you need to achieve or accumulate? The shadow is not true, only the host is.

Reality is beyond knowledge.

Reaching Reality requires nothing because it is always here. You simply must get rid of the illusion of "doing" something which is imprinted on your mind. You don't need to do anything to be who you are.

Who reaches Reality? The one who doesn't care about God, who doesn't care for the illusion and doesn't care for anybody. Caring for others has nothing to do with you. Why? Because you don't exist. When you don't exist, then why care for others? Others don't exist.

When you go away from your home for a long time, you feel happy when you return. In the same way, over many life times you have forgotten your Self, and when you return to your Self, you feel happiness or not?

Experiencing is unnecessary because whatever you experience is not true. Only the one who cannot be experienced is true, short and sweet.

If you have a strong wish to meet someone, that person must come. In the same way, if you have a very strong wish to know Reality, why should He not come?

In Final Reality there is no "you", no "I", no mind and no thought. That is your natural state.

Wake up to your own Self. It is the Self which gives light to everything that appears, and without Self nothing could be seen. You are the source of everything.


KNOWLEDGE  AND  IGNORANCE


Siddharameshwar Maharaj first gave knowledge, while our mythologists say that one should first renounce everything, then receive knowledge. He said that renunciation without knowledge is useless. It becomes a bondage of the mind. For example, a nice meal is prepared. There is a sweet smell and everybody wants to eat. But you tell the others, "Don't eat." They ask you, "Why not?" You then let them know that there is poison in the food. The knowledge of the poison leads to immediate renunciation. So, if at first there is knowledge, renunciation automatically must follow.

The one who doesn't want to know anything is the Reality.

First mental understanding is required and after that comes a practical understanding. Intellectual talent is the greatest thing. Without the intellect, one cannot understand. So, you have to understand with the full intellect and then, that knowledge, or that understanding will submerge, because knowledge is a thought. A good thought or a bad thought, both are thoughts. So, knowledge is a golden thorn, and ignorance is an ordinary thorn and both are bondage. Suppose your hands have been put in handcuffs. Maybe they're iron cuffs or maybe they're golden, but it's still bondage. So, both are thorns. One should understand and throw them away. It is very difficult to throw out the knowledge, because ego remains up till knowledge. Knowledge is the ego, nothing else. To erase that knowledge, one should say, "I know nothing." As Socrates said: "I know that I don't know."

Knowledge is the medicine, not the disease. The disease is ego and is dispelled by the clear cut understanding that it is unreal.

Breathing is just wind, and yet you have built many castles from this wind. If you understand this, that everything is illusion and is sustain only by wind, then you will be out of the clutch of ignorance. By ignorance you accumulate everything and by understanding you throw it away. Understanding is realising.

In the beginning, the master says that knowledge is necessary. But in the end, that knowledge merges with the Final Reality.

There is no experience in Reality. What experience have you got when you sleep? Reality is there and everything else is not. It is beyond ignorance and knowledge. For example, darkness and light go together. A light goes off and darkness is there, and if you turn on the light, darkness automatically goes away. They are one. In the same way, knowledge and ignorance are both one. In my master's words, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, "Knowledge is the greatest ignorance." Through knowledge, we know That which is nothing, and this is a trick, nothing else! One should know this trick.

Lord Krishna has said, "Unless you know your Self, whatever you do is useless."

If you want to realise your Self, you must devote your entire life to It. Otherwise, what is the use of life?

Be fearless. Roar like a tiger. Don't be like a mouse, always running away.

Ignorance came by hearing and is dispelled by hearing. By words you have become bound and by words you can be free. Words are false, but their meaning is true. The illusion is needed in order to go beyond it.

Be ignorant to the world and knowledgeable to the Reality.

What you know today, what you are going to know tomorrow, is all the same. In the same way, knowledge never changes. Due to ignorance, the effects differ. When you place a cover over the light, then there will be darkness, and when you take off the cover, light returns.

When you wake up in the morning you feel fresh. During sleep, you have forgotten everything, including yourself.

By words you have become bound, and by words you can be free. Ignorance came by hearing and it must dissolve by hearing. Words are false and only the meaning they convey is true. When you understand that everything is an illusion, you will forget about it and realise that you are the Reality.

Whatever I say is false. I tell you! Words are false, but I speak for the Truth, for Reality. Words can never touch Reality. Forget everything, forget all words and without any delay you are That.

Remove the veil of ignorance which has come upon you. Take away the cloth in front of the light, and the light is there! In sleep one goes to this "end". Go to the "end" and find your Self. Finding out means forgetting your mind, your thoughts and your individuality.

To remove ignorance, knowledge is necessary, but finally both dissolve into Reality. In Self, there is neither ignorance nor knowledge.

Nothing needs to be demolished. Why demolish anything? What are these things? Things don't trouble you, but you go in and get troubles. This chair never says, "I am yours." You say, "It is my chair." So, who is at fault? Not the chair, but yourself. You have nothing to do with it. You should see the world that way.

You are beyond space and time. When you say, "I am", then everything appears, what to do?

When you gain more energy within, use it for the right things, not for worldly things. All worldly things are an illusion, so why waste energy for nothing?

You have to keep going. Hurdles will appear and must be overcome. One should overcome the problems. A problem is a thought. From your childhood, you have accumulated many thoughts. Who has given you all those thoughts? Your father, your mother, your friends in your circle. Everything has come to you. They are all ignorant people, so what can they give you? What can darkness give to light? Tell me. Nothing, isn't it? What can you find in darkness? Nothing! All thoughts, all habits are not true. All have come to you due to ignorance. Go to the source from where they arise and they dissolve. All bondage is only a mental bondage which you have borrowed from someone else. Money that is borrowed is not yours. In the same way, you have borrowed the thoughts of others and have taken them as your own bondage. How can it be? Throw off that bondage! Who stops you? Give the money to the creditor, and you are free of all debt! You have to be free of debt.

Ignorance is taking the world and its objects to be real. The world never tells you, "I'm real", and no object ever tells you, "I belong to you." It is you who takes all this to be true, yet it is all only a fleeting illusion. Those who still have love for the illusion do not know who they are. When you reject everything, you will know "I am Reality."

Gold is indifferent to what shape it may take as an ornament. If golden bangles are broken, their shape changes, but the gold doesn't care. It can take another form, so why should it worry? It can take the form of a dog, or of God. It is unconcerned with the form. In the same way, be indifferent to anything that has a form.

All the knowledge you have accumulated is nothing but ignorance. Nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen, yet you still want to know everything. Why? Why want that which is not?

By keeping the mind established in Reality, you become the greatest of the greatest. The mind eventually gets completely absorbed into Reality and "you" don't remain.


BODY


Body is bondage. When you say "I am the body", you are in hell. When you understand that you are not the body, then you will realise that you are everywhere. This is heaven.

You were a drop when you were in the womb of the mother, and one day you will become a drop again. Everything vanishes after your body is put in the grave. So, why do you love this body? Don't love it. Love your Self, which never dies.

You take the body and say "I am this." This is the greatest ignorance.

The body dies but you are never going to die. And when the body dies, it returns to Reality. Everything is He. Besides Him, there is nothing.

Bodily affairs are not my concern. Be out of it. You must have the strong conviction that "I am not the body."

You reduce yourself to being a body and then you constantly worry for it. Why? By thinking "I am the body", you have reduced yourself to such a small creature. The body is nothing. It comes from zero and will soon return to zero.

How can it be said that the body is pure? It produces shit and piss. It's a dirty thing, a shit factory, and yet you say, "I am this." As long as the power continues to animate it, you worship it, but the moment the power leaves it to die, you want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Don't be the owner of a dying shit factory, but rather be the owner of the Eternal Reality.

If you get a boil on your leg, for example, you ask the doctor to remove it, even though this boil is still part of your body. It makes you suffer, so you are ready to part with it. In the same way, if you understand that the body is only a boil that has grown on you, you will be very happy to see it disappear. This body is an abscess on you, and you have to remove it through true understanding.


EGO


When you lose all love for the illusion, He automatically is there. You get absorbed into Reality because He and you are the same, nothing else. There is no "you" or "self" in Reality. Forget about self. The real understanding is, "I don't exist."

The ego is like the son of a barren woman – it doesn't exist. It is a false projection of a confused and ignorant mind.

As long as you feel you have to do something or gain some result, it means that you are still in the clutches of the illusion. Forget the illusion and be Him. Doing nothing is Reality.

"I do nothing" should be your understanding. Don't care about any results. Say that "I am the Reality without "I"." Be That. This is the right way to be.

Go deep within yourself, so deep that you disappear. When the "I" disappears, only He remains. The Eternal Reality is always here, so there is nothing to worry about.

You say "I do many things, I exist." I say, "You do nothing, you don't exist." That is the difference. When you don't exist, who speaks, who talks? Nobody! I never speak, I never talk. Forget everything and immediately He is there, short and sweet!

You feel that "I exist", but that existence itself is false. When you take "you" and the "world" to be true, then the mind entertains all kinds of false thoughts.

A name is given to each person when he is born. That which doesn't exist is given a name. Yet, you were never born and are nameless. If you have no name then where is the ego?

Ego is the greatest trouble maker. As long as "I" remains, the troubles continue. Let your ego dissolve into Reality and be free from trouble. Why continue being a slave to a troublemaker?

If the illusory "I" has no real existence, the world has no existence. Take it for granted.

When the "I" is there, then the "you" is there too. When the "I" is absent, then where are "you"?

Not remaining as "I" is the highest understanding.

Unless you drop the ego, you cannot be Him, the Reality. He is always here but you are unable to see Him. The ego is the only factor that prevents you from knowing the Reality.

All you need to do is remove the ego so that you always remain as Reality. "I" is the dark cloud blocking the sun. Sun is always shining, but you cannot see it.

When you cut certain worms in half, they still continue to live. Ego is just like that.

Nothing is yours, nobody is yours.

Nobody cares for anybody, I tell you. Love is nothing but duality because you can only love something else. You are Reality, so whom to love and not to love?

Things may happen against your will, but your will is not even true. Knowing this, you are free from the grip of ego. Otherwise, you remain its slave.

Your understanding should be: "I don't exist, I am not." In this way, all actions are "actionless" because they don't belong to anyone.

Thoughts rise from ignorance. When you understand that they are unreal, everything is nullified. You know: "I am nothing and the everything is nothing." Don't be anything. If you want to be something it means that your ego is still at work. When you are nothing then only Reality remains.

He who says, "I am all powerful", is sounding his trumpet in the desert. Joy and happiness are still symptoms of the illusion.


WORLD


The world is only a reflection of Reality and any reflection is unreal. Suppose you see your face reflected in a mirror. If you think that the reflection is your real face, you are lost. If you understand that the reflection of the world is not true, then instantly you are Reality. How much time does it take?

I say that the creator of the world is not great at all, because his creation is not true. How can he be great? Do you agree with me?

While living in this world, be in the world but understand that it is not true. This is the work of a brave man.

Tukaram says, "Everyone is mad." All worldly people are mad because they run after the wrong things. A person runs towards a mirage in the desert which he thinks is water. Someone tells him, "There is no water there", and he replies, "You are a foolish person because I can see it." He runs all day and when the evening comes, the mirage disappears. He thinks to himself, "Oh, I was unlucky today, but tomorrow I will reach the water." It never existed and yet he still believes in it. What to do?

Your mother and father created your body which came into the world. And you suffer because you take it to be real. Who's fault is this? Seeing that which is not is the fault of the creator. The illusion has nothing to do with you. See everything and say that nothing is true. Have that much courage. Everything vanishes when this understanding comes.

No matter if you are poor, sitting on a throne or lying in the gutter, still you are always Reality. The outside appearance has nothing to do with who you are. Everyone is He, no matter what state you may be in.

Everything that you see has its origin in ignorance, because knowledge comes from ignorance. Who can know anything? There is nothing to know. When knowledge ends, Reality is there. You are there.

I always say that there is nothing to worry about in the world. Why? Because it's not true!

Everyone gives value to the world. The realised being, who has gone beyond the world, beyond knowledge, only gives value to zero. When you understand that the world is untrue and that everything is zero, then all that remains is Reality.

There is only one way to know Reality – forget everything and instantly you are He. Short and sweet. There are no words for Reality. Forget the illusion and He is there. Do everything, but say that it is not true. That is the main point.

An ignorant person always sees the world as true. The realised sage sees the world as not true. That is the difference.

The world is nothing but a long dream, take it for granted.

There may be many noises in the world, but the one who understands remains noiseless.

In complete darkness and ignorance the world is created. How can it be true? It's only a dream.

You can understand intellectually, but you are unable to put your understanding into practise. Why not? Because you still have love for the illusory world and are clinging to things that are unreal.

Be in the world, but don't be a worldly person. Be the master of the illusion instead of accumulating what is not. You are Reality. What else is needed?

People run after experience and finally they die. That is the main point. While living, be in the world and at the same time be out of it. So, I always say, "I'm in water, but the water doesn't touch me." Have the courage to say that! You are untouchable.

There is only oneness in the world and no duality at all. Everybody is He, so why worry?


ZERO


All people want more and more knowledge. They want to know that knowledge. What is knowledge? It rises from zero, from consciousness. Knowledge is zero. If you understand that knowledge is not true, then you can go beyond zero.

This world is created from zero. Who is the creator of zero? You can never find Him.

All thoughts come from zero, from consciousness. It is only a thought that says, "I am so and so." You are made from thoughts which have no real existence of their own. Many thousands of thoughts have appeared over time, but where are they now?

When a realised being speaks, he talks from beyond the sky, from beyond zero.

Don't be like a bee that spends its time buzzing around from flower to flower. Know your Self, then you will know that everything is nothing.

Everything comes from zero and goes back to zero, so why worry?

The earth is shaped like a big zero. Put a zero on everything that you see. Put a zero on each thought. Give everything its true value. Nothing exists.

When you collect your experiences, you only collect zeros. Reality is beyond zero, beyond experience, beyond consciousness, beyond space.

A disciple should put a zero on everything, including himself, otherwise he cannot advance. No one wants to put a zero on their self because they fear not being accepted by others. Be mad and do it!

When you feel that something can touch you, or harm you, it means that you are in the illusion. How can nothing touch you? Everything in the illusion is nothing.




THOUGHT


All thoughts are liars, so where is the Truth?

A thought, like a house guest, comes and goes. The host always remains.

When you truly understand that thought is unreal, then you remain as the thoughtless Reality.

Everyone worships God, but they don't know what God is. God is only a thought. If I, the Reality, were not already there, how could God come into existence?

What you see and perceive is in you and not outside. You are not the body, take it for granted. When the mind takes up any thought and gets attached to it, then everything is seen as other than Him.

The idea that money can bring you happiness is clearly wrong. You are never satisfied with what you have and spend your life trying to get even more money. How can you ever be happy?

When you say "I exist", thoughts follow you around.

Liberation and bondage are only thoughts, the work of the mind. You are ever free, so why worry?


MIND


Nothing is "bad", nothing is "good". These are only thoughts. Creating differences and divisions is the nonsense activity of the mind.

The mind is never satisfied with what it gets. It's like the tail of a dog – if you try to make it straight by putting it in a hollow tube, even after a hundred years it will still return to its original shape.

Every minute three people die and five are born. What has Reality got to do with all this? Does He cry or laugh? The cinema screen doesn't care if the film projected onto it is good or bad. The screen shows all the pictures, but it doesn't accept any of them as true. Be the screen yourself. Don't accept anything. If you accept something unreal as real, you become the smallest creature. Many things come and go. Why worry about them if they are only illusory and have no true existence?

Mind, knowledge, intellect and objects are only temporary appearances. Reject eveything that appears and then disappears. Only then can you see your Self.

An objective mind cannot easily understand the Truth.

Whatever the mind believes is false because all concepts are unreal.

When you don't listen to the mind, automatically you become more subtle.

Never worry for anything, whatever state you may be in. You are stateless. Many states come and go, but you remain forever as Reality. Never accept anything less. Worrying is the affair of the body and mind. It has nothing to do with you.

Mind is ignorance itself because it imposes something false onto Reality. Remove the false and Reality remains.

Whatever you feel, perceive or achieve is an illusion. When your mind accepts this, you will remain detached from everything, even during daily activities.

Mind can never experience the Reality. Whatever you can experience is something else. Until your mind dissolves into Reality, you will continue to have experiences. After dissolution, who is left to experience what?

Be without experience. This is your Self.

Your mind becomes the greatest of the greatest when you don't give the world value.

Don't be a mind, be Reality. That's my stand. To be or not to be is the question of the mind, not mine.

Be the master of the mind, not its slave. The so-called sage who says, "I am the reincarnation of God", doesn't know Him, doesn't know Reality. On the contrary, he is the slave of the illusion. Only a foolish person takes himself to be a master.

Your mind must accept that all is illusion, only illusion. Then you will be the greatest of the greatest. The choice is yours now, accept it or not.

Don't let the mind ride you. By knowing that whatever the mind says is untrue, you ride the mind.


REAL  HAPPINESS


In this world any living creature, whether man or animal, strives for happiness throughout life. Man is the only creature with the power to discriminate between right and wrong. However, he is not aware of what is real happiness. Real happiness is a medicine which cures misery and unhappiness.

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 believe that that they get happiness from other objects and persons, but that is not true.

For example, a dog chews a bone so hard that his gums start bleeding. But he is satisfied by tasting his own blood.

Happiness cannot be achieved by external objects or persons. The very fact that one looks outside for happiness shows that it is not real happiness. Why look outside at all! Real happiness lies within.

One must derive pleasure only from within himself. The presence of the Self is the only happiness.


MASTER


How can you know when you have found a master? There is no test or statistics. What is written in the scriptures should be experienced by you. A master says, "This is salt." Books also describe salt. Put it in your mouth and see for yourself if it is salty. What the master says, you must experience. You can find out only by tasting.

When the master teaches you, you can get the experience. Nothing is impossible in the world. You are He, so what is impossible? You don't understand this, you don't take it to heart. Due to the identification with body and mind, you say that you are not perfect. Everything disappears in deep sleep, so why can you not go to the end of yourself? From where does this power arise. Find the source, and that is your Self. One can understand the Final Reality if the master gives you the right direction. If the address is wrong you cannot reach the destination. The master should be perfect, only then he can show you the way to Reality.

If you have full faith in the master, He will take you to the right place. The master is everywhere. He is never away from you. You and He are one.

All want to be a master. Even between two boys, there is always one who will be the master of the other. It is the nature of man. If you experience for yourself what the master says, if you can put your own stamp on it, then it is true. Otherwise, separation between master and aspirant remains. In truth there is no duality between them. So the question of fear does not exist. When that is fully satisfied and there is the feeling that nothing remains to be acquired in the world, then one feels completely at peace. That satisfaction comes to you. One should experience for himself and then speak, otherwise one should keep quiet.

The master does nothing. Try to understand that a realised being has done nothing in his life. He sees the world as nothing.

You have forgotten your Self and take everything as true, so the master only reminds you that you are the Self.

Thinking that the master has a form is only ignorance. I tell you. When you accept what He tells you then you are always with Him.

You have to realise your Self at the cost of yourself. You have to die to yourself before you can attain Reality. That is real appreciation of the master.

Faith is required up till understanding, only. Afterwards, "no faith" is also required. Suppose you have got 60 lakhs [6 million] francs in the bank, and I say, "Keep faith." Is there any meaning in it? You say, "No, I know I have got it." Once you understand, once the clear cut understanding comes, then even faith is not required. But to have faith, the ego should be surrendered. The small baby has so much faith in the mother, so the mother does everything for him. Before he cries, she gives him milk, and everything. Suppose the mother falls with her child. When she gets up, she first sees that her child is not hurt. In the same way, the master is also like that. When one has got the faith, He knows. All the aspirants' misunderstandings and doubts are cleared by Him. You have to know your Self only. You only represent or misrepresent yourself. If that understanding doesn't come then the ego will remain.

There is a saying in India: "With one piece of turmeric, one cannot open a grocer's shop." Many people talk of God even though they do not know God. Why? Because they are always moving in the opposite direction from Him. If you want to go to the mountains in the north, and you go to the south, how can you reach the mountains? Where is God and who is God? One should know He is not outside, but within you! Thoughts are naturally directed towards the outside; they should turn toward the Self with the help of the master.

Find out who you are. When all thoughts end, He is there. Forget everything that you have learned up till now, then He is there. In this way, one is at peace. Peace comes from within ourselves. Christ says, "Know thy Self and you will know the world." When you go to the very end of yourself by returning to the source, the question of peace does not arise. Nothing remains and you are your Self.

It is essential to have a real master in order to understand the Truth. As a child goes to school to eventually learn a trade, a disciple must learn to understand the subject that his master teaches. In the beginning, you must go to school in order to understand. Then, by the grace of the master, you will awaken to your own Self and know that everything is a dream.

The master is the greatest illusion because all that he says with full hear and frankness is false. But the false words that the master tells you can make you reach Reality. Speaker and listener are both false. If one reaches Reality, then they become realised.

Faith in the master and dedication to your Self is essential. There is no difference between the master,the Self and who you are..

The master takes you to that place where there is no one to understand anything. There is no knowledge nor ignorance and so understanding has no meaning. Let everything appear within That, but say that it is not true. There is no need to change anything because it doesn't exist. When you forget the sense of the world, which is nonsense, then you will know the real sense and Reality opens up to you.

After liberation, one naturally worships his master. Once you have understood, what is left for you to do? There is nothing to do except pray to the one who has shown you Reality. You feel so thankful, knowing that the master is in your Heart. You and he are one.

As long as you are still in the body, you should worship Him. Worshipping Him keeps your mind in the Reality and out of the illusion.

The master says that you are Reality, and if you accept it, then you are always with the master.

Surrender your ego to the master. You have to abandon the individual ego to be with Him, the Self. What He is, He makes you.


DEATH


Understand for yourself that death is nothing. Know that, "I am birthless, I am deathless, I have never taken birth and I will never die." Take the poisonous tooth out of the serpent and play with him. You know it is not going to do any harm to you. Death is nothing. Everyday, when you sleep it is like a small death. Why to fear? Nothing is there. Everything is illusion. Keep your mind in that fearless state only. Just as the poisonous tooth is taken out, in the same way, play with the world, play with the illusion, there is no harm. It won't affect your mind. Live fearlessly; no death, no fear, knowing that "I am that real power." There is nothing! What will harm you?

I can tell you, but you have to take out the thorn. It doesn't exist, take it for granted. It doesn't exist, but you feel its existence. The difficulty is that you don't leave it alone. You are afraid of what will happen. Nothing else is going to happen. Nothing has happened up to now, and so what is going to happen now? So, to take out the thorn of the ego, always say: "I know nothing, I don't see, I don't hear, I don't eat, I don't sleep, I don't walk, I do nothing." Then, "I" is not there and the ego must go.

Nobody dies and nobody is born. What never dies and is never born is Reality.

One should be brave to truly live. When you are brave, fear does not remain. Be brave and have faith in the master. Do what he says, because you and He are one. Remove the veil. It is easy to leave that which is nothing, but difficult to see That which is present and which you have forgotten. There is an Indian custom in which sweets are distributed to all the relatives on the 13th day after death. What is the meaning of this? It is: No one ever dies.

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