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ramana maharshi | who am I? | guru | self-enquiry | spiritual instruction | wisdom | words | silence | daily talks | reality | padam – the formless self
abide in the self | arunachala | annamalai swami | self alone is real | swami rama tirtha | real self | i am that | practical freedom | sun of self
h.w.l. poonja | freedom now | remembering | meeting ramana | who is aware of consciousness? | who are you? | words | no practice | final abode
eternal rest | lion's roar | peace is always everywhere | plunge into eternity | i am eternal self | summa iru | wisdom | here and now in lucknow
ma anandamayi | words | siddharameshwar maharaj | beyond nothing | perfection of material science | master key | non-action | self
nisargadatta maharaj | words | a great maharashtrian jnani | self-knowledge and self-realisation | meet the sage | detachment | awareness | who am I?
life | "i am" | guru and disciple | ranjit maharaj | meeting siddharameshwar | everything is nothing | forget everything | death is not true | real and unreal
u.g. krishnamurti | natural state | words | remembering | no separation | nothing to understand | chief joseph | way of the warrior | old tcheng | sayings
advaita | vedanta | devikalottara | supreme wisdom | atma sakshatkar | direct awareness of the self | vichara mani mala | jewel garland of enquiry
avadhuta gita | ever-free | ashtavakra gita | purest expression of truth | ribhu gita | heart | wisdom | bhagavad gita | essence | the song celestial
adi shankaracharya | atma bodha | aparokshanubhuti | dakshinamurti strotram | dasasloki | nirvana shatkam | drik drisya viveka | vivekachudamani
seng tsan | faith mind | gaudapada | mandukya karika | katha upanishad | death as teacher | yoga vasistha | dispassion | seeker's behaviour | essence
ramakant maharaj | reality has nothing to do with words | lama guendune rinpoché | free and easy | ellam ondre | all is one | william samuel | now



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

"I have nothing to lose if the whole thing is wiped out.
I have nothing to gain if it remains the same.

  HAVE  no teaching. There is nothing to preserve. Teaching implies something that can be used to bring about change. Sorry, there is no teaching here, just disjointed, disconnected sentences. What is there is only your interpretation, nothing else. For this reason there is not now nor will there ever be any kind of copyright for whatever I am saying. I have no claims.

2. There is no teaching of mine, and never shall be one. "Teaching" is not the word for it. A teaching implies a method or a system, a technique or a new way of thinking to be applied in order to bring about a transformation in your way of life. What I am saying is outside the field of teachability; it is simply a description of the way I am functioning. It is just a description of the Natural state of man – this is the way you, stripped of the machinations of thought, are also functioning.

3. My interest is to point out to you that you can walk, and please throw away all those crutches. If you are really handicapped, I wouldn't advise you to do any such thing. But you are made to feel by other people that you are handicapped so that they could sell you those crutches. Throw them away and you can walk. That's all that I can say. "If I fall...." – that is your fear. Put the crutches away, and you are not going to fall.

4. People call me an "enlightened man" – I detest that term – they can't find any other word to describe the way I am functioning. At the same time, I point out that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all. I say that because all my life I've searched and wanted to be an enlightened man, and I discovered that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all, and so the question whether a particular person is enlightened or not doesn't arise. I don't give a hoot for a sixth-century-BC Buddha, let alone all the other claimants we have in our midst. They are a bunch of exploiters, thriving on the gullibility of the people. There is no power outside of man. Man has created God out of fear. So the problem is fear and not God.

5. The Natural state is not a thing to be achieved or attained, it is not a thing to be willed into existence; it is there – it is the living state. This state is just the functional activity of life. By "life" I do not mean something abstract; it is the life of the senses, functioning naturally without the interference of thought. Thought is an interloper, which thrusts itself into the affairs of the senses. It has a profit motive: thought directs the activity of the senses to get something out of them, and uses them to give continuity to itself.

6. God or enlightenment is the ultimate pleasure, uninterrupted happiness. No such thing exists. Your wanting something that does not exist is the root of your problems. Transformation, moksha, liberation, and all that stuff, are just variations of the same theme: permanent happiness. The body can't take uninterrupted pleasure for long; it would be destroyed. Wanting to impose a fictitious permanent state of happiness on the body is a serious neurological problem.

7. All your experiences, all your meditations, all your prayer, all that you do, is self-centred. It is strengthening the "self", adding momentum, gathering momentum, so it is taking you in the opposite direction. Whatever you do to be free from the "self" also is a self-centred activity.

8. There is nothing there, only your relative, experiential data, your truth. There is no such thing as objective truth at all. There is nothing which exists outside or independent of our minds.

9. Mind or thought is not yours or mine. It is our common inheritance. There is no such thing as your mind and my mind. There is only mind, the totality of all that has been known, felt and experienced by man, handed down from generation to generation. We are all thinking and functioning in that thought sphere just as we all share the same atmosphere for breathing.

10. You have been told that you should practice desirelessness. You have practised desirelessness for thirty or forty years, but still desires are there. So something must be wrong somewhere. Nothing can be wrong with desire; something must be wrong with the one who has told you to practice desirelessness. This desire is a reality; that desirelessness is false – it is falsifying you. Desire is there. Desire as such can't be wrong, can't be false, because it is there.

11. Human nature is basically violent, because thought is violent. Anything that is born out of thought is destructive. You may cover it up with all wonderful and romantic phrases: "Love thy neighbour as thyself." Don't forget that in the name of "Love thy neighbour as thyself" millions and millions of people have died, more than in all the recent wars put together. But we now have come to a point where we can realise that violence is not the answer, that it is not the way to solve human problems. So, terror seems to be the only way. I am not talking of terrorists blowing up churches, temples, and all that kind of thing, but the terror that if you try to destroy your neighbour you will possibly destroy yourself. That realisation has to come down to the level of the common man.

12. The real problem is the solution. Your problems continue because of the false solutions you have invented. If the answers are not there, the questions cannot be there. They are interdependent; your problems and solutions go together. Because you want to use certain answers to end your problems, those problems continue. The numerous solutions offered by all these holy people, the psychologists, the politicians, are not really solutions at all. That is obvious. They can only exhort you to try harder, practice more meditations, cultivate humility, stand on your head, and more and more of the same. That is all they can do. If you brushed aside your hope, fear, and naiveté and treated these fellows like businessmen, you would see that they do not deliver the goods, and never will. But you go on and on buying these bogus wares offered up by the experts.

13. I can never sit on a platform and talk. It is too artificial. It is a waste of time to sit and discuss things in hypothetical or abstract terms. An angry man does not sit and talk and converse pleasantly about anger; he is too angry. So don't tell me that you are in crisis, that you are angry. Why talk of anger? You live and die in the hope that someday, somehow, you will no longer be angry. You are burdened with hope, and if this life seems hopeless, you invent the next life. There are no lives to come.

14. My interest is not to knock off what others have said, that is too easy, but to knock off what I am saying. More precisely, I am trying to stop what you are making out of what I am saying. This is why my talking sounds contradictory to others. I am forced by the nature of your listening to always negate the first statement with another statement. Then the second statement is negated by a third and so on. My aim is not some comfy dialectical thesis but the total negation of everything that can be expressed.

15. You never question the solutions. If you really question the solutions you will have to question the ones who have offered you those solutions. But sentimentality stands in the way of your rejecting not only the solutions, but those who have offered you the solutions. Questioning that requires a tremendous courage on your part. You can have the courage to climb the mountain, swim the lakes, go on a raft to the other side of the Atlantic or Pacific. Th at any fool can do, but the courage to be on your own, to stand on your two solid feet, is something which cannot be given by somebody. You cannot free yourself of that burden by trying to develop that courage. If you are freed from the entire burden of the entire past of mankind, then what is left there is the courage.

16. You are always suffering because you want to be other than what you are.

17. Thought can never capture the movement of life, it is much too slow. It is like lightning and thunder. They occur simultaneously, but sound, travelling slower than light, reaches you later, creating the illusion of two separate events.

18. There is no world out there except via concepts.

19. The only way for anyone who is interested in finding out what this is all about is to watch how this separation is occurring, how you are separating yourself from the things that are happening around you and inside you.

20. When you are no longer caught up in the dichotomy of right and wrong or good and bad, you can never do anything wrong. As long as you are caught up in this duality, the danger is that you will always do wrong.

21. The mind is always closed in. As long as the mind is there, it is that which is preventing you from understanding things.

22. That messy thing called "mind" has created many destructive things. By far the most destructive of them all is God.

23. All experiences, spiritual or otherwise, are the basic cause of our suffering.

24. The Natural state is acausal; it just happens.

25. Anything you want to be free from for whatever reason is the very thing that can free you.

26. The questioner is nothing but the answer. That is really the problem. We are not ready to accept this answer because it will put an end to the answers which we have accepted for ages as the real answers.

27. There is no practice necessary, no purification methods necessary for this kind of a thing to happen – no preparation of any kind.

28. A messiah is the one who leaves a mess behind him in this world

29. We never look at anything. It is too dangerous to look because that "looking" destroys the continuity of thinking.

30. Art, religion, and that political zeal to improve the lives of the human lot, spring from the frustration and impossibility of making any sense out of life.

31. Stop thinking and start living.

32. God is the figment of man's fertile imagination.

33. Religions have promised roses but you end up with only thorns. Stop looking for roses and there will be no thorns.

34. Why should life have any meaning? Why should there be any purpose to living? Living itself is all that is there. Your search for spiritual meaning has made a problem out of living.

35. What I am trying to say is that you must discover something for yourself. But do not be misled into thinking that what you find will be of use to society, that it can be used to change the world. You are finished with society, that is all.

36. I don't have any thoughts which I can call my own – not one thought, not one word, not one experience.

37. When you know nothing, you say a lot. When you know something there is nothing to say.

38. Spirituality is the invention of the mind, and the mind is a myth.

39. Anything you do, any movement in any direction or any level is strengthening the self.

40. Your highly praised inventiveness springs from your thinking, which is essentially a protective mechanism.

41. The mind has invented both religion and dynamite to protect what it regards as its best interests.

42. Forget the rosaries, the scriptures, the ashes on your forehead. When you see for yourself the absurdity of your search, the whole culture is reduced to ashes inside you. The burning up inside you of everything you want is the meaning of ashes.

43. You have to be saved from the very idea that you have to be saved. You must be saved from the saviours, redeemed from the redeemers.

44. As long as you are doing something to be selfless, you will be a self-centred individual.

45. The total absence of will and the total absence of effort, all and every kind, may be called an effortless state, but that effortless state is not something that you can achieve through effort.

46. While you are living, the knowledge that is there does not belong to you. So, why are you concerned as to what will happen after what you call "you" is gone?

47. To be yourself is very easy, you don't have to do a thing. No effort is necessary. You don't have to exercise your will, you don't have to do anything to be yourself. But to be something other than what you are, you have to do a lot of things.

48. The man who spoke of "love thy neighbour as thyself" is responsible for this horror in the world today. Don't exonerate those teachers.

49. You are trying to enforce peace through violence. Yoga, meditation, prayers, mantras, are all violent techniques. The living organism is very peaceful; you don't have to do a thing. The peacefully functioning body doesn't care one hoot for your ecstasies, beatitudes, or blissful states.

50. The knowledge creates experience, and the experience strengthens knowledge. This is a vicious circle.

51. What I am trying to point out is simply that your spiritual and religious activities are basically selfish.

52. It is clear to me that to find out for yourself you must be absolutely helpless with nowhere to turn. The uselessness of turning to inner or outer sources to help yourself is something of which I am certain.

53. You know the story of Alice in Wonderland. The red queen has to run faster and faster to keep still where she is. That is exactly what you are all doing. running faster and faster. But you are not moving anywhere.

54. That beaten track will lead you nowhere. There is no oasis situated yonder; you are stuck with the mirage.

55. If anyone thinks he can help you, he will inevitably mislead you, and the less phoney he is; the more powerful he is, the more enlightened he is, the more misery and mischief he will create for you.

56. There is no need to express anything. All that is necessary is to free yourself from the stranglehold of thought.

57. Every time a godman appears on the stage he is adding momentum to all the chaos that already exists, and we are slowly moving in the direction of destroying ourselves.

58. The fact is that we don't want to be free. What is responsible for our problems is the fear of losing what we have and what we know. All these therapies, all these techniques, religious or otherwise, are only perpetuating the agony of man.

59. Thoughts come from outside.

60. The quest for happiness is pointless.

61. You are not ready to accept the fact that you have to give up. A complete and total surrender. It is a state of hopelessness which says that there is no way out. Any movement in any direction, on any dimension, at any level, is taking you away from yourself.

62. The world does not owe me a living. If I want to enjoy the benefits of organised society I have to contribute something to it.

63. Only if you reject all the other paths can you discover your own path.

64. "Be selfish and stay selfish" is my message. Wanting enlightenment is selfishness. Charity is selfishness.

65. When belief is not producing the results you expect of that, you introduce what is called faith. That means hope.

66. All our experiences, spiritual or otherwise, are the basic cause of our suffering. The body is not interested in anything that you are interested in. That is the battle that is going on all the time. There seems to be no way out.

67. Each individual by virtue of his genetic structure is unparalleled, unprecedented and unrepeatable.

68. To be yourself requires extraordinary intelligence. You are blessed with that intelligence; nobody need give it to you; nobody can take it away from you. He who lets that express itself in its own way is a Natural man.

69. It is an act of futility to relate my description to the way you are functioning. When you stop all this comparison, what is there is your Natural state. Then you will not listen to anybody.

70. That beaten track will lead you nowhere. There is no oasis situated yonder; you are stuck with the mirage.

71. The Natural state is a state of great sensitivity – but this is a physical sensitivity of the senses, not some kind of emotional compassion or tenderness for others. There is compassion only in the sense that there are no "others" for me, and so there is no separation.

72. Spiritual activities are basically selfish.

73. What is here, this Natural state, is a living thing. It cannot be captured by me, let alone by you. It's like a flower. You can't preserve its perfume; whatever you preserve of this is only a synthetic, a chemical perfume, not the living thing;

74. This Natural state is a state in which questioning has stopped. It has stopped because those questions have no relation to the way the organism is functioning, and the way the organism is functioning leaves no room for questions.

75. The world's problems are nothing but extensions of our personal problems.

76. The body is not interested in anything you are interested in. And that is the battle that is going on all the time.

77. This body doesn't want to learn anything. Left to itself it has tremendous intelligence.

78. All questions are born out of the answers. But nobody wants the answers. The end of the question is the end of the answer.

79. We are only dealing with solutions and not with the problems. The only problem is in discovering the inadequacy or uselessness of all the solutions that have been offered to us.

80. The human thinking is born out of some sort of neurological defect in the human body. Therefore anything that is born out of human thinking is destructive.

81. Order and disorder occur simultaneously in nature.

82. The stranglehold of culture prevents your uniqueness from blooming. You always want to become someone other than what you are.

83. You only observe through a veil of ideas put into you by your culture. A real artist knows that what you see out there does not tally, does not match with those precious artistic ideas that you are so proud of. But you will only be satisfied when you hear what you want to hear.

84. Your so-called protective instinct is not a natural thing. it wears you out by its constant demand for permanence. Your thinking-mechanism which demands permanence is a dead thing. It cannot touch anything living.

85. In nature there is no death or destruction at all. What occurs is the reshuffling of atoms. If there is a need or necessity to maintain the balance of energy in this universe, death occurs.

86. Harsh fact is the greatest teacher. It is that which will spur you into action.

87. Consciousness is so pure that whatever you are doing in the direction of purifying that consciousness is adding impurity to it.

88. One eats to prolong life; one also fasts or eats less to prolong life. In short, delaying death is all that you are interested in. That is your agony. The body is not interested in this immortality game. Health itself is a definition.

89. All that is necessary for the survival of this living organism is already there. The tremendous intelligence of the body is no match for all that we have gathered and acquired through our intellect.

90. You think when you don't want to do anything. Thinking is a poor alternative to acting. Your thinking is consuming all your energy. Act, don't think!

91. What makes you unhappy is the search for things which do not exist.

92. In most situations you want two things at the same time. That's your tragedy.

93. First the death must take place, then yoga begins. Yoga is actually the body's skill in bringing itself back from the state of clinical death.

94. You say, "I love you, I miss you", but you think twice before you make a long-distance call. That's why, folks, I always talk about money. That's the thing that reveals where you are really at.

95. By giving money they control you, and by not giving money they control you... As long as you want something from someone, there will always be someone out there to control you.

96. Accept yourself and others as you are, because they cannot and will not change and neither can you.

97. Knowledge is power. There is nothing like knowledge for the sake of knowledge. The quest for knowledge is to dominate your neighbour. This organism doesn't want to learn anything.

98. Only if you respect all the other paths can you discover your own path.

99. Whenever enlightenment happened, it happened to those people who had given up completely and totally all their search. That is an absolute requisite for that kind of a thing.

100. You cannot experience the death of anybody, not even the death of your near and dear ones. What you experience is the void created by the death of someone you love.

101. Death is a release for the person who is suffering. But even here, you would rather maintain your permanent relationship with the suffering man and keep him going with the help of all those life-support systems, rather than face the void created by his death. Do you see how selfish you are?

102. Thought can never capture the moment of life, it is much too slow. It is like lightning and thunder. They occur simultaneously, but sound, travelling slower than light, reaches you later, creating the illusion of two separate events.

103. All the accumulated knowledge, experience, and suffering of mankind is inside you. You must build a huge bonfire within you. The you will become an individual. There is no other way.

104. You know the story of Alice in Wonderland. The red queen has to run faster and faster to keep still where she is. That is exactly what you are doing. Running faster and faster. But you are not moving anywhere.

105. Nature is interested in only two things – to survive and to reproduce one like itself. Anything you superimpose on that, all the cultural input, is responsible for the boredom of man.

106. The fundamental attributes of life are survival and reproduction.

107. Man cannot be anything other than what he is. Whatever he is, he will create a society that mirrors him.

108. One thing I want to make very clear. I am not here to liberate you at all. What is it that you want to liberate yourself from? You are trying to ask for something which you already have.

109. This moment is not a thing that can be captured, experienced, or given expression to. The moment you capture what you think of this moment you have already made it part of the past.

110. It is mortality that creates immortality. It is the known that creates the unknown. It is the time that has created the timeless. It is thought that has created the thoughtless.

111. There are no individuals. Society has created us.

112. Real silence is explosive, it is not the dead state of mind that spiritual seekers think. This is volcanic in its nature; it's bubbling all the time – the energy, the life – that is its quality.

113. You just don't have the courage to be yourself. That means you have to be alone in this world – one without a second.

114. If anyone thinks he can help you, he will inevitably mislead you,

115. My mission, if there is any, should be, from now on, to debunk every statement I have made. If you take seriously and try to use or apply what I have said, you will be in danger.

116. Spirituality is the invention of the mind, and the mind is a myth.

117. It is a little easier to talk to those who have attempted thought-control – who have done some spiritual practice – because they experience the futility of it and can see where they are hung up.

118. Going to the pub or the temple is exactly the same; it is quick fix.

119. All I am trying to point out is that all this knowledge you are so proud of flaunting isn't worth a tinker's damn.

120. The body has no independent existence. You are a squatter there.

121. The appreciation of music, poetry and language is all culturally determined and is the product of thought. It is acquired taste that tells you that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is more beautiful than a chorus of cats screaming; both produce equally valid sensations.

122. All experiences however extraordinary they may be are in the area of sensuality.

123. Man cannot be anything other than what he is. Whatever he is, he will create a society that mirrors him.

124. It would be more interesting to learn from children, than try to teach them how to behave, how to live and how to function.

125. All I can guarantee you is that as long as you are searching for happiness, you will remain unhappy.

126. We have no future at all as long as we try to get the answers from the past that is dead. Anybody who says, "Look back or go back", has no answers to offer us.

127. You eat not food but ideas. What you wear are not clothes, but labels and names.

128. The plain fact is that if you don't have a problem, you create one. If you don't have a problem you don't feel that you are living.

129. That messy thing called "mind" has created many destructive things. By far the most destructive of them all is God.

130. Atmospheric pollution is most harmless when compared to the spiritual and religious pollution that have plagued the world.

131. Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mould to which all must conform. It is grotesque.

132. Your constant utilisation of thought to give continuity to your separate self is "you". There is nothing there inside you other than that.

133. If you have the courage to touch life for the first time, you will never know what hit you. Everything man has thought, felt and experienced is gone, and nothing is put in its place.

134. Whether you are interested in moksha, liberation, freedom, transformation, you name it, you are interested in happiness without one moment of unhappiness, pleasure without pain, it is the same thing.

135. We don't want to be free from fear. All that we want to do is to play games with it and talk about freeing ourselves from fear.

136. When the movement in the direction of becoming something other than what you are isn't there any more, you are not in conflict with yourself.

137. What I have found of and by myself runs counter to everything anyone has said in any field of human thought. They have misled themselves and misguided everybody. You still fall for all that because if, for instance, you were to change your diet you would die of starvation. But I want to live forever! Can you keep me alive and healthy, the way I have lived for ninety years of my life? No? But that’s all that interests me!

138. When once it throws out everything that has been put in there by your filthy culture, this body will function in an extraordinarily intelligent way. It can take care of everything.

139. If at any time I accept anything, it is not what the religious people have told me about the way the body functions, but what the medical doctors have found. Yet, what they do not know is immense; and they will never know how this body functions.

140. I have never taken any medicine nor have I ever seen a doctor. All the doctors who have advised me not to live the kind of life I had been living are now dead and gone.

141. Although I assert that all doctors should be shot, I don’t advise others not to see a doctor. I don’t know what I will do if I am in a situation where I want to prolong my life a little longer. So I would never tell others not to see a doctor.

142. I brushed aside everything born out of human thought. Everything they told me falsified me. And what you are trying to get you can never get, because there is nothing to get.

143. What you are is a belief; if you let one belief go, you must replace it with another; otherwise, you will drop dead. I am telling you, a clinical death will occur. It is not the near death experience of those "near death" scoundrels.

144. If it stumbles into this of and by itself, such a body will be so unique that it will be unparalleled in this world and will function in an extraordinary way. Such a body has never existed before on this planet. And such a man will be more spiritual than all the other claimants.

145. All those filthy religious people are fooling themselves and fooling everybody, living on the gullibility and credulity of people, making an easy living, selling shoddy pieces of goods and promising you some goodies that they can never deliver. But you want to believe all that nonsense. It’s a reflection on your intelligence that you fall for all that crap to which you are exposed.

146. Nobody has given me the mandate to save you people or save the world. The human species should be wiped out for what it has done to every other species on this planet! It has no place on this planet. If I am sure of one thing, it is that. If it were not for your destructive weapons, you would have been wiped out a long time ago. And you are going to be wiped out, because now others have the means to wipe you out. But you are not going to go gracefully without taking every form of life on this planet with you.

147. With minimum means you can wipe out the maximum power.

148. The body knows what it needs to do to survive. If it does not have the means to survive, it goes gracefully. The only reason for this organism to exist is to give continuity to the human species. Sex is only for reproduction, but you have turned that into a pleasure movement. What else is sex for than reproduction?

149.  The human kind appeared on this planet and it thinks all this has been created for its use. You think you were created for a grander and nobler purpose. The human being is a more despicable thing than all the other forms of life on this planet.

150. You are just an animal, but you are not ready to accept that. You are not more intelligent than the other animals.

151. The native intelligence of the human body is amazing. That is all it needs to survive in any dangerous situation in life.

152. The native intelligence is what you are born with; the intellect is acquired from what they teach you. So, you don’t have any words or phrases, or even experiences, which you can call your own. You have to use that knowledge that has been put in there in order to experience anything.

153. There is nothing to your love: if you don’t get what you want, what happens to your, "I love you darling, dearie, honey bunch, shnookie putsie, sugar britches, petit chouchou, sugar booger?" If you don’t get what you want out of all that, what happens to your lovey-dovey?

154. The only test for me is money. How free you are with your money? I don’t mean, "How wasteful you are with your money?"

155. Life is movement. You can't capture it, you can't contain it, you can't express it.

156. The only relationship you have with anybody in this world is "What do I get out of it?" That’s all you care about. Other than that, there is nothing to it!

157. You all fool yourselves thinking that you are going to get something by hanging around me… ho ho ho! You’re not going to get a thing because there is no need to get anything from anybody.

158. You can’t fit me into any religious frame. I don’t need to fool people and thrive on their gullibility and credulity. Why should I? I’m telling you, you will lose everything! You are not going to get anything from anybody. There is no need for me to say you’re not going to get what you want from anyone else either. That you will find out by yourself. But that you can’t do either by your own effort or by your volition or by anything you do or do not do. That is not something that happens in the field of cause and effect.

160. Everything was thrown out of my system. I don’t know how I was thrown off the merry go round. I went round and round and round. I was lucky – luck, not in the sense that when you go to a gambling place and win if you’re lucky. They put me on a merry go round; I went on and on and on. I didn’t have the guts to jump off. I was just thrown off like an animal thrown from the top of a tree. The animal just gets up and runs off.

161. Fear makes your body stiff and then you will certainly break your limbs. My body is never stiff.

163. The demand for permanence – permanent relationships, permanent happiness, and permanent bliss – in any field and in any area of human existence is the cause of human misery. There is nothing to permanence.

164. So don’t be a damned fool! Go and make money. That’s the only thing that impresses me – cash on the barrel!  I told my grandparents this even as a little boy.

165. I am in perfect harmony with this world, exactly the way it is.

166. I will never break the laws, no matter how ridiculous the laws are.

167. I told Bertrand Russell, "The H-bomb is an extension of your policeman; are you willing to do away with the policeman?" "You have to draw the line somewhere!" he said. I just said goodbye and walked out.

168. There is no need to change this world at all; and there is no need to change yourself either.

169. I am not a sociable man; yet I am not anti-social.

170. What I am trying to emphasise over and over again is that what has happened to me has nothing to do with the spiritual nonsense they preach; it doesn’t have even a teeny weenie bit of spiritual content. It is a physical phenomenon pure and simple. Once this body is freed from the stranglehold of whatever is put in there either by spiritual teachers or secular teachers, or by those scientists and medical technology, it functions in a very efficient way.

171. At the time I was born, when my mother introduced herself to me as "I am your mommy" and hugged me and kissed me, I apparently kicked her; and she died in seven days after I was born. When they put me into the frame of an enlightened man, they said that the mother of such a child can never have any more children or sex, and that she would die. Actually she died of puerperal fever, but not because she gave birth to an enlightened man. They have to put such people into that frame of giving birth to an enlightened man. 

172. You don’t have to take my word for it. Be miserable and die in your misery.

173. There is no meaning in and no purpose to suffering.

174. If a body is lucky enough to stumble into its natural way of functioning, it happens not through your effort, not through your volition; it just happens, but not by what you do or do not do. It is not even a happening within the field of cause and effect. "Acausal" is the most appropriate word for it, because a happening can never be outside the field of cause and effect.

175. The methods of thought prevent you from understanding the limitations of thought as a means to directly experience life and its movements.

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