The ecumenical path is surely, by human vision, a long, difficult one, stretching far into the future. But with God, all things are possible. (…) And the most important thing is prayer, with fasting and humbling ourselves before God and men. God will only hear prayer from a sincere heart, one that really shares the concern of Christ’s heart for all his flock. Without this concern our prayer for union is only words. (…). P.185.
Powell, Robert (Ed). (1994). The Ultimate Medicine: as prescribed by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: dialogues with a Realized Master. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. P.199.
To know itself the self must be faced with its opposite - the not-self. Desire leads to experience. Experience leads to discrimination, detachment, self-knowledge –liberation. And what is liberation after all? To know that you are beyond birth and death. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature, you created so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream. Enquiry also wakes you up. You need not wait for suffering; enquiry into happiness is better, for the mind is in harmony and peace.
Gandhi is dead, yet his mind pervades the earth. The thought of a gnani (the knower - P.R.) pervades humanity and works ceaselessly for good. Being anonymous, coming from within, it is more powerful and compelling. That is how the world improves - the inner aiding and blessing the outer. When gnani dies, he is no more, in the same sense in which a river is no more when it merges in the sea; the name, the shape, are no more, but the water remains and becomes one with the ocean. When a gnani joins the universal mind, all his goodness and wisdom become the heritage of humanity and uplift every human being.
He (gnani - the knower, P.R.) suffers with those who suffer. The event (of death - P.R.) itself is of little importance, but he is full of compassion for the suffering being, whether alive or dead, in the body or out of it. After all, love and compassion are his very nature. He is one with all that lives and love is that oneness in action. (…) The gnani is afraid of nothing. But he pities the man who is afraid. After all, to be born, to live and to die is natural. To be afraid is not. (…).
(…) As it is natural for the incense stick to burn out, so it is natural for the body to die. Really, it is a matter of very little importance. What matters is that I am neither the body nor the mind. I am.
As long as you are a beginner certain formalized meditations, or prayers may be good for you. But for a seeker for reality there is only one meditation – the rigorous refusal to harbour thoughts. To be free from thoughts is itself meditation. (…) You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind till it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper into it. (…) Experiment anew, don’t go by past experience. Watch your thoughts and watch yourself watching your thoughts. The state of freedom from thoughts will happen suddenly and by bliss of it you shall recognize it.
All this makes me appreciate more and more, on a very existential level, the value of that freedom of passionlessness, freedom from curiosity, from possessiveness, the freedom of the true adorer who can see each thing in its God Presence and go on adoring without distraction. With such God consciousness, unity consciousness, all is peaceful, unending, deepening prayer.
(…) As long as you are pleased with the lesser, you cannot have the highest. Whatever pleases you, keeps you back. Until you realize the unsatisfactoriness of everything, its transiency and limitation, and collect your energies in one great longing, even the first step is not made. On the other hand, the integrity of the desire for the Supreme is by itself a call from the Supreme. Nothing, physical or mental, can give you freedom. You are free once you understand that your bondage is of your own making and cease forging the chains that bind you. P.304.
(…) When I returned from Rome, all said, “Tell us the great news," and with great excitement I did: “A flower in a field whistled, and at night the sky untied her hair and I fell asleep clutching a sacred tress…”
If you are engaged in doing good deeds and go on doing good acts, you will have good sleep, good appetite and bad thoughts will not cross your mind. Otherwise, you will always be criticizing others. In inaction, your minds will always be engaged in thinking critically of others. Karma - activity - is the only thing which can drive out all evils.
Your thinking is like a camel driver,
and you are the camel:
it drives you in every direction under its bitter control.
Ika ōaṅkāra sati nāmu karatā purakhu nirabha'u niravairu akāla mūrati ajūnī saibhaṃ gura prasādi
(There is only) One God, Creator of the Universe, (His) Name is Truth, (He is) Creator not knowing Fear or Hatred, the Timeless One, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent, Bestower of Grace.
It is not for him to pride himself
who loveth his own country,
but rather for him who loveth the whole world.
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
Ashoka (304-232 BC), Mauryan emperor, quoted in: Jack Maguire. (2001). Essential Buddhism. P.33.