Happiness is a state of which you are unconscious, of which you are not aware. The moment you are aware that you are happy, you cease to be happy. You want to be consciously happy: the moment you are consciously happy, happiness is gone.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying
to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
Freedom from the desire for an answer
is essential to the understanding of a problem.
It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.
The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing
called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it,
you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive,|a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.
Sorrow is not in death but in loneliness,|and conflict comes when you seek consolation,|forgetfullness, explanations, and illusions.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European,
or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent?
Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind.
When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition,
it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence
does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party
or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
In the cultivation of the mind, our emphasis should be not on concentration, but on attention. Concentration is a process of forcing the mind to narrow down to a point, whereas attention is without frontiers.
The mind has to be empty to see clearly.
To find out what you love to do demands a great deal of intelligence; because, if you are afraid of not being able to earn a livelihood, or of not fitting into this rotten society, then you will never find out. But, if you are not frightened, if you refuse to be pushed into the groove of tradition by your parents, by your teachers, by the superficial demands of society, then there is a possibility of discovering what it is you really love to do. So, to discover, there must be no fear of not surviving.
Do not think about yourself,|but be aware of the thought, emotion,|or action that makes you think of yourself.
The moment you are aware that you are happy,|you cease to be happy. You want to be consciously happy:|the moment you are consciously happy, happiness is gone.
You can’t go very far if you don’t begin very near.
The fact is that truth is life and life has no permanency. Life has to be discovered from moment to moment, from day to day. It has to be discovered. It cannot be taken for granted. If you take it for granted that you know life, than you are not living. Three meals a day, clothing, shelter, sex, your job, your amusement, and your thinking process–that dull, repetitive process is not life.
When we talk about understanding,
surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely,
the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears,
when you give your whole attention to it.
- Nagarjuna Indian Buddhist Philosopher
- Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Indian Hindu Philosopher
- Sri Aurobindo Indian Hindu Nationalist
- J. P. Vaswani Indian Hindu Philosopher
- Patanjali Indian Hindu Philosopher
- Basava Indian Hindu Philosopher
- Ramana Maharshi Indian Hindu Mystic
- Rabindranath Tagore Indian Hindu Polymath
- Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu Mystic
- Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian Hindu Religious Leader