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ajay00 09-02-2017 05:49 AM

Quotes on Awareness\Mindfulness...
All of spirituality is contained in that one word: Awareness. — Mata Amritanandamayi

Proceed on life’s journey with awareness. — Mata Amritanandamayi

If I were to summarize it ( Guruma's teachings) into one thing, it would be awareness. How to develop that awareness-insight. I am not referring to awareness at the level of the mind as seen in mountaineers or astronauts. A slip in awareness and the mountaineer can be buried alive under snow or the astronaut blasted away from his ship. But that awareness does not transform them or cause them to disassociate from the mind and its functions. To be an observer is to be totally neutral and to be a witness. And somewhere, I would add, the awareness of who I am, or what the truth is.-- Anandamurti Gurumaa

How to do meditation, many people ask me. Don't do anything, to just go into thoughtless awareness. Try to go to the thoughtless awareness. If you can get into that condition of thoughtless awareness you've done your job, because that's the point where you are with the truth, with the reality, with the joy, with everything that is so fundamental.-- Nirmala Devi

When you are in thoughtless awareness, you must know that you are in the kingdom of God and His people, His arrangements, His consciousness, is going to look after you. -- Nirmala Devi

ajay00 10-02-2017 08:09 AM

You can become fully aware only when you are living in the moment.
- Barry Long

The moment is your only duty. Your duty at any time in your life is to do what you have to do from moment to moment. - Barry Long

There is nothing we need to do or achieve, beyond the fullness of the present moment. - Metta Zetty

ajay00 11-02-2017 11:25 AM

When the robot mind is mastered, undisciplined thinking ceases and is replaced by awareness. Awareness can know love. You can only experience the new when you are aware, when you are without thought. - Barry Long

When the heart is empty of the things of the mind, and the mind is empty of thought, then is there Love. That which is empty is inexhaustible. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

ajay00 12-02-2017 08:15 AM

Living in the wilderness,
staying peaceful, remaining chaste,
eating just one meal a day:
why are their faces
so bright & serene?

[The Buddha:]
They don't sorrow over the past,
don't long for the future.
They survive on the present.
That's why their faces
are bright & serene.
From longing for the future,
from sorrowing over the past,
fools wither away
like a green reed cut down.

Mindfulness is the true virtue. - Buddha

Impermanent are all created things;Strive on with awareness. - Buddha

sunnyray 12-02-2017 09:43 AM

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
~Nhat Hanh

ajay00 16-02-2017 07:33 AM

Self-awareness is yoga. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Deepen and broaden your awareness of yourself and all the blessings will flow. You need not seek anything, all will come to you most naturally and effortlessly.- Nisargadatta Maharaj

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.- Nisargadatta Maharaj

ajay00 21-10-2017 06:32 PM

Awareness is who we are and forgetting that leads to suffering. -Vicki Woodyard

Being unconscious means you’re lost in thought, in the pictures and stories your mind is producing. You have entered the made-up content of your mind and are occupying it as if it were reality itself. Your ego is invested in this content as being real and important, and very likely as a result you are experiencing some kind of emotion (stirred up by the thinking). You have forgotten that all of it is the product of your mind (even if its content appears to be true or important). As a result, you are missing actual reality, what’s happening in the now — including that you are inventing the thoughts. - JAN FRASIER

Your true nature is awareness and not what your mind is producing. - Burt Harding

Silver 21-10-2017 07:23 PM

In Zen, it is said right view is no view.

This 'view' thing means taking a situation, filtering it through one's mind and putting a personal spin on it. In other words, make stuff up. Then you can't see what is actually going on -- only a limited interpretation of it. The two will inevitably clash and cause suffering.

Zen is to perceive everything as it is, sans adding or subtracting. No expectations and no disagreements with others.

Suffering will disappear.


Silver 21-10-2017 07:26 PM

Whatever worldly joy there is arises from wishing for others' happiness.
Whatever worldly suffering there is arises from wishing for your own happiness.

Shantideva - A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

ajay00 28-12-2017 02:43 PM

There is only one reality, but there are many ways that reality can be interpreted. ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Awareness means grasping life just the way it is, without contamination by mental projections. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

There is so much filtering going on that sometimes you won’t see things that are there. You only have to look at a paranoid person who’s always feeling threatened by something that isn’t there, who’s constantly interpreting reality in terms of certain experiences of the past or certain conditioning that he or she has had. ~ Anthony de Mello

Most people do not see their beliefs. Instead, their beliefs tell them what they see. This is the simple difference between clarity and confusion. – Matthew Kahn

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory. ~ Thomas Jefferson

It was incredible to me that members of one community could kill members of another not for anything personal that they did but simply based on their identity. ~ Amartya Sen

Ego is conditioned state of mind where the reality is forgotten. Wisdom is freedom of consciousness; here the truth is realised. ~ Maharshi Vedathiri

Pay attention to your experience and you will discover that emotion follows thought and belief. Awareness precedes all. ~ Metta Zetty

The dissolution of belief in being a seeker is via naked seeing, where the energy supporting belief is removed naturally or overthrown by the clarity of naked seeing. Awareness is self-aware (without an entity) and naked awareness is non conceptual. ~ Gilbert Schultz

Light-Peace-Love 09-01-2018 10:58 AM

Dr. Mikao Usui:

Each of us has the potential of being given a gift by the divine, which results in the body and soul becoming unified … a great many people will experience the blessings of the divine … Through it, the human being will first be made healthy, and then peace of mind and joy in life will be increased’.

Albert Einstein:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science.

Mark Twain:

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Elysium 11-01-2018 06:03 AM


I didn't have much of an imagination as a child, and now, at 28, I am opening up to having one. It's been interesting.

ajay00 13-01-2018 06:29 PM

The Self, our Being, is awareness. - Sri Muruganar

Remember your Self always and everywhere. - George Gurdjieff

Don't ever lose awareness of your Being. - Sri Ramana Maharshi

Abiding in your own Being is also holy company. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

ajay00 20-02-2018 01:59 PM

If we continuously maintain self awareness, we will be able to experience peace and happiness. ~ Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi).

As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love - even the most simple action. ~ Eckhart Tolle

And thoughtless awareness is nothing but such a pouring sense of joy - joy which is neither happiness or unhappiness, but singular. ~ Nirmala Devi

The most beautiful moments in your life – moments of bliss, moments of joy, moments of ecstasy, moments of utter peace – were moments when you were not thinking about anything. You were just living. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Happiness is self-generated as the mind becomes still. As we become involved with the desires of the world, we lose that centering, that stillness. ~ Dr. Frederick Lenz

Whenever your mind becomes still there is happiness and enjoyment, and each time the mind is shaken then sorrow, tensions and worries surround you. ~ Anandmurti Gurumaa

There is a presence within you
that has never suffered.
It lives in joy that has no cause.
It is who you most deeply are.

~Jan Frazier

ajay00 10-09-2018 05:17 PM

The Self, our Being, is awareness. - Sri Muruganar

Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one’s Self is to be blissful always. - Ramana Maharshi

“Man’s search for happiness is an unconscious search for his true Self. The true Self is imperishable; therefore when a man finds it, he finds a happiness which does not come to an end.” - Ramana Maharshi

This world is trapped in the well of suffering. What is this suffering due to? This suffering stems from ignorance of the Self. All suffering in this world is because of ignorance. This ignorance leads to raag (attachment) and dwesh
(abhorrence) relentlessly and suffering is experienced as a consequence. Only Gnan can cure this suffering. There is no other remedy. Gnan insulates you from suffering. -- Ambalal Muljibhai Patel

Purpose of suffering is to connect you to your Self (Awareness). It indicates that you got carried away by all the transient things around you. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

ajay00 17-09-2018 05:49 PM

"The only evil is ignorance, unawareness, failure to see our authentic identity. To the degree that we learn to live from our true identity, our pains and follies fall away, to be re- placed with peace and wisdom." – Vernon Howard

Awareness is who we are and forgetting that leads to suffering. - Vicki Woodyard

Suffering always runs along the tracks of mechanical thought, so by permitting consciousness to interrupt mechanical thought, we learn the secret for ending suffering. - Vernon Howard

Happiness is the function of your consciousness when it is awake, unhappiness is the function of your consciousness when it is asleep. Unconsciousness is your mirror burdened with much dust and luggage and the past. Osho

To live unconsciously is to be in hell, and to live consciously is to be in heaven. - Osho

One unseen contradiction in our own consciousness. Only our awakened awareness can end the heartaches inherent in remaining spiritually asleep. - Guy Finley

When you are suffering, when you are unhappy, stay totally with what is Now( present moment awareness). Unhappiness or problems cannot survive in the Now.- Eckhart Tolle

ajay00 02-10-2018 09:33 AM

Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive. ~ Eckhart Tolle

When scientific or rational thinking is grounded in presence it has a completely different outcome. It can never be monstrous. ~ Jean Klein

ajay00 11-10-2018 05:39 PM

The average man is ruled by the explosions of his emotions, and cannot think clearly. - Yogananda

Conflict is always emotional. – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Emotions arise from thoughts which arise, in turn, from foundational belief structures about the nature of Reality and your own innate identity.- Metta Zetty

The conflict in the world is not between good and evil, as is so often projected. The conflict is always between one man’s belief and another man’s belief, whether it is within the family or between nations. The moment you believe something, you are in conflict with the opposing belief. You can postpone it with moderate talk. But conflict is inevitable. – Jaggi Vasudev

Ego is complete identification with thought and emotion. – Eckhart Tolle

Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions that you feel. See the link between your thinking and your emotions. Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. – Eckhart Tolle

ajay00 12-10-2018 02:04 PM

Vedanta contains eternal truths that are meant for the entire humanity. Their knowledge is neither emotional nor intellectual, but represents the actual reality that is. It teaches us that preoccupation with the past and the future makes for an agitated present. And as our actions are the greatest expression of our thoughts, it is not surprising that the world we live in is as turbulent as it is. -- Swami Purushottamananda

Emotions and even thoughts become depersonalized through awareness. Their impersonal nature is recognized. There is no longer a self in them. They are just human emotions, human thoughts. Your entire personal history, which is ultimately no more than a story, a bundle of thoughts and emotions, becomes of secondary importance and no longer occupies the forefront of your consciousness. It no longer forms the basis for your sense of identity. You are the light of Presence, the awareness that is prior to and deeper than any thoughts and emotions. -- Eckhart Tolle

Walk into a situation consciously and you will be able to walk out of it harmlessly. - Vernon Howard

Everything will turn out successfully when the mind is not agitated. - Yogar Swamigal

If I am agitated, I am wrong. - Vernon Howard

ajay00 31-12-2018 02:13 PM

Self-awareness tells you at every step what needs to be done. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

When every action of yours is preceded by witnessing (awareness), then every move you make in this world becomes perfect and significant. ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

If you maintain mindfulness you will unmistakenly know what to do and what not to do. Thus clear awareness is most important; it is your inner Buddha. ~ Garchen Rinpoche

malan789 01-01-2019 12:31 AM

Awareness is who we are and forgetting that leads to suffering. -Vicki Woodyard

ajay00 09-01-2019 05:50 PM

“Intuition is the art of the moment. Intuition is always in the moment, in the here and now. While the intellect always moves like the pendulum of a clock between the memories of the past and the fantasies of the future, intuition is always in the moment, always in the here and now. The more we develop our inner being, the inner source of love and truth, the inner quality of being here and now, the more we also have access to our intuition.” - Swami Dhyan Giten

“Intuition is a capacity of our heart. Our heart is the door to allowing Existence to guide us, instead of being directed by our ideas, desires and expectations. Since the days of Aristotle’s, we have been taught that logic is the only way to reach a solution. But while logic works in a step-by-step-process to reach a solution, intuition simply takes a quantum leap to a solution without any intermediate steps.” - Swami Dhyan Giten

ajay00 07-02-2019 04:51 PM

When you love the Self (awareness) and nothing else, you go beyond the selfish and the unselfish. You will solve not only your own problems but also the problems of humanity. You will know what to do. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

By maintaining continuous awareness, we can make the right choices about our environment and the objects with which our senses come into contact.
~ Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri

janielee 07-02-2019 10:09 PM

Thank you for this thread, ajay00!


ajay00 17-02-2019 12:15 AM

‘Intuition means having the right thought at the right moment.’ ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

'Our consciousness itself is Shaastra (scripture), so if we listen to our consciousness, our intuition, we will function in accord with nature.'~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Originally Posted by janielee
Thank you for this thread, ajay00!


You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed it. :smile:

ajay00 19-02-2019 03:58 PM

Compassion is all inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories.
~ Amit Ray

All countries in this world are territories of evil. ~ Rama ( Yoga Vasistha)

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. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Kindness and awareness work together. Through awareness we understand the underlying beauty of everything and every being. ~ Amit Ray

ImthatIm 19-02-2019 11:54 PM

If I don't mind it don't matter.

ajay00 26-02-2019 04:56 PM

The Pure Mind and the Pure Ātman are one and the same thing. Whatever comes up in the Pure Mind is the voice of God. - Ramakrishna

It is in the Neutral Mind that you can be calm and pure and speak directly in the light of your soul. Then you speak and act from intuition. - Harbhajan Yogi Bhajan

Meditation will make you intuitive, and intuition will solve your problems. As a human, you have to know before you face life, that you cannot live the life of impulse. - Harbhajan Yogi Bhajan

When your ego works, intuition doesn't; when your intuition works, ego doesn't.- Harbhajan Yogi Bhajan

Man without intuitive mind is a car without brakes. - Harbhajan Yogi Bhajan

ajay00 09-03-2019 05:54 PM

Mind without agitation is meditation. Mind in the present moment is meditation. Mind that has no hesitation, no anticipation is meditation. Mind that has come back home, to the source, is meditation. Mind that becomes no mind is meditation. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Meditation is the only way you can transcend the negative thoughts, and then positive thoughts will come spontaneously & automatically. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

janielee 09-03-2019 09:56 PM


ajay00 11-04-2019 04:24 PM

The great perfection is non-conceptual awareness. - Dzogchen

True self-knowledge is nothing but awareness itself, naked and unadorned by any concepts. - Gilbert Schultz

There is only this moment, the now. That is all there is. All else is imagined. - Adam Oakley

The cause, the 'who' or the 'me', has no substance or independent nature of itself. It is just an imagined thing based on past events, experiences and conditioning. - Sailor Bob Adamson

Be what you are 100% - then there is no room for a 'me' to play havoc with the concept of identity. - Gilbert Schultz

ajay00 02-05-2019 06:12 PM

Prajñanam brahma - Brahman is pure consciousness (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda)

"God is love." - Jesus Christ (John 4:8)

"Pure consciousness is pure love, and love is the highest healer on the planet - you can say, it is your natural Self." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

ajay00 15-05-2019 02:08 AM

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Stop being tense about the external situations. Once the inside of a person is clean, then the outside automatically becomes all right. - Mata Amritanandamayi

In the realm of mind, like attracts like. If the soul is peaceful, then it attracts peaceful environment and people around it. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Set your mind right and all will be right. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Aethera 17-05-2019 07:59 PM

I think this is a good quote on mindfulness~

"Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people."-Dennis Prager

ajay00 20-05-2019 02:03 AM

Mindfulness is a way of training your mind to concentrate on the present, in order to feel calm and improve your mental state. ( Collins English Dictionary)

“Life is available only in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“No one has ever lived in the past or the future, only the now.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“While you are walking, smile and be in the here and now, and you will transform that place into paradise.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

ajay00 04-06-2019 04:29 PM

Under the obsessive thoughts and plans, under the emotions, positive and negative, there is an ocean of peace. ~Gangaji

To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. ~ Eckhart Tolle

We are completely unaware of our true nature because we identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre, which is pure consciousness. ~ Dr. Jean Klein

ajay00 12-07-2019 07:50 PM

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle

“You are not your thoughts; you are aware of your thoughts. You are not your emotions; you feel emotions. You are not your body; you look at it in the mirror and experience this world through its eyes and ears. You are the conscious being who is aware that you are aware of all these inner and outer things.” ~ Michael A. Singer

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.” ~ Michael A. Singer

ajay00 02-08-2019 04:52 PM

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. ~ Elbert Hubbard

When one is alert, one can transform poison into medicine. ~ Swami Sukhabodhananda

There is no greater force than awareness. When one increases awareness, even a poison can turn into a medicine and with no awareness a medicine can become a poison. ~ Swami Sukhabodhananda

Meditation makes you aware - that your inner attitude determines your happiness . -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

ajay00 28-08-2019 11:07 AM

“The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

I don’t want to tell anyone how much water they should use or shouldn’t use. But whatever you do – make it as conscious as possible. If you become conscious, you will only use as much as you need to. This will make a world of difference. Right now, we are behaving as if we’re the last generation on the planet. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

When you live consciously, your response to situation that arise will be agile and appropriate. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

ajay00 10-10-2019 09:24 AM

Equanimity is a perfect, unshakable balance of mind.- Nyanaponika Thera

“Maintaining equanimity of mind in all situations should be our focus. It verily is the goal,” - Mata Amritanandamayi

Equanimous mind gives rise to a heightened awareness. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy. - Jon Kabat-Zinn

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