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About Jean Klein

Jean Klein (1912 – 1998) was a French author, spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita Vedanta. According to Jean Klein, it is only in a “spontaneous state of interior silence that we can open ourselves to our true nature: the ‘I Am’ of pure consciousness.” Wikipedia


Quotes by Jean Klein

Jean Klein (quotes)

  • Live in the moment, simply be.
  • All desire is a desire for the Self.
  • True bliss is not in objects, but in us.
  • Any love is a home-sickness, a longing for a lost paradise.
  • The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace.
  • Non-dual realization cannot be dealt with by the mind because it is beyond the mind.
  • Realize that the body appears in you, in awareness, and that you are not lost in the body.
  • Nothing that can be known has existence in itself. It depends on a knower. The knower is consciousness.
  • What you do is of no importance whatsoever; what matters is the way in which you do it, your inner attitude.
  • In reality the world is created at every moment. It is only memory that gives the false impression of continuity.
  • The world exists only when we think about it; creation stories are for children. In reality the world is created every moment.
  • Once you free yourself from the idea, ‘I am my body’ and the consequences of this idea, you will awaken to your natural state of being.
  • In listening and stillness there is nobody who is still, and this stillness doesn’t refer to any object; it is absolutely objectless; it is our real nature.
  • We habitually attribute a cause to joy, we turn joy into an object because memory links the two together, but in reality they are of two entirely different natures.
  • The human form is a microcosm of the universe. All that supposedly exists outside us in reality exists in us. The world is in you and can become known in you, as you.
  • But this is not the cause of the suffering, the suffering comes purely from having intentions. Drop all intentions, and relaxation will follow.  This is living without intentions.
  • To identify yourself with your personality is more or less a reflex. You must see, when the reflex comes up, that it is a kind of feeling of insecurity; you are looking for a hold.
  • It is like being in the desert. At first you listen to the absence of sounds and call it silence. Then suddenly you may be taken by the presence of stillness where you are one with listening itself.
  • We are completely unaware of our true nature because we constantly identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre which is pure consciousness.
  • You are primal awareness. Life is only primal awareness. Between two thoughts or two perceptions you are. You know moments in your life when a thought completely disappears into silence, but still you are.
  • A work of art always arises from the background: consciousness. Be it music, painting, architecture, poetry or sculpture, it is always seen by the artist in an instant, like a flash of lightning, as it surges forth from deep within him.
  • When one is struck by wonder or astonishment there is perfect non-duality between the knower and the thing known. It is a living reality. Let yourself be totally absorbed by it, then thought and action will derive directly from this background which is wonderment.”
  • First we must see that we cannot will ourselves to be open because openness is our very nature. Any tiny residue of willing, of wanting to be open takes us away from what we are. Willing never goes beyond willing. So the only way to be free from this circle is to glimpse the truth that openness is the egoless state, that it is here and now
  • He is the witness of the world, he is the witness of his feelings and of its thoughts. This understanding liberates him from his identification with the body-mind, and opens the possibility for consciousness to be universal rather than personal. But this distinction has to be eventually transcended: the subject and its object are one, there is no “gap”.
  • If the ego is in the slightest way separated from its source, it yearns to find it again. This search comes from the remembrance of unity and plenitude. As every experience emanates from the non-experience which is our real being, the me also bears the scent of its source. This remembering is awakened through those moments of desirelessness and in deep sleep.
  • Liberation does not concern the person, for liberation is freedom from the person. Basically the disciple and teacher are identical. Both are the timeless axis of all action and preception. The only difference is that one ‘knows’ himself for what he is while the other does not. The idea of being a person, an ego, is nothing other than an image held together by memory.
  • 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. When we return to our true nature, our thoughts and perceptions no longer appear as modifications of a single substance, they come into being and subside like waves of the ocean.
  • Free yourself from all believes, all norms. See that you live completely with beliefs. Free yourself from second hand information. See in you clearly what is beautiful. All that is beautiful in you is right. Look at the situation with an open mind, free from hearsay. The solution is in the situation. So, see the situation clearly with an open mind. Then the choiceless decision comes.
  • Our surroundings are not contained by name and form. You are neither the body nor the mind, these are limits you identify with through a lack of clear-sightedness. When you are attentive to a tree or flower, the perception, shape, name and concept are not the only things present. There is also the All-presence that you share with them and that you are both part of. The very name and form spring forth from this eternal background, the All-presence. This is instantaneous awareness that cannot be reached by thought.
  • Deeply buried within you is the conviction that all objects and your surroundings are separate from you, outside you. In the same way, feelings and your body are just objects amongst others which can also be considered separate from you. If we adopt this point of view, the ego loses its substance. You will come to see that your thoughts, your I-thought, emotions, likes and dislikes are equally only perceived objects. This standpoint will lead you to realize spontaneously that you are the ultimate knower, and your notion of being a personal entity will thus lose all meaning.