Self-realisation (quotes)

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We have an inner yearning to know our true self

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We have a yearning to awaken to who we really are…

  • The question ‘Who am I?’ is not an idle one. How you answer the question will determine how you live the rest of your life. It will determine the quality of your life. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The main requirement for spiritual growth is a yearning to know who you really are. Adyashanti
  • But in the end spirituality is not about watching the breath. It’s about waking up from the dream of separateness to the truth of unity. Adyashanti
  • “Who am I?” is the only question worth asking and the only one never answered. Deepak Chopra
  • I’ve always hated the “Who are you?” question. This is a philosophical inquiry. Answering that question is why we’re on earth. You can’t answer it in thirty seconds or in an elevator. Sandy Nathan
  • Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness. Deepak Chopra
  • The most intimate question we can ask, and the one that has the most spiritual power, is this: What or who am I? Adyashanti
  • Who you think you are determines where you put your attention. Where you direct your attention creates your life experiences, and brings a new course of events into being. Gangaji
  • What greater thing is there than this Mystery that is Myself? Franklin Merrell- Wolff
  • Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. Lewis Carroll
  • The buddhists say there are 149 ways to god. I’m not looking for god, only for myself, and that is far more complicated. Jeanette Winterson
  • The heart of this whole thing is to begin to examine: ‘Well who am I? Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Only one task to do here: find out who you are. How do you find out who you are? Dive into the silence and see. Satguru Siva Yogaswami
  • How much longer will you go on letting your energy sleep? How much longer are you going to stay oblivious of the immensity of yourself? Rajneesh
  • Man know thyself: then thou shalt know the Universe and God. Pythagoras
  • I am not my body, I am not my mind, I am not my emotions Who then, am I? Vedic Question
  • This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?  Leo Tolstoy
  • Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority. Tom Hopkins
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… to know the nature of our true self

  • The secret to peace of mind is to not identify with anything other than your True Self. Robert Adams
  • Every second you spend looking for something outside yourself is another second you spend away from your true self. Michael Jeffreys
  • There is something that matters more than anything and that is finding the essence of who you are beyond that short- lived entity, that short- lived personalized sense of self. Eckhart Tolle
  • Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free. Eckhart Tolle
  • The effort to discover an authentic self, to strip away layers of alienation and culturally imposed identity and find a soul in a clear, unimpeded communion with the sacred is consonant with spiritual quests throughout the ages. Cynthia Eller
  • Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment–the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. Jorge Luis Borges
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We identify with a false sense of self

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Our minds create a fabricated sense of reality of who we are

  • Everything generated by the mind including our thoughts and emotions is an illusion. It’s fabricated reality. Adyashanti
  • What you assume yourself to be doesn’t exist. Charlie Hayes
  • You’re a prisoner of your own illusions – about yourself and about the world. Dan Millman
  • This bundle of ideas that we have held as being who we are is not actually the one who can make progress in the spiritual realm. Alice Gardner
  • I thought I was, but I’m not, what I was, or what I thought. Micheal Teal
  • He who defines himself can’t know who he really is. Lao Tzu
  • The more you buy into thoughts about your identity, the more you cut yourself off from who you really are. Reuben Lowe
  • We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no centre. Adyashanti
  • All that a guru can tell you is: “My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken aboutyourself. You are not the person you take yourself to be.” Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When you awaken, you realize that the separate person you took yourself to be is just a construct, a mental fabrication… Stephan Bodian
  • One common mistake is to think that one reality is THE reality. You must always be prepared to leave one reality for a greater one. Mother Meera
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We mistake who we are for our thoughts, memories, bodies and possessions

  • You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. Eckhart Tolle
  • My thoughts are not who I am. All my thoughts about me and the world are an illusion. Once I know this, I can be truly still and experience the Immense Silence. Adyashanti
  • It can be quite transformative to realize that you are not what you thought you were, that you are not your beliefs, that you are not your personality, that you are not your ego. You are something other than that, something that resides on the inside, at the innermost core of your being. Adyashanti
  • You are not your mind, body, thoughts, feelings, story or past. Adyashanti
  • Nothing that can be born, live and die is who we really are. Geraldine Evans
  • Take 5 seconds just to be quiet. Everything that disappeared in those 5 seconds for you, that’s what’s not real. So when you are not thinking, everything that disappears… that’s what’s not real. For most people, that’s about 99% of their whole experience of life… their whole world. Adyashanti
  • The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and often political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you. Eckhart Tolle
  • I am not my successes or failures. I enjoy creating new circumstances but I do not get my sense of worth from them. I do not identify with them. They are not who I am. Eckhart Tolle
  • I am not the person who is singing. I am the silent one inside. I am not my house, my car, my songs. They are only stops along my way. Paula Cole
  • I am unhappy if I think I am my things – job, friends, appearance, money. Sure, I can have fun with them, but I must not confuse with Who I Am. They have nothing to do with displaying or experiencing my True Self – and that is what I came to do. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Look in the mirror and one thing is sure: what we see is not who we are. Richard Bach
  • The illusion is we are only physical. Vanna Bonta
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We mistake who we are for “our life story”

  • Your sense of identity, of self, is reduced to a story you keep telling yourself in your head. “Me and my story.” Eckhart Tolle
  • We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story. Maxine Kumin
  • The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story. Byron Katie
  • Watch the mind as it tries, in every moment, to co-opt experience by translating it into a story. It tries to draw you away from experience into a mental world that simulates experience. If it succeeds, that story becomes your experience. Gina Lake
  • When we really start to take a look at who we think we are… we start to see that while we may have various thoughts, beliefs, and identities, they do not individually or collectively tell us who we are. And yet it is astounding how completely we humans define ourselves by the content of our minds, feelings, and history. Adyashanti
  • I ask you only to stop imagining that you were born, have parents, are a body, will die and so on. Just try, make a beginning– it is not as hard as you think. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it. The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass
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We mistake who we are for the roles we play in life

  • Usually people are completely unaware of the roles they play. They are those roles. Eckhart Tolle
  • The joy comes when we recognize that whatever situation we may find ourselves in, it’s only a role we are playing. Jean Slatter
  • If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them part of yourself. Play your part in life, but never forget it is only a role. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • As soon as the mind and mind identification return; you’re no longer yourself but a mental image of yourself, and you start playing games and roles again to get your ego needs met. Eckhart Tolle
  • In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight. Ram Dass
  • Identify with the soul. Not the role. Ram Dass
  • We are actors in a play who have forgotten they are in a play. Swami Premodaya
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Self-realisation is the very purpose of life

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The purpose of life is self-realisation (discovery of who we really are)

  • There is no higher or lower goal. There is only one goal, Self-Realization. Meher Baba
  • Self-realization is the object of the Gita, as it is of all scriptures. Mahatma Gandhi
  • We are immortal life. Think of the opportunity of self-realization. What a gas! Frederick Lenz
  • Blossom time has come and many ancient seekers are today getting their Self Realization. Nirmala Srivastava
  • Self-realization and self-fulfilment are the sine qua non for human existence. Arthur Miller
  • The purpose of life is to realize God within ourselves. This can be done even whilst attending to our worldly duties.  Meher Baba
  • Our ultimate dharma is self-realization. Thoughts and actions that support our spiritual evolution are real dharma. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • Always, a form of self-equilibration, a soul or psyche, is trying to assert itself, to continue the melody of its self-realized life. Kenny Smith
  • The goal of human existence is to become reestablished in one’s true Self. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Self-realization is, in fact, the only religion. For it is the true purpose of religion, no matter how people define their beliefs. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Life is an aspiration. Its mission is to strive after perfection, which is self-realization. The ideal must not be lowered because of our weaknesses or imperfections. Mahatma Gandhi
  • To give happiness to others is dharma (religion), but your own main religion is attained only after you attain [knowledge of] the Self (after you attain self realization). Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan
  • The highest goal of spirituality is Self-realization, but what does that mean? It means to feel your Self as a living reality in this moment, and there is always only this moment. Gay Hendricks
  • This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The grandest purpose of life (contrary to the implications of novelists) is not to know human love or to produce children or to win men’s fickle acclaim; man’s sole worthwhile aim is to find his Self. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Becoming a lover of life means reaching deep within so we can come further out. It means transcending the story so we can transform the story. It means daring to be a unique expression of the mystery of being, on a journey of self-realization and self expression. Tim Freke
  • Human beings, in a sense, may be thought of as multidimensional creatures composed of such poetic considerations as the individual need for self-realization, subdued passions for overwhelming beauty, and a hunger for meaning beyond the flavors that enter and exit the physical body. A person might even be described as a self-contained multiverse. Aberjhani
  • It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be. Abraham Maslow
  • In other living creatures ignorance of self is nature ; in man it is vice. Boethius
  • Lord Krishna… proclaims Self-realization, true wisdom, as the highest branch of all human knowledge-the king of all sciences, the very essence of dharma (religion)-for it alone permanently uproots the cause of man’s threefold suffering and reveals to him his true nature of Bliss. Self-realization is yoga or oneness with truth-the direct perception or experience of truth by the all-knowing intuitive faculty of the soul. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. Life is perpetually creative because it contains in itself that surplus which ever overflows the boundaries of the immediate time and space, restlessly pursuing its adventure of expression in the varied forms of self-realization. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Man in his madness doesn’t realize that God has made him from amoeba to this stage for some purpose. There is a big purpose behind it. And the purpose is that now you have to know your Spirit, by which you enter into the Kingdom of God. You have to enter into the Kingdom of God. How? What is your passport? Is your Spirit. Because when the Spirit starts shining within you, you start transforming. You start transforming into a new being – into a new personality with a new awareness and you are a different person. Your priorities change. Nirmala Srivastava
  • He who knows the All but fails to know himself lacks everything. Jesus, as quoted in the Gospel of Thomas
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Nothing is more important that knowing who we truly are

  • He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. Lao Tzu
  • Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself. Andrew Schneider
  • Figuring out who you are is the whole point of the human experience. Anna Quindlen
  • In the seeing of who you are not, the reality of who you are emerges by itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you are tired of being you, then you might actually be tired of not being you. Dr Joanne Messenger
  • An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning. Thomas ã Kempis
  • Reincarnation doesn’t help you if in your next incarnation you still don’t know who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • The truth about who we really are, beyond all appearances, is knowledge worth seeking. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
  • Before you ask any other question, first ask the most fundamental question of your life: Who am I? Eckhart Tolle
  • It is simply the belief that we know who we are that keeps us from discovering who we really are. Roger Stephens
  • Impoverished is he who can predict economic trends but who does not well understand his own self. Christian Smith
  • What they don’t teach you in art school is how your whole life is about discovering who you already were. Chuck Palahniuk
  • The entire purpose of manifest existence is simply to facilitate the realization of who and what you really are. Metta Zetty
  • The process of rising from your present concept to a higher concept of yourself is the means of all true progress. Neville Goddard
  • I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am, also, much more than that. So are we all. James Baldwin
  • How you react to people and situations, especially when challenges arise, is the best indicator of how deeply you know yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment — the moment when a man knows forever more who he is. Jorge Luis Borges
  • You become that which you think you are. Or, it is not that you become it, but that the idea gets very deeply rooted and that’s what all conditioning is. Rajneesh
  • Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are.The ‘I am’ is certain.The ‘I am this’ is not. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe. Henri Matisse
  • I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Ali asked the Prophet, “What action can I take that is not totally lost and worthless?” The Prophet answered, “Seek truth. You will find it in yourself, therefore, know yourself. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • The ultimate adventure: to discover for certain who we are, what the universe is, and what is the significance of the brief drama of life and death we play out against the backdrop of eternity. Eknath Easwaran
  • Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. The universe is not outside of you. Look inside of yourself, everything that you want, you already are. Rumi
  • We do not observe the self in the same way that we observe the yellowness of a tulip, the smell of coffee or the thought that I really must book my train. The self is what is having those thoughts and perceptions – it is not itself a perception. Julian Baggini
  • The key-note of the old Upanishads is “know thyself,” but with a much deeper meaning than that of the Delphic Oracle. The “know thyself” of the Upanishads means, know thy true self, that which underlines thine Ego, and find it and know it in the highest, the eternal Self, the One without a second, which underlies the whole world.  Max Müller
  • It seems plain and self-evident, yet it needs to be said: the isolated knowledge obtained by a group of specialists in a narrow field has in itself no value whatsoever, but only in its synthesis with all the rest of knowledge and only inasmuch as it really contributes in this synthesis toward answering the demand, “Who are we?” Erwin Schrodinger
  • This simple question–Who am I?–is really the most profound question a person can ask. It may sound too simplistic, too obvious to lead to any real insight into the practical problems of life, but unless you can answer it, unless you even begin to ask it, then the glowing promise which lighted your infancy goes dim, and life soon degenerates into a badly written and poorly played soap opera, a futile struggle for survival against overwhelming odds. Roger Stephens
  • After all, what is your personal identity? It is what you really are, your real self. None of us is what he thinks he is, or what other people think he is, still less what his passport says he is. And it is fortunate for most of us that we are mistaken. We do not generally know what is good for us. That is because, in St. Bernard’s language, our true personality has been concealed under the ‘disguise’ of a false self, the ego, whom we tend to worship in place of God. Thomas Merton
  • All the misery on the planet arises due to a personalized sense of me or us. That covers up the essence of who you are. When you are unaware of that inner essence, in the end, you always create misery. It’s as simple as that. When you don’t know who you are, you create a mind-made self as a substitute for your beautiful, divine being and cling to that fearful and needy self. Protecting and enhancing that false sense of self then becomes your primary motivating force. Eckhart Tolle
  • Our lives can be considered a sacred quest. It is a quest which may have begun in this lifetime or many lifetimes before. It is a quest to find ourselves: who and what we really are. To do this we must first cease to pretend to be what we are not. We must cast away our Persona or mask. We must be prepared to confront the Shadow, that which we are and rather were not. Only then can we unify our conscious and unconscious minds and so give birth to the hidden Sun – the Self. Vivianne Crowley
  • [We have] a sense of the mystery of life, the mystery of the universe that surrounds us, and the mystery that is within us. It is within these vast unknowns that we try to establish our identities. We strive to carve out a place that is known, a place that we can manage, a place that is safe, a place that allows us to grow our unique Selves. This is nothing less than our struggle for psychic survival, a need for identity: tribal identity, national identity, group identity, a family identity, and finally, an individual identity. Annemarie Roeper
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Self-realisation is a direct experience and an intuitive knowing

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Self-realisation is a direct experience…

  • I invite people into the direct experience of the Self, not the theory of it. Mooji
  • You cannot describe truly what you are but you can enjoy and directly experience what you are. Therein lies the joy of existence. Matthew Kahn
  • Self-realization is yoga or oneness with truth—the direct perception or experience of truth by the all-knowing intuitive faculty of the soul. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Now the stage today is to know that Self Realization gives you experiences and then your faith is established. Not blind but open enlightened faith. Nirmala Srivastava
  • A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary. It is this experience toward which the course is directed.  A Course in Miracles
  • Truth cannot be described, but it can be experienced. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Ultimately, awakening awareness is experiential. Alone, offered ‘truth’ is but more words in a world too cluttered with pretentious words. Experiencing ‘truth’ will affect a permanent change in you. G.’s Zaadz
  • Realization is not knowledge about the universe, but the living experience of the nature of the universe. Until we have such living experience, we remain dependent on examples, and subject to their limits. Namkhai Norbu
  • If you try to name Spirit, immediately you limit it. Spirit is not knowable by the limitation of understanding, but that does not mean that Spirit is entirely unknowable, because Spirit can be felt. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves… Words are uttered, but fail to enlighten. The things and events to which the symbols refer belong to mutually exclusive realms of experience. Aldous Huxley
  • Self-realization is not something one can learn from books; it comes only through personal experience. Realization of Truth, experience of God — not dogma merely — is what every religion should bring to its followers. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Our own private intuition is the catalyst for self-improvement and self-realization, because when it comes to making deep and lasting changes in one’s personal life, it is only subjective experience, not facts, that registers as real. Penney Peirce
  • Awareness cannot be known directly. One can only be it. But the presence of Awareness can be experienced. And it can be known by fragrance of its presence.  In its presence, love arises.  And peace.  And wonder.  And joy.  And inspiration.  Anthony Lambert
  • The entrance into Zen is the grasping of one’s essential nature. It is absolutely impossible, however, to come to a clear understanding of our essential nature by any intellectual or philosophical method. It is accomplished only by the experience of self-realization through zazen. Yamada Koun
  • The mystic and the physicist arrive at the same conclusion; one starting from the inner realm, the other from the outer world. The harmony between their views confirms the ancient Indian wisdom that Brahman, the ultimate reality without, is identical to Atman, the reality within. Fritjof Capra
  • What I’m talking about is actually is the Mystery of Being as existential fact. That there is something that haunts this world that can take apart and reduce every single one of us to a mixture of terror and ecstasy, fear and trembling. It is not an idea, that’s the primary thing to bear in mind. It’s an experience. Terence McKenna
  • A theoretical knowledge of scriptures often produces a conviction that one knows the truth when he actually does not know it. Only by communing with God, the Library of All Knowledge, may one know all truths in their exactitude, without wasting time in the theoretical understanding and misunderstanding of scriptures. That is why a wide gulf may exist between scripture readers and men of realization who are themselves embodiments of scriptural truths. When the scriptural philosopher dissects words and thoughts with the scalpel of his reason, he may grow so fond of theoretical knowledge and of mentally separating wisdom into various segments that he may dry up through lack of the experience of truth in divine ecstasy. If a person spent his lifetime in analyzing the properties of water and in examining water from different sources all over the world, he would not thereby quench his thirst. A thirsty man, without fussing over the atomic constituencies, selects some good water; drinking it, he becomes satisfied. An exoteric jnana yogi — a follower of the path of discriminative reason — may read and analyze all the scriptures and still not slake his soul thirst. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Words betray their hollowness. The real cannot be described, it must be experienced. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • On the verbal level, everything is relative. Absolutes should be experienced, not discussed. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Things in life can be understood only if you experience them, from the scent of a rose to the taste of chocolate, to the luxurious touch of cut velvet, to music. These sensations have no reality for someone who hasn’t experienced them. Deepak Chopra
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… a direct experience of reality…

  • Self-realization is the first encounter with reality. Nirmala Srivastava
  • There is no such thing as the experience of the real. The real is beyond experience. All experience is in the mind. You know the real by being real. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When the Great Reality is not known the study of the scriptures is fruitless; when the Great Reality is known the study of the scriptures is also fruitless. Adi Shankaracarya
  • We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. Ramana Maharshi
  • The three states [of waking, dream and sleep] owe their existence to non-enquiry and enquiry puts an end to them. However much one may explain, the fact will not become clear till one attains Self-realization and wonders how one was blind to the self-evident and only existence so long. Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • If we talk of knowing the Self, there must be two Selves, one a knowing Self, another the Self which is known, and the process of knowing. The state we call realisation is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything. If one is realised, he is that which alone is and which alone has always been. Ramana Maharshi
  • There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be the day you laugh is also here and now. Ramana Maharshi
  • We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that. Ramana Maharshi
  • Nothing in our everyday experience gives us much reason for supposing that the mind of the average sensual man has, as one of its constituents, something resembling—or identical with—the Reality substantial to the manifold world; and yet, when that mind is subjected to certain rather drastic treatments, the divine element, of which it is in part at least composed, becomes manifest, not only to the mind itself, but also, by its reflection in external behavior, to other minds. Aldous Huxley
  • The Perennial Philosophy is primarily concerned with the one, divine Reality substantial to the manifold world of things and lives and minds. But the nature of this one Reality is such that it cannot be directly and immediately apprehended except by those who have chosen to fulfil certain conditions, making themselves loving, pure in heart, and poor in spirit. Why should this be so? We do not know. It is just one of those facts which we have to accept, whether we like them or not and however implausible and unlikely they may seem. Aldous Huxley
  • It is false to speak of realization. What is there to realize? The real is as it is always. We are not creating anything new or achieving something which we did not have before. The illustration given in books is this. We dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now. Similarly we have simply to throw out all the age-long sanskaras [innate tendencies] which are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will shine alone. Ramana Maharshi
  • What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize that. Adyashanti
  • Realisation is our nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need for doubting whether one could lose or gain the Self. Ramana Maharshi
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… a direct experience of Truth…

  • The truth indeed has never been preached by the Buddha, seeing that one has to realize it within oneself. Sutralamkara
  • A revelation is not a new experience but rather the laying bare or uncovering of an essential truth that was previously obscured. Rupert Spira
  • Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate’er you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness; and around wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in, this perfect, clear perception – which is truth. Robert Browning
  • Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • After Self-Realisation it is easy to perceive the truth that all these religions were born on the same tree of spirituality, but that those in charge of each religion plucked the flowers from the living source and are now fighting each other with the dead flowers of merely partial truths.  Nirmala Srivastava
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…a direct experience of the heart

  • Only in the heart can one experience the divine presence of truth. Kabir
  • Lift the veil that obscures the heart, and there you will find what you are looking for. Kabir
  • Dive into your heart center. Sit in the silence. Desire self-realization with all your heart, with all your mind, and all your soul. Everything will take care of itself. Robert Adams
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…an experience had by actually tasting what we are

  • Could you nourish yourself by only listening to a talk on food? To know food only theoretically is to always remain hungry. You must eat to satisfy hunger. So he who seeks new doctrines continuously but does not put them into practice in his life is in continual spiritual starvation. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When the scriptural philosopher dissects words and thoughts with the scalpel of his reason, he may grow so fond of theoretical knowledge and of mentally separating wisdom into various segments that he may “dry up” through lack of the experience of truth in divine ecstasy. If a person spent his lifetime in analyzing the properties of water and in examining water from different sources all over the world, he would not thereby quench his thirst. A thirsty man, without fussing over the atomic constituencies, selects some good water; drinking it, he becomes satisfied. An exoteric jnana yogi — a follower of the path of discriminative reason — may read and analyze all the scriptures and still not slake his soul thirst. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Such knowledge can only be had by actual experience, nor can the reason of man define it, or arrive at any cognizance of it by deduction, just as one cannot, without experience, know the taste of honey, the bitterness of patience, the bliss of sexual union, love, passion, or desire. Ibn ‘Arabi
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Self-realisation is a direct knowing…

  • A study of Eastern traditions like Yoga or Tantra reveal that ‘knowing’ isn’t just a mere intellectual abstraction. Knowing occurs when reality or truth is experienced as being self evident, in and of itself.  Yogalanda
  • Zen Master Daie put it perfectly, nearly a thousand years ago, when he wrote: All the teachings the sages have expounded are no more than commentaries on the sudden cry… Ah, This!   Tim Freke 
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… an intuitive knowing…

  • Understanding and intuition are interrelated. Intuition does not go against Nature’s laws of understanding, but it goes beyond them. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • What is the meaning of Initiation? It is the Path to the realisation of your Self as the sole, the supreme, the absolute of all Truth, Beauty, Purity, Perfection!   Aleister Crowley
  • All power of knowing borrows its ability from intuition. The highest expression of intuition is that by which the soul knows Itself: The knower, knowing, and known exist as one. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • In almost everyone, lower forms of intuition now and again express themselves in otherwise inexplicable experiences of knowing—those that come of themselves independent of the testimony of the senses and reason. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Divinity Itself is perceived by the supramental faculty of intuition, the soul’s God-given power of knowing truth. When mental restlessness is stilled and the consciousness is interiorized, in touch with the soul, the God-revealing intuitive faculty is awakened. Paramahansa Yogananda
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…often reached through attaining mystical states

  • The seventh and final characteristic of mystical experiences identified by James and Happold: A feeling that one has somehow encountered “the true self” (a sense that mystical experiences reveal the nature of our true, cosmic self: one that is beyond life and death, beyond difference and duality, and beyond ego and selfishness).   Douglas W. Shrader
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Self-realisation is an understanding; not a lasting experience

  • Spiritual realisation is not an experience to hold onto; it’s an understanding, which in turn transforms the way one experiences the world. Anthony Lambert
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We must not mistake self-realisation for a momentary experience

  • There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realization and destroy even the little they gain by excess of pride. Nisargadatta Maharaja  
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To realise the self is a transcendence of all objective experience for the self is not an object but the all perceiving subject

  • It is not experience that you need, but the freedom from all experience. Don’t be greedy for experience; you need none. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Q: Don’t I need a lot of experience before I can reach such high level of awareness? M: Experience leaves only memories behind and adds to the burden which is heavy enough. You need no more experiences. The past ones are sufficient. And if you feel you need more, look into the hearts of people around you. You will find a variety of experiences which you would not be able to go through in a thousand years. Learn from the sorrows of others and save yourself your own. It is not experience that you need, but the freedom from all experience. Don’t be greedy for experience; you need none. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • All experience is illusory, limited and temporal. Expect nothing from experience. Realization by itself is not an experience, though it may lead to a new dimension of experiences. Yet the new experiences, however interesting, are not more real than the old. Definitely realization is not a new experience. It is the discovery of the timeless factor in every experience. It is awareness, which makes experience possible. Just like in all the colours light is the colourless factor, so in every experience awareness is present, yet it is not an experience. Q: If awareness is not an experience, how can it be realized? M: Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light.  Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Reality is not an event, it cannot be experienced. It is not perceivable in the same way as an event is perceivable. If you wait for an event to take place, for the coming of reality, you will wait for ever, for reality neither comes nor goes. It is to be perceived, not expected. It is not to be prepared for and anticipated. But the very longing and search for reality is the movement, operation, action of reality.  All you can do is to grasp the central point, that reality is not an event and does not happen and whatever happens, whatever comes and goes, is not reality. See the event as event only, the transient as transient, experience as mere experience and you have done all you can. Then you are vulnerable to reality, no longer armoured against it, as you were when you gave reality to events and experiences. But as soon as there is some like or   dislike, you have drawn a screen.  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Realize yourself as away from all that can be pointed at as ‘this’ or ‘that’. You are unreachable by any sensory experience or verbal construction. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realization and destroy even the little they gain by excess of pride. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Q: Another difficulty one comes across quite often in talking with the Westerners is that to them everything is experience — as they want to experience food, drink and women, art and travels, so do they want to experience Yoga, realisation and liberation. To them it is just another experience, to be had for a price. They imagine such experience can be purchased and they bargain about the cost.  Nisargadatta Maharaja
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We reach self-realisation through the falling away of illusion

  • We see not the Self, concealed by maya; When the veil falls, we see we are the Self. The Upanishads
  • Realisation is not the acquisition of anything new, nor is it a new faculty – it is simply the removal of all camouflage. Ramana Maharshi
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Self-realisation is beyond comprehension…

  • It is better for the soul to be in the sweet country of understanding nothing. Marguerite Porete
  • ‘What is the ultimate teaching of Buddhism?’ ‘You won’t understand it until you have it.’ Shih-t’ou
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…and beyond words

  • The treasure I have found cannot be described in words, the mind cannot conceive of it. Adi Shankara
  • With the lamp of word and discrimination one must go beyond word and discrimination and enter upon the path of realization. Lankavatara Sutra
  • Realize yourself as away from all that can be pointed at as ‘this’ or ‘that’. You are unreachable by any sensory experience or verbal construction. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Thomas Aquinas, after his experience of infused contemplation, refused to go on with his theological work, declaring that everything he had written up to that time was as mere straw compared with the immediate knowledge, which had been vouchsafed to him. Aldous Huxley
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We experience the self by being it knowingly

  • Q: I understood that the experience of the real follows the seeing of the false as false. M: There is no such thing as the experience of the real. The real is beyond experience. All experience is in the mind. You know the real by being real. Q: If the real is beyond words and mind, why do we talk so much about it? M: For the joy of it, of course. The real is bliss supreme. Even to talk of it is happiness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Self-realisation is a quiet thing

  • Self-realization is a very quiet thing. It’s not flashy. No one might see you light up a room. No one might observe anything Frederick Lenz
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After self-realisation, our task is to turn outwards and live according to the realisation

  • It is important to recognise that the inward-facing path is only half the journey. Once the essential, irreducible nature of the mind has been recognised, and its inherent peace and unconditional joy accessed, it is necessary to face ‘outwards’ again towards objective experience, realigning the way we think and feel, and subsequently act, perceive and relate, with our new understanding. Rupert Spira
  • The purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way. Tim Freke
  • Recognising one’s true nature is just a beginning. After this recognition there is a process in which the way we think, feel, act, perceive and relate is gradually realigned with our new experiential understanding. In fact, this is an endless process in which the body, mind and world are gradually pervaded by and saturated with the infinite light of pure Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • … the whole point of the creative process is to be here—to participate fully, radically, consciously in the Universe Project. In this evolutionary context, the point of enlightenment is not merely to transcend the world so that you can be free of it but to embrace the world completely, to embrace the entire process as your self, knowing that you are the creative principle incarnate. Andrew Cohen
  • After a spiritual awakening occurs, what naturally follows is called: embodiment. Embodiment is when the awakened sense of self (or awareness of yourself as love) starts to settle-in and live through you.  Bringing the awareness of oneness back into your body, life, relationships, and everything you do.  Shelly Bullard
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Through self-realisation, we discover the true nature of the self

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To attain self-realisation is to come to know The True Self

  • We’re blind, deaf and dumb. It is only that Self, which is our life force that makes who and what we are. The realization of that is self-realization. Frederick Lenz
  • In man there is another self, the true Self, which is not affected by ordinary happenings and which gives him a sense of identity through numerous bodily and mental transformations. It does not change in the slow changes of the organism, in the flux of sensations, in the dissipation of ideas, or in the fading of memories. C. Happold
  • Self-discovery is the essential core of all of Rama’s teaching.  The principle is simple; that inside of each woman and man is the Self, Nirvana, Eternity. It has been covered with layers of conditioning, lifetimes of tendencies and fear of the unknown. Through the practice of Self Discovery all these layers are peeled back eventually revealing one’s true nature: perfect pure light.  Zoe Nicholson
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To attain self-realisation is to discover what we already are

  • Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are. Ramesh S Balsekar
  • Realisation is our nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need for doubting whether one could lose or gain the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • The state of self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been. Ramana Maharshi
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To attain self-realisation is to come to recognise the true nature of the soul

  • The greatest wonder of this world is the “Soul”. Once It is realized (attained), everything is attained!  Dada Bhagwan
  • Self-Realisation. Soul recognition. The entering of Soul into the Soul Plane and there beholding Itself as pure Spirit. A state of seeing, knowing, and being.  Harold Klemp
  • The ‘knowledge’ (gnan) that was resulting into ‘the things to be known’ (gneya); when that ‘knowledge’ results in the ‘Knower’ (gnata); this is known as Self-Realization [Atma Gnan].  Dada Bhagwan
  • When the thunder roars, do you not hear your Self? When the lightening cracks, do you not see your Self? When clouds float quietly across the sky, is this not your very own limitless Being, waving back at you? Ken Wilber
  • Jnana is eternal, is general, is necessary and is not a personal knowledge of this man or that man. It is there, as knowledge in the Atman itself, and lies there hidden under all avidya (ignorance) irremovable, though it may be obscured, unprovable, because self-evident, needing no proof, because itself giving to all proof the ground of possibility. Rudolf Otto
  • There is in the soul something which is above the soul, Divine, simple, a pure nothing; rather nameless than named, unknown than known… It is absolute and free from all names and all forms, just as God is free and absolute in Himself. It is higher than knowledge, higher than love, higher than grace. For in these there is still distinction. In this power God doth blossom and flourish with all his Godhead and the spirit flourisheth in God. Meister Eckhart
  • Pure intuition is soul intuition—knowing the soul by the soul; seeing the soul with the eyes of the soul, so to speak. Here there are no modifications of intuition—as the intuition of intellect, or prana, or mind, or matter. The yogi in this state is above them all—knower, knowing, and known having become one. He is fully conscious of his true Self. This is the real soul-consciousness; and, in fact, it is God-consciousness, for the soul is realized as nothing other than the reflection of Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda
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To attain self-realisation is to know yourself as the perceiver or witness of all experience…

  • One of the most fundamental things to be remembered – not only by you but by everyone – is that whatever you come across in your inner journey, you are not it. You are the one who is witnessing it. It may be nothingness, it may be blissfulness, it may be silence, but one thing has to be remembered: however beautiful and however enchanting an experience you come across, you are not it. You are the one who is experiencing it. And if you go on and on and on, the ultimate in the journey is the point when there is no experience left – neither silence, nor blissfulness, nor nothingness. There is nothing as an object for you, but only your subjectivity.  The mirror is empty; it is not reflecting anything. It is you.   Even great travelers of the inner world have got stuck in beautiful experiences, and have become identified with those experiences, thinking, “I have found myself.” They have stopped before reaching the final stage where all experiences disappear. Enlightenment is not an experience.  Osho
  • The kingdom of God is not in the clouds, in some designated point of space; it is right behind the darkness that you perceive with closed eyes. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Awakening to the truth is a deep realization of what you are as an experience. What is it that is listening? What is it that is feeling? Feel it. Sense it. Welcome it. Adyashanti
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…that which perceives but cannot itself be perceived

  • Look within diligently, remember to remember that the perceived cannot be the perceiver. Whatever you see, hear or think of remember — you are not what happens, you are he to whom it happens. Delve deeply into the sense ‘I am’ and you will surely discover that the perceiving centre is universal, as universal as the light that illumines the world. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. On the other hand, whatever is done, is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy. Nisargadatta Maharaja  
  • Once you have understood that you are nothing perceivable or conceivable, that whatever appears in the field of consciousness cannot be your self, you will apply yourself to the eradication of all self-identification, as the only way that can take you to a deeper realisation of your self. You literally progress by rejection — a veritable rocket. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • I am neither the perceived nor the perceiver, but the simple and the universal factor that makes perceiving possible. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • The perceived cannot be the perceiver. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Discover all that you are not — body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that — nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Once you have understood that nothing perceivable, or conceivable can be yourself, you are free of your imaginations. To see everything as imagination, born of desire, is necessary for self-realisation. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • I could say I am the space of awareness. But I am subtler than that for even space is an object in the awareness I am. Nothing perceivable, conceivable or describable am I. The mind cannot say what I am, only what I am not. I cannot say what I am. I can only be it. Anthony Lambert
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To attain self-realisation is to let go of all old assumptions

  • No new knowledge is acquired, but old assumptions fall away. Leo Hartong
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By attaining self-realisation, we realise we are not the body or mind

  • The truth which can be actualized after Self Realization is that you are not this body, this mind, this conditioning from the past, this ego, these emotions, but that you are the pure spirit. Nirmala Srivastava
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We discover through self-realisation we are the light of awareness

  • Pure Awareness is our true being. Leo Hartong
  • I am not somebody being aware. I am Awareness itself. Mooji
  • I am the subjective experience of being aware. Rupert Spira
  • There’s no one ‘being aware’, there’s only awareness. Mooji
  • I am open empty field of awareness in which experience arises.  Rupert Spira
  • Awareness, the knowing presence that is at the core of our being. Will Wright
  • You are the light of consciousness and also the witness of this light. You are pure awareness. Mooji
  • I am the aware space in which both the illusion of the separate ‘I’ and its experiences occur. Leo Hartong
  • Knowing my essential self is knowing the knower. It is recognizing my deeper identity as awareness. Tim Freke
  • Being aware or awareness itself is recognised as the subjective witness of all objective experience.  Rupert Spira
  • Right now, you are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences. This is your permanent essential identity.  Tim Freke
  • Awareness isn’t something we own; awareness isn’t something we possess. Awareness is actually what we are.  Adyashanti
  • Right now I’m awareness witnessing a flow of thoughts and sensations. The appearances are in permanent flux. Tim Freke
  • The Self cannot leave You. Awareness cannot leave You. Everything else will leave You. But Awareness is what You Are. Mooji
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We discover through self-realisation we are consciousness being and experiencing

  • Consciousness is all there is and you are that. Rick Linchitz
  • The body is a sensing instrument of consciousness. Adyashanti
  • Consciousness is the perception of what passes in man’s own mind. John Locke
  • Who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • At the end of the day we’re all spirits having a physical experience. Mahershala Ali
  • We are each individuated manifestations of an infinite consciousness. Bernard Haisch
  • At the root of consciousness lies desire, the urge to experience.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You are not the body. You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness is not in the body; the body is in consciousness. And you are that consciousness. Dan Millman
  • You are an endless conglomeration of awareness. You’re not one singular self. You’re a corporation. Frederick Lenz
  • Knowledge of consciousness is root knowledge, as inalienable to my very being as water is to the ocean. Bernard Haisch
  • You are not what happens in your life. You are the space in which it happens, which is consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Each individual has to know himself. He has to know himself as the infinite, eternal and immortal Consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
  • Consciousness identifies itself exclusively with a body/mind in order to enjoy and suffer what that has to offer. Rupert Spira
  • Our essential nature is pure consciousness, the infinite source of everything that exists in the physical world. Deepak Chopra
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We discover through self-realisation we are pure experiencing in action

  • The Self is not an experience; it is the experiencing. Like sight can see but never be seen, the experiencing can experience, but not be experienced. You are that experiencing. Leo Hartong
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To reach self-realisation is to realise there is no self to realise…

  • I discovered for myself and by myself that there is no self to realize — that’s the realization I am talking about. It comes as a shattering blow. It hits you like a thunderbolt. You have invested everything in one basket, self-realization, and, in the end, suddenly you discover that there is no self to discover, no self to realize — and you say to yourself What the hell have I been doing all my life?! That blasts you. U.G. Krishnamurti
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…for attaining self-realisation is actually a loss of self

  • Self-realization is a strange term. You don’t actually realize your ‘self’. If anything, you go away. The caterpillar enters the cocoon of meditation: A butterfly emerges – metamorphosis. Frederick Lenz
  • The ‘I’ casts off the illusion of the ‘I’ and yet remains ‘I’. Such is the paradox of Self-realization. The Realized do not see any paradox in it. Consider the case of the worshipper. He approaches God and prays to be absorbed in Him. He then surrenders himself in faith and by concentration. And what remains afterwards? In the place of the original ‘I’, self-surrender leaves a residuum of God in which the ‘I’ is lost. That is the highest form of devotion or surrender and the peak of detachment. Ramana Maharshi
  • Are you afraid to find a loss of self in finding God? A Course in Miracles
  • Enlightenment is therefore the revelation of the Self when the illusion of the reality of a separate self is removed. David Hawkins
  • If you have the choice between enlightenment and a million dollars, take the million dollars! Because if you get the million dollars, there will be somebody there to enjoy the million dollars; but if you get enlightenment there’s no one there to enjoy the enlightenment.  Ramesh Balsekar
  • No one is enlightened. Any experience of understanding happens to a me, and no me can ever be enlightened. All experiences are in phenomenality. Wayne Liquorman
  • Enlightenment is the spontaneous cognition to be prior to “Nothing and All”. Entirely unprepared, in spite of and not because of the search for cognition. It is the revelation of the “Eternal Now”. The absence of the “me”, and thus the absence of all concepts, of separation or union, birth and death, God and world, coming and going, etc. Karl Renz
  • One of the most fundamental things to be remembered – not only by you but by everyone – is that whatever you come across in your inner journey, you are not it. You are the one who is witnessing it. It may be nothingness, it may be blissfulness, it may be silence, but one thing has to be remembered: however beautiful and however enchanting an experience you come across, you are not it. You are the one who is experiencing it. And if you go on and on and on, the ultimate in the journey is the point when there is no experience left – neither silence, nor blissfulness, nor nothingness. There is nothing as an object for you, but only your subjectivity.  The mirror is empty; it is not reflecting anything. It is you.   Even great travelers of the inner world have got stuck in beautiful experiences, and have become identified with those experiences, thinking, “I have found myself.” They have stopped before reaching the final stage where all experiences disappear. Enlightenment is not an experience.  Osho
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We discover through self-realisation we are all the same self

  • The love of God uplifts and enlarges us. I can never think of myself anymore as exclusively in this body; I feel that I am present in all bodies. I have no awareness of race or other distinctions at all. In my perceptions, just as I feel my own consciousness in every part of my physical form, I feel you all to be a part of me. Everything that is living I feel within this body. I know the sensations of all. It is not imagination; it is Self-realization. This consciousness is far beyond telepathy. It is awareness of the perceptions of every being. That is the meaning of Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Many people meditate in order that a third eye may open. For that they feel they should close their two physical eyes. They thereby become blind to the world. But the fact is that the third eye will never open. We can never close our eyes to the world in the name of spirituality. Self-realization is the ability to see ourselves in all beings. This is the third eye through which you see, even while your two eyes are open. We should be able to love and serve others, seeing ourselves in them. This is the fulfillment of spiritual practice. Mata Amritanandamayi
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To attain self-realisation is to experience that which is transcendent

  • Self-Realization is finding That which is beyond even superconsciousness itself, beyond the mind-timeless, causeless, spaceless. Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
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Self-realisation is also known as enlightenment or liberation

  • It is equally easy, initially, for either a man or a woman to attain enlightenment, what we would call liberation or self-realization. Frederick Lenz
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Self-realisation is just the beginning of a life-long journey

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After self-realisation, we must turn outwards and live according to the realisation

  • It is important to recognise that the inward-facing path is only half the journey. Once the essential, irreducible nature of the mind has been recognised, and its inherent peace and unconditional joy accessed, it is necessary to face ‘outwards’ again towards objective experience, realigning the way we think and feel, and subsequently act, perceive and relate, with our new understanding. Rupert Spira
  • The purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way. Tim Freke
  • Recognising one’s true nature is just a beginning. After this recognition there is a process in which the way we think, feel, act, perceive and relate is gradually realigned with our new experiential understanding. In fact, this is an endless process in which the body, mind and world are gradually pervaded by and saturated with the infinite light of pure Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • … the whole point of the creative process is to be here—to participate fully, radically, consciously in the Universe Project. In this evolutionary context, the point of enlightenment is not merely to transcend the world so that you can be free of it but to embrace the world completely, to embrace the entire process as your self, knowing that you are the creative principle incarnate. Andrew Cohen
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Self-realisation is God realisation

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Self-realisation is the same as God realisation

  • God realization and self-realization are one and the same. God-realization is nothing but the ability and expansiveness of heart to love everything equally. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • The passing life of the senses doesn’t lead to knowledge of what our Self is. When we clearly see what our Self is, then we shall truly know our Lord God in great joy. Mother Julian of Norwich
  • Self-realization is the same as God-realization. When unity or at-one-ment has been established between the individual in incarnation and his or her soul, and through the soul with the Monad (in Theosophical terminology) or Spark of God, Self- or God-realization takes place. Benjamin Crème
  • Practice the truth you hear and read about, so that it is not just an idea but a conviction born of experience. If reading books on theology satisfies your desire for God, you have not grasped the purpose of religion. Do not settle for intellectual satisfaction about truth. Convert truth into experience, and you will know God through your own Self-realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
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By attaining self-realisation, we can know God

  • He who knows himself knows god. Clement of Alexandria
  • Know thyself, and thou shalt know God. Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • Whoever knows himself knows God. Elijah Muhammad
  • In knowing God, each of us also knows himself. John Calvin
  • How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe? B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Without knowing your Spirit you cannot know God. Nirmala Srivastava
  • Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. John Calvin
  • Know thyself, for through thyself only thou canst know God. John Ruskin
  • Are you afraid to find a loss of self in finding God? A Course in Miracles
  • One seeks to know the self better in order to know God better. Edwin Gaustad
  • Here on earth the love of God is better than the knowledge of God. St. Thomas Aquinas
  • True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self. John Calvin
  • He who knows the All but fails to know himself lacks everything. Jesus, as quoted in the Gospel of Thomas
  • He is conscious only of God…To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self. Meister Eckhart
  • The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deepest search after science. Thomas à Kempis
  • The height of all philosophy is to know thyself; and the end of this knowledge is to know God. Francis Quarles
  • Our true and genuine wisdom can be summed up as the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves. John Calvin
  • Proof of the existence of God is not to be found in books, nor in the words of others. It is in yourself. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • All the great teachers have left a similar message: Go within, discover your invisible higher self and know God as the love that is within you. Wayne Dyer
  • The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred. S. Lewis
  • The kingdom of God is not in the clouds, in some designated point of space; it is right behind the darkness that you perceive with closed eyes. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God realization and self-realization are one and the same. God-realization is nothing but the ability and expansiveness of heart to love everything equally. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • The knowledge of self is the most important thing, because how are you going to know God if you don’t know yourself? How are you going to know anything if you don’t know yourself? RZA
  • Knowledge of God as the All-in-All is possible only when the devotee realizes first the great “Myself”—that Spirit present within himself, as well as omnipresent in the universe. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Self-realization means to know truth through yourself, and not through others. By seeking God first, through Self-realization, all things — strength, power, prosperity, wisdom, health, and immortality — will be added unto you. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Practice the truth you hear and read about, so that it is not just an idea but a conviction born of experience. If reading books on theology satisfies your desire for God, you have not grasped the purpose of religion. Do not settle for intellectual satisfaction about truth. Convert truth into experience, and you will know God through your own Self-realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
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To attain self-realisation is to attain God consciousness

  • Through all ages, great saints have remained as living proof that this non-temporary, permanent state of God consciousness can be revived in all living souls. George Harrison
  • Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute “Christ” for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your God essence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence. Eckhart Tolle
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To attain self-realisation is to discover God as our higher source

  • Transformation, or enlightenment, means understanding our true nature and expressing it in all aspects of our being. We are now and always will be fully God. James C Wilhelm
  • Such a deity has no location except at the source of our consciousness, which can only be found after an inner journey. God as the higher self is the ultimate revelation. Deepak Chopra
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To attain self-realisation is to discover God within

  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
  • What I want to achieve, what I have been striving and pining for these thirty years, is self-realization, that is, to see God face to face. Mahatma Gandhi
  • When I came out of the Godhead into multiplicity, then all things proclaimed, ‘There is a God’ (the personal Creator). Now this cannot make me blessed, for hereby I realize myself as creature. But in the breaking through I am more than all creatures; I am neither God nor creature ; I am that which I was and shall remain, now and for ever more. There I receive a thrust which carries me above all angels. By this thrust I become so rich that God is not sufficient for me, in so far as He is only God in his divine works. For in thus breaking through, I perceive what God and I are in common. There I am what I was. There I neither increase nor decrease. For there I am the immovable which moves all things. Here man has won again what he is eternally and ever shall be. Here God is received into the soul. Master Eckhart
  • The best thing you can give is God consciousness. Manifest your own divinity first. The truth is there. It’s right within us all. Understand what you are. George Harrison
  • Your self is a copy made in the image of God. Seek in yourself all that you desire to know. Mevlana Jala-e Din Rumi
  • The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17: 20-21)
  • Meditation was invented as a way for the soul to venture inward, there ultimately to find supreme identity with Godhead. Whatever else it does, and it does many beneficial things, meditation is first and foremost a search for the God within. Ken Wilber
  • God is the life behind your life, the sight behind your eyes, the taste behind your tongue, and the love behind your love. To realize this to the fullest extent is Self-realization. Without God’s power you can do nothing. If you always hold this thought, you cannot go wrong, because you will have purified the temple of your mind and your soul with the vibrations of God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Proof of the existence of God is not to be found in books, nor in the words of others. It is in yourself. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God dwells in you, as you, and you don’t have to do anything to be God-realised or Self-realised, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your presently lived experience, Self-Enquiry is the one direct and immediate way. Ramana Maharshi
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Through self-realisation, we participate in divinity

  • The ultimate purpose of our life is to rejoin God in conscious participation of divinity. Edgar Cayce
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To attain self-realisation is to realise our oneness with God…

  • Self-realization means knowledge of one’s own soul and of its oneness with the Father. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • WHEN YOU FULLY remember who you are, you become one with God. An invisible grace permeates every aspect of your life. Deepak Chopra
  • This tremendous equation – “the Self is Brahman” – is the central discovery of the Upanishads. Eknath Easwaran
  • As God is the Essence of our own being, we cannot truly express ourselves until we learn to manifest His presence within us. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When we talk about self-realization, we’re talking from the point of view of limitation of the mind. Real knowledge is to see that you are that – you are eternity. Frederick Lenz
  • The Perennial Philosophy teaches that it is desirable and indeed necessary to know the spiritual Ground of things, not only within the soul, but also outside in the world. Aldous Huxley
  • There is the overwhelming astonishment at the discovery that all that exists is Creation as an expression of Divinity, and the field of consciousness pervades all that exists. David Hawkins
  • Undivided. All. Only the pure in heart and poor in spirit can come to the unitive knowledge of God. My Me is God, nor do I recognize any other Me except my God Himself. St. Catherine of Genoa
  • Your self is a copy made in the image of God. Seek in yourself all that you desire to know. Mevlana Jala-e Din Rumi
  • All religious and spiritual practices lead to one deep realisation: We Are One. All is One.  Anita B. Sulser PhD
  • To mount to God is to enter into one’s self. For he who inwardly entereth and intimately penetratreth into himself gets above and beyond himself and truly mounts up to God. William Blake
  • … of the realization of the Ground as simultaneously within and without as the Self of the perceiver and at the same time (in the words of the Bhagavad-Gita) as ‘That by which all this world is pervaded.’ Aldous Huxley
  • The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine they should see God, as if He stood there and they here. God and I, we are one in knowledge. … The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which he sees me. Meister Eckhart
  • Talk as much philosophy as you please, worships as many gods as you like, observe all ceremonies, sing number of divine beings liberation never comes, even at the end of a hundred aeons, without the realization of the Oneness of Self. Shankara
  • Up then, noble soul! Put on thy jumping shoes which are intellect and love, and overleap the worship of thy mental powers, overleap thine understanding and spring into the heart of God, into his hiddenness where thou art hidden from all creatures. Meister Eckhart
  • To become conscious of God, to become God, to be God and to be beyond God, God having an existence separate from creation, to be that, to merge with that, to lose one’s self and find one’s self endlessly again and again in that is self-realisation. Frderick Lenz
  • This eternal going out and this eternal life, which we have and are in God eternally, without ourselves, is the cause of our created being in time. And our created being abides in the Eternal Essence, and is one with it in its essential existence. John Ruysbroeck
  • He who has realized oneness with God possesses all knowledge contained in Him. Knowing the Lord as Beginning and End of all beings and worlds, a true Brahmin has knowledge of the hereafter and of the workings of nature on this plane of existence. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We try to realize the essential unity of the world with the conscious soul of man; we learn to perceive the unity held together by the one Eternal Spirit, whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars, and at the same time irradiates our mind. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Knowledge of the Absolute depends upon no book, nor upon anything; it is absolute in itself. No amount of study will give this knowledge; is not theory, it is realization. Cleanse the dust from the mirror, purify your own mind, and in a flash you know that you are Brahman. Swami Vivekananda
  • To become conscious of God, to become God’s consciousness, to become God, to be God and to be beyond God, God having an existence separate from the creation, to be that, to merge with that, to lose one’s self endlessly again and again in that is self-realisation. Frederick Lenz
  • …the spark of the soul … is the inward and natural tendency of the soul towards its source. And here we receive the Holy Spirit, the Charity of God. By this inward tendency we are like the Holy Spirit; but in the act of receiving we become one spirit and one love with God. John Ruysbroeck
  • Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To become conscious of God, to become God’s consciousness, to become God, to be God and to be beyond God, God being beyond God, God having an existence separate from the creation, to be that, to merge with that, to lose one’s self and find one’s self endlessly again and again in that is self-realization. Frederick Lenz
  • Christianity, Islam, and Judaism emphasize Divinity as Transcendent. The mystics of the world’s great traditions focus instead on the Realization of Divinity as Immanent. The realization that God is both immanent and transcendent (res externa, extensa) is a consequence of the Realization of the Self and Enlightenment. David Hawkins
  • Self-realization is the knowing – in body, mind, and soul – that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We must not only know intellectually, but realize spiritually, that One Life pervades everything. There is but one religion of God, one Truth underlying the different names of religion. That universal state of consciousness is very hard to attain unless one has Self-realization, the knowing that we are souls and that all souls are a part of the One God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Based upon the direct experience of those who have fulfilled the necessary conditions of such knowledge, this teaching is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, ‘That art thou’ ; the Atman, or immanent eternal Self, is one with Brahman, the Absolute Principle of all existence; and the last end of every human being is to discover the fact for himself, to find out Who he really is. Aldous Huxley
  • Awareness of the divine essence as our innermost true self first requires absolute silence and release of all that God is not. It implies no less than turning away from the external toward what lies hidden within. It is a turn from the external, or realm of opposition, to the internal — the all-embracing totality of divine being. It is the way of meditation beyond objectivity, the way of inner silence before God. Wolfgang Kopp
  • True salvation is fulfillment, peace, life in all its fullness. It is to be who you are, to feel within you the good that has no opposite, the joy of Being that depends on nothing outside itself. It is felt not as a passing experience but as an abiding presence. In theistic language, it is to “know God” – not as something outside you but as your own innermost essence. True salvation is to know yourself as an inseparable part of the timeless and formless One Life from which all that exists derives its being. Eckhart Tolle
  • As the soul becomes more pure and bare and poor, and possesses less of created things, and is emptied of all things that are not God, it receives God more purely, and is more completely in Him; and it truly becomes comes one with God, and it looks into God and God into it, face to face as it were; two images transformed into one…. Some simple people think that they will see God as if He were standing there and they here. It is not so. God and I, we are one…. By the living God, it is true that there is no distinction! Meister Eckhart
  • Though GOD is everywhere present, yet He is only present to thee in the deepest and most central part of thy soul. The natural senses cannot possess God or unite thee to Him; nay, thy inward faculties of understanding, will and memory can only reach after God, but cannot be the place of His habitation in thee. But there is a root or depth of thee from whence all these faculties come forth, as lines from a centre, or as branches from the body of the tree. This depth is called the centre, the fund or bottom of the soul. This depth is the unity, the eternity – I had almost said the infinity of thy soul; for it is so infinite that nothing can satisfy it or give it rest but the infinity of God. William Law
  • Enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • Self-realization is the knowing—in body, mind, and soul—that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing. Paramahansa Yogananda
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…and our oneness with the world

  • Once you start growing in your self-realization, you develop such a personality that you see the whole world as one. Nirmala Srivastava
  • The non-dual realization of pure consciousness can be experienced as the unity of everything where the unifying factor is pure being inseparable from immediate knowing. Leo Hartong
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The rewards of self-realisation

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Self-realisation brings freedom

  • Self-realization is liberation. Liberation is self-realization. Frederick Lenz
  • Moksha is not freedom for the individual. It is freedom from individuality. M. P. Mahadevan
  • Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. G.I. Gurdjieff
  • Having realized his own self as the Self, a man becomes selfless; and in virtue of selflessness he is to be conceived as unconditioned. This is the highest mystery, betokening emancipation; through selflessness he has no part in pleasure or pain, but attains absoluteness. Maitrayana Upanishad
  • I did some years of therapy and self-realization, and I just move and think at a slower pace – doesn’t make me sound very smart! But really not reacting and doing more listening than talking, and letting people say what they need to say, and then maybe not saying anything at all. Natalie Maines
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Self-realisation brings a recognise of our inner power

  • A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power. Mark Rutherford
  • Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inferiority and inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and successful achievement. Norman Vincent Peale
  • …an exalted power of the soul, a power so high and noble it is able to see God face to face in his own self. This power … knows no yesterday or day before, no morrow or day after (for in eternity there is no yesterday or tomorrow); there is only a present now; the happenings of a thousand years ago, a thousand years to come, are there in the present and the antipodes the same as here. Meister Eckhart
  • Self-realization means to know truth through yourself, and not through others. By seeking God first, through Self-realization, all things-strength, power, prosperity, wisdom, health, and immortality-will be added unto you. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Self-realisation is a settling

  • Self-realization doesn’t imply loss, gain, even transition; it’s only a settling. The separate sounds on the beach, the birds, the waves, the wind. They all come together again, they blend, they harmonize. Frederick Lenz
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Self-realisation brings deep understanding including knowledge of divine laws

  • The meaning of life changes as you change dimensional planes. The way human beings perceive the world is only one simple method of seeing. There are many ways to see life. Life has many meanings, and self realization is the understanding of all this. Frederick Lenz
  • All the science of God is going to be exposed before you, completely. You are going to know the complete science of Divine Laws.  They are very different from the ordinary laws we know.  But first enter into the Kingdom of God.  That’s why I say first get your Self-Realization. Nirmala Srivastava
  • When you get your self realization or your second birth you become entitled to an awareness by which you can find out the roots of everything. You can find out the roots why people get sick, you can find out why there are incurable diseases, you can find out why there are psychological problems, you can find out why there are moral crisises, you can find out why there are political problems, why there are economic problems. Nirmala Srivastava
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Self-realisation brings success in the world

  • Some people have a very strange idea that material success does not coincide harmoniously with self-realization, which is absurd. The aversion to material success, or the clinging to it, is an attachment. Frederick Lenz
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Self-realisation causes fear to fall away

  • When one realizes the Self, in whom All life is one, changeless, nameless, formless, Then one fears no more. Until we realize The unity of life, we live in fear. For the mere scholar who knows not the Self, His separateness becomes fear itself.  The Upanishad
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Self-realisation causes the inner light of consciousness to shine

  • Only after Self-Realisation and only then, is there a direct experience of the Spirit. It then manifests its powers in the human personality, and it’s light enlightens the consciousness into a new awareness. The Divine intelligence of the Spirit radiates on all sides.   Nirmala Srivastava
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Self-realisation brings peace and goodness

  • By realisation I mean a wonderful experience of peace, goodness and beauty, when the world makes sense and there is an all-pervading unity of both substance and essence. While such experience does not last, it cannot be forgotten. It shines in the mind, both as memory and longing. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • The way to the discovery of our true nature varies from one seeker to another. It may be a sudden and dramatic experience or a subtle, seemingly gradual path. The touchstone, in all cases, is the peace and understanding that prevails at the end of the road. Francis Lucille 
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Self-realisation brings happiness, joy and bliss

  • To know one’s Self is to be blissful always. Ramana Maharshi
  • 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
  • Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Ramana Maharshi
  • The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun. Swami Satchidananda
  • The explorers seek happiness in finding curiosities, discovering new lands and undergoing risks in adventures. They are thrilling. But where is pleasure found? Only within. Pleasure is not to be sought in the external world. Ramana Maharshi
  • The essential proof of Self-realization—of God’s consciousness in you—is to be truly and unconditionally happy. If you are receiving more and more joy in meditation, without cessation, you may know that God is making manifest His presence in you. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The man of Self-realization knows a bliss that cannot be compared to anything in this world. His joy is independent of any object or sensory experience. It is an incomparable happiness that cannot be described in words. Such joy is known as sattvik-ananda. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Self-realisation is a process of creation and creativity

  • Self-realization is a process of permanent auto-creation, an elaboration of the new man at the expense of the old. Nikolai Berdyaev
  • This is the process of Self realization about which Eastern mystics have written. It is the process of salvation to which much Western theology has devoted itself. This is a day-to-day, hour-to-hour, moment-to-moment act of supreme consciousness. It is a choosing and a re-choosing every instant. It is ongoing creation. Conscious creation. Creation with a purpose. It is using the tools of creation we have discussed, and using them with awareness and sublime intention. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Life is perpetually creative because it contains in itself that surplus which ever overflows the boundaries of the immediate time and space, restlessly pursuing its adventure of expression in the varied forms of self-realization. Rabindranath Tagore
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Self-realisation brings progress

  • To gauge the understanding and insight that metaphysics provides is to ask whether, in the final analysis, it helps us to cope with our world and harmonize our existence with nature, humanity, and ourselves, and leads to greater freedom and self-realization. Metaphysics is only the beginning. The end is human progress. Rudolph Rummel
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Self-realisation awakens beauty within and without

  • As you awaken to your divine nature, you’ll begin to appreciate beauty in everything you see, touch and experience. Wayne Dyer
  • The beauty of self realization lies in secretly working out within you everything that is virtuous, that is beautiful, that is joyful. Nirmala Srivastava
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To realise the self is to enter the collective super-conscious of humanity

  • To know the reality one has to enter into the realm of Meta-science, beyond mind, which is only possible when we enter into the collective super-consciousness through self-realisation. Nirmala Srivastava
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To attain self-realisation is to become deeply connected with our source of being

  • Self-realisation means that we have been consciously connected with our source of being. Once we have made this connection, then nothing can go wrong …  Swami Paramananda
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To attain self-realisation is to know the world is a dream…

  • Self-realization is not the awareness that this world is a dream, that’s a part of self-realization. Frederick Lenz
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…and to awaken from the dream

  • Satori – in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into one’s own being – these are synonymous. Bruce Lee
  • You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awakening to reality. Is it your decision to do so? A Course in Miracles
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Self-realisation is a truly worthwhile pursuit

  • Self-realization is the last game on earth worth playing. Frederick Lenz
  • Self-realization is a comedown from salvation, but still gives us something to hope for. Mason Cooley
  • Through Self-realization man becomes aware of true values as to his place in the divine plan and his relation to the past, present, and future of mankind. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Self-Realization Fellowship seemed like training. It was the training ground for finding a sense of peace in myself. Because that’s my job. It’s no one else’s. Mariel Hemingway
  • No discovery of modern psychology is, in my opinion, so important as its scientific proof of the necessity of self-sacrifice (or discipline) to self-realization and happiness. Henry C. Link
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Self-realisation is our service to the world…

  • Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi
  • The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. Ramana Maharshi
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…for it greatly benefits The All

  • But let today’s idea find a place among your thoughts, and you have risen far above the world and all the worldly thoughts that hold it prisoner. And from this place of safety and escape, you will return and set it free. For he who can accept his true Identity is truly saved. And his salvation is the gift he gives to everyone in gratitude to Him Who pointed out the way to happiness that changed his whole perception of the world. One holy thought like this, and you are free; you are the holy Son of God Himself.  A Course in Miracles
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Self-realisation on masse can transform the world

  • The reality of en-masse inner transformation of human beings by self-realisation is the most revolutionary discovery of the present age.  Nirmala Srivastava
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We can starve from lack of self-realisation

  • Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. Richard Wright
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True self-realisation is not about escaping life but embracing life

  • Life experience is not something to be denied, but to be celebrated. Madeleine M. Kunin
  • The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • First is understanding. Know that. Then realign the body with the understanding. Feel that. Rupert Spira
  • The path is endless. Experience becomes more and more permeated with consciousness forever. Rupert Spira
  • A spiritual process is not a divorce from life. It is an irrevocable love affair with life.  Jaggi Vasudev
  • The purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way.  Tim Freke
  • Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it’s about becoming more fully human. . . It is the end of ignorance.  Lama Surya Das
  • The essence of spirituality is, to be constantly aware of the oneness of all; at the same time to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual.  Jaggi Vasudev
  • There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realization and destroy even the little they gain by excess of pride. Nisargadatta Maharaja  
  • It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves. Ken Kesey
  • The ultimate purpose of Zen,’ I remembered the roshi telling me, ‘is not in the going away from the world but in the coming back. Zen is not just a matter of gaining enlightenment; it’s a matter of acting in a world of love and compassion. Pico Iyer
  • The first step is to know yourself as awareness and come to know the unlimited nature of awareness. The second step is to turn back to the body, mind and world and realign your thoughts, sensation, perception, emotions with new understanding. Anthony Lambert
  • Becoming a lover of life means reaching deep within so we can come further out. It means transcending the story so we can transform the story. It means daring to be a unique expression of the mystery of being, on a journey of self-realization and self expression.  Tim Freke
  • Its taken 14 billion years for matter to gain the capacity to become conscious of itself. If this is true, it wouldn’t make any sense that the whole point of enlightenment would be to escape from the whole process at the very instant that the universe is beginning to awaken to itself. Andrew Cohen
  • The point of spirituality is not to separate oneself from the natural world and from others; rather, it is to make one’s own actions in the natural world and one’s interactions with others sacred,” he said. “Parapsychology gives evidence that supports a more relational and connected view of the world …. Hoyt L. Edge
  • Retreating from the world will not liberate you. Happiness is not found in a secluded forest hut or isolated cave. Enlightenment comes when you connect to the world. Only when you truly connect with everyone and everything else do you become Enlightened. Only by going deeply and fully into the world do you attain liberation. Guo Jun
  • Recognising one’s true nature is just a beginning. After this recognition there is a process in which the way we think, feel, act, perceive and relate is gradually realigned with our new experiential understanding. In fact, this is an endless process in which the body, mind and world are gradually pervaded by and saturated with the infinite light of pure Consciousness.  Rupert Spira
  • … the whole point of the creative process is to be here—to participate fully, radically, consciously in the Universe Project. In this evolutionary context, the point of enlightenment is not merely to transcend the world so that you can be free of it but to embrace the world completely, to embrace the entire process as your self, knowing that you are the creative principle incarnate.  Andrew Cohen
  • It is important to recognise that the inward-facing path is only half the journey. Once the essential, irreducible nature of the mind has been recognised, and its inherent peace and unconditional joy accessed, it is necessary to face ‘outwards’ again towards objective experience, realigning the way we think and feel, and subsequently act, perceive and relate, with our new understanding.  Rupert Spira
  • In my experience the more I become conscious of the deep self, which is not in time, the more I can enter into the story of Tim in time. When I’m only superficially awake I hold back from life because it’s so scary. I want to commit to my life and choose to really live, but I nervously put it off until tomorrow. But in the deep awake state of safe vulnerability I’m able to take the risk and go for my life. I can dare to passionately engage with the scary business of living. I can love being human.  Tim Freke
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How to attain a state of self-realisation

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There is no single way to self-realisation

  • People want to will their self-realization. They want to know what the right thing to do all the time is. There is no right thing. There’s no code. There are certain basic recommendations. Frederick Lenz
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Reach self-realisation by transcending the ego (your false sense of self)

  • Self-realization: No ego, no desires, no weight problems, no tax forms, no death to die, no life to live. Frederick Lenz
  • To be a self is, for them, the original sin, and to die to self, in feeling, will and intellect, is the final and all-inclusive virtue. Aldous Huxley
  • To the extent that there is attachment to ‘I,’ ‘me,’ ‘mine/ there is no attachment to, and therefore no unitive knowledge of, the divine Ground. Aldous Huxley
  • As long as we think we are the ego, We feel attached and fall into sorrow. But realize that you are the Self, the Lord Of life, and you will be freed from sorrow. When you realize that you are the Self, Supreme source of light, supreme source of love, You transcend the duality of life And enter into the unitive state. The Upanishad
  • Man’s obsessive consciousness of, and insistence on being, a separate self is the final and most formidable obstacle to the unitive knowledge of God. Aldous Huxley
  • Direct knowledge of the Ground cannot be had except by union, and union can be achieved only by the annihilation of the self-regarding ego, which is the barrier separating the ‘thou’ from the ‘That’ Aldous Huxley
  • The “ego” like its correlative “non-ego”, is the product of the body, mind etc. The only proof of the existence of the real Self is realisation.  Swami Vivekananda
  • All bad qualities centre round the ego. When the ego is gone, Realisation results by itself. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only.  Ramana Maharshi
  • (Enlightenment is) the spontaneous cognition to be prior to “Nothing and All”. Entirely unprepared, in spite of and not because of the search for cognition. It is the revelation of the “Eternal Now”. The absence of the “me”, and thus the absence of all concepts, of separation or union, birth and death, God and world, coming and going, etc. Karl Renz
  • But coming home that day, walking downhill with a panorama of valley and hills before me, I turned my gaze inward, and what I saw, stopped me in my tracks. Instead of the usual unlocalized centre of myself, there was nothing there, it was empty, and at the moment of seeing this there was a flood of quiet joy and I knew, finally I knew what was missing-it was my self. Bernadette Roberts
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Reach self-realisation by asking “Who am I?”

  • By the inquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘who am I?’ will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization. Ramana Maharshi
  • In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside. Everybody says, “I” — “I want this, I am like that…” But nobody understands this “I.” Before you were born, where did your I come from? When you die, where will your I go? If you sincerely ask, “what am I?” sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this “don’t know.” Zen is keeping this “Don’t Know” mind always and everywhere. Seung Sahn
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We reach self-realisation by tracing the self back to the original self

  • To develop Self-knowledge and Self-realisation, we must learn to observe ourselves, which requires a certain level of presence, focus, and single-pointed concentration. One should not accept the ego’s conditioned idea of who we believe ourselves to be, but instead, dive deeply into the mind and consciousness to discover how connected we are, to each and to all of existence.  What is required is to trace our sense of self back to its original source, the ‘I-am’ in the spiritual heart of all beings. We need to to the work to uncover the truth that we are not simply what our name describes or our job entails, the nature of which is free of all external conditioning factors.  Yogalanda
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Reach self-realisation by becoming deeply connected to inner being…

  • Self-realisation means that we have been consciously connected with our source of being. Once we have made this connection, then nothing can go wrong. Swami Paramananda
  • As a truth works its magic in your life, there will come a time when the mind is ready to surrender. And in that letting go, a state of Being beyond the mind arises in which reality is revealed. This state of knowing can take different forms.  Sometimes it arises as love; full yet bottomless.  Sometimes it arises as peace; empty yet vast.  In this state of Being, the Knowing that arises is so unshakeable that you are forever changed.  It is a state in which Being Knows itself.  Being and Knowing merge to become one.  Anthony Lambert
  • You are awake—awake and at peace, dwelling on the mystery of pure unmanifest Being. In blissful, ecstatic indifference, you wouldn’t mind if the whole universe disappeared. This is why you feel the sense that “I could stay here forever.” When you find yourself feeling that way, you will understand why men and women throughout history have spent years, even lifetimes, meditating in caves. When you directly experience the ground of your own Being, you will understand that mysterious longing to be alone with God, forever.  Andrew Cohen
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… by resting in being (a state of pure awareness)…

  • Being aware of awareness itself, only consciousness can get you there to the truth of yourself, the immortal inner being.   Rajneesh
  • Your duty is to Be, and not to be this or that. Ramana Maharshi
  • Presence is a state that cannot be verbalised, only experienced. Nisargadatta Maharaja 
  • He who knows that imperishable Being, bright, without shadow, without body, without colour, verily obtains the Supreme. Adi Shankara
  • The Creator has to be experienced beyond the five senses and the only instrument that can experience in this way, for you, is yourself – in the state of thoughtless awareness in which you declare ‘I am’ and hold it. Barry Long
  • Go to the root of all experience, to the sense of being. Beyond being and not-being lies the immensity of the real. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 
  • Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I am”, and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the “I am”. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form. Ramana Maharshi
  • Realization is not a new experience. It is the discovery of the timeless factor in every experience. It is awareness, which makes experience possible. Just like in all the colours light is the colourless factor, so in every experience awareness is present, yet it is not an experience. Q: If awareness is not an experience, how can it be realized? M: Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light.  Nisargadatta Maharaja
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… by planting yourself deeply in that which is indisputably real and permanent

  • Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required. Ramana Maharshi
  • The highest goal of spirituality is Self-realization, but what does that mean? It means to feel your Self as a living reality in this moment, and there is always only this moment. Gay Hendricks
  • Knowing all objects to be impermanent, let not their contact blind you, resolve again and again to be aware of the Self that is permanent. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
  • ‘I exist’ is the only permanent self-evident experience of everyone.  Nothing else is so self-evident as ‘I am’. What people call self-evident, that is, the experience they get through the senses, is far from self-evident. The Self alone is that. So to do self-enquiry and be that ‘I am’ is the only thing to do. ‘I am’ is reality. I am this or that is unreal. ‘I am’ is truth, another name for Self. Ramana Maharshi
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Reach self-realisation by looking and listening within

  • Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it. Saint Augustine
  • We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen — feel and sense it with an open heart. Sometimes it whispers of intuition or precognition. Other times, it whispers an awareness, a remembrance from another plane. Dare to listen. Dare to hear with your heart. J. Heck
  • If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth:  Listen to the secret sound,  the real sound,  which is inside you.  Kabir
  • The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao; that is what gives her her radiance. The Tao is ungraspable. How can her mind be at one with it? Because she doesn’t cling to ideas. The Tao is dark and unfathomable. How can it make her radiant? Because she lets it. Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see. Laozi
  • The man who wishes to know the ‘That’ which is ‘thou’ may set to work in any one of three ways. He may begin by looking inwards into his own particular thou and, by a process of ‘dying to self self in reasoning, self in willing, self in feeling come at last to a knowledge of the Self, the Kingdom of God that is within. Or else he may begin with the thous existing outside himself, and may try to realize their essential unity with God and, through God, with one another and with his own being. Or, finally (and this is doubtless the best way), he may seek to approach the ultimate That both from within and from without, so that he comes to realize God experimentally as at once the principle of his own thou and of all other thous, animate and inanimate. Aldous Huxley
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Reach self-realisation by looking and abiding in the self

  • In reality there is no such thing as someone being able to “stay permanently” in the Self. No one has ever done it: the Buddha couldn’t do it, neither could Christ do it. Rather, the Self has been recognized as what we are, and it is effortlessly and timelessly perfect, always. In truth, there is no actual “in and out” of the Self, no fluctuation—for these are seen to arise within the immutable awareness. Mooji
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Reach self-realisation through love and realising your nature as pure love

  • Anybody who says that love is a hindrance on the path of self-realization is not a sage. Rajneesh
  • Waking up to your deeper nature, which is love, and learning to express that love more expansively and inclusively in the world. Tim Freke
  • Love is the easiest and most effective way to begin our search for self-realization. Frederick Lenz
  • This identity out of the One into the One and with the One is the source and fountainhead and breaking forth of glowing Love. Master Eckhart
  • Love is self-realization. Love is liberation. The only way beyond time, to unravel the knot of existence, is to love. Frederick Lenz
  • Whosoever studies to reach contemplation (i.e. unitive knowledge) should begin by searchmgly enquiring of himself how much he loves. For love is the motive power of the mind (machina mentis), which draws it out of the world and raises it on high. St. Gregory the Great
  • A spiritual awakening is a fundamental shift in how you experience yourself, the world, and life. It’s the recognition that, yes, while I am this person… With a name, a body, living this particular life… That’s not the real truth about me.  The real truth about me is something so vast, so wide, so huge it cannot be explained merely with words.  The truth about me (and everyone else) is love.  Shelly Bullard
  • I believe one of our souls’ major purposes is to know, love, and express our authentic selves. To live the life and be the person we were created to be. However, our true selves only emerge when it’s safe to do so. Self-condemnation, shame, and guilt send your true nature into hiding. It’s only in the safety of gentle curiosity, encouragement, and self-love that your soul can bloom as it was created to do.  Sue Thoele
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Reach self-realisation by abiding in deep silence

  • Don’t look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences. Samuel Beckett
  • Embrace silence since meditation is the only way to truly come to know your Source. Wayne Dyer
  • The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega, it is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blinded note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing. Annie Dillard
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Reach self-realisation through attaining a state of great inner stillness

  • To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still. Hiddu Krishnamurti
  • Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that. I Am That I Am sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in Be Still. Ramana Maharshi
  • Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you. Kabir
  • Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate. Huang Po
  • There is no time, no space, no becoming, no thingness. Pure experience is the mind seeing itself as reflected in itself.… This is possible only when the mind is sunyata [emptiness] itself, that is, when the mind is devoid of all its possible contents except itself. Peter Russell
  • Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still’. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?  Ramana Maharshi
  • If you wish to tranquillize your mind and restore its original purity, you must proceed as you would do if you were purifying a jar of muddy water. You first let it stand, until the sediment at the bottom, when the water will become clear, which corresponds with the state of the mind before it was troubled by defiling passions. Then you carefully strain off the pure water. . . . When the mind becomes tranquillised and concentrated into perfect unity, then all things will be seen, not in their separateness, but in their unity, wherein there is no place for the passions to enter, and which is in full conformity with the mysterious and indescribable purity of Nirvana. Surangama Sutra
  • When the mind is kept away from its preoccupations, it becomes quiet. If you do not disturb this quiet and stay in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and a love you have never known; and yet you recognize it at once as your own nature. Once you have passed through this experience, you will never be the same man again; the unruly mind may break its peace and obliterate its vision; but it is bound to return, provided the effort is sustained; until the day when all bonds are broken, delusions and attachments end and life becomes supremely concentrated in the present. Nisargadatta Maharaja
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Reach self-realisation through meditation

  • Group Meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • One who thinks deeply and clearly, however — as in calm concentration and meditation — goes beyond the reasoning process of thought to a keen perception manifesting in his conscious thoughts, arising from within rather than from data accumulated from without. This knowing of truth by direct perception is called aparokshajnana. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • It takes a long time-many incarnations of right action, good company, help of the guru, self-awakening, wisdom, and meditation-for man to regain his soul consciousness of immortality. To reach this state of Self-realization, each man must practice meditation to transfer his consciousness from the limited body to the unlimited sphere of joy felt in meditation. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Why shouldn’t you strengthen your own vibrations through fellowship with people seeking Self-realization, and by group meditation with them? This practice will fortify your own spiritual convictions you will find that many seemingly insuperable barriers in your life will crumble and dissolve in the waters of meditation. Your devotion and love for God will commingle with the devotion and love of others. Divine bliss will radiate from you, helping all persons you meet. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Reach self-realisation by meditating on God…

  • Self-realization may be and sometimes is attained even by people who are struggling with sick and otherwise imperfect bodies; but it cannot be attained unless one can concentrate and meditate uninterruptedly upon God. Paramahansa Yogananda
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…and resting in God awareness

  • The way to liberation lies through this realization of the Self, by God-communion and by remaining in this God-aware state of the soul while performing dutiful actions. Any individual can reach this supreme actionless state by the renunciation of all fruits of actions: performing all dutiful acts without harbouring in his heart any likes and dislikes, possessing no material desires, and feeling God, not the ego, as the Doer of all actions. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Reach self-realisation by letting go of grasping

  • How shall I grasp it? Do not grasp it. That which remains when there is no more grasping is the Self. Panchadasi
  • Look, it cannot be seen – it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard – it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held – it is intangible. Zen
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Reach self-realisation by renunciation of the fruits of action

  • That matchless remedy (for self-realisation) is renunciation of fruits of action.  Mahatma Gandhi
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Reach self-realisation through spiritual practice

  • Self-realization is not complete until it lives in action. Byron Katie
  • Could you nourish yourself by only listening to a talk on food? To know food only theoretically is to always remain hungry. You must eat to satisfy hunger. So he who seeks new doctrines continuously but does not put them into practice in his life is in continual spiritual starvation. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • You must know the difference between imagination, theoretical knowledge and true realization. Could you nourish yourself by only listening to a talk on food? To know food only theoretically is to always remain hungry. You must eat to satisfy hunger. So he who seeks new doctrines continuously but does not put them into practice in his life is in continual spiritual starvation. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • One ounce of the practice of righteousness and of spiritual Self-realisation outweighs tons and tons of frothy talk and nonsensical sentiments.  Swami Vivekananda
  • I don’t want people to think that they can attain realization simply by listening to others or by reading books. They must practice what they read and hear. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Reach self-realisation by desiring it above all else

  • A person is what his deep desire is. It is our deepest desire in this life that shapes the life to come. So let us direct our deepest desires to realize the Self. The Upanishad
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Reach self-realisation by letting go of all resistance

  • Since resistance is inseparable from the mind, relinquishment of resistance — surrender — is the end of the mind as your master, the impostor pretending to be “you,” the false god. All judgment and all negativity dissolve. The realm of Being, which had been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred, the immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • That’s what every uncomfortable feeling is for-that’s what pain is for, what money is for, what everything in the world is for: your self-realization. Byron Katie
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Reach self-realisation by studying the scriptures…

  • The object of the Gita appears to me to be that of showing the most excellent way to attain self-realization. Mahatma Gandhi
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…and then letting go of all attachment to the scriptures

  • A theoretical knowledge of scriptures often produces a conviction that one knows the truth when he actually does not know it. Only by communing with God, the “Library of All Knowledge,” may one know all truths in their exactitude, without wasting time in the theoretical understanding and misunderstanding of scriptures. That is why a wide gulf may exist between scripture readers and men of realization who are themselves embodiments of scriptural truths. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Reach self-realisation through play

  • Play like dreams serves the function of self-realization. Donald Woods Winnicott
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Reach self-realisation by transcending reason

  • It’s not logical, self-realization. If it was, everybody would be self-realized because everybody is logical. Frederick Lenz
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Reach self-realisation through harmony and balance

  • The material and the spiritual are but two parts of one universe and one truth. By overstressing one part or the other, man fails to achieve the balance necessary for harmonious development… Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance to reach the inner wondrous garden of Self-Realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If one introspects and says with humility of heart: I do not yet know the truth, but I have to find it , then in time this humility may be rewarded and one may achieve one’s ascent. If this happens, the persons attention comes into the center, neither on the left, nor on the right.  That is, neither dominated by his conditionings from the past nor the orientations of his ambitious ego.  Such a balanced person is very well suited for Self Realization, by which he will know the truth in its absolute form. Nirmala Srivastava
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Reach self-realisation through surrendering all sense of agency and doership

  • When will the Soul be realized? As long as the wrong understanding of, ‘I am the doer, ’There are things I can do’, exists in this world; until such ignorance is removed, one will neither realize Soul nor will he find any information on the Soul. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan
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Reach self-realisation by giving up the search

  • Enlightenment cannot be attained if it is sought as a future goal. Give up the search. The entry point is now, not in the future.  The ego can only be transcended in the now.  In the depth of you, your essence is already complete.  You are already it.  You just need to realise it.  Eckhart Tolle
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Reach self-realisation through self-abandonment

  • A man’s truest self realizations might require him, above all, to learn to close his eyes: to let himself be taken unawares, to follow his dark angel, to risk his illegal instincts. Jean Cocteau
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Reach self-realisation through non-attachment

  • The fly that touches honey cannot use its wings ; so the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins its freedom and hinders contemplation. St. John of the Cross
  • As the mind becomes gradually established in the Self, it proportionately gives up the desire for external objects. When all such desires have been eliminated, there is the unobstructed realization of the Self. Adi Shankara
  • It was from the Nameless that Heaven and Earth sprang; The named is but the mother that rears the ten thousand creatures, each after its kind. Truly, ‘Only he that rids himself forever of desire can see the Secret Essences.’ He that has never rid himself of desire can see only the Outcomes. Lao Tzu
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Reach self-realisation through the help of a guru

  • With the exception of very few who have gained higher spiritual tendencies in prior lives, Self-realization is not possible for anyone without the blessings of a guru. Think of the guru as the manifestation of God in this world. Take even the most insignificant word of the guru as an order and obey it. That is the real service to the guru. There is no greater austerity. The guru’s blessings flow automatically to any obedient disciple. That is the real service to the guru. Mata Amritanandamayi
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Reach self-realisation through purity

  • All experience is necessarily transient. But the ground of all experience is immovable. Nothing that may be called an event will last. But some events purify the mind and some stain it. Moments of deep insight and all-embracing love purify the mind, while desires and tears, envies and anger, blind beliefs and intellectual arrogance pollute and dull the psyche. Nisargadatta Maharaja
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Reach self-realisation by transcending compulsive thinking

  • The degree of the absence of thoughts is the measure of your progress towards Self-realization. But Self-realization itself does not admit of progress, it is ever the same. The Self remains always in realization. The obstacles are thoughts. Sri Ramana Maharshi
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Reach self-realisation by transcending fear

  • Fearlessness means faith in God: faith in his protection, His justice, His wisdom, His mercy, His love, and His Omnipresence… To be fit for Self-realization man must be fearless. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Self-realization sounds good. But what if only an enraged dwarf emerges? Mason Cooley
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Reach self-realisation through ordinary life

  • Just being ordinary in and of itself is an expression of divinity; the truth of one’s real self can be discovered through the pathway of everyday life. David Hawkins
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Reach self-realisation through yoga

  • Of the four major pathways to self-realization, jnana yoga, from the point of view of the beginner, is the most difficult. Frederick Lenz
  • Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • No devotee should be satisfied until he has sufficiently developed his intuition—by impartial introspection and deep meditation, as in Kriya Yoga—to experience the communion of soul and Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Reach self-realisation through Tantra

  • Tantra is only recommended for someone who has a very developed will power, a terrific sense of humor, and a sense that nothing else matters but God and self-realization. Frederick Lenz
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Reach self-realisation through Zen

  • Zen is the way of complete self-realization; a living human being who follows the way of Zen can attain satori and then live a new life as a Buddha. Zenkei Shibayama
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Reach self-realisation by aiding and serving others

  • People who are advanced meditators don’t worry about liberation and self-realization; they instead are interested in the welfare of others and aiding others in their liberation. Frederick Lenz
  • All service should be regarded as an offering to God, and every opportunity to serve should be welcomed as a gift from God. When service is done in this spirit, it will lead to self- realization. Sathya Sai Baba
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Reach self-realisation by spending time in nature

  • We go to the mountain for enlightenment, for self-realization, for adventure, for discovery. It’s pregnant with meaning. When people see a mountain, they invest it with meaning. Not plot. Not character. Joe Rohde
  • Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. Eckhart Tolle
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Reach self-realisation through a sense of community

  • The sense of community is indispensable…to full self-realization. Herbert J. Muller
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Self-realisation is not attained easily…

  • How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization! Eric Hoffer
  • The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle. Sivananda
  • God-realization is attained only by great effort on the part of the yogi and by divine grace. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Some seekers will do anything for their Self-realisation – except work for it.  Sri Chinmoy
  • God-realization is the most difficult state to reach. Let no one fool himself, nor think that someone else can give it to him. Paramahansa Yogananda
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…yet it can happen suddenly at any time

  • This is not about a gradual progression to a future goal, but about a radical awakening to what is. No conditions have to be fulfilled for this to become clear. Self-realization can happen at any time for anyone.  Leo Hartong
  • There are no steps to self-realization. There is nothing gradual about it. It happens suddenly and is irreversible. You rotate into a new dimension, seen from which the previous ones are mere abstractions. Just like on sunrise you see things as they are, so on self-realization you see everything as it is. The world of illusions is left behind. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Self-realization can become effortless when we realise we already are what we are looking for

  • Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are. Ramesh S Balsekar
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See adversity as an opportunity for self-realisation

  • I used to think that divorce meant failure, but now I see it more as a step along the path of self-realization and growth. Alana Stewart
  • For self-realization, a rebel demands a strong authority, a worthy opponent, God to his Lucifer. Mary McCarthy
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