there be peace and love among all beings of the universe. OM
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
was born in Bombay on January 4th, 1913. At the age
of 12, he met his master, Siddharameshwar Maharaj,
a great unknown Guru of the age.
He did not
begin to teach until 1983 at the age of 70 when
increasing numbers of seekers kept showing up at
his door. His teaching is in the continuity of his
master's, which emphasises simplicity and
directness in language.
The specificity of Maharaj's teaching is its
radical stand and directness: "All is illusion, the
"I" is illusion, so whatever the "I" does is also
illusion." Therefore, he does not give any method
to improve the illusion.
Knowledge is a mere remedy to cure the disease of
ignorance, and once ignorance has vanished,
knowledge no longer has any real existence. "Within
Reality there is neither knowledge nor ignorance.
When "I" do not exist, when "I" am not, He only is
and that is Reality, that is Self without
Maharaj often speaks of zero, which refers to
consciousness, the sense that "I am". Whatever
rises within consciousness is no different from
consciousness itself and to make something of it is
totally pointless. Making something from nothing is
ignorance, and knowing that everything is nothing
is wisdom. What need is there to prove that zero is
always zero? Reality is the source of everything
and is the natural state beyond consciousness, the
stateless state. Only That is true and as Maharaj
always says, "Everything that comes and goes is
zero, is unreal." Reality remains ever-present and
is absolutely independent from the "I", the body,
the mind, the world and consciousness, which all
come and go. During deep sleep, there is nothing,
not even the "I am" consciousness, yet Reality
remains. Through true knowledge and the rejection
of all false identifications that one has taken
upon oneself, the veils of ignorance are removed
and we realise our true nature. "To find out your
true nature is the easiest thing since you are
Ranjit Maharaj passed away on November 15th, 2000
at 6:16 PM at his residence in Bombay. Maharaj's
words during his last few days were, "It is of no
use now and has to go."
If you want to
follow a practice, you have to follow someone who
is realised. Methods are full of frustrations and
give no real satisfaction. Reality has no method.
Illusion has many methods, many problems and many
concepts. To overcome illusion, or concepts, one
should ask, "From where does all this thinking
arise?" Thinking is always of other things. To know
the thoughtless Reality, no thinking is required.
It is where there is no thought. Whatever thing you
think of doesn't exist. Everything is Eternal
Reality and apart from Him there is nothing in the
world. Whatever is thought of, makes Him something
other than what He is. When thinking ends, what
happens? You return to zero.
long as the body is there, the realised being acts.
He calls his mother "mother", and his wife "wife".
But still he knows. If somebody asks him, "What is
your name?", he gives his name, but he knows, "I am
not this." That clear cut understanding is
required. Complete understanding is called That. Be
in That. Be like a lotus leaf you are
produced in water, you live in water , but you are
not touched by water. Stay like that, nothing else.
Once you know, "I am not this", then you become
doubtless. My master told me, "After understanding,
if you want to stay, then stay. Stay in jail, but
remember: "I am not a victim."" One cannot afford
to leave the illusion so fast, so live there, but
understand that "I'm not the victim." Ego is such;
in very many different shapes and different ways,
he remains. So, one should always be aware, and
then, once you are complete, there is nothing to
worry about. What you see is illusion. If you
understand that "myself" is illusion, then where
does everything remain? People don't understand
that illusion is nothing. How can it block you? How
can nothing block you?
Awakening is nothing but a complete, thorough
understanding. A clear cut understanding of a thing
is awakening. Reality is not to be achieved, it is
already here. After this thorough understanding,
nothing is required.
In human nature,
fear is always there. Everyone has fear, because,
they believe "I am the body." Mind creates this
fear and is nothing but your own concept. Fear
arises in the mind due to the unsteadiness of the
world. Every minute is changing. If you go beyond
darkness and knowledge, then there is no fear at
all. For example, a screen has no fear of any
picture because it is steady. So, that which is not
steady always has fear. Your mind changes every
moment and cannot remain steady by itself. If your
mind knows its own source or its own beginning,
then only can it be happy. As long as there is a
body, there is fear. If you want to be fearless, be
what is fearless, because That has no end. The
Final Reality has no end and no beginning, it is
limitless. It is so subtle, that all thoughts and
concepts stop. Duality contains fear, the one
Reality has no fear.
Forget everything and immediately you are the Self,
in this very moment. There is nothing to reject and
nothing to gain because everything is nothing. You
are Self without self.
Take out the thorn of the ego. Remove the name and
the shape and nothing remains. You see by your own
understanding that everything is illusion.
Experience it! You don't want to see because the
mind doesn't allow you to see. The mind is the only
hurdle which keeps you away from your Self. The
mind says, "Everything is true." Tell the mind, "It
is not true." Understand the mind and then it
You can see the space, you can observe the space,
you can feel the space, but Reality is beyond
space. Space is zero, where there is no silence, no
voice, no peace, no state. All these are
conditional things. Reality is beyond everything
and is completely empty. Nothing can disturb Him.
An aspirant may then ask, "So, what should I do?"
Do nothing! Words only go up to the space. Lord
Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "There,
from where the words come, That is my Self." That
is my Self. In the Bible, Christ also said
the same thing: "Know thy Self and you know the
world." Go up to where thinking ends, go up to
That, and there is the Self. So, I always call it,
"Self without self." Self-realisation is Self
without self. As long as "realising" remains, self
remains. The eyes have got the habit to see that
which is not. The master takes you up to That, up
to the Reality and says, "Be That." This is the
Everyone is He and that is real witnessing. But
when you take the "I" to be the witness, then
everything which is not is seen as real. Neither
"I" nor the world ever existed. Witness is beyond
Reality is That which plays in everyone. And when
Reality enters the ten senses, He becomes
individual self. When you enter the ten senses, you
lose your peace.
One who dives to the depth of the ocean finds the
pearl. Go to the depth of yourself and you will
It is your love for the illusion that keeps you
away from your own Self. When you see the illusion
as an illusion you will stop being fooled by it.
This is the true "understanding". You are already
the Reality. Why waste time running after the
What He [Reality] is, He makes you.
All the scriptures point to the one Reality, and
when you discover It, then the scriptures become
empty and non-existent.
What do you get when you desire? You get nothing
because you forget your Self. What is the use of it
if you lose your Self? Try to preserve your
association with your Self, which will take you to
Everything is just like bubbles in the ocean. There
are millions of bubbles and your individual self is
just one of them. You must break your bubble so
that you return to your true nature, Reality.
That's all. True understanding breaks the
If you go to the source of a river, will you find a
river? At the source, there is only ice and snow.
When you go to the source of yourself, you also
disappear. There is only source.
Everything is projected onto Him, the Reality. The
whole world is nothing but His shadow. If you
understand this, then what do you need to achieve
or accumulate? The shadow is not true, only the
Reality is beyond knowledge.
Reaching Reality requires nothing because it is
always here. You simply must get rid of the
illusion of "doing" something which is imprinted on
your mind. You don't need to do anything to be who
Who reaches Reality? The one who doesn't care about
God, who doesn't care for the illusion and doesn't
care for anybody. Caring for others has nothing to
do with you. Why? Because you don't exist. When you
don't exist, then why care for others? Others don't
When you go away from your home for a long time,
you feel happy when you return. In the same way,
over many life times you have forgotten your Self,
and when you return to your Self, you feel
happiness or not?
Experiencing is unnecessary because whatever you
experience is not true. Only the one who cannot be
experienced is true, short and sweet.
If you have a strong wish to meet someone, that
person must come. In the same way, if you have a
very strong wish to know Reality, why should He not
In Final Reality there is no "you", no "I", no mind
and no thought. That is your natural state.
Wake up to your own Self. It is the Self which
gives light to everything that appears, and without
Self nothing could be seen. You are the source of
Maharaj first gave knowledge, while our
mythologists say that one should first renounce
everything, then receive knowledge. He said that
renunciation without knowledge is useless. It
becomes a bondage of the mind. For example, a nice
meal is prepared. There is a sweet smell and
everybody wants to eat. But you tell the others,
"Don't eat." They ask you, "Why not?" You then let
them know that there is poison in the food. The
knowledge of the poison leads to immediate
renunciation. So, if at first there is knowledge,
renunciation automatically must follow.
The one who doesn't want to know anything is the
First mental understanding is required and after
that comes a practical understanding. Intellectual
talent is the greatest thing. Without the
intellect, one cannot understand. So, you have to
understand with the full intellect and then, that
knowledge, or that understanding will submerge,
because knowledge is a thought. A good thought or a
bad thought, both are thoughts. So, knowledge is a
golden thorn, and ignorance is an ordinary thorn
and both are bondage. Suppose your hands have been
put in handcuffs. Maybe they're iron cuffs or maybe
they're golden, but it's still bondage. So, both
are thorns. One should understand and throw them
away. It is very difficult to throw out the
knowledge, because ego remains up till knowledge.
Knowledge is the ego, nothing else. To erase that
knowledge, one should say, "I know nothing." As
Socrates said: "I know that I don't know."
Knowledge is the medicine, not the disease. The
disease is ego and is dispelled by the clear cut
understanding that it is unreal.
Breathing is just wind, and yet you have built many
castles from this wind. If you understand this,
that everything is illusion and is sustain only by
wind, then you will be out of the clutch of
ignorance. By ignorance you accumulate everything
and by understanding you throw it away.
Understanding is realising.
In the beginning, the master says that knowledge is
necessary. But in the end, that knowledge merges
with the Final Reality.
There is no experience in Reality. What experience
have you got when you sleep? Reality is there and
everything else is not. It is beyond ignorance and
knowledge. For example, darkness and light go
together. A light goes off and darkness is there,
and if you turn on the light, darkness
automatically goes away. They are one. In the same
way, knowledge and ignorance are both one. In my
master's words, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, "Knowledge
is the greatest ignorance." Through knowledge, we
know That which is nothing, and this is a trick,
nothing else! One should know this trick.
Lord Krishna has said, "Unless you know your Self,
whatever you do is useless."
If you want to realise your Self, you must devote
your entire life to It. Otherwise, what is the use
Be fearless. Roar like a tiger. Don't be like a
mouse, always running away.
Ignorance came by hearing and is dispelled by
hearing. By words you have become bound and by
words you can be free. Words are false, but their
meaning is true. The illusion is needed in order to
go beyond it.
Be ignorant to the world and knowledgeable to the
What you know today, what you are going to know
tomorrow, is all the same. In the same way,
knowledge never changes. Due to ignorance, the
effects differ. When you place a cover over the
light, then there will be darkness, and when you
take off the cover, light returns.
When you wake up in the morning you feel fresh.
During sleep, you have forgotten everything,
By words you have become bound, and by words you
can be free. Ignorance came by hearing and it must
dissolve by hearing. Words are false and only the
meaning they convey is true. When you understand
that everything is an illusion, you will forget
about it and realise that you are the Reality.
Whatever I say is false. I tell you! Words are
false, but I speak for the Truth, for Reality.
Words can never touch Reality. Forget everything,
forget all words and without any delay you are
Remove the veil of ignorance which has come upon
you. Take away the cloth in front of the light, and
the light is there! In sleep one goes to this
"end". Go to the "end" and find your Self. Finding
out means forgetting your mind, your thoughts and
To remove ignorance, knowledge is necessary, but
finally both dissolve into Reality. In Self, there
is neither ignorance nor knowledge.
Nothing needs to be demolished. Why demolish
anything? What are these things? Things don't
trouble you, but you go in and get troubles. This
chair never says, "I am yours." You say, "It is my
chair." So, who is at fault? Not the chair, but
yourself. You have nothing to do with it. You
should see the world that way.
You are beyond space and time. When you say, "I
am", then everything appears, what to do?
When you gain more energy within, use it for the
right things, not for worldly things. All worldly
things are an illusion, so why waste energy for
You have to keep going. Hurdles will appear and
must be overcome. One should overcome the problems.
A problem is a thought. From your childhood, you
have accumulated many thoughts. Who has given you
all those thoughts? Your father, your mother, your
friends in your circle. Everything has come to you.
They are all ignorant people, so what can they give
you? What can darkness give to light? Tell me.
Nothing, isn't it? What can you find in darkness?
Nothing! All thoughts, all habits are not true. All
have come to you due to ignorance. Go to the source
from where they arise and they dissolve. All
bondage is only a mental bondage which you have
borrowed from someone else. Money that is borrowed
is not yours. In the same way, you have borrowed
the thoughts of others and have taken them as your
own bondage. How can it be? Throw off that bondage!
Who stops you? Give the money to the creditor, and
you are free of all debt! You have to be free of
Ignorance is taking the world and its objects to be
real. The world never tells you, "I'm real", and no
object ever tells you, "I belong to you." It is you
who takes all this to be true, yet it is all only a
fleeting illusion. Those who still have love for
the illusion do not know who they are. When you
reject everything, you will know "I am
Gold is indifferent to what shape it may take as an
ornament. If golden bangles are broken, their shape
changes, but the gold doesn't care. It can take
another form, so why should it worry? It can take
the form of a dog, or of God. It is unconcerned
with the form. In the same way, be indifferent to
anything that has a form.
All the knowledge you have accumulated is nothing
but ignorance. Nothing has happened and nothing is
going to happen, yet you still want to know
everything. Why? Why want that which is not?
By keeping the mind established in Reality, you
become the greatest of the greatest. The mind
eventually gets completely absorbed into Reality
and "you" don't remain.
Body is bondage.
When you say "I am the body", you are in hell. When
you understand that you are not the body, then you
will realise that you are everywhere. This is
You were a drop when you were in the womb of the
mother, and one day you will become a drop again.
Everything vanishes after your body is put in the
grave. So, why do you love this body? Don't love
it. Love your Self, which never dies.
You take the body and say "I am this." This is the
The body dies but you are never going to die. And
when the body dies, it returns to Reality.
Everything is He. Besides Him, there is
Bodily affairs are not my concern. Be out of it.
You must have the strong conviction that "I am not
You reduce yourself to being a body and then you
constantly worry for it. Why? By thinking "I am the
body", you have reduced yourself to such a small
creature. The body is nothing. It comes from zero
and will soon return to zero.
How can it be said that the body is pure? It
produces shit and piss. It's a dirty thing, a shit
factory, and yet you say, "I am this." As long as
the power continues to animate it, you worship it,
but the moment the power leaves it to die, you want
to get rid of it as soon as possible. Don't be the
owner of a dying shit factory, but rather be the
owner of the Eternal Reality.
If you get a boil on your leg, for example, you ask
the doctor to remove it, even though this boil is
still part of your body. It makes you suffer, so
you are ready to part with it. In the same way, if
you understand that the body is only a boil that
has grown on you, you will be very happy to see it
disappear. This body is an abscess on you, and you
have to remove it through true understanding.
When you lose all
love for the illusion, He automatically is there.
You get absorbed into Reality because He and you
are the same, nothing else. There is no "you" or
"self" in Reality. Forget about self. The real
understanding is, "I don't exist."
The ego is like the son of a barren woman it
doesn't exist. It is a false projection of a
confused and ignorant mind.
As long as you feel you have to do something or
gain some result, it means that you are still in
the clutches of the illusion. Forget the illusion
and be Him. Doing nothing is Reality.
"I do nothing" should be your understanding. Don't
care about any results. Say that "I am the Reality
without "I"." Be That. This is the right way to
Go deep within yourself, so deep that you
disappear. When the "I" disappears, only He
remains. The Eternal Reality is always here, so
there is nothing to worry about.
You say "I do many things, I exist." I say, "You do
nothing, you don't exist." That is the difference.
When you don't exist, who speaks, who talks?
Nobody! I never speak, I never talk. Forget
everything and immediately He is there, short and
You feel that "I exist", but that existence itself
is false. When you take "you" and the "world" to be
true, then the mind entertains all kinds of false
A name is given to each person when he is born.
That which doesn't exist is given a name. Yet, you
were never born and are nameless. If you have no
name then where is the ego?
Ego is the greatest trouble maker. As long as "I"
remains, the troubles continue. Let your ego
dissolve into Reality and be free from trouble. Why
continue being a slave to a troublemaker?
If the illusory "I" has no real existence, the
world has no existence. Take it for granted.
When the "I" is there, then the "you" is there too.
When the "I" is absent, then where are "you"?
Not remaining as "I" is the highest
Unless you drop the ego, you cannot be Him, the
Reality. He is always here but you are unable to
see Him. The ego is the only factor that prevents
you from knowing the Reality.
All you need to do is remove the ego so that you
always remain as Reality. "I" is the dark cloud
blocking the sun. Sun is always shining, but you
cannot see it.
When you cut certain worms in half, they still
continue to live. Ego is just like that.
Nothing is yours, nobody is yours.
Nobody cares for anybody, I tell you. Love is
nothing but duality because you can only love
something else. You are Reality, so whom to love
and not to love?
Things may happen against your will, but your will
is not even true. Knowing this, you are free from
the grip of ego. Otherwise, you remain its
Your understanding should be: "I don't exist, I am
not." In this way, all actions are "actionless"
because they don't belong to anyone.
Thoughts rise from ignorance. When you understand
that they are unreal, everything is nullified. You
know: "I am nothing and the everything is nothing."
Don't be anything. If you want to be something it
means that your ego is still at work. When you are
nothing then only Reality remains.
He who says, "I am all powerful", is sounding his
trumpet in the desert. Joy and happiness are still
symptoms of the illusion.
The world is only
a reflection of Reality and any reflection is
unreal. Suppose you see your face reflected in a
mirror. If you think that the reflection is your
real face, you are lost. If you understand that the
reflection of the world is not true, then instantly
you are Reality. How much time does it take?
I say that the creator of the world is not great at
all, because his creation is not true. How can he
be great? Do you agree with me?
While living in this world, be in the world but
understand that it is not true. This is the work of
a brave man.
Tukaram says, "Everyone is mad." All worldly people
are mad because they run after the wrong things. A
person runs towards a mirage in the desert which he
thinks is water. Someone tells him, "There is no
water there", and he replies, "You are a foolish
person because I can see it." He runs all day and
when the evening comes, the mirage disappears. He
thinks to himself, "Oh, I was unlucky today, but
tomorrow I will reach the water." It never existed
and yet he still believes in it. What to do?
Your mother and father created your body which came
into the world. And you suffer because you take it
to be real. Who's fault is this? Seeing that which
is not is the fault of the creator. The illusion
has nothing to do with you. See everything and say
that nothing is true. Have that much courage.
Everything vanishes when this understanding
No matter if you are poor, sitting on a throne or
lying in the gutter, still you are always Reality.
The outside appearance has nothing to do with who
you are. Everyone is He, no matter what state you
may be in.
Everything that you see has its origin in
ignorance, because knowledge comes from ignorance.
Who can know anything? There is nothing to know.
When knowledge ends, Reality is there. You are
I always say that there is nothing to worry about
in the world. Why? Because it's not true!
Everyone gives value to the world. The realised
being, who has gone beyond the world, beyond
knowledge, only gives value to zero. When you
understand that the world is untrue and that
everything is zero, then all that remains is
There is only one way to know Reality forget
everything and instantly you are He. Short and
sweet. There are no words for Reality. Forget the
illusion and He is there. Do everything, but say
that it is not true. That is the main point.
An ignorant person always sees the world as true.
The realised sage sees the world as not true. That
is the difference.
The world is nothing but a long dream, take it for
There may be many noises in the world, but the one
who understands remains noiseless.
In complete darkness and ignorance the world is
created. How can it be true? It's only a dream.
You can understand intellectually, but you are
unable to put your understanding into practise. Why
not? Because you still have love for the illusory
world and are clinging to things that are
Be in the world, but don't be a worldly person. Be
the master of the illusion instead of accumulating
what is not. You are Reality. What else is
People run after experience and finally they die.
That is the main point. While living, be in the
world and at the same time be out of it. So, I
always say, "I'm in water, but the water doesn't
touch me." Have the courage to say that! You are
There is only oneness in the world and no duality
at all. Everybody is He, so why worry?
All people want
more and more knowledge. They want to know that
knowledge. What is knowledge? It rises from zero,
from consciousness. Knowledge is zero. If you
understand that knowledge is not true, then you can
go beyond zero.
This world is created from zero. Who is the creator
of zero? You can never find Him.
All thoughts come from zero, from consciousness. It
is only a thought that says, "I am so and so." You
are made from thoughts which have no real existence
of their own. Many thousands of thoughts have
appeared over time, but where are they now?
When a realised being speaks, he talks from beyond
the sky, from beyond zero.
be like a bee that spends its time buzzing around
from flower to flower. Know your Self, then you
will know that everything is nothing.
Everything comes from zero and goes back to zero,
so why worry?
The earth is shaped like a big zero. Put a zero on
everything that you see. Put a zero on each
thought. Give everything its true value. Nothing
When you collect your experiences, you only collect
zeros. Reality is beyond zero, beyond experience,
beyond consciousness, beyond space.
A disciple should put a zero on everything,
including himself, otherwise he cannot advance. No
one wants to put a zero on their self because they
fear not being accepted by others. Be mad and do
When you feel that something can touch you, or harm
you, it means that you are in the illusion. How can
nothing touch you? Everything in the illusion is
All thoughts are
liars, so where is the Truth?
A thought, like a house guest, comes and goes. The
host always remains.
When you truly understand that thought is unreal,
then you remain as the thoughtless Reality.
Everyone worships God, but they don't know what God
is. God is only a thought. If I, the Reality, were
not already there, how could God come into
What you see and perceive is in you and not
outside. You are not the body, take it for granted.
When the mind takes up any thought and gets
attached to it, then everything is seen as other
The idea that money can bring you happiness is
clearly wrong. You are never satisfied with what
you have and spend your life trying to get even
more money. How can you ever be happy?
When you say "I exist", thoughts follow you
Liberation and bondage are only thoughts, the work
of the mind. You are ever free, so why worry?
Nothing is "bad",
nothing is "good". These are only thoughts.
Creating differences and divisions is the nonsense
activity of the mind.
The mind is never satisfied with what it gets. It's
like the tail of a dog if you try to make it
straight by putting it in a hollow tube, even after
a hundred years it will still return to its
Every minute three people die and five are born.
What has Reality got to do with all this? Does He
cry or laugh? The cinema screen doesn't care if the
film projected onto it is good or bad. The screen
shows all the pictures, but it doesn't accept any
of them as true. Be the screen yourself. Don't
accept anything. If you accept something unreal as
real, you become the smallest creature. Many things
come and go. Why worry about them if they are only
illusory and have no true existence?
Mind, knowledge, intellect and objects are only
temporary appearances. Reject eveything that
appears and then disappears. Only then can you see
An objective mind cannot easily understand the
Whatever the mind believes is false because all
concepts are unreal.
When you don't listen to the mind, automatically
you become more subtle.
Never worry for anything, whatever state you may be
in. You are stateless. Many states come and go, but
you remain forever as Reality. Never accept
anything less. Worrying is the affair of the body
and mind. It has nothing to do with you.
Mind is ignorance itself because it imposes
something false onto Reality. Remove the false and
Whatever you feel, perceive or achieve is an
illusion. When your mind accepts this, you will
remain detached from everything, even during daily
Mind can never experience the Reality. Whatever you
can experience is something else. Until your mind
dissolves into Reality, you will continue to have
experiences. After dissolution, who is left to
Be without experience. This is your Self.
Your mind becomes the greatest of the greatest when
you don't give the world value.
Don't be a mind, be Reality. That's my stand. To be
or not to be is the question of the mind, not
Be the master of the mind, not its slave. The
so-called sage who says, "I am the reincarnation of
God", doesn't know Him, doesn't know Reality. On
the contrary, he is the slave of the illusion. Only
a foolish person takes himself to be a master.
Your mind must accept that all is illusion, only
illusion. Then you will be the greatest of the
greatest. The choice is yours now, accept it or
Don't let the mind ride you. By knowing that
whatever the mind says is untrue, you ride the
In this world any
living creature, whether man or animal, strives for
happiness throughout life. Man is the only creature
with the power to discriminate between right and
wrong. However, he is not aware of what is real
happiness. Real happiness is a medicine which cures
misery and unhappiness.
The deer who runs all day long after a mirage in
search of water feels unlucky when the sun sets.
Man also strives hard all life long for the
illusive happiness and dies in misery. All human
beings believe that that they get happiness from
other objects and persons, but that is not
For example, a dog chews a bone so hard that his
gums start bleeding. But he is satisfied by tasting
his own blood.
Happiness cannot be achieved by external objects or
persons. The very fact that one looks outside for
happiness shows that it is not real happiness. Why
look outside at all! Real happiness lies
One must derive pleasure only from within himself.
The presence of the Self is the only happiness.
How can you know
when you have found a master? There is no test or
statistics. What is written in the scriptures
should be experienced by you. A master says, "This
is salt." Books also describe salt. Put it in your
mouth and see for yourself if it is salty. What the
master says, you must experience. You can find out
only by tasting.
When the master teaches you, you can get the
experience. Nothing is impossible in the world. You
are He, so what is impossible? You don't understand
this, you don't take it to heart. Due to the
identification with body and mind, you say that you
are not perfect. Everything disappears in deep
sleep, so why can you not go to the end of
yourself? From where does this power arise. Find
the source, and that is your Self. One can
understand the Final Reality if the master gives
you the right direction. If the address is wrong
you cannot reach the destination. The master should
be perfect, only then he can show you the way to
If you have full faith in the master, He will take
you to the right place. The master is everywhere.
He is never away from you. You and He are one.
All want to be a master. Even between two boys,
there is always one who will be the master of the
other. It is the nature of man. If you experience
for yourself what the master says, if you can put
your own stamp on it, then it is true. Otherwise,
separation between master and aspirant remains. In
truth there is no duality between them. So the
question of fear does not exist. When that is fully
satisfied and there is the feeling that nothing
remains to be acquired in the world, then one feels
completely at peace. That satisfaction comes to
you. One should experience for himself and then
speak, otherwise one should keep quiet.
The master does nothing. Try to understand that a
realised being has done nothing in his life. He
sees the world as nothing.
You have forgotten your Self and take everything as
true, so the master only reminds you that you are
Thinking that the master has a form is only
ignorance. I tell you. When you accept what He
tells you then you are always with Him.
You have to realise your Self at the cost of
yourself. You have to die to yourself before you
can attain Reality. That is real appreciation of
Faith is required up till understanding, only.
Afterwards, "no faith" is also required. Suppose
you have got 60 lakhs [6 million] francs in
the bank, and I say, "Keep faith." Is there any
meaning in it? You say, "No, I know I have got it."
Once you understand, once the clear cut
understanding comes, then even faith is not
required. But to have faith, the ego should be
surrendered. The small baby has so much faith in
the mother, so the mother does everything for him.
Before he cries, she gives him milk, and
everything. Suppose the mother falls with her
child. When she gets up, she first sees that her
child is not hurt. In the same way, the master is
also like that. When one has got the faith, He
knows. All the aspirants' misunderstandings and
doubts are cleared by Him. You have to know your
Self only. You only represent or misrepresent
yourself. If that understanding doesn't come then
the ego will remain.
There is a saying in India: "With one piece of
turmeric, one cannot open a grocer's shop." Many
people talk of God even though they do not know
God. Why? Because they are always moving in the
opposite direction from Him. If you want to go to
the mountains in the north, and you go to the
south, how can you reach the mountains? Where is
God and who is God? One should know He is not
outside, but within you! Thoughts are naturally
directed towards the outside; they should turn
toward the Self with the help of the master.
Find out who you are. When all thoughts end, He is
there. Forget everything that you have learned up
till now, then He is there. In this way, one is at
peace. Peace comes from within ourselves. Christ
says, "Know thy Self and you will know the world."
When you go to the very end of yourself by
returning to the source, the question of peace does
not arise. Nothing remains and you are your
It is essential to have a real master in order to
understand the Truth. As a child goes to school to
eventually learn a trade, a disciple must learn to
understand the subject that his master teaches. In
the beginning, you must go to school in order to
understand. Then, by the grace of the master, you
will awaken to your own Self and know that
everything is a dream.
The master is the greatest illusion because all
that he says with full hear and frankness is false.
But the false words that the master tells you can
make you reach Reality. Speaker and listener are
both false. If one reaches Reality, then they
Faith in the master and dedication to your Self is
essential. There is no difference between the
master,the Self and who you are..
The master takes you to that place where there is
no one to understand anything. There is no
knowledge nor ignorance and so understanding has no
meaning. Let everything appear within That, but say
that it is not true. There is no need to change
anything because it doesn't exist. When you forget
the sense of the world, which is nonsense, then you
will know the real sense and Reality opens up to
After liberation, one naturally worships his
master. Once you have understood, what is left for
you to do? There is nothing to do except pray to
the one who has shown you Reality. You feel so
thankful, knowing that the master is in your Heart.
You and he are one.
As long as you are still in the body, you should
worship Him. Worshipping Him keeps your mind in the
Reality and out of the illusion.
The master says that you are Reality, and if you
accept it, then you are always with the master.
Surrender your ego to the master. You have to
abandon the individual ego to be with Him, the
Self. What He is, He makes you.
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yourself that death is nothing. Know that, "I am
birthless, I am deathless, I have never taken birth
and I will never die."
Take the poisonous tooth out of the serpent and
play with him. You know it is not going to do any
harm to you. Death is nothing. Everyday, when you
sleep it is like a small death. Why to fear?
Nothing is there. Everything is illusion. Keep your
mind in that fearless state only. Just as the
poisonous tooth is taken out, in the same way, play
with the world, play with the illusion, there is no
harm. It won't affect your mind. Live fearlessly;
no death, no fear, knowing that "I am that real
power." There is nothing! What will harm you?
I can tell you, but you have to take out the thorn.
It doesn't exist, take it for granted. It doesn't
exist, but you feel its existence. The difficulty
is that you don't leave it alone. You are afraid of
what will happen. Nothing else is going to happen.
Nothing has happened up to now, and so what is
going to happen now? So, to take out the thorn of
the ego, always say: "I know nothing, I don't see,
I don't hear, I don't eat, I don't sleep, I don't
walk, I do nothing." Then, "I" is not there and the
ego must go.
Nobody dies and nobody is born. What never dies and
is never born is Reality.
One should be brave to truly live. When you are
brave, fear does not remain. Be brave and have
faith in the master. Do what he says, because you
and He are one. Remove the veil. It is easy to
leave that which is nothing, but difficult to see
That which is present and which you have forgotten.
There is an Indian custom in which sweets are
distributed to all the relatives on the 13th day
after death. What is the meaning of this? It is: No
one ever dies.
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