WHAT THE SAGES WERE SAYING


Here are just a few quotations:

“The being of separate beings is non-separate being.” Chuang-tse (c.369-c.286 BCE).

“We, the originally vast, serene, and marvellous mind are all pure and illuminatingly all-inclusive. Nothing can hinder us: we are as free as the firmament.” Tsung Kao (1089-1163)

“From the beginning, not a thing is.” Hui Neng (638-713)

“Be still. And know I am God” Psalm 46

“This consciousness exists as each being, and nothing else exists.” The Vigyan Bkairava and Sochanda Tantra.

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me: my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” Meister Eckhart

“Seeing that one cannot see the absence-of-things (subjectivity) is true seeing, permanent seeing.” Shen Hui

“You must have a clear understanding that all things are only a manifestation of the mind itself. Everything, everything in this world is nothing but a complex manifestation of one’s mental activities.” Lankavatara Sutra

“Remember that from the first to the last not even the smallest grain of anything perceptible has ever existed or ever will exist.’ Huang Po

“I am Not, but the Universe is my Self.” Shih T’ou (700-790)

“Body, heaven and hell, bondage and freedom, as also fear, all these are mere concepts. What have I to do with all these, I who am pure Consciousness?” Ashtavakra Gita

“Let me remind you that the perceived cannot perceive.” Huang Po

“Prajna (Subjectivity) is our true nature.” Hui Neng

“Our original Buddha-nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity.” Huang Po

“I’ve told you all that constitutes the very core of Truth; there is no you, no me, no Superior Being, no disciple, no guru.” Dattatreya

“Moreover, in thus contemplating the totality of phenomena, you are contemplating the totality of Mind. All these phenomena are intrinsically void and yet this Mind with which they are identical is no mere nothingness.” Huang Po

“Phenomena only exist in the mind that perceives them.” Tibetan Book of the Dead

“What you are looking for is what is looking.” St. Francis of Assisi (attrib.)

“Simply see the world as yourself. Embrace things as they are.” Lao Tzu

“If this principle is understood, that will amount to real deliverance, for the attainment of which there can be no other method.” Hui Hai (trans. John Blofeld 1948)

“Why this talk of seeing into your own nature?......That Nature and your perception of it are one.” Huang Po

“Seeing that one cannot see the absence-of-things (subjectivity) is true seeing, permanent seeing.” Shen Hui

“There is absolutely nothing which can be attained.” Huang Po, Wan Ling Record

“Form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Emptiness is nothing but form, and form is nothing but emptiness. Apart from nothing there is no anything, and apart from anything there is no nothing. Apart from our phenomenal world there is no Void, and apart from the Void, there is no phenomenal world.” Heart Sutra

 

And how about the sages and others of the present or recent past? Let’s sound out a few:

“Since there is no room in the Infinite even for nothingness, I cannot be nothing; and since the Infinite has no parts, I am therefore the Whole.” Shaikh Ahmad al Alawi (1870-1932).

“The essential Understanding is that in reality nothing is. This is so obvious that it is not perceived.” Wei Wu Wei

“There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.” Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)

“The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go anywhere? Just realise that you are dreaming a dream you call the world, and stop looking for ways out. The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of the dream and not another. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs to be done.” Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897?-1981)

“There is no such thing as an entity. Now you know you are awake because you are here and you have that knowledge. There is nothing else other than this knowledge, no entity.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Greater than the greatest good in life is to know who we are.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

“With the belief in the individual entity/doer, problems never cease. When the illusory nature of the individual is seen, problems never arise.” Ramesh Balsekar

“There is a Presence that is unnameable that thought cannot touch. It is not your possession; it is what you are.” Adyashanti

“From the perspective of the infinite it is obvious that the individual self absolutely does not exist. The idea that we have a self that controls, arbitrates, or is the doer behind our actions, is absurd. The individual self is nothing but an idea of who we are.” Suzanne Segal

“All said and done: everything is I and I am no thing. All phenomena are objective manifestations. What I am objectively is the totality of phenomenal manifestation. What I am subjectively is all that all phenomena are. Nothing personal about it anywhere or at any stage. The personal notion is not inherent and is the whole trouble.” Wei Wu Wei

“I am Presence; not I am present or you are present or he is present. When one sees the situation as it really is, that no individual is involved, that what is present is Presence as a whole, then the moment this is perceived there is liberation.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

“The Vastness is perceiving itself out of itself at every moment, within every particle of itself everywhere simultaneously.” Suzanne Segal

“ So-called self-realization is the discovery for yourself that there is no self to discover.” U.G.Krishnamurti

“You will come in due course to realise that your true glory lies where you cease to exist.” Ramana Maharshi

“What is real does not die. What is unreal never lived.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

“A person is not a thing or a process but an opening through which the absolute manifests.” Martin Heidegger

"Pure Apperceiving is the subjective Functioning of Potential, sense perception is the temporal reflex in objectivity, phenomena are a conceptual interpretation of that. Therefore that which they are is the mind that is perceiving them. True Apperceiving is perceiving that, as mind, you are bringing into apparent existence whatever you perceive. Consequently the fundamental nature of all phenomena is the Apperceiving of it." Wei Wu Wei

"An eye cannot see itself, and Truth cannot express itself,because, being non-duality, it cannot be conveyed dualistically as the object of a subject." Wei Wu Wei

“There is no such thing as an entity. Now you know you are awake because you are here and you have that knowledge. There is nothing else other than this knowledge, no entity.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The Void is nothing, absolutely nothing – and Nothing is absolutely everything. For both exist in mind." Wei Wu Wei

“The essential Understanding is that in reality nothing is. This is so obvious that it is not perceived.” Wei Wu Wei

“You see, the search takes you away from yourself; it is in the opposite direction. It has absolutely no relation. The search is always in the wrong direction, so that all you consider very profound, all that you consider sacred is a contamination in that consciousness. You may not like the word ‘contamination’ but all that you consider sacred, holy and profound is a contamination.” U.G. Krishnamurti

“What is real does not die. What is unreal never lived. Once you know that death happens to the body and not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment. The real you is timeless and beyond life and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should live long.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

One thing at least emerges from what they are saying – we are not what we think we are. We believe we are this self, this body and the mind that seems to go along with it. If we are not that, what are we?

 

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