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Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go.
The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and 'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and 'will' cannot evolve involuntarily.
If you meditate and the Devil comes, make the Devil meditate.
Two things in life are infinite; the stupidity of man and the mercy of God.
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the 'I Am,' our real presence, can awaken.
Never think of results, just do!
Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.
He who has gotten rid of the disease of "tomorrow" has a chance of achieving what he is here for.
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.
One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on yourself is to realize that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind.
In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself.
Practice love first on animals, they are more sensitive.
What you need to know is very little, but to know that little takes very very much.
All who have come to me must have enema each day.
If you help others, you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt. It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics.
The first reason for people's slavery is our ignorance, and above all, our ignorance of ourselves.
Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us. If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world.
Believe nothing, not even yourself.
You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place.
Better to die than live in sleep.
There is a cosmic law which says that every satisfaction must be paid for with a dissatisfaction.
One of the strongest motives for wishing to work on yourself is the realization that you may die at any moment - only you must first realize this.
Patience is the mother of will.
It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself.
From looking at your neighbor and realizing his true significance, and that he will die, pity and compassion will arise in you for him and finally you will love him.
That which is easy is bad for your inner life.
Begin with the possible; begin with one step.
Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself — only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.
Consciousness is a state in which a man knows all at once everything that he in general knows and in which he can see how little he does know and how many contradictions there are in what he knows.
If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
Remember yourself always and everywhere.
By teaching others you will learn yourself.
The only type of sexual relations possible are those with someone who is as advanced and capable as oneself.
Humanity is moving in a circle. The progress in mechanical things of the past hundred years has proceeded at the cost of losing many other things which perhaps were much more important for it.
As long as our ideas are the same, we will never be apart.
Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.
The greatest untold story is the evolution of God.
Without struggle, no progress and no result. Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.
Wish' is the most powerful thing in the world. Higher than God.
Hope of consciousness is strength. Hope of feelings is slavery. Hope of body is disease.
The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do.
If you can serve a cup of tea right, you can do anything.
Would a CONSCIOUS human being destroy himself through war, and crime, and quarrels? No, a man simply knows not what he does to himself.
Practice love on animals first; they react better and more sensitively.
Love without knowledge is demonic.
Time began when you were born. It will end when you die.
Man must use what he has, not hope for what is not.
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he 'lives' his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.