"If today was your last day in this body, will it make any difference to you, to how you’d use your mind? What would you want to preserve… when you have no future?"
Turn nothing away.
You have woken up late, lost and perplexed but
don’t rush to your books looking for knowledge.
Pick up a flute instead and let your heart play.
So when something comes in front of you just stay as the Truth, which does not move, and react to the circumstances whatever they may be, good or bad. Just react without any possessive concept in you. Whatever happens keep most interested in Self and see that all rises is Self rising out of Self. Self is not interested in possessing things because Self is total. So don’t react with interest or reward or possession. Then you will be free and your interactions will be out of compassion and life will be like sailing in the breeze of non-attachment. This breeze comes from Self and will happen after Freedom, not before.
When you are Free still you have to live because still the world will be there but living will be very compassionate. Just love each other, and hold no hatred with anything. This depends on you, how you take things, and whether this “I” is from the ego or whether it is from Nowhere. The “I” from Nowhere contains the whole universe and this is total understanding itself.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj
The real purification with water
Is to bathe in the essence of eternity
And stand in your true body:
Stunning autonomy, luminous bliss,
Invisible consciousness pulsating
Always and in every direction.
~ Vijnanabhairava Tantra
Annamalai Swami: You only have one real choice (Final Talks, page 38):
Ramana Maharshi once remarked that free will is non-existent, that all our activities are predetermined and that our only real choice is either to identify with the body that is performing the actions or with the underlying Self in which the body appears.
Someone once said to him: ‘If I drop this fan, will that be an act that has always been destined to happen in this moment?’
And Bhagavan replied, ‘It will be a predestined act’.
I assume that these predestined acts are all ordained by God, and that as a consequence, nothing happens that is not God’s will, because we, as individuals, have no power to deviate from God’s ordained script.
A question arises out of this.
If I remember the Self, is this God’s will?
And if I forget to remember at a certain moment, is this also God’s will?
Or, taking my own case, if I make an effort to listen to the sound ‘I-I, is this God’s will, or is it individual effort?
Forgetfulness of the Self happens because of non-enquiry.
So I say, ‘Remove the forgetfulness through enquiry’.
Forgetfulness or non-forgetfulness is not a part of your destiny.
It is something you can choose from moment to moment.
That is what Bhagavan said.
He said that you have the freedom either to identify with the body and its activities, and in doing so forget the Self, or you can identify with the Self and have the understanding that the body is performing its predestined activities, animated and sustained by the power of the Self.
If you have an oil lamp and you forget to put oil in it, the light goes out.
It was your forgetfulness and your lack of vigilance that caused the light to go out. Your thoughts were elsewhere. They were not on tending the lamp.
In every moment you only have one real choice:
to be aware of the Self or to identify with the body and the mind.
If you choose the latter course, don’t blame God or God’s will, or predestination. God did not make you forget the Self.
You yourself are making that choice every second of your life.