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Dr. Frederick Lenz, Rama, quotations on meditation, kundalini, chakras, mantras and samadhi


The possibilities for immortality are endless. Here you sit reading these words, a butterfly resting on a flower!


 Life is perfect, it glows.


Life is beautiful all of the time. Just to be alive and perceive that beauty of life all around you and within you is the best that there is.


Life has no meaning. It doesn't need a meaning. A meaning is an arbitrary thought formulation that we affix to it because we are in the mood. Life is its own raison d'etre.


Life is magic.


OK, you're alive. How aware are you, of anything? Can you see eternity? Do you live in the land of the perpetually happy?


A long time ago individuals looked at life and saw that most people aren't happy. They saw this was obviously an inefficient system. So they combed the universe and found immeasurable happiness inside of us, our spirits.


We are luminous beings. Beneath our transient physical bodies we are made of intelligent light.


Matter is fun for a while, but ultimately, it's the spiritual experience, the ecstatic transcendence, where we leap beyond.


Self-realization is the last game on earth worth playing.


The last game on earth is in progress. And when you lose, you win. And when you win, you can't lose.


Wisdom is something that seeks itself. The wiser you become the more you'd like to know.


We live in a world of wars and wars alarms, of famines, of oppression. While there are many wonderful people in this world, you'll notice one curious fact about them, they all suffer, they all die, and sometimes those who are the nicest seem to suffer the most.


How can you possibly overcome your fears, doubts, worries and other problems?  You can't.  You simply don't have the capacity. Fortunately, the infinite can do all of these things for you.  How?  Because it is lacking in nothing.


Individuals who have had many, many past lives, usually around 30,000 to 40,000 lives, are drawn into the study of psychic development and self-discovery.


You have elected to follow this path you do not know. You have elected to follow the path because eternity has elected you. You will follow it is as long as eternity holds you to it.


There is something in you that loves light.


The most noble of all pursuits is to be enlightened, to know truth, to have knowledge and yet be beyond even truth and knowledge, to be God.


It's fun to go to a supermarket or a park or a shopping mall where human beings convene. They're so caught up in their own personal reality as to not see life, except in terms that add to or detract from their movie.


There's a different film being made in every mind. And of course, the star of the film is the mind, the personality, the self.


You're bound by the frame. You've become so engrossed in the movie of your life that you have forgotten that you're sitting there watching.


Pass the popcorn, please. Life is a film, theatre, a theatre of the soul. We play different roles on different stages. At death, we walk offstage. At birth, we walk onstage.


Your existence is passing before you. Grains of sand in the hourglass. The Wicked Witch of the West has you in her castle and she's turned the hourglass over and the sand is running through. Will you be liberated or will you die? The only way you can beat death is liberation.


Things don't make you unhappy. People don't make you unhappy. You make yourself unhappy. Because you are in the cycle. You're stuck. You're stuck in time.


You see, I'm a believer in the rhapsodic. I like things that are happy. For no particular reason, I just like them. Most people don't seem to be like that in this particular place, in this world. You can tell by what they focus on. Read a newspaper, watch a TV show, go to a movie, look at a life.


Well, what is God, then? God is that which watches. God is neither masculine nor feminine, although God can assume any form. God is that eternal reality that is in everything.


Go through the things that life gives you to go through, happily. You have to loosen the grip of time, gradually.


You should be drawing awareness from a deeper part of your being. Your deeper mind has everything already. It knows everything already. It has all the answers.


The final result of all life is your awareness. Your awareness is existence.


The trick in life is to find out where you belong. Once you find out where you belong, you will be happy there.


The ghetto is not where you live. The ghetto is inside your mind. And anyone who tells you that you can't get out of the ghettos of your own mind has no idea what they're talking about.


The key to happiness, in my opinion, is taking the time to find out what your spirit wants you to do, and doing it.


Real happiness is something most people never know. What we experience in deep meditation, that ecstasy, is beyond what human beings call happiness.


To overcome stress you have to find out something. You've got to do some research and homework. You need to find out who you are today.


If you were just you, you would be happy. But of course, you don't know who or what you are. So how can you possibly be happy? That is why you have got to study Zen...or something.


Our purpose in life is to gain the view of ourselves. Otherwise, why live? We never know the miracle of existence.


We are alive for a certain period of time in any given lifetime. We are competing against time. It is a race to see if we can wake up before we go to sleep again. That is the challenge.


Life is an endless matrix of existence. And as you experience it in that pure form, that's what we call enlightenment.


Life exists in countless forms in countless dimensions, in places that we simply cannot see. The essence of life - while it might not appear so when we watch television or watch our loved ones suffer - is good.


Once you are enlightened, you can do whatever you want without fear or sorrow. You can go snowboarding, get married, stay single, be rich and famous, or live unknown in a high Himalayan cave. It is up to you.


The spectrum that most people exist in this world is very mundane and very unhappy. Certainly human beings are capable of experiencing great joy and happiness.


The vast majority of the people who populate our planet live lives of quiet desperation that are all too often quite harsh and painful, lives in which events and circumstances usually don't turn out the way they had hoped or planned.


Even the rich aren't often happy. Their wealth is at best only a temporary distraction. It doesn't make them immune to emotional and mental suffering, or to disease and death. They too must deal with loneliness, the deaths of loved ones and the frustrations and boredom of old age.


Fame does not make you happy. It just makes you look in the mirror a lot, worrying about how you look today for your audience.


Fulfillment of desire taken to extremes doesn't necessarily make us happy.  It tends to make us rather cynical.


If you live for a very long while, you will have to watch your friends and loved ones die, your body age and lose its beauty and vigor, and your mental capacities fade.


Time holds the final claim check for everything we gain or attain in this lifetime. All of our possessions, along with the people we love, are only loaned to us for a very short time by eternity.


Most successful people find out that the attainment of their goals doesn't necessarily bring them the happiness and joy they assumed; their happiness is short-lived.


Even the lucky ones, who do manage to become happy by attaining their goals, live each day in fear of losing whatever it is they may have gained.


 We see very few people who are satisfied. They say that the only ones who are really happy are the enlightened or the fools.


The world you experience, every day and night of your life, is transient. They only last for the blink of an eye, and then they dissolve back into that unknowable and formless eternity.


You've got to make a person aware of how miserable they really are and show them how happy they can be. Otherwise, why should they seek this nebulous goal called self-discovery.


There is an all powerful force or energy that creates all and draws all back into it. This is God. It is beyond intelligence, beyond analysis.


You must have total and impeccable trust in eternity. Whether you like it or not, eternity's in charge, so you might as well trust. You will feel better.


Most human beings are completely out of touch with their spiritual nature and with the inner dimensions that exist within themselves. They don't realize each person has a soul, an inner core of light and intelligence as vast as the ten thousand worlds, whose inner nature is emptiness, ecstasy and happiness.


Your whole life is inside your mind. Your mind is the prism that refracts the entire universe. Everything around you and within you comes from your mind.


You must constantly strive to enlarge your awareness. Naturally, if you do, you will have an uncommonly fine and happy life.


You don't always have to be the winner, have everybody notice you. It's fun to dance alone sometimes.


As a human being you are capable of a higher level of perception than you may now be cognizant of. You are not really who you think you are. There are many selves inside you, not just one.


You need something. Not just to get through the day, but to get through the incarnation. You need to find that power, that perfect unity.


There is a definite way to do this. There is a training program that you will go through and it's delightful. It's absolutely beautiful.


Take the level of dedication that anyone had to get to the top in any field, and apply it to self-discovery. Except that when you get to the top of anything else, it washes away. You will die. The only thing that stays with you forever is your awareness.


The world won't necessarily change but your understanding of it will, and therefore the world will change. Your attention will no longer be confined to the physical body and the physical world.


In the beginning what is necessary is to feel that there is something worthwhile to be attained otherwise we won't do it.


If you are able to stop feeling sorry for yourself, and to contribute to the betterment of this world and of those around us, you will experience a high that is beyond my ability to express.


There is no end and there is no beginning. There is only eternity. Eternity can be warm. eternity can be cold and ruthless.


You have to become a master or mistress of your mind.


You can go through hundreds of lifetimes in one, and it all starts with daily meditation practice.


If you meditate deeply several times a day you will transform and change. You will find that you don't have to inspire yourself to do what is right because you have become what is right.


Happiness comes from self-knowledge. Self-knowledge means that you have understood your mind. Your mind is the whole universe.


Experience is a great teacher. You will have to go through the trials and tribulations and the ecstasies and abandoned moments of wonderfulness that all of us did on the way to enlightenment.


The pathway to enlightenment leads to states of ecstasy, knowledge, and a pretty ironic sense of humor.


People on the pathway to enlightenment become very successful in whatever they approach, because they have learned to discipline the mind.


There are different pathways - be it Zen, tantra, karma yoga, or jnana yoga. Different ways have been devised to do the same thing for different types of people according to their temperament.


There is a lot of opposition. You will experience it. But the joys that come from the study, more than compensate for the opposition, in my opinion. It's a personal choice.


We live in a world that is dominated by war, hate, violence and suspicion. Those are the things that come naturally in this world. So you have to will something else.


Your life can be horrible or it can be incredibly beautiful. It can be boring or exciting. It's seldom in between. Your active use of will determines what will happen to you in this and other lives.


If you learn to lead your life strategically and strongly, you can overcome the opposition. But running away, you never overcome anything. The pathway to enlightenment is for the warrior, the samurai.


You might have a warrior spirit in there somewhere, and it's just waiting for the opportunity to come out. If you do, you might be a candidate for the pathway to enlightenment.


All of the energy of existence is going to flow through you. You will be in thousands of planes of consciousness at once or beyond in nirvana or having a sandwich with a friend.


You are not a singular self. You are a corporation. Inside you is eternity. A human being is not so simple.


You have thousands of selves inside you. Meditation is a process of peeling back the layers of the self. We start with peeling back the personality from this lifetime.


There are all these people running all over the planet who don't see what life is for, what their own lives are about, because they don't see psychically. Therefore, they miss most of the beauty of life.


It's not going to be easy. It's the earth. What creates power in your life is when you perfect your mind, your career, and your associations with others.


Each time you dip into the well of existence it changes you. Rapid mental development is that process. It is a process of escalating your evolution.


Redefine you. Oh God, life is so beautiful. Don't let it pass you by. Don't miss it. Don't miss it.


The real dance is within; it is within your mind. Everything is inside your mind. God is inside your mind.


The immortal silence is there always waiting for you and that spirit is deathless and courageous. Remember, many have trod the path that you are walking on and they succeeded. They were no better than you, no wiser.


They had the same fears that you have, the same aggressive tendencies and the same attachments, but they were freed in time because they believed.


Never get so stuck in being responsible and mindful that you can't let it all go and run off chasing your private dream, if it leads to the shiny worlds, the worlds of beauty.


No one sees life like you do, because you are no one. You change constantly, like the light outside the window.


When we are very young children we know how to feel. It's innate. But as we lead a lifetime, we pick up so many thoughts, impressions, feelings, and ideas, that our sensitivity goes away.


When we open our heart up to someone, that energy, of course, comes into us.


Everyone feels some jealousy, some anger, and some hostility. Don't feel guilty. But to allow them to become dominant expressions of your way of life is off the wall.


Self-acceptance is involved in this process. You have got to be able to look at both your dark and your light side and not get enamored or depressed by either.


Occupy yourself with what's in your life now. Address those situations and subjects as fully as possible with your best efforts. That is what produces happiness and clarity and knowledge and power.


The average person just sees through their senses. The world is filled with wonderful mysteries and beauty. You need personal power to open up all of that, without it - these are just words.


A life that most people will never even know about can be yours in this study, but only if you approach it with equanimity, poise, grace, balance, and professionalism.


It is the quick path. We turn everything inside out and upside down - which is when it gets straightened out very neatly and in an orderly fashion.


There is a certain degree of pain to be experienced in the search for self-knowledge, as there is a certain amount of joy. You just do it because you find yourself doing it. There just doesn't seem to be much else worthwhile.


When you live in a psychic state of mind, you are happy. You don't have to do anything. Life is always beautiful, but we don't see it when we enter into lower states of mind that are, in effect, cloudy.


Words are deceptive. You think you understand something because it's explained to you and now you are under no obligation to do anything because you understand it.


The purpose of all of this is not to walk around with new vocabulary words, but to cause you to speculate on the marvel of your own being.


In the study of consciousness you cannot explain anything verbally. You can only allude to, point in a general direction of.


They get you when you're young. When you are a kid, you are conditioned. You are taught language, customs, and right and wrong. You are filled with fears. This conditioning interferes with your psychic perception.


As a sensitive person around other people, you feel their desires, you feel their angers, and you feel their frustrations. You begin to believe that these desires, angers, and frustrations are yours.


All the billions of people who now inhabit our planet are putting a terrific strain on its aura, making it difficult, even for evolved people to become aware of their past-life knowledge and talents.


You can be locked away in prison and be free if your mind is not a prison. Or you can be walking around with lots of credit cards and be in a prison, the prison of your own mind, the prison of your illusions.


I understand your higher and lower tendencies. There is something beyond all of this nonsense. There is a wonderful glitter that you can follow in life.


Most people put the cart before the horse, which is an interesting way to go through life. They approach everything directly. In Zen we approach everything backwards or inside out.


If you are a person who wants an uncommonly fine life, if you're willing to put in some time each day to do that, then that will happen to you.


How do you develop your psychic abilities? Well, to begin with, naturally, you have to want to and believe that it is possible.


What more could there be, but the absolute beauty of our lives? Look around you, for heaven's sake and stop thinking. It is only in your thoughts and in analytical processes that you lose yourself.


Life is wonder, endless, ceaseless wonder. If your energy level is low, then everything is gray, two-dimensional, boring, frustrating, and unhappy.


I've lived in worlds where there are three or four suns. We had incredible sunsets, beautiful. But they weren't more beautiful than here, if my mind is more beautiful in each life.


Letting go is the hardest thing. Everybody is so afraid. They're so afraid of eternity. They're so afraid of life. They're so afraid of what's on the other side of death. There is nothing but light. God is everywhere.


Everything depends on your state of awareness. If your state of awareness is low, then all the material success in the world won't help.


The whole quality of your life depends on your state of mind. There are very high states of mind that very few people experience. They are also quite pragmatic and practical and they make you more efficient at living and working in the world.


To become more aware, it is necessary to do something that you haven't done. Everything that you have done will only make you as aware as you are now.


Anybody or anything can become enlightened because enlightenment is the very nature of existence itself.


You can know the secrets of life. It doesn't happen to anyone special. You just decide that you want an uncommonly fine life and you will it.


This is only a small part of the totality. From this island earth we see only a fragment of creation and its knowledge.


You are everything and everyone. You are in all things. You exist in all conditions. You are the universe. You just think of yourself as existing within a temporal body


Be the exceptional being who separates themselves from the herd and the fate of the herd.


You don't need anybody to tell you what is right or wrong. What you need, perhaps, is someone to show you how to come to those understandings.


Your self is the universe, and you perceive the universe through a state of mind.


You are on a vast wheel of birth and death. You have been through thousands of lifetimes, thousands yet to come.


Sometimes we can't do anything about our social condition, but we can do something about our condition of light.


Physical circumstance will not cause happiness. Or if it does, there is the fear of loss. Now you are a slave to it. You have become bound to it.


The rich aren't happy so they try and get richer thinking it will make a difference. The poor aren't happy. They try and get rich thinking that will make a difference.


I know a lot of wealthy people in West Los Angeles. Money doesn't necessarily make you happy.


They are not happy out there. Take a walk today and look at how many people smile. Look at how troubled they are, unhappy, stressed out. Go through the ghetto or go through Beverly Hills.


It's just not working. One nation trying to destroy another, one race trying to destroy another, one religion trying to destroy another - It's the same old story over and over again.


The life that we see on our small planet is not necessarily a great reflection of the entire universe. The people are beautiful, but they tend to destroy one another. That's not an operative principle in all dimensions.


There are different pathways that lead to enlightenment. We could say that everyone's life is one of the pathways. Your life is a pathway that leads to enlightenment.


There was a time when you came forth from infinity, your essence that is. You've always existed, and you'll always exist. But there are different states of mind in the universe.


People who are involved in self-discovery lead different types of lives. The lives they lead are not necessarily the lives of renunciation. Rather, it is a structuring of the elements in your life in a particular way.


There are many paths that lead to enlightenment. There are lesser enlightenments along the way to a larger enlightenment, referred to sometimes as liberation.


Perfect mind, the diamond mind, radiating all universes through your being, each pulse beat is the universe, each breath, eternity. Enlightenment, try it. You'll like it!


There are dark forces in the world that would have you believe that you can't succeed and that you're a failure and that you're evil and all this nonsense.


There are no bad people; there are only bad states of mind.


If you feel the purpose of life is struggle, Darwinian fitness, dog eat dog, then you will be eaten by a dog, or you will eat dog. You become what you focus on.


In this lifetime you can lose everything. Everything passes here. But you don't lose any spiritual knowledge that you have gained in this or any other lifetime. It is inside you.


We don't live forever. We have a limited energy. You have to determine those things that you direct your energy towards, otherwise you get yourself in too many places and nothing succeeds.


You can get stuck in one state of mind or a general area of mind for a thousand lifetimes. Some states of mind afford better views than others.


You can just stay in oblivion, going through your days and your life and your experiences, staying with your friends, family. If that suits you, it's good. But for some people, it's not enough.


One day you wake up and you decide you want to be different. You want a different life. You are tired of your old life. This is the truth. You will a change.


Don't follow the crowd. The crowd doesn't get there. They just run round and around in a crazy race. It never ends.


Trivial Pursuit means that you've got nothing going on in your life. Trivial Pursuit is more than a board game. It is the way most people live. Their lives are trivial pursuits.


Most people don't care much about enlightenment and the truth. They'd rather watch the Home Shopping Network, and maybe that's another kind of truth.


You can stay in the safe, secure oblivion and pain of ignorance, not knowing, and just die. You'll just die, like everyone else, and shuffle into another incarnation that won't be very different.


You have been programmed, brainwashed to see life in very specific forms. Life is endless and we are a body of perception. We are an awareness that is endless. The universe is only perception.


There are other options that no one ever told you about. These are things mom and dad never explained to you; your teachers didn't know; they weren't enlightened. They weren't luminous beings that stood out of time and space.


You will have to put aside some things in your life, habits, ideas, ways of seeing life. You will have to learn new things, and then new things and then new things - forever.


Self-knowledge, I guess, is hard. But I think pain is harder, personally. I think to be hopeless is very hard. I think to die without hope or to live without hope is very hard.


This is the most exciting study there is. It is the only thing I know of in life that makes you feel consistently better, whether it's success or failure, whether they love you or hate you.


Psychic development makes you strong. It develops a common sense attitude in which you don't expose yourself to forces, people and situations that would drain you.


As you evolve and develop your psychic abilities, you will enter into perceptions of life, truth, beauty and you will gain a power to live your life in an intelligent, perceptive and strong way.


Why waste your time being around people who drag you down? You don't live forever, at least in this life.


People who are drawn to meditation have had lots of incarnation in the world of experience, and we know the score. We know that experience is great, but it's not enough.


You have probably had past lives where you were in better stages of mind than you are in now.


You don't have to meditate. You don't have to practice self-discovery and Buddhism. You should only practice self-discovery if you really have had it with the human world.


Maybe you don't need to do this. Maybe this isn't your moment. But if you do feel the pull of the eternal, then you can't stay away from it.


We get so involved with the latest craze or having the latest car or the most high-powered house that we lose touch with that which makes us happy - what makes us happy are quiet states of mind.


Happiness does not come from external things, as we're really taught as children. It doesn't come from Santa Claus. Happiness is from within your mind. Just realizing that will change your whole life.


Let us say your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend makes you happy. If they leave, you're bound to be unhappy. You are the slave of the thing that makes you happy. You are a junkie and human relationships can be expensive habits.


Stop trying to do things that will make you happy. Happiness is a state of mind; because otherwise, you are a slave to circumstance.


Matter is fun for a while; but ultimately, it is the spiritual experience where we leap beyond what we know- that is the happiness.


What is perfection anyway in the physical? It is an idea we have. When it doesn't happen we get all bent out of shape and frustrated and angry and then unhappy, we take it out on everybody.


Happiness is self-generated as the mind becomes still. As we become involved with the desires of the world, we lose that centering, that stillness.


The spirit longs for the world of light from which it came. That longing causes something to happen. It causes the being to grow into light.


The way you increase your energy is by letting go, ultimately. There is something inside you that knows what it should do, and you fight it all the time.


What you need to learn are basic types of concentration, bringing more energy into your life, plugging up the holes where you lose energy, the basics of self-discovery.


Meditation essentially means having a great time. Some people have applied a sense or a feeling to the meditative experience, such that, meditation has become a quantifiable religious experience, which means it's not any fun!


Enlightenment is cumulative. You become a little more enlightened each day as you practice yoga and Buddhism.


Examine your experience of the incarnation so far and realistically add up the moments of happiness and unhappiness and you tell me, oh somewhat vaguely nobly born, you tell me, what has it been like for you?


Grow up. Get a life. Life is pain. Anybody who tells you something other than that is trying to sell you something.


Get real. Life is heavy. It's difficult. It's complex...even for the wise.


Life is a game in which happiness is the goal.


Everybody is waiting ... wating for everything. You've got to go do things. Yoga is not a waiting.


Happiness is the most elusive thing for human beings to find.


These truths may seem simple and self-apparent and the words easy to say, but the states of mind that you live in as you progress are beautiful beyond description.


All I have to teach you are feelings, the words don't matter much. But as you listen, feel the stillness of my mind, not my mind but of mindůinfinite mind.


Enter into the activities of the world, without getting overjoyed by success or totally put out by failure. Whether they love you or hate you, it doesn't much matter. What matters is stillness.


Anyone who meditates for a period of time will gradually become more sensitized to all of life.


When you are in a painful situation, look at it. If you look deeply enough and you don't get freaked out, you will see that there is beauty in everything. You will see that there is beauty in you.


Gain control of the emotions. Be the helmsperson and not blown around by the winds of emotion. While there will be winds, you can navigate them or even use them to expedite your journey.


You need to feel good about your life. Winning is a great idea, but you can get stuck in it too. It's just another way of looking at life, an idea. You need to renew yourself and your spirit.


The world appears solid to most people. It is filled with their pain, their desires, their private ecstasies, their expectations. They are that world - nothing glows.


You are not a body. You are not a mind. You are infinite light, infinite intelligence, the radiance of all beings, the dharmakaya - the endless light of creation.


You are caught in an empty house, in a box, in a place that is not happy. You are trapped inside you and wherever you go, there you are.


The magic of life, of course, is not something that can be explained. Structures can only take us to the point where they begin or end. Beyond structures is the white light.


There is mental conditioning in your mind put in there during this life by your parents, teachers, the society. You've been told what is and what is not, what is right and what is wrong. This has to be pushed aside.


All the past has done is generated the you that you are now. Dwelling on the past isn't going to change anything.


All happiness is inside your own mind. Chances are, you have not discovered that. Meditation is about experiencing the happiness inside your mind.


In this world people are at different levels of evolution. The more advanced soul has learned that fulfillment does not come from simply leading a physical life.


Most individuals on earth are not drawn to the higher light at this time. That doesn't make you superior to anyone else. If you are in the eighth grade you're not better than someone who is in the fourth grade.


We applaud the people who are film stars, who get elected to an office, who are very athletic, the small group who play with power in a very limited way. But we're completely oblivious to what can be done to the infinite realities that exist in front of us. We deny them.


Human beings fear light and knowledge and power. There is a weird quirky sort of thing that happens with people. When you log on to the truth and you start to become it, it threatens them because they live with countless falsehoods.


We are in the twilight of this earth. The societies and civilizations of human beings will not endure much long because of their abuses of power. Yet, it is a wonderful time because it is life.


Rise above the limited conditions of pleasure and pain, success and failure, happiness and sorrow, that all the countless unenlightened beings in creation are slaves to.


As you gain control of the mind, you gain control of life and you gain control of your time. It all works together.


There are certain protective forces in the universe that do watch over us, but the innocent die too.


Why become enlightened? Why join the military? Why get married? Why cross the ocean? It is a personal choice. There is something in a person that draws them to the light.


Life hurts at times. It hurts to have a body at times, hurts to be born, hurts to live, hurts to die, but it can be ecstasy beyond comprehension. You can know that ecstasy. It is inside of you.


On your journey, remember there is no end. That is true knowledge. There is no final knowledge. There is no final enlightenment, that is a very finite, human way of seeing things.


You are sitting on this little planet, spaceship earth. The universe is very accessible to you. You don't need a spaceship to travel there. Most of the worlds are non-physical. And it's all God; it's all eternity


No lifetime is a loss if you've leaned something, because that learning stays with you. There is no such thing as a wasted life, if you have learned.


If this is the only life, then everything assumes too great an importance. We have to get everything out of life and we overdo it.


The trap of the self is the trap that causes unhappiness. We define ourselves too much; whereas the infinite, the pure radiant spirit, is not so definable.


If you know that you have had countless lives, then what happens in this life is not quite as traumatic.


The essence of all reincarnation is to have the best lifetime now that you've ever had, no matter what's going on.


When your consciousness expands you are in a world, literally, of light. You live in a world of light where nothing is solid. You don't have to be enlightened to have this experience. You just have to start the inner journey.


When your life becomes clear and pure, when your mind is clear and your view of life is unobstructed, then you'll be at peace with yourself. Then you will be happy.


Knowledge comes from personal experience of truth and awareness, not from conversation.


We sit here on the oasis of human consciousness and the verbal plane trying to talk about something that we just have to go and see and do and feel.


Only when you are by yourself can you realize how wonderful you are.


Your inner being already knows. It's trying to communicate with you. But it needs to shift you into a different state of mind.


There is an alternative. It's an old alternative. It's not for everybody. It's only for people who are smart, limited market. It's enlightenment.


Meditation is the pathway to enlightenment, and I would encourage you to follow that pathway as far as you can, into ecstasy.


Enlightenment is already there inside us and all things. All we have to do is get something out of the way that is causing us not to see that.


It's not logical, self-realization. If it was, everybody would be self-realized because everybody is logical.


You are your state of mind. Your state of mind creates your view, or your window, on life.


I offer you the possibilities of immortality, a pathway that leads beyond the known and the unknown, few follow it.


If you are trying to aid people in the process of self-discovery, what you have to do is confound them with so many concepts that are contradictory, yet each make complete sense in its own right.


Reason is a terrible trap because you will be satisfied with answers. And if you are satisfied with answers, you'll never come to know what life really is.


There are so many traps. There are so many opportunities. Life is a river and we take our boat and we go down it.


Success and failure are terrible traps.


Everything we see is an illusion. Even our perceptions of truth are illusory, illusory in the sense they're not complete.


How strange it is to be human. For a short moment we are conscious of the glories of life then we become silent again. Perhaps there is more. Look more deeply into the matter.


You can lead an uncommonly fine life. But it takes determination. You have to march to the beat of different drummer. You have to decide.


We have the possibility of being far removed from what we are, of beginning to taste it and feel it. That is direct knowledge. That is truth. Anything else is mere words.


I would encourage you to follow the pathway to enlightenment, to learn to meditate, to practice mindfulness, and not to really care what anybody thinks about you, including yourself.


These are the mysterious ways of knowledge, power and enlightenment.   I can only allude to them in words. I cannot possibly explain what this process is like.


Most people are fragile. They're fragile in the sense that they're afraid of the unknown, so they cling to each other. They cling to families, traditions, ways of seeing life that protect them from the immensity of the unknown


If you think you are a vile slime, that means that you aspire to something higher...It's because you have a sense of perfection, and you obviously want that, that you find something wrong.


Opinions are secondary when dealing with reality. They're subjective reflections.


There's no difference between winning and losing. They are the same type of experience. Winning and losing are sensorial, affixed to an ego, blocked in time and space and none of them ultimately make you happy very long


When you have got it all, you are completely fucked. What you've done is mirror yourself in physical form. You've trapped yourself in your self-reflection which is why it's boring, you see?


There are really only three important things to remember in life: To care, to share, and to be fair. This is not a new idea at all, and yet, observing how most people live their lives, you might think it was.


The surface personality is only the beginning of what we are. So as we meditate, we still that surface personality, we can see beyond it, and we see that we encompass multitudes.


How to unravel the knot of reality?  Slowly and patiently. You cannot run away from it. You cannot run towards it. Yet truth runs in your footsteps. It is the face in the mirror, the light of the sun, the winter rainstorms, the heat of summer in the city


Don't run away from the world. The world is God. Don't run towards the world. God is the void. Don't be afraid of the complexities of this life, nor the stark simplicity of death.


You are not what you seem to be. You are one of God's endless dreams in search of wakefulness. Meditation is wakefulness.


You are a fluid metaphor for existence. You are your own death and your own rebirth. Here is forever. It never changes. We bring perpetual oblivion until we change the world.


Be still, Be joyous, Celebrate creation, preservation and destruction; For these are the seasons of your life: Of your knowing and being.


One day you will arrive at a station on the train of existence that you've always known has been there. You'll find there will be no train in sight, with no sense of arrival.  There is only a perpetual arrival, a timeless condition of infinite awareness.


A part of us resists all of this and wants to make it sound as if it's much too religious, an arbitrary thing that we have to do with our life. This is nonsense. This is the real fun.


Self-discovery is realistic. It's not built on ideas and philosophies. It's what works. Philosophies are nice if you like philosophies. But self-discovery is predicated on something that really brings you into enlightened states of mind.


If you're a person who just wants to be in the world and doesn't want any knowledge, then I don't know what you are doing with this tape. Turn it off immediately.