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					Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950),
       Advaita sage
―Of all the thoughts that
arise in the mind, the 'I'
thought is the first. It is
only after the rise of this
that the other thoughts
arise. It is after the
appearance of the first
personal pronoun that the
second and third personal
pronouns appear; without
the first personal pronoun
there will not be the
second and third.‖
     Robert Adams (1928-1997), Advaita
       sage, knew Ramana Maharshi
• ―Problems just mean that the
  world isn‘t turning the way you
  want it to. But in truth, there are
  no problems. Everything is
  unfolding as it should.
  Everything is right. You have to
  forget about yourself and
  expand your consciousness
  until you become the whole
  universe. The reality in back of
  the universe is pure
  awareness. It has no problems.
  And you are that.‖
          Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981),
       student of Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj,
                   and Advaita sage
"The seeker is he who is in search of
 himself. Give up all questions except
 one: ‗Who am I?‘ After all, the only fact
 you are sure of is that you are. The ‗I
 am‘ is certain. The ‗I am this‘ is not.
 Struggle to find out what you are in
 reality. To know what you are, you must
 first investigate and know what you are
 not. Discover all that you are not -- body,
 feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or
 that -- nothing, concrete or abstract,
 which you perceive can be you. The
 very act of perceiving shows that you
 are not what you perceive. The clearer
 you understand that on the level of mind
 you can be described in negative terms
 only, the quicker will you come to the
 end of your search and realise that you
 are the limitless being.‖
   Wei Wu Wei (Terence Gray, 1895-1986),
Irish aristocrat, student of Ramana Maharshi
  and of Ch‘an Buddhism, and Advaita sage

 ―Why are you
  unhappy?
  Because 99.9 per
  cent
  Of everything you
  think,
  And of everything you
  do,
  Is for yourself -
  And there isn't one.‖
           Jean Klein (1916-1998)
 student of "Panditji" Rao, and Advaita sage
• The only obstacle [to realizing
  freedom] is your belief that you are
  an independent entity. You are
  stuck in this belief. It belongs to a
  personality invented by society,
  education, experience, beliefs,
  second-hand information and all
  kinds of reading. You have
  identified yourself with this
  fictitious ―I‖ and you live from this
  point of view. You look at and
  contact the surroundings from this
  viewpoint. Because the personality
  is an object like any other, you live
  in object-object relationship.
   Francis Lucille (1944- ), student of
     Jean Klein, and Advaita sage
―Advaita is a sanskrit word that
 literally means "not two". Synonyms
 of Advaita are non-duality
 (nonduality, non duality). Advaita is
 not a philosophy or a religion. Non-
 duality is an experience in which
 there is no separation between
 subject and object; a "me" and the
 rest of the universe; a "me" and
 God. It is the experience of
 consciousness, our true nature,
 which reveals itself as absolute
 happiness, love and beauty.
 Consciousness is defined as that,
 whatever that is, which is aware of
 these very words right here, right
 now.‖
                  Rupert Spira (1960- )
             Ceramicist and nonduality teacher
• Experience is all we have and
  Consciousness is the primal and
  most intimate fact of experience.
• Every experience that we ever have,
  that we ever could have, that we ever
  will have, is experienced by this
  Consciousness.
• Meditation is simply to abide
  knowingly as that. It is very easy. In
  fact it is the easiest thing because we
  already are that. It would be
  impossible to be anything else.
• We just remain as we are, as we
  always have been. And we allow the
  mind, the body and world to be just
  as they are.
   Adyashanti (Stephen Gray, 1965- ) Zen
        student of Arvis Joen Justi

• Truth is only discovered in
  the moment.
• There is no truth that can
  be carried over to the next
  moment, the next day, the
  next year.
• Memory never contains
  truth, only what is past,
  dead, gone.
                     Greg Goode (1953- )
     Philosophical counselor and nonduality teacher
I experience no edges or borders or limits.
 I cannot experience a difference between
 "me" and "you." Your inquiry will confirm
 this as "your" experience as well. It is not
 personal, but global, unlimited. It is
 already that. That is, inquiry will reveal the
 lack of difference between a "you" and an
 "other." Ironically, the desire to attain this
 as a personal experience is as close to
 separation as you'll ever get - and even
 then it is not truly separate. The desire to
 experience what another experiences is
 based on unsubstantiated beliefs, all of
 which lead to suffering. Wanting to
 experience what we project "an
 enlightened person" experiences is the
 very feeling of suffering; it's not the path to
 the ending of suffering.
 Ramesh Balsekar (1917-2009), student of
    Nisargadatta, and Advaita sage
A simple examination of one's
personal experience will reveal
that what usually disrupts the
peace and harmony in life is a
thought about something we
think we – or someone else –
should or shouldn't have done.
What mystics have said for
ages, is viewed from the
perspective of modern living:
that actions are 'happenings'
and not something done by
someone. This understanding is
what actually contributes to and
helps us in discovering the state
of equanimity and peace which
we most ardently seek.
         Wayne Liquorman (1951- ), student of
         Ramesh Balsekar, and Advaita sage
―You have probably spent your whole life
 trying to control and modify the events
 you see are connected to your guilt and
 suffering. You try to be more patient,
 more honest, more loving, more chaste,
 more generous, more open, more
 tolerant, more productive or more
 effective. Despite your efforts it is likely
 that some, perhaps many of the events
 connected to your suffering and guilt
 continue to occur.
  Look deeply into the assumption that
 you COULD have acted/reacted
 differently in the moment that you did
 what you did. Examine the claim by the
 ego that you were the author, the
 independent source of that event for
 which there is now a feeling of guilt.‖
            Candice O‘Denver
         ―Great Freedoms‖ teacher
―Rest as flawless
awareness, seeing all as
flawless awareness, until all
is flawless awareness‖. In
other words, rest as the
awareness which is the
underlying essence of all
thoughts and emotions,
seeing the anger and lust as
forms of that awareness,
and eventually you will find
that the anger and lust are
nothing but pure awareness
in disguise.
    Scott Kiloby (Advaita teacher)
• In seeing that awareness is
  ever present, we realize that
  awareness is our real identity.
  This naturally and effortlessly
  releases the tendency to
  identify with the various
  appearances that come and
  go within awareness.
  Appearances include thoughts,
  emotions, sensations, states
  and experiences.
 Papaji (1910-1997), student of Ramana
      Maharshi, and Advaita sage
Again and again we speak of this thing:
 only get rid of your impediments, and
 simply stay quiet, that‘s all. With the
 very burning desire, like somebody
 who is burning, and will run to a well,
 or a river, or a stream, only for water.
 Someone who is burning must go to
 the water; he will not go anywhere
 else. Like this, if you have the burning
 desire, ―I want to be free, in this life,
 before the end of this life‖, this must
 be a longing always in your mind, then
 you will be successful. You will have
 won the game and you will be very
 happy always because freedom and
 happiness and bliss go together.
     Gangaji (Merle Antoinette ("Toni")
  Roberson,1942- ), student of Papaji, and
               Advaita sage
―I truly have nothing to
teach you. There have
been many teachers who
have taught exquisite and
useful codes of conduct,
methods of meditation,
ways of living and
manifesting in the world. I
am simply pointing to the
stillness that is alive in
the core of your being
and inviting you to turn
your attention to That, to
let That live your life.‖
  Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, 1931- ), student
  of Neem Karoli Baba, and guru of selfless
         service and compassion
Ram Dass changed the world in 1971
with the publication of his hugely
influential ―Be Here Now‖ - a book that
quickly brought spiritual practice and
meditation to millions of Westerners.
Not only did its stunning information
and design impel readers right into a
realization of the essential present, it
introduced Eastern spiritual practice to
the West in a totally accessible
way. The book still stands as the
highly readable centerpiece of
Western articulation of Eastern
philosophy, and how to live joyously a
hundred per cent of the time in the
present, luminous or mundane. It is
still part of the timeless present. Being
here now is still being here now.
           Swami Muktananda (1908-1982),
   disciple of Nityananda, and controversial guru of
                      siddha yoga
―In this world of desires, a person
 becomes his own enemy and begins to
 torture himself. He himself becomes a
 sinner and then groans. He himself
 serves the poison of ignorance to himself
 and thus commits suicide. While he is
 hostile to himself, he blames others. Why
 do you commit suicide for lack of
 knowledge? Give up your illusions and
 see yourself as you really are. Uplift
 yourself by means of knowledge. Serve
 the nectar of wisdom to yourself. Achieve
 greatness. The soul dwells as the
 perceiving Consciousness in every
 being. Reflect on the inner Truth. Explore
 your own depths. Direct your seeking
 within. Revel in your own being.‖
     Satchidananda (1914-2002), founder of
  Integral Yoga and of Satchidananda Ashram
―There is only one cause for all
  mental problems, worries and
  anxieties: selfishness. Restlessness
  of mind is caused by
  disappointments. Only selfishness
  can cause unhappiness. To
  maintain your tranquility you must
  keep your mind away from duality—
  pleasure, pain; profit, loss; praise,
  blame. If you can keep your mind
  away from duality, you can still have
  ideas and perform actions, but they
  won't affect you. When you
  renounce your attachment, there is
  nothing to shake you. It is the
  feeling of possession, of clinging,
  that disturbs the mind.‖
 Leslie Temple-Thurston (1950?-), awakened
  through TM, and Advaita sage and founder
                of Corelight
―Using our capacity to be in the
 witness, we must use vigilance to
 watch ourselves throughout the
 day. We must observe
 dispassionately what sort of state
 we are in all the time. The criteria
 we would be watching for are
 tiredness or tension in the body; a
 slumping posture; irritability;
 exhaustion; tunnel vision on a
 mental, emotional, or physical
 level; or feelings of overwhelm,
 depression and boredom.‖
      Catherine Ingram (1950?- ),
           Advaita teacher
―Love gets twisted
 sometimes. And it shows
 up in all kinds of sad and
 tragic ways when it has
 been perverted,
 suppressed, and denied.
 Though love is everyone's
 essence, not everyone is
 aware of that at all times.
 Stay with your own knowing
 of love. It transforms your
 vision of the horrors.‖
Tenzin Gyatso (1935- ),14 th Dalai Lama of
           Tibetan Buddhism
• ―I believe that the
  purpose of life is to be
  happy. From the
  moment of birth,
  every human being
  wants happiness and
  does not want
  suffering. Neither
  social conditioning
  nor education nor
  ideology affect this.
  From the very core of
  our being, we simply
  desire contentment.‖
    Sharon Salzberg (1952- ), Buddhist
 meditation teacher and cofounder of Insight
              Meditation Society
 ―It is hard to look at our own
problems, negativities, hatreds,
fears, and to admit they are
there. We tend to cut off these
parts of ourselves, to push them
away. Or we succumb to them
at times. But there is a way of
learning how to see these things
in ourselves without taking them
so to heart, so to speak. We can
learn to say, "This is a habit of
the mind or this is a conditioning
of the mind and it doesn‘t feel
good."
  Joseph Goldstein (1944- ), Buddhist
meditation teacher and cofounder of Insight
             Meditation Society

 ―I don't think there's
 ever an escape from
 the world as long as
 we are alive. The
 goal is freedom from
 attachment. It's
 being free from the
 thirst of desire. It's
 not nonexistence.‖
    Jack Kornfield (1945- ), Buddhist meditation
  teacher, cofounder of Insight Meditation Society,
    and founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
―For almost everyone who
practices, cycles of
awakening and openness are
followed by periods of fear
and contraction. Times of
profound peace and
newfound love are often
overtaken by periods of loss,
by closing up, fear, or the
discovery of betrayal, only to
be followed again by
equanimity or joy.‖
   Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944- ), mindfulness meditation
  teacher and founder of the Center for Mindfulness
 in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at University
          of Massachusetts Medical School
―The two fundamental things
 that most people get out of
 the Mindfulness Based Stress
 Reduction program,
 independent of symptom
 reduction, are these. First, the
 breath is an ally and can be
 used to calm down and see
 more clearly. The other,
 related discovery, is that you
 are not the content of your
 thoughts. You don't have to
 believe them or react to them.
 That's incredibly liberating.‖
  Master Charles Cannon (1945- )
      Student of Muktananda, Founder of
           Synchronicity Foundation
                  Faber, VA
• "Life is Divine...You
  are alive.
  You are Divine...All
  and everything is
  Divine.
  Honor the divinity
  of Life".
            Next…
• …some autobiography…
   Poplar Grove Schoolhouse (1904)
Plum City, WI (my dad is in front row, 6th
               from left)
 Parents and three oldest of nine
children in 1933, at house where I
         was born in 1930
In 2003, after remodeling and
under different ownership, the
    house looked like this
Another 2003 view of my birthplace
One of two other things Pierce County,
WI is noted for: The birthplace of Laura
       Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
                      ―Little house in the big
                      woods‖, reconstructed
                      on original site near
                      Pepin WI.
   The second other thing is:
• In 1984, the Ellsworth Cooperative
  Creamery was proclaimed the "Cheese
  Curd Capital of Wisconsin“
• Our Mantra:
 −Cheese Curds in Every Home
 −Cheese Curds in Every Store
 −Cheese Curds in Every Restaurant
 −Cheese Curds in Every Life Style
        Namaste΄

― I as Awareness/Presence salute
   You as Awareness/Presence‖

				
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