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«Hver av oss må finne vår egen vei, og når vi gjør det vil denne veien uttrykke den universelle veien. Dette er mysteriet. Når du forstår en ting helt igjennom, forstår du alt. Når du prøver å forstå alt, vil du ikke forstå noen ting. Den beste vei er å forstå deg selv, og da vil du forstå alt. Så når du prøver hardt å finne din egen vei, vil du hjelpe andre, og du vil bli hjulpet av andre. Før du finner din egen vei, kan du ikke hjelpe noen, og ingen kan hjelpe deg. For å bli uavhengig på denne ekte måten, må vi glemme alt som vi har i sinnet vårt og oppdage noe helt nytt og forskjellig, øyeblikk etter øyeblikk. Det er slik vi lever i denne verden.»

– Shunryu Suzuki –


«The Chinese philosopher is one who dreams with one eye open, who views life with love and sweet irony, who mixes his cynicism with a kindly tolerance, and who alternately wakes up from life’s dream and then nods again, feeling more alive when he is dreaming than when he is awake, thereby investing his waking life with a dream-world quality. He sees with one eye closed and with one eye opened the futility of much that goes on around him and of his own endeavors, but barely retains enough sense of reality to determine to go through with it. He is seldom disillusioned because he has no illusions, and seldom disappointed because he has never had extravagant hopes. In this way his spirit is emancipated.»

– Lin Yutang –


«What you are you do not see. What you see is your shadow.»

– Rabindranath Tagore –


«My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with truth as it may present itself to me at a given moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth.»

– Gandhi –


«I know absolutely nothing. I have no idea how a tree got here. It just appeared. What came first, the seed or the tree? I don’t know. How did Henry´s dog get here? Where did his dog come from? Where did the first dog come from? Nobody knows. Where did the earth come from, the moon, the stars?

You have to admit to yourself divine ignorance, that you know absolutely nothing. That’s how it begins. This is also why the great Sage Lao Tze said, «The more you talk, the less you know. The less you say, the more you know.» Why? Because when you talk you’re talking about the world and worldly things. What else do you talk about? And since the world doesn’t really exist the way you think it does, then you don’t know too much. But the less you say, it means you’re beginning to go within, to dive deep within yourself, where your reality is. Then you begin to become reality itself. That’s how it begins, by saying, «I know nothing.» The next step is to realise that you exist. That’s the only thing I’m sure about, I exist. Who exist? I do. Well, who is this I that seems to exist? Where did it come from? I don’t know. Who doesn’t know? I.»

– Robert Adams –


“I am without form, without limit, beyond time, beyond space. I am in everything. Everything is in me. I am the bliss of the universe. Everywhere I am. I am sat (absolute existence), chit (absolute knowledge), ananda (absolute bliss).”

– Ram Tirtha –


«Du trenger å bli minnet på at du tror du har tusen valgmuligheter foran deg – når det faktisk bare finnes ett valg. Og til og med dette ser bare ut til å være et valg. La deg ikke forvirre av den tvil som myriader av beslutninger ville føre til. Du tar bare én. Og når den er tatt, vil du oppfatte at det ikke var noe valg overhodet. For sannheten er sann, og ingenting annet er sant. Det finnes ingen motsetning å velge i dens sted. Det finnes ingen motsetning til sannheten.»

– A Course In Miracles –


«Don’t be afraid, don’t resist, don’t delay. Be what you are. There is nothing to be afraid of. Trust and try. Experiment honestly. Give your real being a chance to shape your life. You will not regret.»

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj –


Thales said there was no difference between life and death. Why, then, said some one to him, do not you die? Because, said he, it does make no difference.

– Thales –


«It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.»

– Rabindranath Tagore –


«The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.»

– Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«God dwells in all beings. But you may be intimate only with good people, you must keep away from the evil-minded. God is even in the tiger, but you cannot embrace the tiger on that account. You may say, ‘Why run away from a tiger, which is also a manifestation of God?’ The answer to that is: Those who tell you to run away are also manifestations of God – and why shouldn’t you listen to them?»

– Sri Ramakrishna –


«Where are you right now?» He asked.
Eagerly, I started talking about myself. I told him about my distant and recent past and about my inexplicable depressions. He listened patiently and intently, as if he had all the time in the world, until I finished several hours later.
«Very well,» he said. «But you still have not answered my question about where you are.»
«Yes I did, remember? I told you how I got to where I am today: by hard work.»
«Where are you?»
«What do you mean, where am I?»
«Where Are you?» he repeated softly.
«I’m here.»
«Where is here?»
«In this office, in this gas station!» I was getting impatient with this game.
«Where is this gas station?»
«In Berkeley?»
«Where is Berkeley?»
«In California?»
«Where is California?»
«In the United States?»
«Where is the United States?»
«On a landmass, one of the continents in the Western Hemisphere. Socrates, I…»
«Where are the continents?
I sighed. «On the earth. Are we done yet?»
«Where is the earth?»
«In the solar system, third planet from the sun. The sun is a small star in the Milky Way galaxy, all right?»
«Where is the Milky Way?»
«Oh, brother, » I sighed impatiently, rolling my eyes. «In the universe.» I sat back and crossed my arms with finality.
«And where,» Socrates smiled, «is the universe?»
«The universe is well, there are theories about how it’s shaped…»
«That’s not what I asked. Where is it?»
«I don’t know – how can I answer that?»
«That is the point. You cannot answer it, and you never will. There is no knowing about it. You are ignorant of where the universe is, and thus, where you are. In fact, you have no knowledge of where anything is or of What anything is or how it came to be. Life is a mystery.»

– Dan Millman, Peaceful Warrior –


«Before pain was, you were. After pain had gone, you remained. Pain is transient, you are not.»

– Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make sense any more.»

– Jelaluddin Rumi –


«Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.»

– Sri Ramana Maharshi –


«What can stand in the way of the infinite? It’s just an idea. Something stands in the way if you’re going somewhere. If you’re still, what’s in your way? All paths are going somewhere, and generally, they’re not going ‘here’. There’s no path to here! There’s only a recognition!»

– Mooji –


«As long as you perceive that anyone is holding you back, you have not taken full responsibility for your own liberation. Liberation means that you stand free of making demands on others and on life to make you happy. When you discover yourself to be nothing but freedom, you stop setting up conditions and requirements that need to be satisfied in order for you to be happy. It is in the absolute surrender of all conditions and requirements that liberation is discovered to be who and what you are. Then the love and wisdom that flow out of you have a liberating effect on others.»

– Adyashanti –


«Really there’s nothing to do, nothing to become, in order for you to find total happiness. It’s not finding something new to add on to yourself. It’s letting go of everything you’ve been holding onto, becoming virtually empty, total emptiness, becoming a no one, a nobody, a nothing. Allowing all of your preconceived ideas, your conceptual thinking, to dissolve. Letting go of everything that you’ve been holding onto, your desires, your emotions. Becoming a simple person. Not worrying about the future. Being your Self, absolute reality, the Self which is God, allowing that to take place. Forgetting about time and space. Not trying to change the world or anyone else, not even trying to change yourself, but rather going deep within yourself, diving deep within yourself, deeper than you’ve ever gone before. The deeper you dive, the more the ego disappears. Remember, the ego, the body, the mind are one. They never existed really.»

– Robert Adams –


«The only way to renewal lies through destruction. You must melt down the old jewellery into formless gold before you can mould a new one. Only the people who have gone beyond the world can change the world. It never happened otherwise. The few whose impact was long lasting were all knowers of reality. Reach their level and then only talk of helping the world.»

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.»

– Mark Twain –


«Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.»

– Marie Curie –


«Heller enn å lete etter det som søkes, let etter den som leter».

– Osho –


«The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.»

– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche –


«We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.»

– Rumi –


«You are always free, but your attention is somewhere else. Just return your attention to your Self and away from impermanent objects. What you are is always here.»

– Sri H.W.L Poonja –


«You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you,
none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.»

– Swami Vivekananda –


«Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.»

– Sri Ramana Maharshi –


«You need nothing to be happy. You need something to be sad.»

– Papaji –


«We are all visitors to this time and place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love and then we return home.»

– Australian Aboriginal proverb –


«There is no such state as seeing the real. Who is to see what? You can only be the real – which you are anyhow. The problem is only mental. Abandon false ideas, that’s all. There is no need of true ideas. There aren’t any.»

– Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«The less the head, the more the wound will heal. No head there is no wound. Live a headless life. Move as a total being, and accept things.»

– Osho –


«Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.»

– Ram Dass –


«The address of the person is not the goal. When you reach the house, thanks to the address you have been given, the address is true only until the moment you enter the house. As soon as you come in, the address vanishes. Words are nothing else but indications; they have no reality themselves.»

– Sri Ranjit Maharaj –


«If you walk 100 miles into the life you don’t want, often you must walk those same 100 miles to get out of that life. This is the answer to why the journey to fulfillment is often so difficult. However, if you can find a shortcut, a new path, you can get to the life you want much quicker. This is the premise of self-discovery!»

– James A. Murphy –


«We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.»

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld –


«What you think is what you are, so stop thinking and you will be that Nothing which is everything.»

– Papaji –


«Don’t try to understand! It’s enough if you do not misunderstand.»

– Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«The freer I get, the higher I go.
The higher I go, the more I see.
The more I see, the less I know.
The less I know, the more I’m free.»

– Unknown –


«Be present as the watcher of your mind — of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react. Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future. Don’t judge or analyze what you observe. Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction. Don’t make a personal problem out of them. You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher.»

– Eckhart Tolle –


«The purpose of a fishtrap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten.
The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten.
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?
He is the one I would like to talk to.»

– Chuang Tzu –


«In Tibetan Buddhism there’s a set of teachings for cultivating compassion called mind training, or lojong. One of the lojong teachings is, “Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.” This means if a painful situation occurs, be patient, and if a pleasant situation occurs, be patient. This is an interesting point. Usually, we jump all the time; whether it’s pain or pleasure, we want resolution. So if we’re happy and something is great, we could also be patient then, and not fill up the space, going a million miles an hour—impulse shopping, impulse talking, impulse acting out.»

– Pema Chödrön –


«As soon as you see something,
you already start to intellectualize it.
As soon as you intellectualize something,
it is no longer what you saw.»

– Shunryu Suzuki –


«Until this point, you have developed only externally, only the body and intellect have grown. But once you come to a Satguru, an inner development takes place and you grow into the experience of the Atman (self). Externally, you may be grownup, but internally, the Master teaches you to go back to the state of a child, to the state of childlike innocence. The Master’s whole purpose is to awaken the slumbering child within you.»

– Amma –


«It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.»

– Jiddu Krishnamurti


«Den som har sett nåtiden, har sett alt som har eksistert fra tidenes morgen, og alt som skal bli i evighet. For alt har felles opprinnelse og form.»

– Marcus Aurelius –


«Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.»

– Eckhart Tolle –


«To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don´t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.»

– Thích Nhất Hạnh –


«To deal with things, knowledge of things is needed. To deal with people, you need insight – sympathy. To deal with yourself you need nothing. Be what you are: conscious being, and don’t stray away from yourself.»

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«Ingen gjør noe galt med fullt overlegg. Hvis du virkelig forstår, i den dypeste betydningen av ordet at noe er galt å gjøre, så vil du ikke gjøre det. Og videre; hvis du gjør noe galt, så viser dette at du faktisk ikke i bunn og grunn har forstått at det er galt.»

– Sokrates –


«All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.»

– Unknown –


«Do not try to know the truth, for knowledge by the mind is not true knowledge. But you can know what is not true — which is enough to liberate you from the false. The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know, that you are free to investigate. And there can be no salvation without investigation, because non-investigation is the main cause of bondage.»

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«There is no need of any competition with anybody. You are yourself, and as you are, you are perfectly good. Accept yourself.»

– Osho –


«Der jeg er, er ikke døden; og der døden er, er ikke jeg. Hvorfor skal jeg da frykte døden?»

– Epikur –


«It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.»

– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –


«A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide. What we commonly call man, the eating, drinking, counting, planting man, does not as we know him represent himself, but misrepresent himself.»

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –


«Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.»

– Suzuki Roshi –


«In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something new is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped. Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It can not be gained by interfering.»

– Lao Tzu –


«You are always Free, but your attention is somewhere else. Just return your attention to your Self and away from impermanent objects. What you are is always HERE.»

– Sri H. W. L. Poonja –


«Just don’t seek from others,
Or you’ll be far estranged from Self.
I now go on alone;
Everywhere I meet It:
It now is me; I now am It.
One must understand in this way
To merge with thusness.»

– Dongshan Liangjie –


«Life is a pilgrimage to nowhere; from nowhere to nowhere. Between these two nowhere is the Now-here.»

– Osho –


«As long as I must give a lecture, I have to explain in terms of right and wrong: «This is right practice, that is wrong, this is how to practice zazen.» But you don’t know this. It is like giving you a recipe, it doesn’t work unless you try it yourself. You cannot eat a recipe.»

– Shunryu Suzuki –


«A distraught man approached the Zen master. “Please, Master, I feel lost, desperate. I don’t know who I am. Please, show me my true self!” But the teacher just looked away without responding. The man began to plead and beg, but still the master gave no reply. Finally giving up in frustration, the man turned to leave. At that moment the master called out to him by name. “Yes!” the man said as he spun back around. “There it is!” exclaimed the master. »

– Ancient Zen story –


«I don’t teach Korean or Mahayana or Zen. I don’t even teach Buddhism. I only teach don’t know. Fifty years here and there teaching only don’t know. So only don’t know. Our dont-know mind can do anything.»

– Seung Sahn –


«Besides the world which we can describe, there is another kind of world. All descriptions of reality are limited expressions of the world of emptiness (the true nature of things, simply being what they are). Yet we attach to the descriptions and think they are reality. That is a mistake because what is described is not the actual reality, and when you think it is reality, your own idea is involved. That is an idea of self.»

-Shunryu Suzuki-


«No one was ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion which rouses the internal teacher to work to understand things.»

– Swami Vivekananda –


«Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.»

– Carl Jung –


«Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.»

– Jiddu Krishnamurti –


«Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it.»

– Pema Chödrön –


«Hva er meg? Er det mine øyne eller er det min nese? Kanskje det er munnen, kanskje hele fjeset? Kanskje det er noe jeg ikke kan fjerne, kanskje benet, kanskje tærne? Eller kanskje min hjerne. Alt har et navn, og alle navn har mening. Unntagen ordet meg som sitter alene. Hva kan vel det ordet mene?»

– Vigdis Hjorth (10 år) –


«Realize yourself as the ocean of consciousness in which all happens.»

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj –


«Knowledge is of things that are some distance away from you. When there is no distance, there can be no knowledge. By not knowing, by not thinking, by not understanding, you find out something that is no distance away from you.»

– H.W.L. Poonja –


«What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.»

– Ram Dass –


«Om du skulle leve tre tusen år eller tredve tusen, så husk at ingen mister noe annet liv enn det han lever, og ingen lever noe annet liv enn det han mister. Altså kommer det lengste og det korteste liv ut på ett og det samme. For nuet er likt for alle, og det som går tapt er ikke vårt eget. Nuet er det eneste et menneske kan miste, siden det er det eneste han har. Ingen kan miste det som er gått forbi, eller det som skal komme. Ingen kan miste det han ikke har».

– Marcus Aurelius –


«Tao doesn’t come and go. It is always present everywhere, like the sky. If your mind is clouded, you won’t see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations? Can you be still and look inside?.»

– Lao-Tzu –


«Do not seek for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.»

– Seng-Ts’an –


«…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.»

– Nelson Mandela –

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