Quotes by Sahajananda
Inspiration from the Heart
“The ‘well-informed’ ego says, ‘I am what I know myself to be.’
The real Self ‘says’ merely ‘I am.’”
Quotes by Sahajananda 2021
- “Being aware is not an abstraction. Honoring the Present Moment is not an empty denial of past and future, but an integration of all, an assimilation of any dimension of the soul. It’s a natural belonging of and to everything.”
- “Wisdom is deepening the stream of Self-awareness by observing life with detachment and love.”
- “Make the threshold between past and future more transparent, really alive. What is eternity? Time taken by surprise… Time sublimated by wonder.”
- “In the middle of any storm, there is the silent eye of Being.
When all the fears brought by the unknown and all the extremes of attraction and repulsion are screaming in your soul, simply bring attention and surrender to the Silent Center, the Heart. Make it your stable home, commit to it, and act from there. This deep foundation is invisible to your eyes, and yet it is the source of all your possibilities, the fount of hope and grace.”
While reading this text, there may be a great chance that you forget about yourself…”
- “Maybe, as in the dawn of awakening from a dream, you feel that something essential is missing and your whole inner world is shaking. This taste of Self-awareness is like a remembrance of the intimate, mysterious source.”
- “The most deceptive trap in non-duality is when you want to be Shiva without adoring Shiva and surrendering to Shiva. Without unconditional Love, how can there be a sense of Oneness?”
- “Whenever you are not fulfilled by the answers life gives you, change the question. Simply ask ‘Who am I?’”
- “Commitment is the passion of resilience. It is a power that invites centeredness, not rigidity. Commitment is not against your human, flexible nature, but brings coherence to it.”
- “Look for an endless beginning. Let your life be open to unexpected presents. Wishful thinking is determinism, spiritual drowsiness—just an old beginning. Seek the freshness of the Heart, not of some new hope.”
- “Learn to be hopeful without grasping. Free from self-deception or wishful thinking—this is the new beginning you are looking for.”
- “Kindness is not just a mood, about being friendly or nice. It is the natural expression of a soul in gratitude and trust for the Sacred Mystery that we are. Just be Yourself now, and you will be kind. This is a natural way to cultivate it and soften your character. The nondual wisdom is proven through love and kindness, which means a radiant faith that melts away the doubts and fears of life in all its aspects. Be prepared for that gentle smile of kindness in agony or death. This is the sovereignty of a free soul.”
- “Humbleness is the highest form of worship. Meditation is beholding the majestic realm in which the Heart can transform anything. All existence is dignified because you are humble. A secret shared with Life in silent watchfulness. Embrace the simplicity of Truth and give up the desire to have spiritual experiences. Let all striving cease.”
- “Zoom out. The crowded atoms of daily existence make up the solitude of stars, the solitude of space. Solitude is a time of no time, it is being while not being. True solitude is the subtle kiss of Grace. It is the effervescence of emotions and their recognition in waveless Infinity. Solitude is Hamsa, the majestic Swan of Awareness, gliding on her own reflection.”
- “Why would you desire to be something, when you are everything?”
- “In solitude, you hear the hidden echo, resounding ever more clearly:
‘The Heart is the Beloved that never betrays you.
How long will you betray such a Lover?’”
- “Such a striking paradox the phrase ‘reconnect with yourself’ reveals. It hits us with the understanding: ‘So, somehow, being busy with living, I lost myself.’ And the soul therapists start asking ‘when,’ ‘how,’ ‘why’? But, this is not relevant—‘who’ remains the question. Who is that me?”
- “Self-Inquiry meditation is the best medicine for our attachments. And there is no danger of overdose…”
- “To raise your eyes to the sky you don’t need a schedule, don’t require a time frame. Self-Inquiry is not a matter of technical details, but of the intensity of Being. Touch the string that vibrates in eternity.”
- “You may hold a secret hope that your moral values and yoga practice will serve as the means to carry you into eternity, that will save you in this trial in front of the abyss. But it is quite the opposite: this very intimate and genuine touch of Death, and not any belief or practice, is the real, most direct path to the Infinite.
It is only Death who leads you to immortality.”
- “Surrender is liberation through nothingness. It is not a liberation of the individual, but the revelation that you are commensurable with Death. No limits, no you, just Death.”
- “There are many dead individuals, but there is no individual death.”
- “Carry your death as you would carry a cross. Not a heavy cross, but one that looks like wings on your back.
Death, like a cross, makes you expand in vertical and horizontal dimensions, throughout space. But most of all, it gives you a center. Death, like the cross, gives you the Center, the sense of eternity.”
- “Psychology in its maturity should lead to the Eternal Self, God. This would be the natural development of a soul who studied itself.”
- “What is a commitment? Not just to a purpose or goal. Essentially, it is loyalty to your heart, to Love, to Truth; devotion to Existence itself. The power that makes you know you will keep a commitment is rooted in faith in yourself—the awareness of Awareness.”
- “In meditation, as long as you take yourself to be the body, how can you detach from the body?”
- “As spiders make cobwebs, we build up karmic determinants and hunt small things in life from there. Stop weaving a net around yourself.”
- “Look for an endless beginning. Let your life be open to unexpected presents.”
- “You may ignore religions, but not Devotion and Sacredness.”
- “When everything around you is confused or in fear ask: ‘Is it Existence that is confused or my mind?’ I speak about Existence, not about the phenomenal world, because the phenomenal world indeed pulsates in accordance with your feelings.”
- “The supreme meaning of life cannot be seen unless you look into the eyes of Death as in a mirror.
Death is the most important ingredient in life. Without it, life is not real—it’s just a shallow play of puppets that have forgotten the puppeteer.
Without the taste of Death, the present moment is tasteless.”
- “The Spiritual Heart doesn’t ask for adepts—it asks for lovers.”
- “The less we identify with who we think we are, the more likely we are to discover who we really are.”
- “Contemplate the sky and the undivided inner world of the soul as one.”
- “Silent night… the moon reflected on the water whispers all that I am reflecting on.”
- “The act of Self-awareness is an act of acknowledging the unlimited nature of our being. Thus, this perception doesn’t refer to a ‘me, myself,’ but to an infinite space of awareness, Stillness.
It is like seeing with the infinity of our being, with all the Stillness that we are, not just with the eyes. Seeing with the Heart.
It is a perspective that spreads like a blanket of serenity over the soul.”
- “When we say, ‘I speak from my heart,’ it’s like our essence is condensed there and we want to express our entire essence by what we say—we are totally truthful, honest. It is the same with an act of perception. Be totally truthful in perception…
In this way, limited perception leads to perception with no object: like the sound of a gong dissolving into silence. The limited perceiver sees themself as infinite. This brings aesthetic intuition and, more essentially, a sense of the sacred.”
- “Naturalness comes through effort.”
- “The declared atheist is usually someone who ignored Self-Inquiry, not someone who went into its depth and made a conclusion. You cannot be an atheist simply because you turn your back and ignore who you really are. A real atheist should pursue this question with sobriety and depth—but then can they really remain an atheist? Not really, it would be just metaphysical insensitivity.”
- “While still rooted in personal will, Self-attention feels like it takes energy. Later on, when it becomes real Self-awareness, it gives energy, enthusiasm, and insight.”
- “You can fall in love with a yoga technique and honeymoon with it, but remember, life’s commitment is to Reality.
Avoid keeping a brutal division between like and dislike, Yes and No. It would be like a narrowminded heart. When the subtlety and unity of intimacy, art, inspiration, grace, spontaneity, excitement, enthusiasm—God within—is lacking, the materialism of emotions arises.”
- “The spell of maya brings separation just as the wholeness of pure light passing through a prism is perceived as separate colors. This prism is the mind. The whole world is divided like this.”
- “The duality ‘mind-heart’ that we use out of convention is a quite limited view: an emotion is not just an emotion, a thought not just a thought. The mind is not separated from affectivity. Any idea can have its fire, pathos, its emotional support. Sometimes people with just ideas can be more hysterical than those with just emotions. On the other hand, the emotions can be well-structured, able to be expressed beyond just tears or drama. Biological emotions have a projection on the brain as well. This separation is therefore artificial.”
- “There should be a continuity between common acts of life, a flow that is exactly the silent eternal taste of You. Otherwise, there is a sense of alienation, confusion, and disorientation, or there is something purely mechanical.
But, when you are That, you are Freedom, there is a natural peace, there is Love.
There, which means NOW, HERE, you aren’t frustrated that you don’t get it, or nervous because you are losing time, wasting your time, or that you don’t have enough time. Because there, you have all the time…”
- “Suffering is brought by ‘violent’ choices.
Our moods and emotions torture us with their ups and downs, because when we identify with them, we go to that extreme, we lack a center. The moods we identify with tempt us to make ridiculous, brutal suppositions, assumptions, conclusions, choices that later feel incongruent with our way of thinking, or we can’t hold them because otherwise we would only mistreat, hurt, and abuse ourselves.”
- “We tend to say about people who lost an important opportunity in their life that ‘they missed their train.’ We have the image of a person staying indefinitely in a train station, late for their train. This is the very image of stagnation. But if this model of the lost train may be true from the perspective of samsara, of petty circumstances, it is not true from a spiritual point of view, because you can take this train now.”
- “The secret of life is to feel an equal ardor for Love and Death, in nothingness and eternity. Let yourself dive into so much passion for life that it carries you beyond its common edges, where Death arrives in glimpses, simply because of so much fervor for life. In such moments, every experience becomes a spontaneous immersion in this intimate, secret nothingness.
You die because of everything, because of so much love for life.”
- “If you really want to know the story of the ocean, learn the silence of its depths, don’t only listen to the waves. Waves are the convenience of water.”
- “‘Love God and do what you like,’ said Saint Augustine.
Nevertheless, wise freedom is a coherent truth, an intimate and loving vision of life, not an absurd exploration of any possibility, as the doubting mind would think. And this independence is not rigid, it even includes the freedom to make mistakes.”
- “We project our inner burdens and fundamental doubts about ourselves on all the choices we make.
Therefore, the decisions we have to make often seem hard and very serious. Consequently, we are afraid of the responsibility of making decisions.
Hridaya Meditation teaches us, silently, a new kind of instinct: how to synchronize the mind, psyche, and body with the Silent Center, the core of our being. And this also echoes in the rest of life.
By letting this process unfold, by trusting ourselves, by looking for synchronicities and coherence with life, decisions unfold naturally.
The only way to be totally at peace with ourselves is to open our heart.”
- “In the comfort zone, everything we experience is about cherishing the ego, because there the ego is the only reference point we have.”
- “There are many dead individuals, but there is no individual death.”
- “Be part of the solution, not the problem. To be part of the problem means to be the victim. To be a part of the solution means to trust the grace of Self-Awareness.”
- “The real Present Moment is a blessed moment in which, apart from the witness quality, there is a sweet taste of sacredness, of Oneness.”
- “When we are really in the Heart, by saying yes to what we like, we expand the sense of centeredness, we expand our consciousness, not our ego. Therefore, it is not about broadening the comfort zone, but expanding the sense of centeredness. We start acting, thinking by having the reference point not be the comfort zone and the cherished ego, but a deeper sense of ourselves, an unconditional honesty with reality, with ourselves.”
- “The pressure of our modern anti-religious culture makes some teachers try to describe spiritual realities in strictly scientific, secular ways. But Self-awareness is graceful. The Supreme Reality is, as Rudolph Otto described, “mysterium tremendum et fascinans”—a mystery in front of which we tremble and are fascinated. This is real Presence—the very essence of sacredness. Self-awareness is not an empty, alienating state of confusing, meaningless void, but contains wisdom, freedom, bliss, spanda, the freshness of grace.”
- “A conscious human being is one whose inner forces and tendencies are in such coherence that they naturally start pointing to the essential Spiritual Center. When this happens, we may start to spontaneously feel a longing for the Absolute or a nostalgia for Perfection, gnosis, a sense of Grace and Gratitude, Pure Love. This is a natural consequence of a sattvic human soul.”
- “Carry your death as you would carry a cross. Not a heavy cross, but one that looks like wings on your back.”
- “What is eternity? Time taken by surprise… Time sublimated by wonder.”
- “In the middle of any storm, there is the silent eye of Being.”
- “The supreme meaning of life cannot be seen unless you look into the eyes of Death as in a mirror. Death is the most important ingredient in life.”
- “The comfort zone is the paradigm and the pattern of the ego. There, we may feel good, at ease, but not in wonderment. Real Love takes us to an uncharted territory. This is why it brings freshness and freedom…”
- “The joy of expectation without expecting anything—just wonderment, just wonderment…”
- “When you value purity of intention, trust in the Heart, and Love, all of life is meaningful and becomes a guide to supreme Beauty…”
Quotes by Sahajananda 2017
• Real good news is not information about the future, but speaks the truth of Now: You are the silent, eternal presence in which all bad and good news is observed, handled, and enjoyed.
• Reason is rationalizing your illusions.
• Let’s crush the space between us, embracing each other with our ribs, squeezing the seconds with the power of Love—an alchemy of eternity.
• Surrender means enjoying the strength of being fragile.
• The real celebration of Life is being fulfilled by the moment, when there is an utter collapse of any idea about yourself and all that you believe in.
• Rather than looking for beautiful people, I see that hidden beauty of the world.
• Past suffering is healed by the cure of the Present, that tender Presence…
• Take the regretting-moth of your past and give it the kiss of the fire-present.
• See what comes when in “I am sad” you change from a loyalty to “sadness” to a loyalty to “I.”
• We don’t understand when we just listen to words but remain deaf to Stillness.
• Listen to things speaking in spite of their apparent silence, and hear the stillness in spite of the world’s seeming noise.
• Such a striking paradox the phrase “reconnect with yourself” reveals. It hits us with the understanding: “So, somehow, being busy with living, I lost myself.” And the soul therapists start asking “when,” “how,” “why”? But, this is not relevant—”who” remains the question. Who is that me?
• The mystic’s quarrel with the Beloved: “O God, you broke my heart again.”
• When one is attracted by another one, the “another” shouldn’t be emphasized, but the Oneness.
Quotes by Sahajananda 2016
• Christmas—something very old that manifests itself as something fresh. In this consists the glory of any perception. It is like Rumi’s beloved friend Shams of Tabriz, whose gaze “was never cast upon some fleeting object without rendering it eternal.”
• “To find a pearl dive deep into the ocean, don’t look in fountains. To find a pearl you must emerge from the water of life always thirsty.” -Rumi
In ancient Greece, divers from Delos were famous for their ability to stay underwater for minutes at a time. Socrates mentions them, saying that in order to understand real philosophy, to penetrate deep inside it and stay there as long as necessary, “we would need to be a diver from Delos.”
In meditation, we are doing the same thing: we dive deeper and deeper into the Heart, into that mysterious Kingdom of Stillness, staying there as long as possible. We hope that when we come back to the surface, the pearl of Truth will prevent us from being drowned again in the world.
• In the absence of thoughts, this moment is a perfect moment—it is not about what you perceive, think or feel. Perfection doesn’t mean fairy tale romances, seeing shooting stars, or feeling angels’ wings flowering from behind your shoulders. Perfection is beyond meaning.
The Point of Power of this moment is You — a non-dimensional point.
In the absence of thoughts, this moment is always perfect.
• Live your life as if you would live forever; live your life as if you would die today. There is no contradiction in these affirmations. They actually complete each other. It means recognizing the eternity of your being and surrendering to it in every moment of your life. Be simple, not dramatic, but always find the real meaning, life’s perfection. Otherwise, you risk losing your lifetime in living while you forget about yourself.
In Tolstoy’s novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich the main character, a high magistrate, realizes that only a few days remain until his death. He spends his last days yelling and screaming bitterly because he understands only then, in those last few moments, what he was supposed to understand long before. His despair isn’t because he will die, but because he becomes aware only then, when apparently nothing can be changed, that he didn’t really live. He has done nothing with his life. He has simply squandered it. He hasn’t filled his days with his own Being, with real awareness. Others came to pour into his days what, in the human consensus, people pour in them: a career, a marriage, a few parties, etc.
And he finally understands: authentic life is marked by love; artificial life by selfishness. Then, “some force” strikes Ivan in the chest and he is brought into the presence of a bright light. And his terror of death leaves him, while “death itself disappears.”
For some, the fear of death does not come from the end itself, but from the elapsed time seen in the mirror of this end-eternity. What have I done with the “mortal” days of my life?
What remains from each moment that just passes, fallen to the bottom of the hourglass? Days like useless shells, empty and uninhabited, or the light and love of Being?
• We learn about tapas, asceticism, not as pain, but as a blissful condition, and we may ask: “How much do we need to have inside in order to want less of what is outside?” Later, we understand that it is not a matter of possession and quantity. The joy of any sacrifice lies in the taste of the omnipresent fullness of Being.
Quotes by Sahajananda 2015
• Whenever I feel blue, I just remember: this means that I am the sky!
• The deeper you know yourself, the deeper unconditional love is…
• The Being always exudes its perfume. When the human can feel it, that is Love.
• There is no Awareness without You. Without Awareness, there is no You.
• Don’t aim to become a sexy bomb. In the simplicity of the Heart, be a devotional bomb.
• Practice Self-Inquiry and keep that Faith that can move mountains. You will move not only mountains but the whole world from objectivity to Oneness.
• You may have trauma about religions, but never about Devotion.
• In any act, set your heart on fire and graciously exhale your fragrance of love.
• You know that sense of deep intimacy, that secret joy, silently shared in a glance with your Lover? Share that secret with the whole world.
• Love is what you are. It is just that you forgot this in pleasantries. Cease hiding yourself from You.
• Oneness is revealed not through your extension, but through your extinction.
• Master: The One thing that really matters is no-thing, Oneness.
Disciple: Still, does the rest matter one way or another?
Master: Since Oneness embraces everything, there can be no “rest.” Therefore, just rest in the One.
• A prayer stays between words and stillness, as clouds between earth and sky. To pray is to look beyond the passing clouds for the face of God.
• Nature is perfect because it is not analytical. Love is the alma mater of the world and its ultimate destination. Pure Existence is Freedom and Love.
• Put your thoughts in the noose of the present moment. Behind the scaffold of your mind, eternity smiles.
• There are moments of terrifying lucidity in which the finite human drama appears as just an injury of Life, a wound of eternity.
• Self-Inquiry brings a change of paradigms. It is not meant to calm you, your body and mind. The body/mind is caressed in the gentle breeze of your eternity.
• When the decisive moment comes, when you hear the call of the Beloved from the depths of your being, offer yourself completely. Surrendering body, mind, and soul, let his sweet appeal give you the courage to face the imminent death of your illusions.
• Happiness needs nothing,
Unhappiness needs many things.
In happiness and in unhappiness,
With any thing and with no thing—Who am I?
• There is a pace of mind, there is a rhythm of life which feels natural. When you can see how life unfolds from moment to moment, you taste its sweetness.
• The real acceptance of emotions is not a personal indulgence. To embrace an emotion means to feel it, in the absence of thoughts. Stillness, not the personality, is what embraces it.
• Don’t waste yourself in thoughts and emotions.
The freshness of life is vaster than thoughts.
• There is nothing critical, there is nothing urgent, except awareness.
• To be in the Now means to be the Now, now.
• You can begin to be in the Now, but in the Now there is no beginning.
• When there is nothing to be grasped mentally, from where can confusion arise?
• Many try to find the Here and Now in space and time. Learn to also honor space and time in the Here and Now.
• Don’t compare yourself with others. Rather, inquire what is One, behind all forms of you and others.
• Don’t look for salvation in thoughts or states. Look for their Creator…You.
• Wonderment is a lightning bolt of Trust—it is beyond the realm of questions and answers.
• If you want to get something from the moment, you lose the Moment.
• Live in Love like fish live in water.
• There can be no reaction to Stillness, only to our idea of Stillness. And, that idea is in itself a reaction.
• In wordless observation the world cannot be less.
• Sometimes when you add surrender to your confusion it becomes wonderment.
• The grace of being human lies not in the abundance of imagination but in the simplicity of awareness.
• Don’t waste your time. It is meant for eternity.
• “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and right doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.” –Rumi
…there is a field of solitude. Meet yourself there… –Sahajananda
• In the symphony of the Heart, let thoughts play pianissimo…
• The rational mind: the gift of horizontal understanding and the curse of forgetting a simpler world of Stillness.
• Mauna is a word fast. Feasts of words need periods of detoxification…
• Q: Learn, learn, learn! But what is to be learned?
A: Learn to Witness, Witness, Witness…
• The “Who am I?” question contains a discreet invitation to choose: do you want to abide in truth or in historicity? Self-Inquiry is the freedom to affirm the eternity that you are…
• Complicit with so many images, we become imagination and we drown in it. Have you taken the time to dive in the sky today? Or did you look for another dimension, the sky inside? There is no need for an answer – it is irrelevant. Do it now!
• Don’t look for Stillness in the carousel of thoughts; rather, let Stillness be the cradle of your thoughts.
Solstice Message 2015
In the beginning of 1948, Gandhi undertook his last fast in New Delhi, in order to persuade Hindus and Muslims in that city to come back to peace. And he succeeded…
If this kind of behavior doesn’t seem completely crazy to you, if acting for the love of others makes sense and you believe in its redemptive potentialities, then honor such faith as a precious treasure of your heart. And know that you are never alone, because this hallmark brings us together. When expressed, this love-action becomes the highest form of karma yoga. True action is not in conflict with being, but an affirmation of it. Real work brings us back to the Center. Selfish action is a denial of the Heart, is a forgetfulness of what we are. The more externalized our actions, the more our thoughts, emotions, and dramas become incurable platitudes. They bring attainments but not awareness. They are poisonous because they dissolve the sense of eternity.
Love-action is in itself Self-Inquiry and its silent answer. The sweet madness of selflessness is the main power that changes paradigms and worlds… Trust in it!
In reverence for the universal Love that shines in you-me,
Quotes by Sahajananda 2014
• Hridaya means Heart. Hridaya Yoga is yoga of the sweetness of the Heart. It is the Heart of yoga.
• We are not looking to bring spirituality into our daily life. That would mean that spirituality is just an annex, a plug-in, and daily life is what really matters. Instead, we reintegrate daily life into spirituality. The ocean contains the waves, not vice versa.
• Always live with an Open Heart. This means being available to both the outer and the inner worlds. The openness of the Heart is nothing else but the vastness of pure awareness, the eternity of the present moment.
• A message in a bottle from those lost in the ocean of consciousness: Practice Self-Inquiry and welcome the shipwreck of the ego.
• Christ was resurrected from death, with death stepping on death. Like Him, you should exist in nonexistence.
• Don’t lose time investigating the personal cause of your problems, because the source of your problems is ignorance. You might find and fix a trauma from your childhood, but the suffering continues because of ignorance: seeing yourself as separate from others. Suffering is removed by realizing that there is essentially only one inseparable domain of the Heart. Therefore don’t look for the circumstantial source of your problems—look for the source of your awareness.
• Between the remorse of the past and the anxiety of the future is always hidden the freedom of Now—the only real key to transformation.
• When saying “I love you,” ask “Who am I?” If the “I” is your need to possess, your fear of being alone, or your sexual drive, then your declaration doesn’t make sense. After that kind of “I,” the word “love” cannot follow.
• When you are in the present moment you don’t need time. You don’t want things to finish quicker. You don’t even want it to last forever.
• What does “give me the rest” mean? When perception takes away the details, this gives you the rest. What is your rest? When you take away your body, emotions, and mind, what remains? Totality.
• It is true, last night you dreamt of being a butterfly. But that was before. Now you know you are awareness adorned with people, butterflies, and dreams.
• Does that angel who is now tenderly caressing my heart have a name? No, is just a breeze on the ocean of Stillness.
• What is the sound of one hand clapping?
What is the sound of one?
What is the sound?
Who is the One?
“I am” is the answer that contains all the questions.
• Don’t be sad that you are not a good storyteller. This is a great opportunity to say only the things that matter.
• The mind is always telling you different stories to believe. Like this one, now…
• In spirituality, true knowledge refers to pure awareness, Stillness. The rest is packaging.
• Meditation is a natural process of deconditioning. It brings the precious gift of intimacy. Intimacy with yourself and, therefore, with the world.
• The mind cannot explain the mystery of Oneness. The secret unveils itself when you start knowing how to open your Heart totally and unconditionally.
• Q: What is the purpose of life?
A: Don’t think about your life in terms of a purpose. Rather, see it as a poem.
• After so many love stories, consider a love affair with God, the Heart. God is not abstinent.
• Inquiring about itself, the “I” gets maturity. In the awareness of the awareness, the “I-I” is a mature “I” that starts naturally detaching from the fascination of objects.
• When the “I am” has fewer burdens to identify with, happiness and freedom appear spontaneously. That’s why during silent meditation retreats people burst into laughter for no reason.
• It’s funny that we listen to lectures that are nothing else but an effort of the mind to convince us how beautiful Stillness is.
• There comes a phase in meditation when thoughts are completely irrelevant, like the repetitive chattering of an old woman. At other times, they start having the indeterminacy they have before sleep. Out of lack of clarity and power they cannot disturb you anymore.
• Unselfish originality in yoga is when you ask the question “Who am I?” as if you were the very first human ever to ask it. So this approach is essentially authentic and original, and the answer is supremely intimate. At the same time, you realize that the question is as old as self-awareness in human beings. So, there is no reason to be special in a selfish way.
• Yes, moral rules do have just a relative value, but they are rooted in the same absolute value—the Heart. They should be followed not for the relative, but for the truth of Love settled in the Heart.
• Surrender requires courage. In meditation, you confront yourself with your problems again and again until you finally understand the absolute need to let go. Otherwise, you will continue to emphasize the lack of acceptance, regrets, pain… When acceptance comes, I can see smiles on your faces.
• The real dialogue with God happens in silence—it is the Sacred Tremor of the Heart. When in the consecration of your actions to the divine you try to listen to an answer “from God,” a limitation appears because you tend to emphasize God’s answer and not the purity of your intention.
• In surrender, you move from the position of “negotiating with God” about an action you are considering, to a total, unconditional availability to the present moment.
• The idea of Oneness is the highest inspiration in Love. There it feels so obvious.
• “Who am I?” is not a mystery to be solved, but a mystery to live with.
August 2014 Message
Homage to the Present Moment
Stop now and recognize… Life itself, with all its nuances, hells, and heavens, just blossoms from the present moment.
Observe a tree, a smile, a sunset, a memory. See that each has no border, no internal limit. There is a sense of openness and surrender in this reverential vision, which strikes like lightning. Being anything and everything in the foam of transience.
We suffer from “past” and “future.” We rush through life, we run after time, and it seems that there is no end.
Only the present moment is divine, infinite, irretrievable—rest in it (you don’t even need to take a deep breath for this :)). The moment that we are living—that is living. Now.
The awareness of this instant is in itself a sacred intuition. Knowing that everything is final, that there is only one moment, every moment; that the tree of life is an outburst of eternity in any act of our being.
Learn to love useless moments. We always have paths to follow, points to hit, needs to fulfill. Make these goals lose their enchanting power. Taste imperfection. When the “purpose” of life is the joy of this “imperfection,” this very acceptance becomes the secret to perfection. But how can we accept the mystery of the obvious? How can we be in love with such a simple fascination?
It takes only a moment of awakening and the netting of common reality opens to reveal what we really are: …
Summertime Message 2014
Introspection into the Source of Life
Beyond the life of the body, mind, and soul, there is a fundamental radiation of existence.
The source of Being, like a scorching sun, melts all these tools of individuality.
Remaining centered in It (the Pure “I”), everything takes place against a background of bliss; thoughts and emotions that arise are directly illuminated by It.
A functionality of mind in which the main dimension—”Who am I?”—is no longer ignored.
There is still an inner life, a mental and physical universe, but it has its reference impersonal bliss and eternity. The mind can still use concepts, but their reality becomes very relative and ephemeral, as in a dream. Any ordinary word can transform itself into a pure mantric (sacred) sound; a bird’s song seems to reverberate to infinity, in the valleys of the Heart.
The Way of Knowing Through Harmony
Beyond any mental activity, between what we think we are and the universe, inherent harmonies of Existence are revealed.
Knowing through harmony is not an attribute of the mind, but of the whole being. The whole being becomes, by this very act of knowledge, more integrative and “inconsistent,” as a soap bubble that reflects everything on its surface, the whole world, a bubble ready to explode in every moment.
There is an inherent “music of the spheres” in any object and in space itself. This music of objects, a music of the spheres, ecstatically melts objectivity, the dual consciousness, the division of “you” and “me.”
The easiest way to merge two objects is to make them vibrate in the harmony of loving everything, in the harmony of Oneness.
Again and again, the axis remains the pure subjective consciousness, the “I am” that swallows the dream of objectivity.
Springtime Message 2014
In meditation, listen to the songs of birds with your Heart. With Open Attention, explore the countless nuances of your soul revealed in their trills.
In this listening, joy and suffering bring the same fire and inner purification. Emotions and wounds cease to be personal stories, they reverberate in universal longings. They become the tenderness of the void…
When your Tremor of the Heart conquers time, this is eternity.
Valentine’s Day Message 2014
Today is the time to celebrate Love. Do you want some guidelines to honor it? Then, remember Love is playfulness, not a behavior; there are no rules.
And don’t forget…tomorrow is a Celebration of Love, too.
New Year’s Message 2014
Blessed New Year!
It is a threshold between years. During this time we tend to express hopes and expectations for what we’ll do and how the next year will be.
Let the fever of the spiritual calling, not just rational optimism, provide the enthusiasm and bring your trust in life.
Look for revolutions inside, not outside. May this year make you understand that the real transformations come from the Heart. Remember that the moments you look to the stars don’t pertain to temporality. And that you come closer to what you are when you keep merging your being in eternity.
Keep the awareness of the awareness. It was not out of cynicism or extravagance that Diogenes, the ancient sage, walked with a lantern in broad daylight, to look for a real man. He was looking for a man of awareness…