"The mind is nothing else than the 'I'-thought. The mind and the ego are one and the same. Intellect, will, ego, and individuality are collectively the same mind." ~ Ramana Maharshi
God made the senses turn outwards. Man therefore looks outwards, not into himself. But occasionally a daring soul, desiring immortality, has looked back and found himself. ~ Katha Upanishad
"Knowledge is awareness, and to it there are many paths, not all of them paved with logic. But sometimes one is guided through the maze by intuition. One is led to something felt on the wind, something seen in the stars, something that calls from the wastelands of the spirit. To receive the message, the mental pores must be open…." ~ Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods
"Let the beliefs go. Let what 'they say' go. Drop all the old personal opinions no matter how near and dear they seem. You start anew, turning within to the heart. Then when you arrive at your own meaning of God, you happily find you are also discovering your own real Identity and its childlike simplicity."
William Samuel, 2 + 2 = Reality
The lamps are different, but the Light is the same. So many garish lamps in the dying brain's lamp-shop. Forget about them.
Leave it to Him. Surrender unreservedly. One of two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit your inability and also require a Higher Power to help you; or investigate into the cause of misery, go into the Source and merge into the Self. Either way you will be free from misery. God never forsakes one who has surrendered. Mamekam saranam vraja. [Take refuge in Me.]
Talks with Ramana Maharshi (no. 363)
The only difference between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are bemused.… We discover it by being earnest, by searching, enquiring, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one's life to this discovery.