A Collection of Quotes from The Onesong
Many words, many voices, one song.
"The most common ego identifications are to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial religious and other collective identifications.
None of these is you…
When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which has been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the Sacred, the Immeasurable. That which cannot be named."
"Awaken by closing the eyes. See the light within."
"The question 'Who am I?' is not really meant to get an answer, the question 'Who am I?' is meant to dissolve the questioner."
"Don't look for me in a human shape,
I am inside your looking."
"Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself.
Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies.
We are the witnesses through which the universe
becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence."
"There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep
seeking reality though in fact we are reality. "
"A wave is made of water, but sometimes she forgets.
A wave is supposed to have a beginning, an end. A coming up, a going down. A wave can be higher or lower than other waves, more beautiful or less beautiful than other waves. And if the wave is caught by these notions—beginning, ending, coming up, going down, more or less beautiful—she will suffer a lot.
But if the wave realizes she is water, she enjoys going up, and she enjoys going down. She enjoys being this wave, and she enjoys being the other wave. No discrimination, no fear at all.
And she doesn’t have to go and look for water; she is water in the present moment."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Words cannot describe the joy of the soul... who is One with their own Spirit. Only those who feel this joy know what it is.
Even as water becomes one with water, fire with fire, and air with air... so the mind becomes One with the Infinite Mind. "
"You realize that, all along, there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it.”
"If you wish to discover the highest Truth, it is important to ask the right questions, leaving aside what is irrelevant.
Of all questions, the one that is most important is:
Who or what am I, which is here inside this body perceiving?
Go into this introspection deeply and you will discover that nothing that appears either in the outer world of names and forms or the inner world of thought, sensations, feeling, memory or imagination can be what you are, that which is perceiving them.
They cannot exist without you, the perceiver or witness of them. Contemplate and confirm this.
Now, with firm intention, find out if the perceiver itself can be perceived. Experience your discovery.
That will be a profound and unquestionable recognition."
"It is like the universe screams in your face:
“Do you know what I am? How Grand I am? Can you even comprehend what I am? What are you compared to me?”
And when you know enough science, you can just smile up at the universe and reply,
“Dude, I am you!” "
"Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds."
"We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves."
“You are looking for God. That is the problem. The God in you is the one who is looking.”
"The Universe is the game of the Self, which plays hide and seek forever and ever."
"What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
"Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”
"We are so engrossed with the objects, or appearances revealed by the light, that we pay no attention to the light. The thing to do is to concentrate on the seer and not on the seen, not on the objects, but on the Light which reveals them."
"You have never seen the self. You are the self."
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."
"You yourself are the eternal energy which appears as this universe.
You didn’t come into this world, you came out of it. Like a wave from the ocean."
"Let the waves of the universe rise and fall as they will.
You have nothing to gain or lose.
You are the ocean."
"If I am to know God directly, I must become completely God, and God I, so that this God and this I become one I."
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
"There is no need to follow that star. It is already within you. It is that which lights your way and lights your smile."
"People are afraid to empty their minds
fearing that they will be engulfed by the void.
What they don’t realize is that
their own mind is the void."
“Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything.
That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.”
"You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe.
An intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person.
But a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle."
Imagine an empty vase. The space inside is exactly the same as the space outside. Only the fragile walls of the vase separate one from the other. Our Buddha-mind is enclosed within the walls of our ordinary mind. But when we become enlightened, it is as if the vase shatters into pieces. The space “inside” merges instantly into the space “outside.” They become one: There and then we realize that they were never separate or different; they were always the same.
~ Sogyal Rinpoche
When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what’s left?
A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.
"All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
The sun's light looks a little different on this wall
than it does on that wall,
and a lot different on this other one,
but it's still one Light."
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