Listening

  • “Those who do not listen, hear a lot of things.
    Those who listen deeply, hear nothing.”
  • “Listening is the silence in which words are said and heard.”

 

  • “The learned fool listens to what the Prophet says; the lover listens to what the Prophet is.
    The fool swells, the lover just dissolves.”

 

  • “Whatever I speak will always, inevitably, be a lie.
    Let my lie come from the Truth so that the lie may take the listener towards the Truth.”
  • “You do not know me. Neither are you coming here to me, nor are you running away from me. Find out: who wants to come? To whom are you coming? Who resists the coming? You are not coming to me, you are coming to your Self. You are not listening to me, you are listening to your Self.
    By not coming here, you may avoid this physical location. But can you get rid of yourself, your essence? When you come here, you come to your Home. It is not a man you are listening to, you are listening to your own pure voice. It is not the physical location that calls you, it is the call within. The call to return Home, at peace.
    If you don’t come to me, where else would you go? Wherever you would go, you would find me. One day, you may find me staring back at you from the mirror. One day, you may find me sitting right in the middle of your Heart.”

 

  • “Prayer is your very being. Prayer is beautifully called in Hindi as ‘praarthanaa’ – ‘arth‘ means desire. ‘Pra + arth’ means ‘beyond desire’.
    Neither there is anything to pray to, nor anything to pray for, nor there is anybody who is praying. Prayer is nothing.
    If anybody is prayed to, anything is prayed for or anybody is praying, then that is not a prayer, but an activity out of desire.
    Prayer is your very being, a very-very silent call of the mind. Deeper the silence, closer you are to praying. The more you can describe or articulate, the more you are present, farther you are from praying.
    You cannot pray. You can only be prayerful. In every movement of the mind there must be prayer. Only that prayer is heard. You ask for nothing and so surely your prayer will be answered.
    The Lord listens when you forget the Lord. The Lord listens when there is no Lord.”

                                                             

  • “The saint is not the body of a saint. The saint is not the words of a saint.
    The saint is the source from where the words of the saint emerge.
    The saint is that which you are when you really listen to those words.”

 

  • “Listening is to hearing what man is to machine .”

 

  • “Please listen to what I am not saying.”

 

  • “For Innocence, look into the eyes of animals.
    For Truth, listen to the birds.
    For Reality, touch some sand.
    For repulsion, look at a man’s face.”
  • “Real enquiry is not about asking questions or seeking answers or striving for the Truth.

    Real enquiry is in Silence.

    Real enquiry is about just listening.”

  • “Listening is sufficient. But if you will analyse and make these words an object, then you will miss. If you’ll keep analysing whether I’m getting the answer to my question then you will miss. Because you will not realise what corresponds to what.

    Does the sweet aroma of the flower know that it is arising from the ordinary soil? So the gardener is coming with some fertiliser, with some manure to the plant, and the flower is wondering, “How will it help me? I need to be more brightly coloured, I need to be more fragrant and this fellow is dumping soil! How can soil contribute to brightness? How can soil contribute to fragrance?”

    You never know.

    You don’t know.

    Which word cures what, you will never know, so just pay attention. If you think you are smart enough to be selective in listening then you’re making an idiot of yourself. You will never know what cures what. You will never know what contributes to what. And you will never know that in your inattentiveness you have missed what. You’ll just miss and you’ll think: Oh! What I missed was quite unimportant. Like in a detective movie, you do not know what is unfolding, and you missed fifteen minutes out of the two-hour movie and you think: No, no, no those fifteen minutes were quite unimportant. It has to be a very lousy movie if fifteen minutes are unimportant in it. And because it is a mysterious story how can you know what exactly you have missed, can you know? But you’re so smart, you know, you think: I can pick and choose. I can select what is important for me. I will decide. I can come thirty minutes late. I can pay attention to my own questions and I can remain clumsy when other questions are being answered; I know what is important for me.

    Had you known so much, why would you still have questions?

    You never know what will hit where, so just be attentive. And every moment is a moment of attention.”

  • “You will know how to go back, if you Love only One. If you Love many, then you will be distracted towards many. You will know how to go back if you are listening only to One, this is called Attention or Dhyan. But if you are listening to too many voices and noises, then obviously you will not know where to go.”
  • “When you are listening, you just listen; and in that listening, there is the dance of intelligence and you just understand.”
  • “What comes from a certain point, can be understood only at that point. What comes from a certain depth of meditation, can be understood only at that depth.
    Teacher is expressing thoughtlessness. If you had even a single thought while listening, just tell yourself that you have missed it.”
  • “The Teacher speaks from his aloneness and the student must listen from his aloneness. If the teacher is speaking to the student, he cannot speak, and if the student is listening to the teacher, he is surely not listening.”
  • “Listening without separation is the only way to listen to a teacher or to a poet.”
  • “Q: How can we say we are not the body?
    A: Are you listening to me with your ears?”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Shri Prashant

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