Reality

  • “I will never know I’m lost in a dream, unless the dream is broken. Till I’m in a dream, the dream is the reality, and I don’t want it broken.”
  • “ I am not the issue. Since you are ever in a dream, I am just another character in your dream. How can a character in your dream help you come out of the dream? You do not know me.”

 

  • “ Truth is that which IS and Truth is also that which IS NOT.”
  • Little little thought, little little thought,
    Thought thought, ‘Am I just a thought?’
    Thought thought, and thought thought,
    And  thought thought of a God,
    And thought, ’God is thought not’,
    And thought, ‘Surely Reality is caught
    For now there is no thought’
    Little big thought, little big thought!
  • “Experience gives replication, not creation. Real creation does not require the base of past. Creativity is causeless. Beyond cause and effect.”
  • “Here and now does not really pertain to an objective reality because there is no objective reality.Here and now pertains to the state of mind that the mind is in.All that here and now means is that when the mind is in a particular state, then that state is all that there is.Mind is in temptation; then temptation is all that there is.Mind is in anger; anger is all that there is.Here and now simply means that be alert to what is in the mind”

 

  • “The Real cannot be experienced”

 

  • “Surrender means that you have stopped fighting the Real, the True. When you stop fighting the Real, you become available and to fight the unreal, and energised to defeat it.”

 

  • “To say ‘I know not’ is as much a lie as ‘I know’. To say ‘The world is false’ is as much a lie as ‘The world is real’. Why not just shut up?”

 

  • “Practicality isn’t the ease or convenience of doing. Practicality is Reality. Only the Real can be practical. Can the imaginary be practised?”

 

  • “The world is lousy, transient, unreal. Creation is an image of creator. Why rever the unreal creator of such an unreal creation? Real God?”

 

  • “The only thing real about this unreal life is that its an opportunity to move into the Real. If that opportunity is wasted, life is wasted.”

 

  • “The worst failure is when the enthusiastic striver realises he’ll never get what he’s chasing. It doesn’t exist. It is also his only success.”

 

  • “Spend a lifetime filling ‘real’ stuff into yourself. Finally find that all’s still unreal- the self, the stuff, the lifetime, and the finder.”

 

  • “Is is a concept. Reality is the most fundamental illusion. Saying even this much is imprecise enough; saying more will be supremely foolish.”

 

  • “Anything done for the world will always be unreal. Every real act is always for the Self. Those who know the Self celebrate Selfishness.”

 

  • “Would a map be useful if it were exactly as the Earth? The Real can never be useful. The fake is useful. Joy, Love, Freedom have no use.”

 

  • “Whatever is not magical is not Real. The Real will always appear magical to those who believe the pattern-bound and predictable to be real.”

 

  • “The profit is the highest when you trade the imaginary for the Real. Get rid of imaginations like fear, hope, ambition, and find Real Joy.”

 

  • “We look for God as we are hurt and afraid. When the hurt vanishes, there is no need for God. Looking into hurt is more Real than finding God.”

 

  • “Reality does not exist independently of observing activity- called attention. Reality is born when attention comes in close contact with it.”

 

  • “Your life swings between relaxation and tension, love and hate, confidence and insecurity, and all such pairs are unreal. Real has no opposite.”

 

  • “What do we try to save? Stuff of mind like respectability, relations, future. For the imaginary stuff, we lose the real.”

 

  • “The real enables the unreal to appear and also causes it to disappear.”

 

  • “A dream is that which begins and ends. The ending proves it unreal. All that begins-ends is a dream. What’s beyond this beginning-ending?”

 

  • “I can only sense ‘things’. It is impossible for me to see the space in which everything is. The world itself is the proof of Reality beyond it.”

 

  • “When the disease is unreal, the diagnosis is the cure.”

 

  • “Each person carries his personal world in his mind. When two persons meet, their different worlds-unreal-can’t reconcile. World is conflict.”

 

  • “No ‘Way’ connects the real and the unreal. Only your own firm determination to find the real is that which connects you to the real.”

 

  • “All continuity is the act of memory. Reality is moment-to-moment, unrelated to anything. Patterns are static. Understanding is dynamic.”

 

  • “Reality is ‘mind’-blowing!”

 

  • “To a mind lost in imagination, Reality causes a great deal of confusion.”

 

  • “One does not become wiser with age. Sleeping for a hundred years won’t show you the reality. It is impossible to learn from experience.”

 

  • “Reality is that which is when it is, and is when it is not. Individualization is that which is when it is, and is not when it is not.”

 

  • “Mind lives in images. Happiness is pleasurable imagination. Imagination is dissonance from reality. Dissonance causes sadness. Happy is Sad.”

 

  • “That which happens without the knowledge of its happening, is the only Real happening. Call it creativity.”

 

  • “There is no conception of black without white. Each word contains an image of its opposite. Very smart of me to insist Reality is non-dual”

 

  • “Reality is on no side of duality, and not even in the middle.”

 

  • “Ego will not understand this world, but will demand a Reality beyond.”

 

  • “When you believe in your identity, you will never know the reality.”

 

  • “Reality is not the opposite of illusion. Reality is the basis of illusion. When understood, illusion itself shines as reality.”

 

  • “Working, striving, aiming, achieving, immersed in all phenomenon. I laughed with my loved ones, “Such engaging reality!” And then I woke up.”

 

  • “There is no fundamental reality outside of you. There is none inside of you either.”

 

  • “Darkness is the belief that there is something except light. Darkness is a belief in the world as an objective reality by itself.”

 

  • “A question appears as a barrier obstructing Reality . Barrier is the position from where the question comes.Without the position,its simple.”

 

  • “I think thought. Thought think I. Real is not, Not I not thought. Left with what?”

 

  • “Forget positive thinking; Reality is the highest positivity.”


  • “Man does not know God. Man can only think of God, and in this he makes two ungodly mistakes:(i) His mind is limited and lazy, and cannot know the material reality beyond a point. So, he postulates that there are certain material things that are beyond the mind. So, he builds a character called God – as a creator of things. All religions have done that.(ii) Occasionally the mind does get startled by a whiff of the non-material. It chances upon love, it flies in freedom, it dances in joy. It realises that there is something beyond the material. But it declares that the imperceptible, the non-material, the ineffable, too can be contained in the mind. So, using the mind, it embellishes the God character and writes stories about that character. The first mistake happens because we keep feeling small and incapable. We suffer from such an inferiority complex that we can’t even admit that a human gave birth to Jesus. The moment we come across an Upanishad, a Quran, a Bible, we relegate them to divine authorship to escape from them. And the second mistake happens because we are damn arrogant. We want to capture the Ultimate in the mind. We want to claim we know God.”

 

  • “In the material itself, you will find it. So, don’t disregard the material. Don’t be contemptuous towards it. You must be very open, very living, and offer no resistance to what you see. You offer resistance to it because you think that something more important is elsewhere. No, there is nothing more important and there is no other world. This is all that there is. This world is the only reality for you. So, you must know this world, and that is not difficult at all because you are already knowing; which means that everything is already at its proper place. Go home and relax! Or have fun—which again is not a matter of doing because you are already having fun.”

 

  • “Seated in Reality, you feel no need to explain the Real.”

 

  • “To look at the facts, you require a certain sensitivity.
    Facts must bother you a little, then you talk reality.
    Otherwise, you can talk La-la land.”

 

  • “Reality is not the opposite of illusion;
    Reality is the basis of illusion.
    When understood, illusion itself shines as reality.”

 

  • “Guru is the only reality.
    Guru is all that there is.”

 

  • “The beginning of anything is also the result of that thing.”

 

  • “Find something real. Stop placing imaginary hopes upon this and that.”

 

  • “Whenever the situation is real, then the answer to that situation has to be spiritual.”

 

  • “The Mind simply does not keep attached to anything without the intention to escape the reality. All obsessions, all addictions are just methods to escape the Truth.”

 

  • “One type of fake-ness can surely be born from another type of fakeness, but not The Real. If you feel that you are trapped in something that is not quite real; if you feel that The Real is eluding you, then do not “continue,” do not ‛try’, do not depend on your ‛own efforts.’ Only The Real can give birth to the Real. Only The Divine can give birth to The Divine. Only health proceeds more health. Sickness will not give birth to health. Ways of the ego, methods made by man will not lead to The Divine. What man has made will only lead to more of what man has made.”

 

  • “Never take the Real to be an experience.”

 

  • “One doesn’t start from idealistic position. One starts from that which one is experiencing, that which one takes it to be his immediate reality.”

 

  • “Are you really that which you know yourself to be? The moment you see that your idea of yourself may not be quite accurate you also see that all that you take as bondage or compulsion or necessities are just self-announced. They are not really there.”

 

  • “A miracle that can be proved is no more a miracle. It is real only if it is miraculous! Whatever is not miraculous is fake! You get this? It is real only if it is totally unbelievable! If it is not incredible, if it does not make you go bonkers, it is not real. Only miracles are real! Nothing else is real.”

 

  • “Whatever you choose for yourselves will only be the extension, continuation of the same suffering. The Real comes to you, not by your own choice but by grace. So what can one do? One can at most see the futility of one’s own choices. Not try to make the right choice, the right choice ‛you’ cannot make. The right choice will be made for you by some other agency. You can only see that the choices that you have made, have all fallen flat; and hence one’s confidence in one’s own choices is misplaced. One choice after the other is not bringing peace to me, then how can I continue to choose in the same way. Let me pause, let me stop. Then maybe, the choice will happen on it’s own. It happens. It does happen.”

 

  • “If you have to think about your Beloved, if you miss your Beloved, it is a sure sign of absence of Love. Where there is something Real, it is always complete.”

 

  • “The Real is neither in inference nor in intuition. It is neither in the mind nor in the guts. It just is.”

 

  • “When you get the Real, then the false is left far behind.”

 

  • “Ordinarily, when we do not like something then we change it but in spiritual terms, in Real terms, only when you like yourself totally then change happens.”

 

  • “Know that if it is Real, it cannot be lost and if it is being lost, then let it be lost. It cannot be Real.”

 

  • “The Real will never be something that you can be conscious of.”

 

  • “Real love is when you do not even know that you are in love.”

 

  • “Real Silence is one when you do not even know that you are silent.”

 

  • “The real man stands innocently naked, free of all virtues.”

 

  • “To really be a human being is to go beyond what is normally implied by being human.”

 

  • “To really be a human being, you have to go beyond what is normally implied by being a human being.”

 

  • “The real things in life, they stay as they are. And if they stay as they are then what is the point of pretending change? What is the point?”

 

  • “There is no other real definition of growth than the dissolution of the Ego.”

 

  • “The real can never be taken away. Never. No one can take it away from you. What can be taken away is anyway borrowed. Let it go.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant

 

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