Witness

  • “You can’t witness something by staying safely away. To witness is to come close, so close that you become the object you witness. Witnessing is Love.”

 

  • “Even when everything will be taken away from me, there will remain somebody who will know that all is being taken away. I am that Knower.”

 

  • “In concluding, you end witnessing, you end alertness. Conclusion is a thought. Witnessing, subtle alertness is thoughtlessness. The ego wants a prescription. It wants to know what to do: this or that. We’ve become so dumb that if someone doesn’t give us a conclusion or opinion then we think that he doesn’t understand.”

 

  • “Watching, witnessing is the cessation of doing.”

 

  • “Separation from the observed event misleads. Science does that- I am watching that atom. Spirituality does that- I am witnessing that mind.”

 

  • “Nothing is not a thing. Now is not a time. Here is not a location. Witnessing is not an action. Knowing this is not a thought.”

 

  • “Mind immersed in its source, is the mind in its calm witnessing nature. Such a mind is just one with its object. Immersion,the way of life.”

 

  • “Witnessing isn’t detachment, rather it is immersion in life. When the subject immerses in its object, subject and object merge into nothing.”

 

  • “Love leads to nearness. Nearness leads to witnessing Witnessing leads to understanding. I understand only when I love.”

 

  • “When I know, there is no way to know that I know. When I think that I know, I think and I do not know. Only a bad witness is witnessed !”

 

  • “All its life, the spoon in the soup is never able to taste the soup.”

 

  • “Witnessing is freedom from the unnecessary.”

 

  • “‘Witnessing’ is not active observation, witnessing is not like poking your nose.
    Witnessing is complete relaxation.”

 

  • “Turiya, the witness state, is not ‘yours’; it witnesses you, it is outside of you. So, your birth and death do not touch it.”

 

  • “Witness means, the one, that sees everything but cannot be seen.”

 

  • “When witnessing will happen, then you will not be able to say anything about it because, witnessing never gets registered in the memory.”

 

  • “Witnessing is nothing but fearlessness and honesty.”

 

  • “In every material man, lies both, a man and a woman. So, your flesh, your body, mind, brain, thoughts, all of these refer to the woman in you and the witnessing pure consciousness refers to the man in you.”

 

  • “Witnessing is grace. Neither do you begin it, nor can you end it.”

 

  • “Witnessing only means that while this game of picking, choosing, dropping, liking, disliking, taking, giving up, will continue, I will be relaxed.”

 

  • “Truth by definition is that which never fails you. You can be absolutely certain and dependent. The scriptures called that- ‘Nityata’. It is not dependent on time. So, be with that. The seer of both the subject and the object, the witness of not only the fire, the tree, the pillar but of the mind as well that is perceiving the fire, the tree and the pillar.”

 

  • “Witnessing is the ability to smile at yourself. Witnessing can happen only when you do not think that you are not too important or too big.”

 

  • “‘Don’t take it personally’, that is witnessing. All that witnessing means is life is not to be taken personally. There is nothing personal out here. Don’t get hurt.”

 

  • “When you are totally disinterested in the drama, it is called witnessing.”

 

  • “Love is a state of not chasing, love is a state of not thinking that much is left to be achieved. The lover is not even bothered about dropping the ego. The lover is bothered only about the beloved, about nothing else. When you are not bothered by anything else that is love and that is also witnessing.”

 

  • “To witness is to know everything, without knowing anything.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant

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