Suffering is primarily a call for attention. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
The journey to enlightenment necessitates taming the raging beast inside your head: your mind. The difficulty of this domestication cannot be understated, as the mind is more than disinclined to keep its flap shut.
Self-conquest is the greatest of victories. ~ Plato
The mind’s overbearing nature means that the drive to clarity is an act of will. The conscious mind must be cleared and kept that way.
What is will but steadiness of heart and mind. Given such steadfastness all can be achieved. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Starting on the path to realization is a lifestyle choice. As with all achievements, enlightening oneself takes attention.
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ American author Flora Whittemore
That self-control is the key to success is obvious, whatever signification success carries. Keeping a firm grip on the key is the problem.
One must sincerely desire enlightenment above all else. Attaining quietude is not a hobby. It is instead a devotion: a dedication of unrelenting discipline.
In that power of self-control lies the seed of eternal freedom. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Longing for material satisfaction keeps one coupled to suffering. In contrast, the desire for enlightenment is for contentment in being. The choice is between endless desires that never deliver lasting satisfaction and a singular desire that is unending satisfaction in its attainment.
In the spiritual life one becomes just like a little child, without resentment, without attachment, full of life and joy. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Nothing is gained in becoming enlightened. Instead, one becomes lighter by losing unnecessary baggage. The greatest revelation is not that no baggage is needed, it is that all baggage is imagined.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go everything. The giving up is the first step. But the real giving up is in realizing that there is nothing to give up, for nothing is your own. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Realization cannot be attained by instruction nor mental acumen. It is instead attained by determination to realize one’s own true nature. ~ Mundaka Upanishad 3:2:3
Various instructive paths have been laid by spiritual teachers, who typically advocate the practices that helped them achieve clarity. A sole understanding is needed: what your own nature is. You are a quantized soul encased in a mind-body for an incarnation.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~ French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Mundane moments of involvement are the process of everyday life. Beyond that, remain an unattached witness, and thereby more clearly perceive the world before you.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
The will to realization begins by banishing all beliefs, rejecting emotions as valuable, shedding self as an admirable entity, and ends with leaving behind identification with all associations. Abandon all mental attachments.
The search for reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings, for it destroys the world in which you live. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
While the right precepts are helpful, concepts can be an obstacle to enlightenment, in that concepts clutter the mind, which naturally patterns them in relation to itself: into identification with, or alienation against. The mind as a natural concept magnet – of attraction and repulsion – is a problem.
All those concepts which are most dear to you, are images of yourself. Your image of yourself is that concept which is dearest to you. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
However passing the residence, being encased in a mind-body carries a compelling sense of belonging that cannot be completely surmounted. Enlightenment is accommodation with actuality, as contrasted to the ignorance of mistaking actuality for reality, or pretending to be above it all (mood-making).
It is extremely hard to get rid of that remnant of identification, being in the body. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
The sections that follow cover the various aspects of mental life which affect the phase transition to realization: being present, belief, desire, emotions, mental discipline, and lifestyle. The gist is to disentangle yourself and enjoy the spectacle before you.