Adyashanti

Adyashanti Quotes About Enlightenment, Silence and Meditation

“This teaching is not so much a raft to carry you to enlightenment as it is a fire to ignite the raft you are now holding on to.”

“Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.”

“Fear is very often a part of the spiritual path. When people sit down and meditate it’s not at all uncommon for fear to arise at some point.”

“In the end it’s all very simple. Either we give ourselves to Silence or we don’t.”

“If we look at the world around us, we see that we are conditioned to not listen deeply. Because isn’t that what silence is? It’s a listening, a deep wordless listening.”

“The biggest barrier to awakening is the belief that it is something rare”

“Now don’t think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature.”

“Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being.”

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the
complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

“All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.”

“Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now?”

“Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself. It is the destruction of all that is false and the fulfillment of all that is true.”

“True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer.”

“The aim of my teaching is enlightenment, awakening from the dream state of separateness into the reality of the One. In short, my teaching is focused on realizing what you are.”

“Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control.”

“You’re no longer separate from that beautiful flow. You no longer have a relationship with life because you are Life.”

“You must choose between your attachments and happiness.”

“When you inquire ‘Who am I?’ if you are honest, you’ll notice that it takes you right back to silence instantly. The brain doesn’t have an answer, so all of a sudden there is silence.”

“Self-inquiry is a spiritually induced form of wintertime. It’s not about looking for a right answer so much as stripping away and letting you see what is not necessary, what you can do without, what you are without your leaves.”

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