"To me you are your own God.
But if you think otherwise, think to the end.
If there be God, then all is God's and all is for the best.
Welcome all that comes with a glad and thankful heart.
And love all creatures.
This too will take you to your Self."
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"There are three stages of the disciple in Sufism. In the first stage the Master draws the disciple to himself. This is the stone stage. The disciple is enwrapped in deep ignorance and has no sense for spiritual values. He cannot know the Master at this stone stage, and the initiative is entirely with the Master.
"The second stage is called worm stage. Just as the worn is engaged in all kinds of movements and actions, so the mind of the disciple is active in all kinds of doubts and questions. At this stage the disciple asks many questions to the Master. There is constant movement of thought at this worm stage.
"The third stage is called the dog stage. At this stage the mind has no questions to ask. It is in a faith-state. Just as the dog follows the master without challenge or doubt, the disciple has unswerving faith in the Master, and follows his instructions unfailingly. At this stage asking comes to an end. When spiritual progress has not yet begun as well as when it is at its height, there is no asking to the Master."
"Questions Baba Answers"
by Dr. C. D. Deshkmuth
Meher Baba Journal, Vol, 1, No. 8, June, 1939, Ahmednagar, India, p. 62
This practice in the Short Path of self-identification with the Overself is to be done both casually at odd moments and deliberately at daily contacts in meditation.
It is through them--whenever the identification is effectual--that Grace gets some of its chance to work its transformation upon him.
-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 118
Only God, which I call, Only Source..
I do not have names for that which is beyond names..
The Holy Spirit that you speak of has spoken to me many times..
The 'Voice' is baritone and filled with kindness..
How can I hear a voice within the silence of Light ?..
Sounds do not exist within the silence of Light..
Therefore, sound was only produced within Spirit..
Sound became a silent voice within Consciousness..
There are words for this event but few search..
I have my own road to travel, in which the desire to appear separate from Source is dishonored..
We as offshoots of Consciousness are just Dreams..
Reality is much stronger than are thoughts..
There is only Source, the rest of thoughts are just desires..
But, we will eventually discover Truth..
Consciousness will win the war over Mind..
The knowledge of Allah follows upon the dissolving of the ego, fana, says Sufism.
But some Sufi masters go even farther and assert that it follows only on the dissolving of this dissolving (fana-el-fana).
What does this strange statement mean?
The answer is nonduality.
What nonduality itself means is to be gleaned from another Sufi declaration:
"The outer path: I and Thou.
The inner path: I am Thou and Thou are I.
The final insight: neither I nor Thou."
-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 117
Humans meet with friends for the feeling of Love..
Republicans and Liberals meet to discuss Truth..
The left and right are stations of mind..
All want Truth, but Truth must be found without desire..
As Mystics, you see more than the others..
You see the dissolving of materiality..
You begin to see Thought..
Thought creates materiality..
The Dream begins within Mind..
That is why, you are here,
you are facing your own Dream...