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Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri Quotes - A Collection of Teachings and Thoughts of Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri

Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (1897 – 1961) was a Hindu Guru who transmitted the great teachings of Hindu tradition mostly through non-verbal means. This is a collection of quotes of Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. His teachings and thoughts were compiled by his followers in the Chidakasha Gita.

Peace is difficult to attain for those whose mind is centred on the body. It is very difficult for them to see the glory of the Atman. Attention should lessen on what is seen; interest must grow in what is unseen. In the seen, both pleasure and pain are perceived; but in the unseen, neither.

Bhakti is love. To give up duality and look on all with equality, that is bhakti.

One must seek the shortest way and the fastest means to get back home – to turn the spark within into a blaze, to be merged in and to identify with that greater fire which ignited the spark.

Everyone is a God here including yourself and all the ones who are seated here.

The state of mind should be like a lotus leaf, which though in water, with its stem in the mud and flower above, is yet untouched by both. Similarly, the mind should be kept untainted by the mud of desires and the water of distractions, even though engaged in worldly activities.

Jnanis are mindless. To Jnanis, all are the same. They have no slumber, no dreams, nor sleep. They are always in sleep. The sun and the moon are the same to them. To them, it is always sunrise. The glass of a chimney lamp, when covered with carbon, is not transparent. Similarly, the carbon of the mind should be removed.

The copra, detached from the shell, makes a dull sound when shaken; so also the body and soul must be thought of as separate. The first is light; by that light, all vices are consumed.
A man should be quite indifferent to honor and dishonor. He should not have the least love for his body; such a man will see the Supreme Being in everything and everywhere.

Once you attain perfect inner peace, there is
No need to travel anywhere.
No need to see anything.
No need for pilgrimages to holy places.
All can be seen within.
Coming and going are simply the mind’s delusions.
True peace, true liberation is attained
When the one Self in all is seen.
This is liberation from bondage,
This is desirelessness.
If you are looking for the object held in
Your hand,
Look in your hand—not elsewhere!
So with all things:
Test them within.

Go back and do your duty without desire for fruit and without sacrificing efficiency. This is the highest service that you can render.

God is here, there and everywhere. There is not a pinhole where this one will not be found.

Without an intense sense of renunciation and dispassion for worldliness there can be no progress whatsoever, and if you don’t listen, you will fail in the end.

The mind should be like a lotus leaf which, though in water, with the stem in the mud and the flower above, is yet untouched by both. Similarly, the mind should be kept untainted by the mud of desires and the water of distraction, even though engaged in worldly activities.

Then just as the stalk, stem and leaf, when properly cultivated and not disturbed, will culminate in the lotus blossom, similarly, if the detached mind and faith are firmly established in the lotus of the heart and never allowed to wax or wane with happiness and difficulties, His grace will be invoked.

A person remains ordinary as long as he is led by the mind; but freed from the mind, he becomes a great saint.

What is the use of many words? Meditate. You will get everything through meditation.

Acquire knowledge. And what is knowledge? For the Jivatman to know the mystery of Paramatman. The Paramatman is within the Jivatman. To perceive the subtle within the gross is the real liberation.

A big drama is first rehearsed behind the curtain and then shown to the public. Similarly, yoga sadhana is practised in secret and as it gets established it reveals itself. One does not get the experience at the very beginning of a practice. It comes by and by as the practice progresses.

There is fear when you walk in the dark, but not so in the light. The dark is ignorance. Knowledge is light. The Guru is light. The light is the Guru.

The body is a cave. In the cave dwells the Atman. This dwelling shall lead to fulfilment.

Quotes from Chidakasha Gita of Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri

A man or woman should be educated. What is education? Jiva should know the secret that He is the Paramatman.

Paramatman is in Jivatman. The real Mukti is to know the subtle in the gross.

On a tree grow numberless flowers. The flowers all perish but the tree does not perish for a long time. The visible is like flowers, the invisible is like the tree.

From a plank, are manufactured tables, chairs, etc. So also, Brahman is the primordial substance from which numberless worlds are formed. (Source: Chidakasha Gita) 

Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri on Avadhuta

Avadhuts know that birth and death are illusions of the body. They are no more identified with the body than ordinary people are with their garments.

Avadhutas have no sense of "I." They see everything as projections of the Self, viewing all with equal pleasure.

No matter where they wander, they have no sense of duality.

If food is available, they eat-but they do not ask for food.

Those who offer them poison and those who offer them milk are the same. Those who beat them and those who love them are the same.

Avadhuts recognize the universe as father, mother, family. They contain the entire universe and the universe is merged in them. (Source: The Sky of the Heart, Sutra 109)