Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi)
The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’
— Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi)
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Because in me you all exist, for me there is no separation:
but because you do not possess me,
for you there is separation and sorrow.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti – By What Authority!
There is nothing in the world that you cannot know,
when you know yourself.
Thinking yourself to be the body,
you know the world as a collection of material things.
When you know yourself as a centre of consciousness,
the world appears as the ocean of mind.
When you know yourself as you are in reality,
you know the world as yourself.
— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: I Am That
One image, as the observer, observes dozens of other images around himself and inside himself, and he says, `I like this image, I’m going to keep it’ or ‘I don’t like that image so I’ll get rid of it’, but the observer himself has been put together by the various images which have come into being through reaction to various other images. So we come to a point where we can say, `The observer is also the image, only he has separated himself and observes. This observer who has come into being through various other images thinks himself permanent and between himself and the images he has created there is a division, a time interval. This creates conflict between himself and the images he believes to be the cause of his troubles. So then he says, “I must get rid of this conflict”, but the very desire to get rid of the conflict creates another image. Awareness of all this, which is real meditation, has revealed that there is a central image put together by all the other images, and the central image, the observer, is the censor, the experiencer, the evaluator, the judge who wants to conquer or subjugate the other images or destroy them altogether. The other images are the result of judgements, opinions and conclusions by the observer, and the observer is the result of all the other images – therefore the observer is the observed.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti – Commentaries On Living – Series II
The man who desires to fuse with something greater,
to unite himself with another,
is avoiding misery, confusion;
but the mind is still in separation,
which is disintegration.
Love knows neither fusion nor diffusion;
it is neither personal nor impersonal;
it is a state of being which the mind cannot find –
it can describe it,
give it a term, a name,
but the word, the description,
is not love.
It is only when the mind is quiet
that it shall know love,
and that state of quietness
is not a thing to be cultivated.
Cultivation is still the action of the mind;
discipline is still a product of the mind,
and a mind that is disciplined, controlled, subjugated,
a mind that is resisting, explaining,
cannot know love.
You may read,
you may listen to what is being said about love,
but that is not love.
Only when you put away the things of the mind,
only when your hearts are empty of the things of the mind,
is there love.
Then you will know what it is to love without separation,
without fear –
and that is not reserved to the few.
Love knows no hierarchy;
there is only love.
There are the many and the one,
only when you do not love.
When you love,
there is neither the ‘you’ nor the ‘me’;
in that state there is only
a flame without smoke.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Mirror of Relationship: Love, Sex and Chastity (Bombay 1950)