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[Note: The (Interpolations in Coloured Italic Script in Brackets) within the Body of the Original Quotes in Bold – Intuitively Revisited & Reinvested with Comments — are the Personal Subjective Thoughts, Opinions and Utterances of the Compiler-Commentator – dredged from within the depths of his Limited Framework-of-Knowledge and Partial State-of-Understanding …and is not positioned as The Definitive View on the Subject].


Atman Self – Upanishads/Bodhicitta/Buddha-Nature – Buddhism/Noor-i-Ruhani/Ruh-i-Ilahi – Islam/Holy Spirit – Christianity/Noble Self – Zoroastrianism/‘No Mind’ – Zen/ Gentleman – Confucius.

Refers to: ‘Godly-Lawful Higher/Immortal/Eternal Self’ in man.

Represents: Constructive/Divine Forces of Light-Love-Life


‘Nafs – Islam/Aham – Indic/Ego – West/Beast-Self – Zoroastrianism/‘Mind-States’ – Zen.

Refers to: ‘Godless-Lawless Lower/Mortal/Transient self’ in man

Represents: Destructive/Satanic Forces of Darkness-Violence-Death

That which is the finest essence — this whole world has that as its soul. That is (the Ultimate) Reality. That is the (original-innate unborn-undying Atman) Self (…in-union-with the Divine/Brahman/Paramatman/Supreme Self). That (!) art thou. (Discover it and sup with the gods!). Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7
There is a (secret inner) light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest heavens. This is the light (of your semi-dormant, original-inborn immortal Atman Self/Bodhicitta/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …in-union-with the Supreme — for which even the gods pine — that shines) in your heart. Chandogya Upanishad
For one who knows the (boundless) power of his (original-inborn immortal Atman) Self – why, and what for, should he care to exert himself (…so simply remain ‘No-Minded’/non-doing …and nothing will remain undone)? Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
(The Supreme) Self is the refuge of the (original-innate-higher Atman/Buddha) self: / For who else could the refuge be? / By a fully controlled (self-awakened original-inborn immortal Atman/Buddha) self / One obtains refuge (in the Abode of Eternity) which is hard to obtain. Buddha, Dhammapada
Taking refuge in myself (– my original-inborn imperishable Atman Self/Bodhicitta) / coming back to myself (– in the Transcendent Sphere of Spirit where I in-essence eternally abide…) / I am free. Buddha – Hours before he was to pass away
To (directly) see the (formless Transcendent Supreme) Self in the (individuated-artificial mortal aham/ego-) self by the (embodied-original-inborn immortal Atman) Self (…in-union-with Paramatman/Supreme Self …is the Zenith of Life). Scriptures
All the lights of the (pagan mortal aham/ego-self-inhabited outer material) world cannot be compared (in brilliance and potency) even to a ray of inner light of the (inner world of spirit — the self-illumined, original-inborn imperishable Atman) self (…in-union-with the Godhead). Swami Sivananda
Unlike a drop of water that loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent (of all earthly things). He is born not only for the development of society alone, but (in the final analysis – when the coin drops – even more importantly) for the (discovery and) development of his (original-inborn immortal Atman) Self (…in-tune-with the Divine). Dr. B R Ambedkar, Iconic Leader of the exploited-underclass & Author of Indian Constitution
When the (self-illumined, original-inborn imperishable Atman) Self is seen, heard, thought of, known, everything (…in the Universe and not in it as yet) is known. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Gnostos Seauton! Know Thyself (– thy original-innate unborn-undying Atman Self/Bodhicitta/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-realized Soul …and assume your rightful place on the Throne of the Universe). Delphic Oracle
Knowing yourself (– your true original-inborn eternal Higher/Atman Self …in-sync-with God’s Will/Brahman/Tao –) is the beginning (and end) of all wisdom. Aristotle, Philosopher
The end of life is to be like unto God; and the (Higher Self-aware) soul following God, will be like unto Him. He being the beginning, middle and end of all things. Socrates
He, who knows everything except himself (– his own true-inviolable original-inborn immortal Atman Self), lacks everything (–for then, immersed in his vulnerable aham/ego-self-dominating, illusory mind-states generating conditions-of-becoming — he is prey to all worldly ills and woes). Gospel According to Thomas
Know yourself (…your universal, original-inborn immortal Atman Self) and you will know the whole world (…for the very same original-innate immortal Atman is the common denominator to be found at the vitalist-core of all sentient beings …just awaiting the moment of its Self-recognition). M K Gandhi
Know yourself (– your inviolable-real original-inborn-eternal Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Ruh-e-Ilahi/Holy Spirit) and you will win all battles (…life can throw your way). Sun Tzu, Iconic Samurai, Author – Art of War
Not to have control over the (demonic-spirited, maya-bewitched, unpredictable pagan nafs/aham/ego/beast-) self is like sailing in a rudderless ship that is bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock (/challenge it meets in life). Gandhi
Without understanding (of our higher Self Nature …arrived at through meditation and fearless independent-free thought …we are forever limited-blind-stunted –) we cannot see even if we look; we cannot hear even if we listen; and we cannot taste even when we eat. Chinese Wisdom
Naturally, (ignorant mortal aham/ego-self immersed) man has to seek all means of discovering the meaning of Life (– the attainment of his original-inborn inviolable Atman Self …in-connect-with the Divine), for without knowing (and understanding) it (and its unlimited potency), he is lost; he wanders from birth to birth, receiving knock after knock and is seldom the better for all the experience. Atharva Veda
Realize thy ‘simple self’ (– thy unique, reality-anchored, original-immortal Buddha/Atman Self … shorn-off all artificial-pagan mortal ego-self cultivated, illusory mind-states conjured preferences-affectations-accruements). Embrace thy ‘original nature’ (– the superlative-original Buddha Self/‘No-Mind’ State-of-Being …ever abiding in-essence in the Eternal Sphere of Spirit …and attain the distinctive-inimitable-matchless State-of-Godhood). Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
By faith (in your Holy Spirit …in-connect-with the Divine) thou shalt see the Light (of Eternal Truth) and the Light will set thee free. Bible
This is true knowledge: to seek the (reality-anchored, contrarian-natured, original-inborn immortal Atman) Self (– ever abiding in-essence in the Infinite-Eternal Sphere of Spirit even while acting under the influence of the transient ego-self in the finite world of matter –) as the true end of wisdom always. To seek anything else (– in the pagan mortal aham/ego-self dominated realm of mind and matter viz. fame-power-wealth-success-knowledge-global adulation etc. — as an end-in-itself –) is ignorance (…of the highest order). Gita, 13.11
That (aham/ego-freed, self-detached, self-) disciplined man with joy (for the world-life in his spirit) and light (of the original-inborn immortal Atman Self throbbing) within (the Cave of his Heart), becomes one with God and reaches the freedom that is God’s. Gita 5.24
Look within (the deepest recesses of your heart-cave and you will find), you are The Buddha. Zen Buddhist Maxim
You must worship the (inborn-immortal Atman Self/) Krishna (which is universally found embodied in all beings), not Krishna as Krishna (…a superhuman being/ Personal God outside and different to yourself). Swami Vivekananda
The (godless mortal aham/ego-self-tied, duality-bound) knot of his heart is broken asunder, all his (atavistic-transient aham/ego-self conjured illusory) doubts are solved and his (lawless temporary aham/ego-self-activated, karma-programmed, samsara-destined) past actions are neutralized when He (– the godly-lawful, original-innate, unborn-undying, non-dual Atman Self …at-one-with the Divine) who is high and low (cause and effect, nirvana and samsara) has been realized. Vedantasara
Ignorance (-induced misery) is the failure to discriminate between the permanent (original-innate unborn-undying Atman Self) and the impermanent (artificial-acquired perishable aham/ego-self), the pure (– the real and permanent ‘No Mind’ State-of-Being) and the impure (– the false and temporary illusory mind-states conjured conditions-of-becoming), bliss (of Nirvana) and suffering (of samsara), the (eternal Atman) Self (united with all) and the (transient mortal ego/) non-Self (separated from all). Patanjali Yoga Sutra
Knowledge (of the original-innate, unborn-undying Atman Self/‘No-Mind State-of-Being in-union-with the divine …embodied in man and) born of the finest discrimination (of the Higher Mind) takes us to the farthest shore (– the Abode of Brahman/Tao/Transcendent Sphere of Spirit …where Liberation awaits). (Unlike the ego-self dominated, deluded-senses bound, transient-knowledge enslaved ones extant in the spatio-temporal realm of duality-causality-relativity…) It is intuitive, omniscient, and beyond all divisions of time and space. Patanjali, Founder of School of Yoga
One who has attained complete discrimination (– spiritually-discerning distinctions) between the subtlest levels of (the godless-lawless mortal aham/ego-self influenced, limited-finite monkey-) mind and the (boundless-infinite, godly-lawful, original-inborn immortal Atman) Self has no higher knowledge to acquire. This is dharma megha samadhi – the (Supreme ‘no-mind’/no-self-condition of clear-seeing of the) State of Unclouded Truth. Yogi Patanjali
Meditating on the lotus of your inner (original-inborn eternal Atman) Self in the centre, as the untainted, the exquisitely pure, clear and sorrowless, the inconceivable, the unmanifest, of infinite form, blissful, tranquil, immortal – the womb of Brahma (…one attains to the Godhead). Kaivalyopanishad
Only when man realizes his eternal, true (original-inborn imperishable Atman) Self does he realize he is not subject to death, that he is not a finite (-transient, pagan perishable aham/ego-self-dominated) human being with a (ephemeral-temporal) body and (a fears-saturated) mind, but (is the fearless absolute-universal) Infinite Consciousness Itself (…ever abiding in-essence in the infinite-eternal Transcendent Sphere of Spirit …playing Mah-jong with the Immortals). Swami Vivekananda
(Permanent) Happiness can be achieved by (the eternal) knowledge (of one’s real-immortal Atman Self …in-union-with the Divine) alone. Adi Shankara
The true (unchanging and permanent) happiness that man has searched for since the dawn of humanity – the inner gold (bestowed by the original-inborn imperishable Atman Self …in-union-with the Divine/Paramatman) – awaits any person (pure and) fearless enough to (independently and freely think and) dive into himself and discover it (in the innermost cave of his heart). Indic Sage
All we need to achieve (the State of Godhood) is already there (patiently waiting within the cave of our heart), ready to be rediscovered. The deepest secret (in the Cosmos), is, where it has always been, within our very existence. Suz
As the smallest drop of water detached from the ocean contains all the qualities of the ocean, so (too finite) man – detached in consciousness from the Infinite (Cosmic Consciousness) – contains within him its likeness. So return to your source (– your Higher Self …at-one-with the Divine), and lose yourself (– your lower mortal ego-self), in the great ocean of the infinite. James Allen, American Mystic
The searching out and thorough investigation of (the Soul Liberating) truth (of the immortal Higher Self …in-whack-with the Godhead at the core of our being) ought to be the primary study of man. Cicero
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light (within ourselves — the inextinguishable flame of our Higher Self — emanating from the Supreme Self that shines bright) in the (godless ego-self-conditioned, impure mind-states conjured) darkness of mere (self-indulgent vain, meaningless and purposeless) existence (…and brings self-liberating reason, meaning and purpose to word-life-history). Carl Jung, Iconic Psychologist
Man (in his unawakened state of ignorance) is a (mortal ego-self-dominated, outward-bound, illusions-immersed) being in search of (a more potent inner-truth and deeper) meaning (that brings fulfilment to his life and the world — the unmatchable treasure of his inner-revealed Immortal Self). Plato, Iconic Philosopher
The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical (self-discovery of the original-inborn immortal Atman/Higher Self …in-fusion-with Paramatman/Super Self). Albert Einstein, Physicist
The greatest romance (and adventure) possible in life is to discover this Eternal Reality (of the unchanging Atman within yourself) in the midst of infinite change. Avtar Meher Baba
The noblest pleasure (that lifts you to the celestial spheres) is the (incorruptible, boundless) joy of understanding (your Higher Self). Leonardo Da Vinci, Artist-Inventor
If you have faith in the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological gods, and in all the gods which others have introduced into your midst (as all us Indians do), and still have no faith in yourselves (…your greater-inborn immortal Atman Self), there is no salvation for you. Have faith in yourselves and stand upon that faith and be strong (…and all the gods themselves will queue up to consult you). Swami Vivekananda
Though inland far we (ego-dominated mortals) be (in the finite realms), / Our (eternal Atman) souls have sight of that immortal sea / Which bought us hither. William Wordsworth, Poet
God is within you and you discover Him (through rigourous self-examination) when you discover your Inner (-abiding immortal Atman) Self. Maharaj Charan Singh
If you know yourself (– your original-innate unborn-undying Noor-i-Ruhani/ Atman Self-graced/‘No-Mind’ State-of-Being) without existence or ceasing to be (…as one beyond being-and-becoming, energy-and-matter, space-and-time), then you know God. Ibn Arabi
In all your actions, watch that you act with sincerity (and purity-of-intent as inspired by your immortal Higher Self) and in (unrelenting-robust) opposition to your lower (godless-lawless mortal nafs/ego/beast-) self (…and its illusions-immersed, mortality-bound world of self-enslaving attachments to impure desires). Whoever doesn’t have (the awareness of his Noor-i-Ruhani/Atman Self/‘No-Mind’ State-of-Being …in-union-with) God in his consciousness is erring and in delusion, whatever (classical) language he speaks, whatever (exalted) company he keeps. Fatima of Nishapur, Islamic Mystic – to Dhun Nun, Egyptian Sufi Master
One who knows himself (– his original-inborn immortal Noor-i-Ruhani/Ruh-e-Ilahi/Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Holy Spirit abiding within him …in-union-with the Godhead) knows his Lord. Prophet Mohammad
In other living creatures ignorance of (the potent-inviolable original-inborn immortal Atman/Higher) self is nature; in (pagan mortal aham/ego-self-blinded) man it is (a sin-incurring, self-damning, and mortality-ensuring) vice. Boethius
He (– the pagan-lower aham/ego-self blinded, senses-deluded, illusions-immersed, herd-minded one) who knows not the Supreme Soul that dwells within him (– as his original-inborn immortal Atman Self), sees not the (one-common) essence of all things, he has wasted his life — precious as the Chintamani Jewel (…the Philosopher’s Stone that brings the Boon of Immortality). Narsi Mehta
Once the innermost (vitalist) core of the mind (– the Higher Self-realized/‘No-Mind’ State-of-Being …in-connect-with the Supreme) is grasped, all else will become relatively insignificant, and crystal clear. Chang Chen-chi
God is within you and you discover Him (through rigourous self-examination) when you discover your Inner (-abiding immortal Atman) Self. Maharaj Charan Singh
He who penetrates into (the deepest core of) himself, and so transcends himself (– his pagan-ignorant aham/ego-self …thus revealing the immortal Atman Self within), ascends truly to God. Albert Maqnus
Look within (the inmost recess of your soul); within is the fountain of all good. Such a fountain, where springing waters can never fail, so thou dig deeper and deeper (into the well of your soul …and find Eternity therein). Marcus Aurelius
Why seek outside (in the decaying material realm of nafs/aham/ ego/beast-self-dominated, self-deluded mind-states conjured illusions) for what is inside you (– your reality-anchored, inborn eternal Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …in-whack-with the God Head!). M K Gandhi
True (permanent and unchanging) happiness comes from within (though the actualization of our semi-dormant, inborn immortal Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …in-union-with the Godhead). M K Gandhi
Inner strength (unleashed by our awakened original-innate unborn-undying Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit) will (indubitably) lead to (a personal state of) peace of mind (…and increase the harmony-quotient of the world). M K Gandhi
Walk in tune with the (original-inborn eternal Atman Self/ Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-composed and conducted inner) rhythm of life (in-tune-with your conscience …in-tempo-with God’s Will) and all will be well. M K Gandhi
Knowledge of (our original-innate unborn-undying Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit/Atman) self (…in-touch-with the Divine) is an invaluable asset (…as it reaps you the Boon of the Immortal Spheres). M K Gandhi
Realization of the (original-inborn immortal Bodhicitta/Ruh-e-Ilahi/Holy Ghost/Atman) self (…in-sync-with God’s Will) makes a man achieve (material-societal-spiritual) progress (for himself and the world-life). M K Gandhi
If man wants success and growth, he must start from within (…wherein lies his original-intrinsic eternal Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit/‘No-Mind’ State-of-Being …in-unity-with the God Mind). M K Gandhi
When the inner lamp (of your original-inborn immortal Atman Self/Bodhicitta/ Ruh-e-Ilahi/Holy Ghost …in-joint-with the Divine) burns, it illumines the whole world. M K Gandhi
He who has all but not (his original-innate unborn-undying Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …in-union-with) God on his side has nothing (…even though he may rule the world). M K Gandhi
We (in our ignorant-arrogant nafs/aham/ego/beast-self inebriated state) cannot do anything right without the (inner light (shed by our original-inborn illuminated Atman Self/Bodhicitta/ Ruh-e-Ilahi/Holy Ghost …in-tune-with the Godhead). M K Gandhi
(The original-inborn immortal Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-awakened) He who always walks on the path of (eternal) truth (in-accord-with his conscience …in-joint-with the Divine) never stumbles. M K Gandhi
What seems impossible (to us in our godless nafs/aham/ego/ beast-self-immersed, insecure-natured, discriminatory mind-states conjuring conditions-of-becoming) is not always so (when we awaken to our godly, non-discriminating, original-inborn inviolable Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-graced/ ‘No-Mind’ State-of-Being …in-joint-with the God Mind). MK Gandhi
Whenever you are confronted with an (godless nafs/aham/ego/beast-self-dominated malignant) opponent, conquer him with (your irresistible godly Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-endowed compassion and benignant) love. M K Gandhi
A (original-innate unborn-undying Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-inspired) thought (in-tune-with our conscience …in-gel-with the Divine) can pierce even a wall of steel (…more easily than a hot knife through butter). M K Gandhi
When the (artificial-pagan nafs/aham/ego/beast-) self dies (– rejoice), (for then your original-noble imperishable Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …in-unity-with) God fills the void. M K Gandhi
Man finds himself (– his noble-imperishable Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit/’No Mind’ State-of-Being –) by losing himself (– his pagan-perishable nafs/aham/ego/beast-self …imprisoned in its illusory mind-states fabricating conditions-of-becoming). M K Gandhi
(Joyful and willing) Renunciation (of the pagan-perishable nafs/aham/ego/beast-self along with all its illusory-transient, physical-mental-spiritual desires, expectations and attachments) brings supreme and true enjoyment (and freedom in life …through the revelation of the self-detached, original-inborn imperishable Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …at-one-with the Godhead). M K Gandhi
A pure deed done with (selfish nafs/aham/ego/beast-self-aroused, consciously-promoted, directly-intentioned) self-interest (whether for name-fame-gain …or out of fear or shame becomes tainted with ego-impurity), ceases to be one. M K Gandhi
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still (-silent) voice (of my inborn-eternal Atman Self/Bodhicitta/Ruh-e-Ilahi/Holy Ghost …in-joint-with my conscience …in-accord-with the Divine Will that abides) within. M K Gandhi
Nourish your (original-inborn immortal Atman/Buddha Self-illumined) inner light then trust it to (unfailingly) illuminate your (outer) path. Bernard Rands
We all have a voice inside us (emanating from our Conscience) that will guide us. It may be God (…or his representative — the Buddha-nature//Holy Spirit/Noor-i-Ruhani/Atman Self …call it what you will). But if we shut out all the (nafs/aham/ego/beast-self-generated incessant internal chatter and) noise, clutter from our (external) lives and listen to it (– the magical voice within), it will tell us the right thing to do. Christopher Reeve, Iconic ‘Superman’
When you discover your essential (unchanging-inborn) nature (– Pure Consciousness) and know who you really are (– the original-inborn immortal Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit …abiding eternally in-essence in the Transcendent Sphere of Immortals), in that knowing itself is the ability to (shatter your artificial-pagan mortal nafs/aham/ego/ beast-self-aroused, self-enslaving, illusory mind-states conjured shackles of self-imprisonment and) fulfil any dream you have, because (– as the inward-centred, reality-grounded, immortality-endowed, original-inborn imperishable Atman Self/Buddha-nature/Noor-i-Ruhani/Holy Spirit-realized one) you are the eternal possibility (of everything in the universe), the immeasurable potential of all (possibilities — the sumum bonum) that was, is, and will be. Deepak Chopra, (TOI 11/5/00), Sacred Tree
Self-knowledge has always been the theme of the Illumined, who know and teach God and the (original-innate unborn-undying Atman) Self to be One. As long as one believes himself to be separate from God, he will remain (immersed in his transient ego-self and remain ever) mortal to himself. Lillian DeWaters
Life has the nobler goal of (Atman) self-illumination, of lighting the lamp of (all-inclusive agape) love inside oneself and sharing that lamp (of liberating light in-identity-with) with all around us. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Scores more Quotes on this Theme avail in ‘The Collection’ (Estd. !958)

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