20 Interesting Thoughts By Adi Shankaracharya

20 Interesting Thoughts By Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankara, also called Adi Shankaracharya, was an Indian Vedic scholar and teacher, whose works present a harmonizing reading of the sastras, with liberating knowledge of the self at its core, synthesizing the Advaita Vedanta teachings of his time.

There is sorrow infinitude. The Self is beyond time, space and objects. It is infinite and hence of the nature of absolute happiness.
Space seems broken and diverse because of the many forms in it. Remove the forms and pure space remains. So, too with the Omnipresent Self.
Knowing that I am different from the body, I need not neglect the body. It is a vehicle that I use to transact with the world. It is the temple that houses the Pure Self within.
The world, like a dream full of attachments and aversions, seems real until the awakening.
By that alone you will become full of joy, recognizing Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss.
Curb your senses and your mind and see the Lord within your heart.
Each thing tends to move towards its own nature. I always desire happiness which is my true nature. My nature is never a burden to me. Happiness is never a burden to me, whilst sorrow is.
Do not look at anybody in terms of friend or foe, brother or cousin; do not fritter away your mental energies in thoughts of friendship or enmity. Seeking the Self everywhere, be amiable and equal-minded towards all, treating all alike.
Like the appearance of silver in mother of pearl, the world seems real until the Self, the underlying reality, is realized.
Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations, friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.
Reality can be experienced only with the eye of understanding, not just by a scholar.
Thus one should know oneself to be of the nature of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.
When your last breath arrives, Grammar can do nothing.
As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment, and purity through meditation and attains Reality.
To be free from bondage the wise person must practice discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self.
Give up identification with this mass of flesh as well as with what thinks it is a mass. Both are intellectual imaginations. Recognize your true self as undifferentiated awareness, unaffected by time, past, present, or future, and enter Peace.
When the Great Reality is not known the study of the scriptures is fruitless; when the Great Reality is known the study of the scriptures is also fruitless.
You never identify yourself with the shadows cast by your body, or with its reflection, or with the body you see in a dream or in your imagination. Therefore you should not identify yourself with this living body either.
What is an inquiry into the Truth? It is the firm conviction that the Self is real, and all, other than That, is unreal.
Loud speech, a profusion of words, and possessing skillfulness in expounding scriptures are merely for the enjoyment of the learned. They do not lead to liberation.
The desire for more and more wealth is dangerous. Cultivate the good sense to give up your desires. Wealth is the result of past deeds. Therefore be content with what you have.


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