The Truth Is
- a collection of discourses, from I990 to 1996, between Poonja and his visitors, is highly regarded by members of all spiritual traditions, especially those interested in Advaita. or non-duality.
This collection of spontaneous "Satsangs", or "Truths" spoken from Sri H. W. L. Poonja’s experience, illustrates the highest and yet simplest truth: that we are pure love and consciousness
, the totality of existence. Poonja reveals thousands of ways to help us inquire into who we really are. to bring our awareness into the inﬁnity of the moment. and to surrender to the wisdom of our Truth.
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: The Truth Is
No-one can tell you the truth about something than that thing itself.
No-one teaches better than the words of teaching itself.
- Teaching is remembering.
A representative extract from this book:
The Truth Is NOW, and this is not in books or cassettes! Reading books is like reading menus, the menu is not the food. You have to eat, you have to have the experience. If books gave you Freedom librarians would be the ﬁrst to be Enlightened, but the banks of a river are better than a library.
Don’t read books, read only your open Heart in this Immediate Presence. Reading books before you know the Truth will destroy you because books pollute you with so many notions which will just distract you from your Self. Words are indicators only so follow the indication and don’t stick to the words. Leave the wordiness of the world and Realize Here and Now what the words in this book are pointing to. The Truth, the Teaching which IS, cannot be Spoken of or described by words. The Teaching can only be Silently transmitted from Self to Self in the "form" of Satguru to Disciple. The words written on the preceding pages are not the Teaching, but act as mere ‘ﬁngers pointing’ to the Truth.
This book is composed of many chapters and sections. This differentiation is due only to the various topics of the questions asked. The answers to all of these questions have just one power and import: You are Eternal Being, Unbounded and Undivided. Now you are with someone who has no teachings and only one thing to say and that is also not a teaching: Just Keep Quiet, all will be well, Keep Quiet. You Are God Itself! What else? Here and Now, Everywhere, You are Happy, You are Peace.
Do not entertain any notion that you are in trouble. This is all that you have to do. It is nor a search but the cessation of distraction. We are here to help each other. Don’t entertain the notion that I am high and that you are low. We are here to find out how to be happy, how the whole world can be happy. We can speak about this between ourselves:
- What is the way to be happy and how can we transmit this happiness to all Beings.