God & Religion
Thus Spake Nisargadatta Maharaj, Quotes from 'I am That'

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  1. Where there is a universe, there will also be its counterpart, which is God. But I am beyond both. (264)

  2. God attends to this business of managing the universe; but he is glad to have some help. When the helper is selfless and intelligent, all the powers of the universe are for him to command. (385)

  3. Consciousness arising, the world arises. When you consider the wisdom and the beauty of the world, you call it God. Know the source of it all, which is in yourself, and you will find all your questions answered. (266)

  4. God is the totality of consciousness, but awareness is beyond all - being as well as not-being. (263)

  5. I cannot say that I am in God or I am God; God is the universal light and love, the universal witness: I am beyond the universal even. (320)

  6. Without you as the witness there would be neither animal nor God. Understand that you are both, the essence and the surface of all there is. (476)

  7. When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected. (195)

  8. To love and worship a god is also ignorance. My home is beyond all notions, however sublime. (417)

  9. Even faith in God is only a stage on the way. Ultimately, you abandon all, for you come to something so simple that there are no words to express it. (469-70)

  10. You yourself are God, the Supreme Reality. (240)

  11. You are God, but you do not know it. (533)

  12. How can there be [a God apart from me]? "I am" is the root, God is the tree. (44)

  13. Consciousness and life - both you may call God; but you are beyond both, beyond God, beyond being and not-being. (475)

  14. I cannot say that I am in God or I am God; God is the universal light and love, the universal witness: I am beyond the universal even. (320)

  15. Get rid of all ideas about yourself, even of the idea that you are God. No self-definition is valid. (195)

  16. What is religion? A cloud in the sky. I live in the sky, not in the clouds, which are so many words held together. Remove the verbiage and what remains? Truth remains. (512)

  17. Christianity is one way of putting words together and Hinduism is another. The real is, behind and beyond words, incommunicable, directly experienced, explosive in its effect on the mind. It is easily had when nothing else is wanted. The unreal is created by imagination and perpetuated by desire. (512)

  18. Reorded religions are mere heaps of verbiage. Religions show their true face in action, in silent action. To know what a man believes, watch how he acts. For most of the people, service of their bodies and their minds is their religion. They may have religious ideas, but they do not act on them. (513)

  19. Until you are free of the drug [of self-identification] , all your religions ans sciences, prayers and yogas are of no use to you, for, based on a mistake, they strengthen it. (443-4)