If someone tells you something, don't accept it because no teaching has so far touched the Truth. This much I will tell you. No one ever spoke the Truth. No word has ever been coined to present it.

                                                                                                  -Sri H. W. L. Poonja


'Self' is the term used in Advaitic philosophy for that which is the sole universal reality- pure, immutable existence, consciousness, and bliss. The Omnipresent Self is the Source of infinite wisdom and joy. Advaita, which means “One without a Second”, is a non-dual philosophy which recognizes that one can never really ‘become’ enlightened, because the Self, which is who and what we already are, is already enlightened. In other words, our desire to become the Self is a denial of the fact that we already are the Self. We must rid ourselves of the desire for freedom before we can appreciate that we are already free.


The Self has nothing to do with the world - it is totally unaffected by it. However, as the Self becomes identified with mind and body, and seems to be bound by these laws, i.e., time and space continuum, it is eternally unassociated with them. It may seem that the real Self is bound and subject to suffering and death, but it can never be so. The various teachings of advaita, mystical non-dualism, have radically altered the way I perceive who I am today. Gradually I began to intuit that “It” was “I”, and there was no boundary, or limitation, to the Self, anywhere. On every level, all of creation is simply offering oblations, worship, to ITself. “We” don’t always get it right (ESPECIALLY humans), but ‘the Self’ is the birthright of all of existence.


Carl G. Jung, in the Foreword of “The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi” said, “the identification of ‘the Self’ with God will strike the European (Westerner) as shocking. It is a specifically Oriental realization, as expressed in Sri Ramana Maharshi’s utterances. Psychology cannot contribute anything further to it, except that it lies far beyond it’s scope to propose such a thing. However, it is clear to the Indian that ‘the Self’ as Spiritual Source is not different from God; and in so far as man abides in his Self, he is not only contained in God but is God Himself. Sri Ramana is quite clear in this respect.”


All of the drawings on this page are in an 8.5” x 11” format. I have interspersed these drawings between teachings of some of my favorite teachers of Advaitic Philosophy, like Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramakrishna, and Ramesh Balsekar. Also, I’ve included some of my favorite lines from the timeless wisdom of The Upanishads and the Yoga Vasistha. The Yoga Vasistha, the third longest book in the world, is a universally treasured authority of non-dual wisdom,  which has captivated readers for centuries. “It is fried in the butter of knowledge and steeped in the honey of love.”, as Wendy Doniger, a renowned author on metaphysical subjects, famously borrowed a quote by Sri Ramakrishna to describe it’s supreme sweetness.         

                                                                                             -William Arthur Mills

Intellect is what brings about the sense of fear, because it is the intellect that rejects change and wants security.  

                                                                                      -Ramesh Balsekar

When the waves of self-will subside into the sea of peace that is the Self. The mind becomes still, the heart pure, and illumination comes to us in this very life.

                                                                                 -Yoga Vasistha

What is called 'mind' is a wondrous power residing in the Self. It causes all thoughts to arise. Apart from thoughts, there is no such thing as mind. Therefore, thought is the nature of mind. Apart from thoughts, there is no independent entity called the world. In deep sleep there are no thoughts, and there is no world. In the states of waking and dream, there are thoughts, and there is a world also.


Just as the spider emits the thread (of the web) out of itself and again withdraws it into itself, likewise the mind projects the world out of itself and again resolves it into itself. When the mind comes out of the Self, the world appears. Therefore, when the world appears (to be real), the Self does not appear; and when the Self appears (shines) the world does not appear.


When one persistently inquires into the nature of the mind, the mind will end, leaving the Self (as the residue). What is referred to as the Self is the Atman. The mind always exists only in dependence on something gross; it cannot stay alone. It is the mind that is called the subtle body or the soul (jiva).                          

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                -Ramana Maharshi

What exists in truth is the Self alone. The world, the individual soul, and God are appearances in it. Like silver in mother-of-pearl, these three appear at the same time, and disappear at the same time. The Self is that where there is absolutely no "I" thought. That is called "Silence". The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is "I"; the Self itself is God; all is Siva, the Self.             

                                                                            -Ramana Maharshi

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.       

                                                          -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj   

Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. In reality time and space exist in you; you do not exist in them. They are modes of perception, but they are not the only ones. Time and space are like words written on paper; the paper is real, the words merely a convention. All existence is imaginary.

                                                                                -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Once you realize that the world is your own projection, you are free of it. You need not free yourself of a world that does not exist, except in your own imagination! However is the picture, beautiful or ugly, you are painting it and you are not bound by it. Realize that there is nobody to force it on you, that it is due to the habit of taking the imaginary to be real. See the imaginary as imaginary and be free of fear.


What begins and ends is mere appearance. The world can be said to appear, but not to be. The appearance may last very long on some scale of time, and very short on another, but ultimately it comes to the same. Whatever is time-bound is momentary and has no reality.                                                                        

                                                                                         -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Differentiated consciousness is bondage... liberation is its absence. 

                                                                        -Yoga Vasistha

"I am the pure space like consciousness devoid of objective experience and beyond all mental activity and thought. I am the pure and infinite consciousness. Even so are you. The whole world is that, too. Everything is the pure and indivisible consciousness. Since there is nothing apart from that, I do not know how to describe that. It is when one endeavors to give expression to one's self that the ego sense and all the rest of it arise, even if one's attempt is to attain total freedom.

                                           

                                         -Vasistha (speaking to Lord Rama) in the Yoga Vasistha

Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action - here and now. It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect - whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage.

                                                                                        -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

He sees the truth who sees that he is the omnipresent infinite consciousness which encompasses within itself all that takes place everywhere at all times.

                                           -Yoga Vasistha

He sees the truth who knows that the Self, which is as subtle as the millionth part of the tip of a hair divided a million times, pervades everything.

                                                                                                           -Yoga Vasistha

The Self is more extensive than space; it is pure, subtle, undecaying and auspicious. As such how could it be born and how can it die?

                                                                                            -Yoga Vasistha

He sees the truth who knows that the self alone exists and there is no substance in objectivity.

                                                                                       -Yoga Vasistha

He sees the truth who sees that there is no division at all between the self and the other, and that the one infinite light of consciousness exists as the sole reality.

                                                                                          -Yoga Vasistha

The Self is without beginning or end. It is immutable Existence and Consciousness. It manifests space, it is the source of the jiva and higher than the highest. The Self is pure Consciousness, eternal, omnipresent, immutable and self-effulgent like the light of the sun.

                                                                                        -Yoga Vasistha

You have to wake up Yourself; you have to see for Yourself. The senses are not needed, nor are the eyes. The eyes cannot see it; the mind cannot understand it; the intellect cannot grasp it. None of these will accompany you. You have to be alone without these things. You have to proceed alone. None of the five elements will accompany you. You will go alone to meet this situation, but what it is, no one knows.

                                                                  -Sri H. W. L. Poonja

When mind is quiet, all is Self. When mind moves, the world arises. So, be STILL, throw away everything and be FREE. Then, when the mind is pure, you will see Self in all beings. Give up seeing with the outer eye and the Divine eye will open.

                                                                                  

                                                                                                 -Sri H. W. L. Poonja

The snake does not exist and never did exist, and yet it manages, by the power of illusion and superimposition, to conceal the reality, the rope.

                                                                                                    -Sri H. W. L. Poonja

For Enlightenment you need not struggle. You only need to struggle to continuously carry all your concepts.

                                                                                    -Sri H. W. L. Poonja

Because Self is not separate from you, no practice is needed to attain it.

Self is never absent! Practice is  postponing something to a later date, to the future. So you  need no practice to know the Self. Give up this concept of practice and keep Quiet. Simply keep Quiet and you achieve everything. Everything comes to you when you ask for Nothing. But when you run after things nothing can come to you. So simply keep Quiet and see what happens.

                                                                                          -Sri H. W. L. Poonja

God is everywhere. Those who are not innocent cannot see him. Cleverness is not needed and will only get you in trouble. You need innocence. Then you can see God everywhere because he is everywhere. Why can’t you see him? Because if you have a doubt you can’t see him. The veil between you and God is only doubt.

                                                                                  -Sri H. W. L. Poonja

There is no place where Spirit is not. Every single location in the entire Kosmos is equally and fully Spirit. Seeking of any sort, movement of any sort, attainment of any sort: all profoundly useless. The Great Search simply reinforces the mistaken assumption that there is some place that Spirit is not, and that I need to get from a space that is lacking to a space that is full. But there is no space lacking, and there is no space more full. There is only Spirit.

                                                                                                             -Ken Wilber

We will know the true meaning of ‘liberation’ when we recognize that we ARE already- and have ALWAYS been- liberated!

The Self of All






This universe comes forth from Brahman and will return to Brahman. Verily, all is Brahman.


A person is what his deep desire is. It is our deepest desire in this life that shapes the life to come. So let us direct our deepest desires to realize the Self.


The Self, who can be realized by the pure in heart, who is life, truth, space, who gives rise to all works, all desires, all odors, all tastes, who is beyond words, who is joy abiding- this is the Self dwelling  in my heart.


Smaller than a grain of rice, smaller than a grain of barley, smaller  than a mustard seed,  smaller than a grain of  millet, smaller than the kernel of a grain of millet is the Self. This is the Self dwelling  in my heart, greater than the  earth, greater than the sky, greater than all the worlds.


This Self who gives rise to all works, all desires, all odors, all tastes, who pervades the universe, who is beyond words, who is joy abiding, who is ever  present in my heart, is Brahman indeed. To him I shall attain when my ego dies.


So said Shandilya; So said Shandilya




From Chapter 3, 14.1 to 14.4, “The Wisdom of Shandilya”,

of the Chandogya Upanishad. Translated by Eknath Easwaran.  

In the city of Brahman is a secret dwelling, the lotus of the heart. Within this dwelling is a space, and within that space is the fulfillment of our desires.

                           

                                                                                                    -Chandogya Upanishad

“ONE”/ Ink on paper/ 8.5” x 11”© 2008 William Arthur Mills

“EVERYTHING is Within Your Self”

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“The Self is in all beings, and all beings are in the Self”

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“The Self is not the doer”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“Reality is The ONE Which Manifests As The Many”

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“Merge Into The Bliss Of Consciousness”

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Self”/ Ink on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“The Self is in all beings, and all beings are in the Self”

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“Liberation”/ Ink on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“All Worlds EVERYWHERE Are Vibrations Of The ONE Self”

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“Empty the mind... and let it cling to NOTHING”

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“ALL thinking is the echo of yesterday”/ Ink on paper 11” x 8.5” © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“NOW”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“Do Not Seek Outside Yourself, For There Is Nothing There”

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“All the universe and beyond exists within the Self”

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“You are Spirit! You are FREE!”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“Bliss Body”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“One is not a being at all, but simply BEING”

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“Cosmic”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2008 William Arthur Mills

“We Are ETERNITY Encircling TIME”

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“The wisdom is within”

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“Nothing In The Universe Is Ever Lost”

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“You are originally unlimited and perfect”

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The universe is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it. The gods are loved not for their own sake, but because the Self lives in it. Creatures are loved not for their own sake, but because the Self lives in it. Everything is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it.

                                                         

                                                                          - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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The highest form of grace is silence. -Swami Chinmayananda

“Silence”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2009 William Arthur Mills

The Self is the silent place where even the slightest trace of the 'I' does not exist.

                     

                                                                                           -Ramana Maharshi

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"The Self, being infinite, moves not though moving- and yet is forever established in every atom of existence. The Self does not go nor does It ever come, for space and time derive their meaning from consciousness alone. Where can the Self go when all that is, is within It? If a pot is taken from one place to another, the space within it does not move from one place to another, for everything is forever in space."

                                                                                                    -Yoga Vasistha

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“Tenaciously Clinging for Dear ‘Life’, Insatiable Desire Endlessly Toils Away...  Fabricating the Universe”/ Ink on paper/ 11” x 8.5”/ © 2011 William Arthur Mills

"What exists in truth is the Self alone. The world, the individual soul, and God are appearances in it. Like silver in mother-of-pearl, these three appear at the same time, and disappear at the same time. The Self is that where there is absolutely no "I" thought. That is called "Silence". The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is "I"; the Self itself is God; all is Siva, the Self."
                                                                                                   -Ramana Maharshi

"As rivers, flowing down, become indistinguishable on reaching the sea by giving up their names and forms, so also the illumined soul, having become freed from name and form, reaches the self-effulgent Supreme Self"


                                                                                     -Mundaka Upanishad

"The body means the existence of desire, otherwise it would not have existed. It all ends when one no longer has any desires."       -Holy Mother Sarada Devi                                                                                 

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