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Object of devotion1979875Should be one's ideal.
Object of devotionSee also: Deva-Ista
Objects1971519Treat worldly objects like toys; treating them as real leads to disappointment and trouble.
Objects1971520Do not think that the world around you - your house, money, body - are insubstantial. It is your feeling of attachment to them that is unsubstantial.
Observer1964109In meditation the Self emerges as observer.
Observer1964154Man has become separated from source of creation: he has to become observer. Ultimate observer is Atman.
Observer1964157R. writes in letter re Atman being the ultimate Observer.
Observer1965227-228To become only the observer leads to Self-realisation. 'Even this will pass'.
Observer1965239As observer, enjoy Buddhi either still in meditation or properly active in work.
Observer1965240Doing work which is useless to the Atman. Provided you know that this is useless work you are safe. You are observing not doing it intentionally, not identified.
Observer1965246Having an observer will show us that it is we ourselves, Atman, that is stable. Also see other version on page 248.
Observer1965276-277Atman, the observer, is beyond sheaths and is eternal.
Observer1967302Witness or observer is Atman, he doesn't do anything, simply knows everything.
Observer1967324Man who observes must be dropped during meditation to merge into the One.
Observer1970471Observer never registers change in itself. Any change is to Ahankar. See letter on pages 466-467.
Observer1972547The incessant commentary in the mind is useless. One solution is to observe impartially, considering yourself separate from the mind. See letter on page 546.
Observer1972548One way to avoid incessant commentary going on in mind is to observe impartially.
Observer1972557See things happening in world as a silent observer. Don't be involved or move off course.
Observer1972558We do not need to choose anything. Just be the silent impartial observer watching the states of consciousness come and go. See story of Elephant and mahout. God is everywhere (2) on page 558.
Observer1972569D.S. If you just witness the drama, you enjoy it.
Observer1976757What the viewer is viewing is always changing, but the viewer remains the same.
Observer1978864There are thousands of observers - one in each Antahkaran.
Observer1979904Forgetting, e.g. when approaching market guided by noise and getting lost.
Observer1980960When (in doing something artistic) the distance between observer and object observed is eliminated, that will be the perfection of your art.
Obstacles1965221Shortcomings: in one's being and the moving mind. Some obstacles are hard to remove. See story of Monkey in tree (1) on page 221.
Obstacles1978841Obstacles: for Bhakti nothing should be allowed to disturb faith; for Jnana it is essential to be honest.
Obstacles1979921Mal, Vikshepa and Avarana in relation to Gunas and types of action.
Obstacles19891053Use reason to overcome obstacles and dissolve bad Samskar. Only possible when one sees the obstacle and feels sorry to have stumbled.
Obstacles19931079We must remove the obstacles and impediments for ourselves using the knowledge and system of discipline H.H. has given.
ObstaclesSee also: Hindrances
Ocean1965218Should not be disturbed by surface waves of ocean - always stillness below.
Ocean1965251Waves and ocean are not separate: unity.
Ocean1975727-728Absolute is like an 'ocean of love'. It is always available but people don't realise this because they hanker after worldly things.
Ocean19891048R. reported that coming to see H.H. felt like swimming in an ocean of bliss. He asked not to be deprived of such opportunities even though he had all the knowledge he needed.
Offerings1972599You should not offer unclean or ugly things to God. See D.S. statement on page 575.
Offerings1976766If we offer all actions to Param-Atman, all our necessities will be fulfilled by Param-Atman. See story of Letter to Param-Atman on page 766.
OfferingsSee also: Surrender
Old age19881020Loss of sex energy in old age does not affect spiritual progress. Meditation in old age replenishes lost energy for further spiritual work.
Old ageSee also: Death
Old ageSee also: Retirement
Open the vaultsSee: Vaults
Orange colour1972538Symbolises fire of true knowledge.
Organisa­tion1964124Spread the meditation only so far as you can keep your organisation intact.
Organisa­tion1964125Don't be attached to propagation of meditation.
Organisa­tion1964189Tell only as much as you know and what you have experienced. Don't make it look glittering to fulfil ambition to spread the truth.
Organisa­tion1965220-221Rules and purpose of discipline.
Organisa­tion1965222Organisation must support both emotional and intellectual types.
Organisa­tion19891054H.H.'s message to the Society: Organisations flourish when love prevails between and through leaders to all members.
Organisa­tion19931086Co-operating with other organisations. Ambitious organisations co-operate to promote their own cause and system.
Ouspensky19613Instruction to find the source of the System.
Ouspensky19617Maharishi asks about Ouspensky. R. summarises ideas.
Ouspensky196235-36H.H. confirms R.'s own system of thought (from Ouspensky) gives good results and is compatible with and complementary to meditation.
Ouspensky196247Nyaya ladder and Ouspensky on 'Observing I'.
Ouspensky196255Ouspensky's phenomenal and noumenal world in relation to Fourfold System of Manu and Law of Three.
Ouspensky196267Quote from 'In Search of the Miraculous' on real religion (Sanatan Dharma).
Ouspensky1965231-233R. explains his ideas about the diagram of four rooms - cart, horse, driver and symbol from Ouspensky's System in relation to the Antahkaran.
Ouspensky1965284R. speaks of Ouspensky and Shankaracharya comments on connection and future. Ouspensky may find complete realisation when R. realises himself.
Ouspensky1971518R. compares H.H.'s description of our desires being 'like strings pulling us towards the world' to Ouspensky's 'Man is a marionette pulled by invisible strings'.
Ouspensky1979889Discussion about perpetuating his work, keeping to one system and regulating the distribution of system knowledge.
Ouspensky1979896RG asks about friction and the struggle between 'yes' and 'no'. H.H.: If it leads to unity it is discrimination, if not it is a waste of energy and consciousness.
Ouspensky1979906Confirmation of unity of Ouspensky's system with H.H.'s system.
Ouspensky1979907-908H.H. confirmed Ouspensky's view that language is important. Each system develops its own special language to communicate knowledge of truth.
Ouspensky1979918Three foods - food we eat, air, impressions. H.H. explains the effects of Samskar on the processing of impressions.
Ouspensky1979921-922Cosmological teaching. H.H. explains that Ouspensky had his own style of teaching and there are also many different styles in India.
Ouspensky1979923There should be no difficulty in relating H.H.'s teaching to Ouspensky's system. Style may be different but source is the same.
Ouspensky1979924Cosmological teaching is similar to Sanskrit quotation: 'As in the individual body so in the whole universe'.
Ouspensky19851003Jaiswal explains RG's desire to continue using Ouspensky's teaching and allow it to work side by side with what has been learnt from H.H.
Ouspensky19851004Whatever has been learnt from Ouspensky's system should be preserved and used for the liberation of man.
Ouspensky19881018All that has been given by Dr Roles, Mr Ouspensky or H.H. is alive and helpful, ever-ready for assimilation.
Ouspensky19891047Instruction to R. to seek guidance in India. H.H. explains the background to his relationship with R.
Ouspensky19931087In a final message, H.H. refers to the Study Society being 'started by a great man who hailed from Russia and who was loved by Dr Roles.'
Oxen1975716Young people need the company of the old so that there is a balance of wisdom and energy. Analogy of plough drawn by two oxen.