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Just like the heart and lungs, the mind is going and going all by itself. The problem is that we identify that automatic random thinking as being "me", when it's not. Since you can watch the mind and it's thinkingness, you are not the mind. This means that only Awareness (that is aware of the mind) is Reality, and the ego/mind is an illusion, and there is no individual "I". The only real "I" is the Totality of All Existence as formless Unmanifested Infinite Awareness that is aware of Itself.
Translation: There is no doer.

"I am nothing. He is all. I do nothing of my own. He does it. I am God's pencil. A tiny bit of pencil with which He writes what He likes. God writes through us, and however imperfect instruments we may be, He writes beautifully." - Mother Teresa
Translation: There is no doer.

"Paradoxical though it may sound: There is a path to walk on, there is walking being done, but there is no traveller. There are deeds being done, but there is no doer." - Buddha
Translation: There is no doer.

"When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." - St. John 8:28
Translation: There is no doer.

"All processes are out of my control. When one sees this with understanding, then one is disillusioned with the things of suffering. This is the Path of Purification." - The Dhammapada verse 279
Translation: There is no doer.

"The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills." - Meister Eckhart
Translation: There is no doer.

"Whatever you may be, you are being 'lived'. You are not travelling, as you think: you are being 'travelled.'" - Wei Wu Wei
Translation: There is no doer.

"All Actions are performed by the gunas of prakriti. Deluded by his identification with the ego, a person thinks, 'I am the doer.' But the illumined man or woman understands the domain of the gunas and is not attached. Such people know that the gunas interact with each other; they do not claim to be the doer." - Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, 3:27,28
Translation: There is no doer.

Everything is happening spontaneously, all by itself, as an automatic consequence of what one is. Or to put it even more simply, EVERYTHING is karma.
Translation: There is no doer.

"Only he that thinks ‘I am the doer of actions and the recipient of the fruits of actions’ takes the distinction between the intellect (will) and fate as real. But the Self is neither the doer nor the recipient of the fruits of actions. The sage, who is mind-free and hence free from attachments, and without a (personal) will, does not become a doer of actions, nor does he reap the fruits of actions. Therefore, he is not aware of the distinction between free will and fate." - Ramana Maharshi
Translation: There is no doer.

"Going on the path of inner experience, I attained the true knowledge, destroying the I-am-the-doer sense at its root. Afterwards, the ever-functioning mind was dead." - Arunagirinatha
Translation: There is no doer.

"From the standpoint of the Self ‘practising  advaita’ (nonduality) is an oxymoron since in that state there is no longer an entity who can make choices about what should or should not be done. In that state action arises spontaneously from the Self, unmediated by the I-am-the-doer idea." - David Godman, Translater of Ramana Maharshi's works
Translation: There is no doer.

However, if you or I were to say right now that "there is no doer", that would be the ego/mind talking because we're still identified with the mind and it's thinkingness. Only the Enlightened who have permanently dissolved all mental activity can say that there is no doer, just as the ego can't say the ego is an illusion. That's simply the ego playing it's clever games to keep consciousness identified with it. The Enlightened have no use for words except to explain things to those who still think words are important. Words only serve a purpose until it's realized that they don't serve a purpose. They are useful for the sake of explaining to "others" that they are useless. When they happen spontaneously by themselves, in the moment, for the sake of "others", in the form of writing or speaking, they serve a purpose. Words are only symbols and representations that cannot fully describe anything. The word chocolate is not chocolate. The Truth is beyond all words, and it's meant to be experienced, not merely talked about. But you don't really "experience" it because there is no "this" experiencing "that" when there is only One. You are that One.

"The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way. The Way is wordless. Words are Illusions." - Bodhidharma


Recommended reading:
Talks With Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
By Ramana Maharshi



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