Gerry Rafferty - Right Down the Line

Nothing, nothing, nothing...

They arrive and others arrive,
and then they go, and the others go.
Day and night, a constant traffic.

Where do they come from?
Where do they go?

Does it mean anything?
Nothing, nothing, nothing.

- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop, 1992

The Rightful Identity...

Much has been written about the secret place within.

Here is where one goes

when something seems wrong in his affairs –

because nothing ever appears wrong

until this secret Identity has been forgotten,

leaving us to wander in a dream world of pseudo-values.

When something appears awry in our daily experience,

we need only return to the within

– to the rightful Identity –

to experience perfect comfort and find peace.

This tranquility is our veritable Identity.

It is wonderful to enjoy the conversation of one

who has manifestly discovered the Self

(the Heart says who is honest in this regard);

yet, we come to see and understand

that those we call "enlightened"

are not outside this single Awareness-being-I;

they are not another beside

this very consciousness of Being

the reader is!

William Samuel

the Friend...

Till man destroys "self",

he is no true friend of God."

Maulana Jalalu-'d-din Muhammad Rumi
in _The Masnavi_, Book 1, Story XI
Abridged and Translated by E. F. Whinfield (1898)

the destroyer of worlds...

When you stop pretending and fall asleep, you
withdraw the entire world into your heart just like
the spider withdraws its web into its own body.

Then, when you awaken again, you spontaneously
recreate the web-of-life and get quickly ensnared by
the irresistible seductiveness of your own reflection.

The fear-and-desire diversions that immediately arise
cleverly distract you from remembering the Truth of
who you really are.

But then, of course, you’re better able to play out into
the wonders of your wonderland.

Sleeping again, though, you once more become the
destroyer of worlds.

- Chuck Hillig

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Seeds for the Soul
Chuck Hillig
Black Dot Publications, 2003

mind created...

The empirical world of jostling names and forms is false and has no real existence in bright, full Awareness.

Like a ring of fire formed in the dark when one whirls fast a glowing joss-stick, 'tis an illusion, mind created.

Ramana Maharshi

Brahmajala Sutra...

This is what I say:

Your mind is spiritual and so too is the
sense-perceived world.

The spirit is timeless and it dominates all
existence as the great law guiding all beings in their search for

It changes crude nature into mind, and there is no being that
can't be transformed into a vessel of truth.

- Brahmajala Sutra

Mind over Body...

The constant practice of identifying himself with the mind rather than with the body-idea which inheres in it,

leads in time to a certain freeing of himself from himself.

-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 5:
The Key To the Spiritual World > # 26
Paul Brunton


He who wants to understand, will understand.
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

In India it is considered a great sin to awaken anyone who is asleep. If a man is asleep, do not wake him; let him sleep; it is the time for him to sleep; it will not do to wake him before his time. Thus a mystic understands also that a person who is taking his time to wake up must not be awakened to give him the mystic's idea. It would be a sin, because he is not prepared to understand it, and his beliefs would be shaken. Let him go on thinking God is in Benares; let him think He is in the temple of Buddha; let him think He is in heaven; let him think He is in the seventh heaven above the sky. It is the beginning; he will evolve in time and arrive at the same stage. The rest he is having just now is good for him. The awakening comes, all in its good time.

This explains what is meant by saying that Sufism is a religious philosophy; the philosophy is clothed with religion, that it may not break the ideals and faiths and beliefs of those who are beginning their journey towards the goal. Externally: the religion, inwardly: the philosophy. The one who wants to understand will understand. 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'

In whatever form, life expresses its meaning, if only man is able to understand it. The one who does not understand this will not understand life's meaning. His inner sense is closed; it is just like being deaf. In the same way his sense of communication with things has become dull, he does not understand them. But if a person does not hear he may not say that life is not speaking. In the same way, if a person cannot sense the meaning of life, he may not say that life has no meaning. The word is everywhere, and the word is continually speaking.

A mystic removes the barrier that stands between himself and another person by trying to look at life not only from his own point of view, but also from the point of view of another. All disputes and disagreements arise from people's misunderstanding of each other. Mostly, people misunderstand each other because they have their fixed points of view and are not willing to move from them. ...

If we are willing to understand, then understanding is within our reach. Very often, however, we are not willing to understand, and that is why we do not understand. Mankind suffers from a sort of stubbornness. A man goes against what he thinks is coming from another person. Yet, everything he has learned has come from others, he has not learned one word from himself. All the same, he calls it his argument, his idea, and his view, although it is no such thing. He has always taken it from somewhere. It is by accepting this fact that a mystic understands all, and it is this which makes him a friend of all.

You are the Reality...

You are the reality, you cannot talk of reality.

The moment you talk or think of something,

it is in phenomenality and therefore conceptual.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 1996