Two different roads...


"Piousness and the path of love are two different roads.

Love is the fire that burns both belief and non-belief.

Those who practice love have neither religion nor caste."




-Abu Saeed Abil-Kheir
Nobody, Son of Nobody: Poems of Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil-Kheir
Renditions by Vraje Abramian
Prescott, AZ: Hohm Press, 2001, p. 9

' You '...


Lord, you exist
as me. Your power moves,
and I start walking.


A prior impulse is the only difference
between us.

Other than that,
everything I am, is You.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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

Sometimes...


Sometimes I feel like a king,
sometimes I moan in my own prison.

Swaying between these states,
I can't be proud of myself.

This "I" is a figment of my imagination.



- Rumi


What is in the Garden ?...


Van Morrison sings you words of wisdom,

he speaks of the 'Holy Spirit'..

The 'religions' do not teach you much of the Holy Spirit..

That is done for a nefarious reason that the teachers do not discover..

Therefore, we will walk beyond the standing teachers..

When entering Reality, you are entombed within a sphere of non-egoic energy called Love..

This second of time between Darkness and Light is quite a trip..

This Energy of Light and Love is called the 'Holy Spirit'..

There is so much Energy within 'Spirit', that the body is thrown upon the ground..

You awaken as Light, Love, and Consciousness..

"What a Dream", You exclaim, and then begin to relax within the flowing Energy of Love and Light..

How strange, that an Energy and Flow of Wisdom enters the Circle..

This is why, You are experiencing the Dream,

You desire Entertainment within sleep...


-thomas



' In the Garden '...


" I and the Father are One"...


What shall we speak of while within snow and frigid temperatures?..

We could speak of the weather as two souls that fear connection..

We could speak of the desire and hope of the future..

Or, we could be brave enough to speak of the unknown..

We speak to each other and to God as an outsider..

And yet the words of the Nazarene stay within your mind,

" I and the Father, are One"..

Do you actually believe that He is the only Child of God ?..

You must believe this myth as you have made my friend a God..

He also said that those that come after Him will do greater works..

How do I dare to speak of God in such a familiar manner?..

Perhaps, it is because,

" I and the Father are One "...


-thomas

A stage of evolution...


There is a stage of evolution in one's life when one arrives at a state when every question in answered by the life around him.

The answer to his question comes as the re-echo of the very question.

For every thought of a sage, everything becomes an accommodation, to help it to resound; and in this resonance there is an answer. In point of fact the answer is in the question itself.



From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


The ego is a Dream...


There is only one mind and all such names as cosmic mind, over-mind, and so forth are merely imperfect and partial concepts of that ultimate single mind which philosophy puts forth in order to help students advance to a higher stage.

These concepts are not false, however. They represent aspects of the same ultimate mind as seen from different standpoints. As these standpoints are not the highest they do not yield the final truth. It will be well therefore for him to accustom himself to the highest standpoint and to remember always that there is but one mind, one reality, one principle, one substance, one being only.

All things are forms or shapes which it appears to take temporarily. The key to the understanding of these admittedly difficult points is to think of the universe seen during dream and then to remember that that universe itself, its seas and continents, its peoples and animals, its happenings in time, its distances in space, do not exist apart from the mind of the dreaming person;

that even if millions of people exist within that universe they are nothing else than ideas passing through the mind of the dreamer; and that their ultimate stuff or reality is mind although to the dreamer they appear real, as do also water, fire, gas, and even the ninety-odd chemical elements.

Now he must try to regard the waking universe in the same way, with this difference: that because the ego is one of the dreamed-of figures in the waking dreams it must be eliminated if one is to break through the dream and ascertain that it is a dream in the universal mind.


-Paul Brunton

Sharing Truth is not a competition...


If we are always trying to be "clever" and show off our knowledge, and one-up the insights or wisdom that are coming through another, we are not really interested in the truth. We are interested in getting attention.

We make the mistake of thinking that wisdom belongs to someone. But wisdom does not belong to anyone because it belongs to everyone!

We all already have all the wisdom we will ever need. So it is not really a question of us "giving someone else the truth" anyway. When we hear someone else speak wisdom, we recognize it precisely because it is already within us. Otherwise, we would never even be able to hear it.

It does not really matter who speaks the truth. We can be very glad when we hear someone else speak with wisdom. We can rejoice in that. It is beautiful. There is no need to be jealous at all and try to compete with the truth speaker. Sharing truth is not a competition.

A lover of the truth will love the truth and rejoice when it is shared, no matter what mouth-piece it comes through.


-Francis Bennett

The Gospel of Thomas...


These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas
Thomas recorded.
1
And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not
taste death."
2
Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find.
2
When
they find, they will be disturbed.
3
When they are disturbed, they will marvel,
4
and will rule over all."
3
Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) imperial rule is
in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you.
2
If they say to you, 'It is
in the sea,' then the fish will precede you.
3
Rather, the (Father's) imperial rule
is inside you and outside you.
4
When you know yourselves, then you will be
known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father.
5
But
if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the
poverty."
4
Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven
days old about the place of life, and that person will live.
2
For many of the first
will be last,
3
and will become a single one."
5
Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you
will be disclosed to you.
2
For there is nothing hidden that won't be revealed.


- Thomas the Apostle