I am free from the three kinds of afflictions - those in
the body, those from other beings and those caused
by higher powers.
I am different from the gross, subtle
and causal bodies.
I am the witness of the three states
of waking , dream and deep sleep.
I am the very Self,
indestructible and changeless.
- Adi Shankara
My take is that "emptiness", (what is called "Shunyata" in the Buddhist teachings), is probably better translated as "unconditional openness"....or perhaps "spaciousness". The short 2 word phrase, "unconditional openness" better communicates the essential nature of this reality for me. And that is really just another name for love!
The true "emptiness" of Shunyata is really anything but empty in the normal english sense of that word imho and experience....So ultimately, I see no difference between love and what is often called "emptiness" in spiritual teachings. Perhaps the Heart Sutra's "Form is emptiness and emptiness is form" is kind of pointing here.
-Francis Fran Bennett
Whoever has been led into the cave of timeless life will poise his pen in a futile attempt to find words which will accurately measure this sublime experience.
He rises renewed from the exquisite embrace of such a contemplation. He learns in those shining hours. That which he has been seeking so ardently has been within himself all the time.
For there at the core of his being, hidden away underneath all the weakness, passion, pettiness, fear, and ignorance, dwells light, love, peace, and truth.
The windows of his heart open on eternity, only he has kept them closed!
He is as near the sacred spirit of God as he ever shall be, but he must open his eyes to see it.
Man's divine estate is there deep within himself. But he must claim it.
-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 3: The Overself's Presence > # 3
Have you never thought of the 'ego' dying ?..
This is your Quest..
Do not forsake, this challenge..
The rest of all of our words are just ego seeking power..
The ego is a lie..
This is a world of lies ruled by those that worship power, wealth, and fame..
Move beyond these monsters..
Return to Love and the non-attachment to a separate consciousness called ego...
Rumi says, “Whatever brought me here
must take me home.”
Now I ask you, What is home?
How much distance to home?
How many kilometers from home are you?
Inquiring like this, one finds the home
that is distanceless and inseparable
from one’s own Self.
We can be aware of our Source of Being.
The illusions of the mind may hold our love for a time, but to love, Love itself, we must turn within.
The soul's longing for its true Home is the guide to finding this Love.
Follow the lover of the Beloved back upstream to your Source.
- St. John of the Cross
The word "Consciousness" is ordinarily taken to mean the totality of thoughts and feelings and knowledge held by anyone at any time: all his perceptions, ideas, remembrances, imaginations--in brief, his total awarenesses.
But in this philosophy, by capitalizing the initial "C," the term is given a fresh and deeper, still more abstract and subtler meaning.
It then becomes the self-contained being or entity which is aware.
This is the profound sense in which the word was used by Brahmin thinkers and mystics thousands of years ago, speaking and writing in the Sanskrit language.
The man who introduced it into the English language in 1690 was John Locke when he wrote: "Consciousness is the perception of what passes in a man's own mind."
This definition shows how long is the distance between those profounder Indians and the less metaphysically minded Europeans.
-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 5:
The Key To the Spiritual World > # 167
My teacher called this world ‘the great heartbreak.
’ When we really begin to wake up to our true nature, we become more conscious of the suffering around us.
We feel the people and the events of our lives more profoundly, not less profoundly.
We become more present here and now.
What we see is that, even though our vision may have expanded, even though we may have woken up not just to reality, but as reality, still we can’t control anyone.
Everything and everyone has their own life to live, and we can’t just wipe away their suffering because our hearts are open.
Although we would love to have everyone wake up and be happy, part of the heartbreak is accepting this moment, this world, just as it is.
All your goodness,
All your years of practice,
All the prayers you have spoken,
Mean little to Wu Hsin .
Instead, tell me if
You are prepared to relinquish
The control that you exercise
On every aspect of your life?
Are you now ready
To enter into the flow of life
Without the oar of your seeming will?
~ Wu Hsin