Silence doesn't mean not talking. Silence is silence of the mind. Silence is absence of questions, absence of thinking, true meditation.
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When the inquiring mind, intellectually creating problems, gradually comes to the understanding that the more problems it creates the more veils it creates between the Self and the understanding, then there is silence.
-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
"Life is not meant to be rich in spiritual significance at some distant date, but it can be so at every moment if the mind is disburdened of illusions. Only through a clear and tranquil mind is the true nature of spiritual infinity grasped -- not as something that is yet to be but that already has been, is, and ever will be eternal Self-fulfillment. When every moment is rich with eternal significance, there is neither the lingering clinging to the dead past nor a longing expectation for the future but an integral living in the eternal Now. Only through such living can the spiritual infinity of the Truth be realized in life.
It is not right to deprive the present of all importance by subordinating it to an end in the future. For this means the imaginary accumulation of all importance in the imagined future rather than the perception and realization of the true importance of everything that exists in the eternal Now. There cannot be an ebb and flow in eternity, no meaningless intervals between intermittent harvests, but a fullness of being that cannot suffer impoverishment for a single instant. When life seems to be idle or empty, it is not due to any curtailment of the infinity of the Truth but to one's own lack of capacity to enter into its full possession....
Spiritual life is not a matter of quantity but of inherent quality of living. Spiritual infinity includes in its scope all phases of life. It comprises acts that are great as well as acts that are small. Being greater than the greatest, spiritual infinity is also smaller than the smallest; and it can equally express itself through happenings irrespective of whether they are outwardly small or great. Thus a smile or a look stands on the same level as offering one's life for a cause, when the smile or the look springs from Truth-consciousness.
There are no gradations in spiritual importance when all life is lived in the shadow of Eternity. If life were to consist only of big things and if all the little things where to be omitted from its scope, it would not only be finite but would be extremely poor. The infinite Truth, which is latent in everything, can reveal itself only when life is seen and accepted in its totality."
Discourses, 7th ed, pp. 118-119
Leave your existence to existence, stop caring for yourself
so much and let the universe care for you; it is the best
There has to be some trust, not just belief, because
trust is intimate...
something lets go to this invitation to stop
holding yourself and let’s go to existence instead.
letting go will be observed in your presence.
You have to understand this is just metaphor, just the closest
I can get in language to something impossible to describe. Try to
imagine a translucent energy of awareness which is everywhere,
and imagine that being coagulated down into a very precise personal awareness in a particular space.
Now it seems that we are here in this particular space and these are our thoughts being generated by our mind. In a sense this is what the contracted feeling of being an individual is like. But it's not likely to be perceived
in this way because the person has always lived with that feeling
since the first moment they became self-conscious, so It's probably never been noticed. It's like not noticing the wallpaper that we've always lived with. Nevertheless we may feel uncomfortable in ourself, self-conscious, or even tormented.
When liberation is seen, this sense of tightness and contraction can dissipate. It can simply disappear in a moment. But what's
left is still a sense of localization unless liberation coincides with
The body-mind organism still exists, probably
complete with its character, its personality traits and its preferences. This all remains. It is Oneness appearing as a body-mind.
-Richard Sylvester from The Book of No One
Ego says it matters, the Supreme says that it does not.
Even the power of decision is not from ego.
All is the
Supreme Power, do not attribute it to anything else because
this only reinforces the ghosts.
Face the One.
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"The Truth Is"
Sri H.W.L. Poonja
The quality of forgiveness that burns up all things except beauty is the quality of love.
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Nature is such that no two things are created alike; and the human being cannot expect his or her mate, whom nature made, to be as docile and flexible as that creature whom his imagination alone conceives. To make a friend, forgiveness is required which burns up all things, leaving only beauty.
Love is the fire that burns all infirmities. ... By criticizing, by judging, by looking at wickedness with contempt, one does not help the wicked or the stupid person. The one who helps is he who is ready to overlook, who is ready to forgive, to tolerate, to take disadvantages he may have to meet with patiently.
To resist evil, however, usually means to participate in and be guilty of the same evil. There is a story told of Muhammad, that a man who had always maligned him and behaved as a bitter and treacherous enemy, came to see him. His disciples, hoping for revenge, were disappointed and indignant to find that Muhammad treated his despicable enemy with courtesy, even deference, granting his request.
'Did you not see the gray in his beard?' asked Muhammad after the man had gone. 'The man is old, and his age at least called for my courtesy.' It is forgiveness and that forbearance which is a recognition of the freedom and dignity of the human being, that consume all ugliness and burn up all unworthiness, leaving only beauty there.
It is a mistake to believe that the mystical adepts all possess the same unvarying supernormal powers.
On the contrary, they manifest such power or powers as are in consonance with their previous line of development and aspiration.
One who has come along an intellectual line of development, for instance, would most naturally manifest exceptional intellectual powers.
The situation has been well put by Saint Paul in the First Epistle to the Corinthians:
"Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit.
And there are diversities of ministries but the same Lord. And there are diversities of workings but the same God who worketh all in all."
When the Overself activates the newly made adept's psyche, the effect shows itself in some part or faculty; in another adept it produces a different effect.
Thus the source is always the same but the manifestation is different.
-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > Chapter 3: The Sage > # 94
-- Perspectives > Chapter 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > # 55