“Engendered existence is nothing but imagination,
though in reality it is Truth.
Whoever understands this has grasped the mysteries of the Path.”
Fusûs al-hikam, ed. A.c Afìfì (Beirut: Dar al-Kitäb al-c Arabi, 1946), p. 146; cf. Ibn at Arabi: The Bezels of Wisdom, tr. R.W.J. Austin (New York: Paulist Press, 1980), p. 197
The nature of the mind is to keep the screen
of Consciousness filled with seductive mani-
In short, we all love the razzle-dazzle that comes
along with the appearance of “The Other.”
Above all, your mind doesn’t want to be kicked out
of the “Ego Game” too quickly.
It desperately wants to be the last final Survivor.
The Big Cosmic Joke, however, is that the mind
is as non-existent as is the very ego that it’s been
trying so hard to protect.
Ah, isn’t it fun to pretend?
- Chuck Hillig
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Seeds for the Soul
Black Dot Publications, 2003
When souls meet each other, what truth they can exchange! It is uttered in silence, yet always surely reaches its goal.
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Truth comes to man's soul, and yet truth is not the exclusive property of creed, caste, or race. We are all the children of God, the Father-Mother Spirit of all that exists. And we ought to have such a feeling of brotherhood that we exchange helpful thoughts with one another all the time. We can take love and guidance from one another. Speech is not as great a help as contact; but the privilege of meeting one another is great. When souls meet, what truth they can exchange! It is uttered in silence, yet surely always reaches its goal.
In everyday life we are confronted with a thousand troubles that we are not always evolved enough to meet, and then only silence can help us. For if there is any religion, if there is any practice of religion, it is to have regard for the pleasure of God by regarding the pleasure of man. The essence of religion is to understand. And this religion we cannot live without having power over the word, without having realized the power of silence. There are so very many occasions when we repent after hurting friends, which could have been avoided if there had been control over our words. Silence is the shield of the ignorant and the protection of the wise. For the ignorant does not prove his ignorance if he keeps silent, and the wise man does not throw pearls before swine if he knows the worth of silence.
What gives power over words? What gives the power that can be attained by silence? The answer is: it is will-power which gives the control over words; it is silence which gives one the power of silence. It is restlessness when a person speaks too much. The more words are used to express an idea, the less powerful they become. It is a great pity that man so often thinks of saving pennies and never thinks of sparing words. It is like saving pebbles and throwing away pearls. An Indian poet says, 'Pearl-shell, what gives you your precious contents? Silence; for years my lips were closed.'
For a moment it is a struggle with oneself; it is controlling an impulse; but afterwards the same thing becomes a power.
Every race and every creed has its principles of right and wrong, but there is one fundamental principle of religion in which all creeds and all people can meet, and that is to see beauty in attitude, in action, in thought, and in feeling. There is no action with a stamp on it saying that it is right or wrong, but what we think wrong or wicked is really that which our mind sees as such because it is without beauty. All the great ones who have come into the world from time to time to awaken humanity to a greater truth, what did they bring? They brought beauty. It is not what they taught, it is what they were themselves. Words seem inadequate to express either goodness or beauty. One can speak of it in a thousand words, and yet one will never be able to express it. For it is something which is beyond words, and the soul alone can understand it. And the one who will always follow the rule of beauty in his life, in every little thing he does, will always succeed.
The Intelligence which formulated the World-Idea is living and creative--in short, Divine.
The so-called laws of nature merely show its workings.
The World-Mind holds in one eternal thought the entire World-Idea.
-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 13 and #16.
To kill the ego or to reform the ego..
This is the question..
In the experience of Enlightenment, the death of the ego was necessary..
But, then, I assumed the ego of Divine Consciousness also known as God..
I later found out that this Divine Ego must also be extinguished..
This state of complete Freedom and Love is called 'Pure Awareness'..
This is the state of Nothingness (No-thing-ness)..
This is called 'The Void'..
I agree that it is the ego that seeks Freedom..
But, the ego seeks Freedom within separation called egoic consciousness..
The ego can be trained by the conscious mind and become the foundation of Thought called sub-conscious mind, or Soul..
The main question to ask is:
" Does the ego control the mind or does Consciousness control the mind"..
You are the 'Watcher' of the mind..
You are Consciousness..
Without any egoic thought, your body would disappear..
The 'Creative Thought' would have been removed..
So, the answer is to be the commander of this dream..
As the 'Observer', You have full control of all separation fantasies...
If our practice does not diminish self-grasping,
or perhaps even
then no matter how austere and determined we are,
matter how many hours a day we devote to learning, reflection, and
our spiritual practice is in vain.
- B Allan Wallace
In the sense that the World-Mind is the active agent behind and within the universe, it is carrying the whole burden of creation; it is the real doer, carrying us and our actions too.
The World-Mind is God as universal intelligence and creative power.
We are frequently informed by religious and mystical sources that God is Love. It would be needful for those who accept this statement to balance and complete it by the affirmation that God is Pure Intelligence.
-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 6, 8, and 10.
A commerce graduate from the University of London, Ramesh S. Balsekar worked as the General Manager of a leading nationalized Bank and retired as its President in 1977. Even during his working life, he always felt he was enacting some role in a play that must, and would, end soon. Deep within, he believed that there had to be more to life than merely getting ahead of the other man.
What was he seeking? The answer came soon after his retirement when he had an encounter, which soon led to daily meetings, with the well-known sage, and his Guru, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. The total understanding that 'no one does anything' happened in 1979. Ramesh began translating most of the daily talks held by Nisargadatta Maharaj. He himself began teaching in 1982. The 'command' to talk was given by his Guru. These talks or 'conversations' began on the day when an Australian man showed up at his door early one morning. The next day, this Australian returned with a few of his friends. Gradually, the number of visitors who came to listen to Ramesh began to grow. Since then, he has written over 20 books and held several seminars in Europe and the USA and, while he is in Mumbai, the talks continue every morning at his residence. As Ramesh says, "No one is invited, and everyone is welcome."
Recognized as one of the foremost contemporary sages and considered a Master of pure Advaita around the world, Ramesh, who is married and a father of three children, is widely regarded as a 'householder' Guru. He elaborates his own concepts with those of his Guru Nisargadatta Maharaj, the Buddha, Ramana Maharshi, selected Hindu scriptures as well as the teachings of Taoist Masters and Wei Wui Wei. All serve as pointers to the Truth - The Ultimate Understanding.
"What is the Ultimate Understanding?" asks Ramesh, and answers it by saying, "That there is no one to understand anything." He emphasizes that everything he says is a concept and, moreover, it does not matter whether the concept is accepted or not. "Whether the acceptance happens or not is the Will of God, and the destiny of the individual concerned." According to Ramesh, many spiritual Masters instruct their disciples to "kill the ego" which results in a lot of confusion. In striking contrast, the point of his teaching is that it 'converts' the ego. With this teaching it can be observed, from one's own personal experience, the simple truth as enunciated by the Buddha that "Events happen, deeds are done, but there is no individual doer thereof."
Ramesh further points out that the main confusion arises with the question "Who seeks what? What is the ego and what is the ego seeking?" The ego wants self-realization and the ego can only be satisfied with something that can be understood and appreciated in this life. Self-realization is simply the realization by the ego that the ego itself is not a separate doer, that the doing is merely a happening through a human mechanism or instrument. This understanding annihilates the guilt and shame, pride and arrogance that accompany the sense of personal doership. The result is an enormous sense of freedom, of peace and harmony.
The teachings that emanate from Ramesh are pure Advaita: 'Consciousness is all there is'. The impact of the teachings is fuelled with the force of his 'Total Understanding'. From his own life experiences, Ramesh makes the teachings relevant - for the here and now...
- from Rameshbalsekar.com