James Taylor - Lo And Behold

Emptiness brings Light...

It is not the solid wood that can become a flute, it is the empty reed.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There is a saying of Jalaluddin Rumi, 'Fire, water, air, and earth are God's servants, and whenever He wishes them to work for Him, they are ready to obey his command.' If the elements are the obedient servants of God, cannot man be a greater and better instrument?

In point of fact God Himself is the messenger. In the aspect of God He is God, but, in the form of the messenger, He is the messenger. The tide of the sea surges, and when the sea has that motion it is called tide, but in reality the tide is the sea itself.

It is not solid wood that can become a flute, but the empty reed. It is the perfection of that passiveness in the heart of the messenger which gives scope for the message from above; for the messenger is the reed, the instrument. The difference between his life and the life of the average man is that the latter is full of self. It is the blessed soul whose heart is empty of self, who is filled with the light of God.


If you want money more than anything,
you'll be bought and sold.

If you have a greed for food,
you'll be a loaf of bread.

This is a subtle truth:
whatever you love, you are.

- Rumi

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Version by Coleman Barks
Maypop, 1993

Shine Through...

The ego self is the creature born out of man's own doing and thinking, slowly changing and growing.

The Overself is the image of God, perfect, finished, and changeless.

What he has to do, if he is to fulfil himself,

is to let the one shine through the other.

- Paul Brunton

One Precept...

"Basically, there is only one precept -- not being selfish.

If people are selfish, they will violate the precepts.

If people are not selfish, they will not violate the precepts."

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
_Spring Sun, Lotus Flower:

The Source of all meaning...

Whereas the Experience of our Nature is served up (if at all) complete, in one infinitely generous helping, its meaning is for the most part withheld. Normally, it's doled out in driblets, at other times poured out more generously, but never given in its entirety.

The last word about This is never said, the ultimate and all-embracing idea of it is never conceived, the deepest feeling never plumbed.

Truly speaking, our Source has no meaning whatever. In Itself it is infinitely beyond all that limited and limiting stuff, for nothing that can be said or thought or felt about It is It.

The Source of all meaning is Itself far beyond and absolutely free from all that proceeds from It. And you are That.

~ From: Open to the Source
by Douglas Harding

The Principle of Consciousness...

It is not the five senses which know the world outside, since they are only instruments which the mind uses.

It is not even the intellect, since that merely reproduces the image formed out of the total sense reports.

They are not capable of functioning by themselves.

It is the principle of Consciousness which is behind both, and for which they are simply agents, that really makes awareness of the world at all possible.

It is like the sun, which lights up the existence of all things..

Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture ?...

Artist: Van Morrison
Album: What's wrong with this picture? (2003)

What's wrong with this picture?
There's something I'm not seeing here
What's wrong with this picture?
Something's not exactly clear
What's wrong with this picture?
Does it look like it's just another sting?
'Cos it don't mean a thing
If it ain't got that swing and ring a ding ding

What's wrong with this picture?
Doesn't anybody see
That's who everyone thought
That I used to be
What's wrong with this picture?
It's only just hanging on a wall
So you can go right back to sleep
And just forget about it all,


I'm not that person anymore
I'm living in the present time
Baby, don't you understand
I've left all that jive behind

You can't believe what you read in the papers
Or half the news that's on TV
Or the gossip of the neighbors
Or anyone who doesn't want you to be free

I'm not that person anymore
I'm always living in the present time
Don't you understand
I left all that jive behind

What's wrong with this picture?
It's only hanging on the wall
Why don't we take it down and
Just forget about it 'cos that ain't me at all

Only Consciousness...

“I’ve told you all that constitutes the very core of Truth;

there is no you, no me, no Superior Being, no disciple, no guru.”

- Dattatreya