I touch Consciousness and the Voice of Awareness tells me to fill the Ethers with the Vibrations of Thought..
We continue to walk and think within this dream and ask why..
The mind constantly desires to exist by presenting images of desire.
Desires are the 'Wishes' that continue reincarnation..
And yet, we continue to dream..
Why do we forego the instant of Now ?..
The time of 'Now' is no longer a dream, It is Awareness..
There is no longer a past or future..
No dreams of youth or old age..
No fear of pain, sickness, or death..
Take hold of the mind and become the Master of this manifestor..
You are Consciousness and the source of energy for this actor and yet You feel powerless..
Awakening into Reality is your only escape..
Know that, You are the Observer and not the observed..
- namaste, thomas
"This heaven will pass away, and the (heaven) above it will pass away.
And the dead are not alive, and the living will not died.
In the days when you consumed what was dead, you made it alive.
When you are in the light, what will you do?
On the day when you were one, you became two.
But when you become two, what will you do?
"The wise who knows the Self as bodiless within the bodies, as unchanging among changing things, as great and omnipresent, does never grieve".
"That self cannot be gained by the Veda, nor by understanding, nor by much learning.
He whom the Self chooses, by him the Self can be gained.
The Self chooses him (his body) as his own".
But he who has not first turned away from his wickedness, who is not tranquil, and subdued, or whose mind is not at rest, he can never obtain the Self (even) by knowledge.
- Katha Upanishad 1.2.22-24
There is what I call a functional ego role, which is simply a relative identity or role we play that is linked to basic physical body awareness and psyche and it is useful for moving through life in the phenomenal world. This ego role is relatively harmless and helps us keep strait such issues as, whose mouth to feed breakfast to in the morning! Or which body to shower before going to work each day!
When people claim they have no such ego or physical/mental sense of self with a little "s", just ask them if they suffer from any confusion about breakfast or showering! If they say "no", then they are acknowledging that there is some basic identification with the body/mind organism that is called by their name! This is really just completely obvious and an example of native, everyday common sense! The idea that people constantly propose in non-duel spiritual circles that they have absolutely no identification with body and mind, is obviously just a very cerebral abstraction in their head and not at all a direct experience.
Get real boys and girls! Of course you have some basic identification with your body/mind!! You could not survive otherwise! Cut off a limb or two on the body of one of these folks who have no body/mind and watch bodily identification arise pretty damned quickly! This would be true even in the likes of a Ramana or a Nisargadatta I would venture to guess! They may certainly see clearly that this bodily identification is not exclusive and they may be in touch with the unchanging essence of who they are on the level of Being/sentience/presence.. But on a surface level there is a certain identification with the body/mind we call "you". And there always will be until the body drops away at least.
Then there is what I call a dysfunctional, selfish ego, which is all about this body/mind identity always getting its way in the phenomenal world. It could be true to say that one must eventually "die" to the dysfunctional ego in the process/practice of surrender, or perhaps it is even truer to say that life has a way of just constantly, and quite completely, frustrating the dysfunctional ego's agenda! But the idea that "You are not your body/mind" on any level whatsoever is simply a pure neo-advaita abstraction in your head.
If you buy into it, you have simply allowed yourself to be indoctrinated into an abstract belief. And such a way of conceptually framing your perception of your life is horribly out of touch with ordinary reality and in denial of a basic dynamic in human life that must be fully acknowledged in order for us to lead a healthy and whole existence. And that dynamic about life is quite simple:
On a certain level, we are and will remain embodied and present in the physical world. We are not disembodied spirits or angelic type beings and we never will be. On one level, we are simply highly functioning animals, and this is nothing to deny but, on the contrary, it is something to revel in and enjoy. It has it's perks as well as it's drawbacks!!
- Francis Bennett
In chapter eight, Lord Krishna emphasizes the science of yoga.
Revealing that one attains whatever one remembers at the end of one's life the Lord emphasizes the utmost importance of the very last thought at the moment of death.
Also he gives information on the creation of the material worlds as well as establishing a distinction between them and the spiritual world.
Here he explains the light and dark paths in regards to leaving this material existence, the destination to which they each lead to and the reward received by each.
Thus this chapter is entitled: Attainment of Salvation.
- From Bhagavad-Gita.org