Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

' Diamond Sutra '...


"What is known as the teaching of the Buddha is not
the teaching of the Buddha."

Diamond Sutra


"What is the ultimate teaching of Buddhism?'

"'You won't understand it until you have it."



-Shih-t'ou
in Aldous Huxley
The Perennial Philosophy
New York: Harper, 1945, p. 127

' To Awaken '...


"I have come not to teach but to awaken."


Meher Baba
The Universal Message

' Before the beginning '...


"Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost.

That which is there before the beginning and after the ending of everything; that to which there is no birth, nor death.

That immovable state, which is not affected by the birth and death of a body or a mind, that state you must perceive."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' You have to disappear '...


Papaji said, ‘To discover Truth, you will have to disappear.’

Now, who was he speaking to?

How do you disappear?

Can 'you' do it?

Who could carry out such an instruction?

Actually, nobody can.

It was not even an instruction.

But the words detonated like a grenade inside my being.

Sometimes the Master says things 'you' cannot do.

It is one of his most powerful teachings, a teaching no one can follow.

Grace alone does it.


- Mooji

' The sacredness of everything '...


ANTHONY: Now, what he's saying here is very important.

The sage finds that the world without—the externally manifested idea of the world—is one's own inner self That's quite advanced.

There are mystics who have an experience, a glimpse, of their own higher self, and they become recluses and hermits; they run away.

But there's another kind of experience that some mystics have where they feel the sacredness of every-thing around them.

They become acquainted with the fact that the World-Idea being manifested in them is also of the nature of the "I" It can actually occur that you come out of a trance state like that and bump into a chair and say, "Excuse me"; you actually feel the sacredness of the whole world.

This is not common for most mystics. At any rate, PB is pointing out here that these are shortcomings that mystics have.

First of all, it's not a continuous light; it flickers; even worse, it goes off and goes on again.

So the insight that the philosopher operates with is continuous, uninterrupted, without any break.

The philosopher continuously sees that consciousness underlies the reality of objects.

It's always there for the philosopher-sage.


-Anthony Damiani from Living Wisdom

' Detaching from the body '...


What is meant when it is said that the Overself is man’s higher individuality must now be explained.

We know that the World ­Mind must be everywhere yet it is certainly not everywhere to the personal consciousness.

There must be a point‑instant in space-­time perception where the latter can meet it.

In most mystical ex­perience such a point is first felt to exist within the heart.

But the World‑Mind cannot be confined within such a limited percep­tion.

And later mystical experience always transcends this centre within the heart and largely detaches the consciousness from the body altogether.


-Paul Brunton

Jackson Browne - Sky Blue And Black

' The pleasure of retirement '..


I watch a kitten that appears to have an eternal war with a piece of cloth..

My lover sent the frequency of the desire for kitten and a feral cat completed the arrangement..

Of course, our hands are lined with wounds..

The kitten must be 'Teething'..

What is Happiness but that which has no fear ?..

We exist in a Dream of Fear..

This Fear drains your energy..

Fear Not,

You cannot die...


-thomas

' No actual doctrine '...


"If we are to discuss this matter, the simple fact is that there is nothing whatsoever to point out to people.

If there were anything at all to indicate to people, Buddhism would not have reached the present day.

For this reason the successions of Buddhas extending a hand and the successions of Zen masters passing on transmission have done so for lack of practical choice; there has never been an actual doctrine."


Fu-an
in Thomas Cleary
Teachings of Zen Buddhism
NY: Barnes & Noble, revised and expanded edition, 2000 (1998), p. 103