' Anatta '...

Here is what’s experienced here; it’s not enough to have an insight into the empty nature of self felt as “me”, but that “me” has to cease.

It’s not good enough to understand or have this insight.

When the “me” self suddenly ceases being projected by the subconscious (karmic)mind, this absence of self reveals a consciousness that has no owner as “my” consciousness, has no center or boundary.

In this moment no one exists to whom karma or suffering, death or fear could apply; not because “you” now can see through or see the empty nature of all such phenomena, but rather there is no self present processing information in relation to a “me”.

This is real anatta.

At this point, the seeker, the search, and the path suddenly become absent. However, I don’t see any Dharma path prioritizing this, and very few that became “absent” from any path.

All effort through a path and practices is a waste of time, because no personal self has ever existed; only thoughts about one has. Our “self” felt as “me” is no more real than the identity as a “me” in last night’s dream.

-Jackson Peterson‎ to Dzogchen Thogal

' The Energy of Guru '...

Can one man transfer spiritual grace to another?

If by grace is meant here can he give a glimpse of the Overself to another,

the answer is Yes!--if the other is worthy, sensitive, and above all karmically ready.

He can if the other man is capable of absorbing the stimulus radiated to him.

-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 4: The Sage's Service > # 64
Paul Brunton

' There are companions '...

"You have to really look for them, but I remember being so grateful to find people who left little bread crumbs along the way.

You look through hundreds of years of spiritual literature and find that they are there, and when you bump into them, you just have this profound feeling of gratitude.

Somebody took the time to leave these little bread crumbs.

So when you’re in this spot that has no reference in your life, and nobody around you understands it, remember there’s somebody that existed 600 years ago who left a bread crumb just to say, ‘Hey, there are companions.’ There are companions here.

That’s one of the greatest parts about a spiritual Sangha—there are companions.”

~ Adyashanti
May 2017 Tahoe Retreat

"Soul Sacrifice" - Santana Live at Woodstock in 1969

' Talking and Thinking '...

Deny the reality of things
and you miss their reality;

assert the emptiness of things
and you miss their reality.

The more you talk and think about it
the further you wander from the truth.

So cease attachment to talking and thinking,
and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

Hsin Hsin Ming
Translated by Richard B. Clarke

' The Sage '...

The sage does not retire at night in the darkness,

the ignorance of ordinary sleep,

but in the light of the Consciousness,

the ever-unbroken Transcendence.

-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 176
Paul Brunton

' Fear of Silence '...

“When there’s a moment of no sense of ‘me,’ why not leave it alone completely, come what may?

When a fearful thought or feeling arises in an instant, it can also be gone in an instant, even before it has triggered the thirty thousand chemicals throughout the body.

There is just a vulnerable being exposed, alone, without knowing, without a word.

Maybe it’s a moment of dying to all the impulses to know, to protect, to maintain, to continue.

Not knowing is dying.

And at the same time being wholly alive.”

--Toni Packer, from The Light of Discovery, “Fear of Silence”

' All that you do is Sacred '...

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child's training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
With veracity
And love.

Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a holy message upon.

My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
And God?

What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?

Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.

- Hafiz, from The Gift" - versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky

' Nature of your desire '...

"You must be clear about the nature of your desire.

Do not let second-hand information influence you.

There is only love and in this love the man and woman sometimes appear.

-Jean Klein

' Two Ways to Realization '...

There are two different ways to realization:

(a) The path of yoga meditation whose goal is nirvikalpa samadhi.

(b) Gnana whose goal is sahaja samadhi.

This looks on the world as being only a picture, unreal.

Both seek and reach the same Brahman, the world disappearing for both.

-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 130
Paul Brunton