' You are not the doer of any action '...


Within the story of time called “me,” the past is who you think you are and the future is who you think you are going to become. But have you stopped to really see that past and future are merely thoughts arising now? Those thoughts are creating an illusory story in which you believe you are the doer of action.

Through present awareness, it is realized that you are not pumping blood through your body, beating your heart, digesting food, or breathing air. You are also not ‘doing’ thinking or ‘doing’ emotions. All of this is spontaneously arising in this moment out of nowhere.

In seeing the false self that lives in past and future and mistakenly believes that it is in control, awakening happens. It is realized that life is living itself through the body and mind. There is no separate “you” in control. Only thought creates the story that you are the doer of action. That story references backwards or forwards in time to take credit for actions that spontaneously arose. See that even those referencing-thoughts are spontaneously arising in present awareness.

Notice that you are not doing the laundry, going to work, playing with your children, thinking or feeling. All of that arises spontaneously in this moment out of nowhere. Then notice something amazing. You are not noticing. Noticing is just happening. In this timeless seeing, liberation is available.



-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment

' When the heart is asleep '...


He is living whose sympathy is awake, and he is dead whose heart is asleep.

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

Life's light is love; and when the heart is empty of love, a man is living and yet not living; from a spiritual point of view he is dead. When the heart is asleep, he is as though dead in this life, for one can only love through the heart. But love does not mean give and take. That is only a trade; it's selfishness. To give sixpence and receive a shilling is not love. Love is when one loves for the sake of love, when one cannot help but love, cannot do anything but love.

Most people will say, 'The other does not understand me.' But why must there be this lack of understanding? What causes it? It is lack of sympathy. No words can ever make a person understand. It is the heart alone which can convey its full meaning to the other heart, for there are subtle waves of sympathy, there are delicate perceptions of feelings such as gratefulness, admiration, kindness, which cannot be put into words. Words are too inadequate to explain the finer feelings. It is the heart quality which can express itself fully, and again it is the heart quality which can understand fully. Would it therefore be an exaggeration to say that as long as the heart is not awakened a man is as though dead? It is after the awakening of the heart that a man begins to live.

Sympathy is an awakening of the love element, which comes on seeing another in the same situation in which one has been at some time in one's life. A person who has never experienced pain cannot sympathize with those suffering pain... Sympathy is something more than love and affection, for it is the knowledge of a certain suffering which moves the living heart to sympathy.

That person is living whose heart is living, and that heart is living which has wakened to sympathy. The heart void of sympathy is worse than a rock, for the rock is useful, but the heart void of sympathy produces antipathy. ... There are many attributes found in the human heart which are called divine, but among them there is no greater and better attribute than sympathy, by which man shows in human form God manifested.


' You are not the doer of any action '...


Within the story of time called “me,” the past is who you think you are and the future is who you think you are going to become. But have you stopped to really see that past and future are merely thoughts arising now? Those thoughts are creating an illusory story in which you believe you are the doer of action.

Through present awareness, it is realized that you are not pumping blood through your body, beating your heart, digesting food, or breathing air. You are also not ‘doing’ thinking or ‘doing’ emotions. All of this is spontaneously arising in this moment out of nowhere.

In seeing the false self that lives in past and future and mistakenly believes that it is in control, awakening happens. It is realized that life is living itself through the body and mind. There is no separate “you” in control. Only thought creates the story that you are the doer of action. That story references backwards or forwards in time to take credit for actions that spontaneously arose. See that even those referencing-thoughts are spontaneously arising in present awareness.

Notice that you are not doing the laundry, going to work, playing with your children, thinking or feeling. All of that arises spontaneously in this moment out of nowhere. Then notice something amazing. You are not noticing. Noticing is just happening. In this timeless seeing, liberation is available.



-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment

' The Void Nature of Thoughts ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche '...


What we normally call the mind is the deluded mind, a turbulent vortex of thoughts whipped up by attachment, anger, and ignorance. This mind, unlike enlightened awareness, is always being carried away by one delusion after another. Thoughts of hatred or attachment suddenly arise without warning, triggered by such circumstances as an unexpected meeting with an enemy or a friend, and unless they are immediately overpowered with the proper antidote, they quickly take root and proliferate, reinforcing the habitual predominance of hatred or attachment in the mind and adding more and more karmic patterns. Yet, however....(The good news)

......strong these thoughts may seem, they are just thoughts and will eventually dissolve back into emptiness. Once you recognize the intrinsic nature of the mind, these thoughts that seem to appear and disappear all the time can no longer fool you. Just as clouds form, last for a while, and then dissolve back into the empty sky, so deluded thoughts arise, remain for a while, and then vanish into the voidness of mind; in reality nothing at all has happened.

When sunlight falls on a crystal, lights of all colors of the rainbow appear; yet they have no substance that you can grasp. Likewise, all thoughts in their infinite variety – devotion, compassion, harmfulness, desire – are utterly without substance. There is no thought that is something other than voidness; if you recognize the void nature of thoughts at the very moment they arise, they will dissolve. Attachment and hatred will never be able to disturb the mind. Deluded emotions will collapse by themselves. No negative actions will be accumulated, so no suffering will follow.

' Peace Train '...

' The sense of duality '...


The sense of duality which is a barrier to true love must prevail so long as the apperception of Truth has not occurred.

Once individuality is surrendered, there is only total Love.

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The covering of delusion and suffering that has come over our original state of unicity is nothing, other than volition or desire - the wanting of something to be other than it is.

All that is necessary is to realize the falsehood of the ego and, by inference, the falseness of all its demands.


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A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
http://www.advaita.org

' The Source '...


More on “the Source”

The mind turns the source into a concept e.g., “God.” Thought cannot answer the question, “What is the source of life?” Thought arises from and falls back into that source. Form arises from formlessness. The source is the unknown. Thought is the realm of the known. The spiritual search can continue for years as the seeker keeps trying to know the source (i.e., emptiness, spirit, formlessness, God) through its manifestations (thoughts, questions, religions, beliefs).

In this moment, there is an unchanging, unmoving, formless, timeless awareness in which forms arise, giving the appearance of movement and change. These forms include thoughts, time, sounds, and emotions.

The question, “What is the source,” is ignorance. It arises from looking for the truth through a form that is arising—thought. Words can only point back to the formless source. The source must be directly recognized as the very life that you are.

When the “me” story is seen to be just another manifestation, no different than a cloud or a coke can, the temporary nature of it is realized. Attachment to that story naturally dies when the source (i.e., spirit) from which it comes is realized to be your true nature. That realization is only available now because this moment is all there is. Yesterday and tomorrow are just presently arising thoughts—more manifestations. The spiritual search for future awakening is, therefore, a denial of the spirit that is already awake and alive now.



-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment

' The nature of Overself '...


Neither deep meditation nor the experience can give more than a temporary glimpse.

The full and permanent enlightenment,

which is to stay with a man and never leave him,

can only come after he has clear insight into the nature of Overself.




-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself > Chapter 8: Glimpses and Permanent Illumination > # 11 Pau Brunton


' The Atman '...


”So long as you identify yourself as the body, your experience of pain and sorrow will increase day by day.

That is why you must give up this identification, and you should take yourself as the consciousness.

If you take yourself as the body, it means you have forgotten your true self, which is the atman.

And sorrow results for the one who forgets himself.

When the body falls, the principle which always remains is You.

If you identify yourself with the body, you will feel that you are dying, but in reality there is no death because you are not the body.

Let the body be there or not be there, your existence is always there; it is the eternal."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Noble Living '...


7. "Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.

8. "Let him radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.

9. "Standing, walking, sitting or reclining, as long as he is awake, let him develop this mindfulness. This, they say, is 'Noble Living' here."




- Gautama the Buddha
Tipitaka, Sutta Pitaka, Khuddaka Nikaya, Khuddakapatha, Karaniya Metta Sutta, 7-9
Translation by Piyadassi Thera and Thanissaro
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