Water doesn't lose purity
because of a bit of weed.
The weeds float on the surface;
the pure water flows on undisturbed.
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Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1994
"Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.
Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them.
Don't pretend to be what you are not, don't refuse to be what you are.
Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause.
Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine.
When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.
When you realize the dept and fullness of your love of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection.
But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it.
Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation.
It is a vicious circle.
Only self-realization can break it.
Go for it resolutely."
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
If we do some act without attending to it but, on the contrary, with our thoughts engrossed on an entirely different subject which perhaps fills us with anxiety or joy, we are often later quite unable to remember whether we have done it or not.
Here is an indication that if, as mentalism declares, it is not man's surface mind nor his everyday consciousness which presents the universe to him as an outside appearance then, in fact, he has a deeper unconscious mind which does it.
-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism >
Chapter 2: The World As Mental > # 85
Jesus speaks of the Father.
Upon My entry into Divine Consciousness, I spoke to the Father that Jesus speaks of..
I felt no fear upon hearing the male voice coming from the Eternal Light that I was..
But, once again, I ask, "Who is the Father ?"..
There is a higher intelligence within Divine Consciousness that would answer my questions..
But, would not answer the question , "Is this the Final Reality ?"..
It took me many years to solve this question of Father..
I finally learned that this was the Creator God that We actually Are..
The Father knew more than me, and yet We were the same Light..
But, the Father did not know that It also was a Dream from Pure Awareness..
Pure Awareness has no personality or ego..
It is Pure Love..
Pure Love has no separation, personality, or ego..
For some reason Consciousness tells me to end here..
The rest must be understood by you...
Consciousness shows me the symbols of positive and negative..
I already know the symbols of this Dream, why show me this ?..
All within this Dream is a Duality, even the electricity within your car confirms this..
I can only think that Higher Consciousness wants me to think beyond polarities..
There is only One that is beyond polarities..
That which has no equal..
That Mind that Dreams..
That Awareness that does not have a name..
What is the blood that flows through Divine Consciousness ?..
This blood is called Love..
What thoughts flow through this Awareness ?..
The thoughts of Wisdom..
This flow of completeness actually asks the question,
" Is this the final reality" ?..
Divine Consciousness can not answer..
It does not know that I also am a Dream from Pure Awareness...
You are the peace in silence.
You are the silence in peace.
You are the light of consciousness that causes all things to be seen.
You are the perceiving love devoid of objective identity.
You are the wisdom and love which shines from the source of existence.
You are Unborn Awareness Self.
To fall beneath one's ideal is to lose one's share of life.
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
If anyone asked me what is the life of life, and what is the light of life, what gives one interest in life, I should answer him in one word, and that is: the ideal. A man with wealth, with qualifications, with learning, with comfort, but without ideal to me is a corpse; but a man without learning, without qualifications, without wealth or rank, but with an ideal is a living man. If a man does not live for an ideal what else does he live for? He lives for himself, which is nothing. The man who lives and does not know an ideal is powerless and without light. The greater the ideal, the greater the person. The wider the ideal the broader the person. The deeper the ideal the deeper the person, the higher the ideal the higher the person. Without an ideal, whatever a man may be in life, life for him is worthless.
The Sufi Message gives to the world the religion of the day; and that is to make one's life a religion, to turn one's occupation or profession into a religion, to make one's ideal a religious ideal. The object of Sufism is the uniting of life and religion, which so far seem to have been kept apart. When a man goes to church once a week, and devotes all the other days of the week to his business, how can he benefit from religion? Therefore the teaching of Sufism is to transform everyday life into a religion, so that every action may bear some spiritual fruit.
We, with our narrowness of faith or belief, accuse others of belonging to another religion, another chapel or church. We say, 'This temple is better, that faith is better.' The whole world has kept on fighting and devastating itself just because it can not understand that each form of religion is peculiar to itself. Therefore, the ideal life is in following one's own ideal. It is not in checking other people's ideals.
The man who has never had an ideal may hope to find one. He is in a better state than the man who allows the circumstances of life to break his ideal. To fall beneath one's ideal is to lose one's track in life. Then confusion rises in the mind, and that light which one should hold high becomes covered and obscured, so that it cannot shine out to light one's path.
An ideal is something to hope for and to hold on to, and in the absence of an ideal hope has nothing to look forward to. It is the lack of idealism which accounts for the present degeneration of humanity in spite of all the progress it has made in other directions. There are many kinds of ideals: principles, virtues, objects of devotion; but the greatest and highest of all ideals is the God-ideal. And when this God-ideal upon which all other ideals are based is lost, then the very notion of ideal is ignored. Man needs many things in life, but his greatest need is an ideal.
Jesus said. "Two will be laid down to rest: one will die, and one will live."
Salome said, "Who are You, Man, that You , as if from the One, you have sat yourself upon my sofa and have partaken of my table?"
Jesus said, "I am He, who is United. I have inherited some of the qualities of My Father."
Salome said,"I am your disciple."
Jesus said,"Therefore I say, if he is United, he will be illuminated, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness."
From The Gospel of Thomas.
Turn your attention away from the dream right now. Just for right now, you don't need it. Let the thoughts and worries of the dream character continue as they will, but just step back for a moment and watch it happen, watch the dream character involved in its dream.
And while the dream character is going about its business, turn your attention to the one thing right now that is shining and clear, peaceful and unassuming, steady and solid: the consciousness with which the dream character is being observed.
Just rest here, in the unchanging consciousness which reflects but is not changed by what it reflects. This is reality. Nothing else is.
Rest your attention here. Get to know it. Let the reality of consciousness be known to you, as you. Nothing needs to be done here. No thought affects it, and so thought is not needed. No action affects it, and so action is not needed.
It's not possible to do anything with this consciousness because this consciousness is everything already. Pay attention to it for a moment right now and it is easily noticed that consciousness is complete. And since consciousness is complete, you are complete. The only thing that ever makes you feel like you are not complete, not whole, and that you need to "return" somewhere to find wholeness, is that you have put your attention into the dream life, and forgotten that wholeness is all that you really are.
So observe the dream character as it desires enlightenment, and as it desires love, reassurance, respect. Watch the dream character as its life plays out. It is not who you are. You are this consciousness, which has no mortality, no vulnerability, and no limits. Beyond all imagination, the nothingness within which resides the seed of all existence, the shining creation of infinite universes - this is you.
Put your attention here, and allow your sense of this to grow. If you are looking for Wholeness, here it is. If you are looking for True Love, here it is, in the One Unlimited Self that is Reality. No other love is possible. And this Love is already here, as You. It's only a matter of attention.
- Annette Nibley