In spite of a certain degree of intellectual understanding, most seekers find it very difficult to accept the total abolition of their personal identities.
They continue to work hard at their disciplinary practices hoping for a personal liberation - a contradiction in terms because liberation presupposes the absolute absence of the individual entity.
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Every sensory and conceptual experience is an illusion. what you see, hear, touch, and taste is really the Unmanifest, the within of the without with which we are surrounded on all sides.
A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
"Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all.
Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless,
realize that every mode of perception is subjective,
that what is seen or heard, touched or smelled, felt or thought, expected or imagined,
is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Why do you go into the forest in search of God?
He lives in all and is ever distinct;
He abides with you, too.
As fragrance dwells in a flower,
And reflection in a mirror;
So does God dwell inside everything;
Seek Him, therefore, in your heart."
-Adi Granth, Dhanasari, M,9, p. 684
in Andrew Wilson, Ed.
World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts
St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 1995, p. 73
You can have all good things - wealth, friends, kindness, love to give and love to receive - once you have learned not to be blinded by them, learned to escape from disappointment, and from repugnance at the idea that things are not as you want them to be.
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Do not expect much from friends. Why must they be as you want them to be? They are not made by you. They are as they are. You must try to be for them what they expect you to be. It matters little if your friend proves to you to be a friend. What matters is, if you prove to be a friend.
However evolved we may be with our education and experience, yet what are we really seeking? Things from which we cannot derive any lasting gain. From these false things we gain the experience that the things to which we have hitherto attached importance and which we have valued are things that do not last. We learn at length that it would be wise to remember that all these objects and ideals and aspirations which we have in life should be judged according to whether they are dependable or not, lasting or not.
After we have perceived the truth that this or that is not to be depended upon, we find that it is not necessary to renounce them all, to give up everything in life. We can be in the crowd just as well as in seclusion in the wilderness. We can have all good things, wealth, friends, kindness, love to give and love to take once we have learned not to be blinded by them, learned to escape from disappointment, learned to escape from repugnance at the idea that the things are not as we would want them to be. A man can still attend to business, he may attain wealth, he can carry out all those things, but now his eyes are wide open; before, they were blind. This is the teaching of life. ...
It is not the actual literal renunciation which counts, it is the personal abandonment of belief in the importance of transient things. ... If there is such a thing as saintly renunciation, it is renouncing small gains for better gains; not for no gains, but seeing with open eyes what is better and what is inferior. Even if the choice has to lie between two momentary gains, one of these would always be found to be more real and lasting; that is the one that should be followed for the time. When we take the torch of wisdom to show us our path through life, we will end by realizing what is really profitable in life and what is not.
Bring present awareness into the body and mind throughout the day, especially when you notice thought wandering into the story of self—into past, future, and resistance to now. Notice the awareness in your toes, your legs, your pelvic area, your stomach, your chest, your arms, your fingers, and your head. If any mental commentary arises during inner body awareness, simply see that commentary and bring attention back into the body and mind.
When inner space is aware of itself in this way, thought naturally quiets. It is seen that awareness throughout the body is one flowing energy field without boundaries. In noticing that the space of the inner body is one undivided space, this same undivided space is seen to be “out there”—outside the body. This is the realization that there is no boundary between you and the rest of life. Thought creates this illusory boundary.
Don’t think of “inner body awareness” as a practice or doing in time. Thought is what places a practice in time. If the thought arises, “I should continue practicing inner body awareness so that I can become more present,” just notice it. That story is a lie. There is no becoming to awareness. Noticing inner body awareness is an end in and of itself. It is a present seeing.
-Scott Kiloby, Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment
The media will train the sub-conscious mind to leave the field of Love and enter the pit of pain and fear..
You are experiencing the Mind within Dreams..
You keep thinking that You are the mind of the body..
How did You find Yourself, so lost ?..
Within this delusion of reality, you begin to question..
Somehow this Energy called Love enters the Dream..
You find this Energy within spouse and children..
Sometimes, a Mystic will speak to you of Reality..
You make these Mystics into Gods and declare that only they are God..
" Those that follow Me will do greater works than Me",
said the Nazarene..
Walk into this Fear with Courage and Awaken as Light...