Separativeness...

The sage has conquered separativeness in his mind and realized the
ALL as himself. The logical consequence is tremendous. It follows that
there is no liberation from the round of births and rebirths for the
sage; he has to go through it like the others. Of course, he does this
with full understanding whereas they are plunged in darkness. But if
he identifies himself with the All, then he can't desert but must go
on to the end, working for the liberation of others in turn. This is
his crucifixion, that being able to save others he is unable to save
himself. "And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, `And he was
numbered with the transgressors.'^^ Why? Because compassion rules him,
not the ego. Nobody is likely to want such a goal (until, indeed he is
almost ready for it) so it is usually kept secret or symbolized.
Again: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for
many for the remission of sins."..........Paul Brunton

A New Heaven...

EckhartTolle writes that "A new heaven is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and a new earth is its reflection in the physical realm."

And….In reading Tolle's A New Earth, he states that "A significant portion of the earth's population will soon recognize, if they haven't already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. A still relatively small but rapidly growing percentage of humanity is already experiencing within themselves the breakup of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness. What is arising now is not a new belief system, a new religion, spiritual ideology, or mythology. We are coming to the end not only of mythologies but also of ideologies and belief systems. The change goes deeper than the content of your mind, deeper than your thoughts. In fact, at the heart of the new consciousness lies the transcendence of thought, the newfound ability of rising above thought, of realizing a dimension within yourself that is infinitely more vast than thought. You then no longer derive your identity, your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself. What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought or the emotion or sense perception – happens." .................Nonduality Highlights
http://www.nonduality.com/hl3152.htm

Love...

Love has nothing to do with another person. Love is your individual and collective soul. Love is God. Love is Truth. Love is Beauty. Love is Self. To know yourself, to surrender to the truth of yourself, is to surrender to love.

- Gangaji

Love is the Law...

Love is our law~ Truth is our worship~ Form is our manifestation~ Conscience is our guide~ Peace is our shelter~ Nature is our companion~ Order is our attitude~ Beauty and perfection is our life.
...........From The Patriotic Diggers!

The Death of the Ego...

The Quickest way to attain the
Knowledge of True Self is to Surrender the Ego.. This is the most
frightening aspect for most Humans because they feel that they will
cease to exist...But the Truth is that for the first time, they will
find Real Existence.. As Jesus said;" You must Die, to be Born
Again"............namaste, thomas

Feeling the Union...

We should daily feel a deeper union with Life, a greater sense of that Indwelling God~ the God of the seen and the unseen~ within us.
~ The Science of Mind, page 148

The Breath...

Becoming aware of your breath forces you into the present moment~ the key to all inner transformation. Whenever you are conscious of your breath, you are absolutely present.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Rumi Says, Start walking towards Shams...

Who gets up early
to discover the moment
light begins?

Who finds us here, circling bewildered like atoms?

Who come to a spring thirsty,
and finds the moon reflected in it?

Who, like Jacob,
blind with grief and age
smells the shirt
of his lost son
and can see again?

Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet? Or like Moses,
goes for fire and finds
what burns inside the sunrise?

Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Solomon cuts open a fish,
and there's a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the Prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase a deer and end up everywhere!

An oyster opens his mouth
to swallow one drop.
Now there's a pearl.
A Vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he's wealthy.

But don't be satisfied with poems
and stories of how things
have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth,
without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand
the passage,

We have opened you.
Start walking towards Shams.

Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you've grown,
lifting.

-- Rumi, from, The Illuminated Rumi

(Shams was the living teacher of Rumi.)

Pride and Humility...

A man of piety was following Christ. A thief seeing this thought to
himself, "If I sit in the company of the pious one, perhaps God may for
his sake forgive me." Prompted by humility in his heart, the thief
started condeming himself for the impious life he had led. He
considered himself unfit to sit by the side of such a saint. On the
other hand, the pious man, seeing the thief seated by his side,
reprimanded him least his shadow corrupt him. Immediately Christ heard
the Divine Voice say, "Tell the pious one and the thief that I have
washed clean the scrolls of both. The virtues of the pious and the
sins of the thief are washed clean. Now they must start life again.
The virtues of the pious are washed away because of his pride, and the
sins of the thief are washed away because of his humility and
repentance."

al-Ghazzali
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

~ Keeping Your Unhappiness Alive ~

When you are conscious of your unhappy feelings,
the truth is that you are identified with them
and keep the process alive through compulsive thinking.
All that is unconscious.


If you were conscious, that is to say totally present in the Now,
all negativity would dissolve almost instantly.
It could not survive in your presence.
It can only survive in your absence.


Even the pain-body cannot survive for long in your presence.
You keep your unhappiness alive by giving it time.
That is its lifeblood.


Remove time through intense present-moment awareness
and it dies.
But do you want it to die?
Have you truly had enough?
Who would you be without it?


~ Eckhart Tolle
Practicing The Power of Now

Nonduality...

The state of nonduality is a state of intense peace and perfect balance. It is so peaceful because everything is seen as it belongs--to the eternal order of cosmic evolution; hence, all is accepted, all reconciled........Paul Brunton

Made in the Image and Likeness...

Man is not made by God as the wood is cut by the carpenter, for the
carpenter and the wood are different, while God and man are the same.
He creates of Himself; consequently His manifestation is also God. Man
is made of the substance of God; man is in God, and all that is in God
is in man.

From the Teachings of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & arranged by
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT KHAN

Yeshua (Jesus) Speaks...

"Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself, and learn who you are, in what way you exist, and how you will come to be. Since you will be called my brother, it is not fitting that you be ignorant of yourself.." (Yeshua, The Book of Thomas the Spiritual Athlete, Nag Hammadi Library)

The Importance of Meditation...

The only method to know Consciousness is to experience (the true nature of) one's Self and thus to purify and uplift the mental tendencies. It is most desirable for the practitioner to search for one's self by one's self. There is no other means other than meditation, which verifies subjectively and substantiates objectively that which previously was only known through listening or teaching..

--- Acharya Tulsi

The Supreme Soul...

Human beings without knowledge of the Supreme Soul wander through the law of karma in the deep forest of the world. By the knowledge of the Supreme Soul a human being attains a prominent place --- even greater than Indra (king of the gods). Know Him to be the true manifested Supreme Soul. He is the abode of all joys. He is the brilliant light of knowledge. He is the protector. He is the Supreme Person beyond thinking and His nature can not be described..

The One, who can not be described by words and is not conceivable as matter or material stuff is the Supreme Soul. He is infinite, transcends Sound, has no birth, and is not subject to wandering in the world. With a still and tranquil mind meditate on the Supreme Soul..

--- Jainist text called, Jnanarnva

The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj...

"Which God are you talking about? What is God? Is he not the very
light by which you ask the question? 'I am"' itself is God. The
seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither
the body nor mind, and the love of self in you is for the self in all.
The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in
me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love."

~ ~ ~

"The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go
anywhere? Just realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the
world, and stop looking for ways out. The dream is not your problem.
Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another.
Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen
the dream as a dream, you have done all that need be done." ~ ~ ~
"Your own self is your ultimate teacher. The outer teacher is merely
a milestone. It is only your inner teacher that will walk with you to
the goal, for he is the goal."

from A Net of Jewels

All is Mind...

The world is neither an illusion nor a dream but is analogically like both. It is true that the mystics or yogis do experience it as such. This is a step forward toward liberation but must not be mistaken for liberation itself. When they pass upward to the higher or philosophic stage they will discover that all is Mind, whether the latter be creatively active or latently passive; that the world is, in its essential stuff, this Mind although its particular forms are transient and mortal; and that therefore there is no real difference between earthly experience and divine experience. Those who are wedded to forms, that is, appearances, set up such a difference and posit spirit and matter, nirvana and samsara, Brahman and Maya, and so forth, as antithetic opposites, but those who have developed insight perceive the essential stuff of everything even while they perceive its forms; hence they see all as One. It is as if a dreamer were to know that he was dreaming and thus understand that all the dream scenes and figures were nothing but one and the same stuff--his mind--while not losing his dream experience.
— Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 3: The Individual and World Mind > # 24
........Paul Brunton

~ Who Am I Then? ~

What is arising now is not a new belief system,
a new religion, spiritual ideology, or mythology.
We are coming to the end not only of mythologies
but also of ideologies and belief systems.

The change goes deeper than the content of your mind,
deeper than your thoughts.
In fact, at the heart of the new consciousness
lies the transcendence of thought,
the newfound ability of rising above thought,
of realizing a dimension within yourself
that is infinitely more vast than thought.

You then no longer derive your identity,
your sense of who you are,
from the incessant stream of thinking
that in the old consciousness
you take to be yourself.
What a liberation to realize that the "voice in my head"
is not who I am.

Who am I then?
The one who sees that.
The awareness that is prior to thought,
the space in which the thought --
or the emotion or sense perception --
happens.

~ Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth

Muslim Knowledge of Jesus...

Jesus (upon whom be peace) saw the world revealed in the form of an
ugly old hag. He asked her how many husbands she had possessed; she
replied that they were countless. He asked whether they had died or
been divorced; she said that she had slain them all. "I marvel," he
said, "at the fools who see what you have done to others and still
desire you."

al-Ghazzali
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

Soul and Spirit...

The definition of Soul and Spirit must be considered... I
believe that we are Spirit and Consciousness, just as God is Spirit
and Consciousness.. So the Spirit of God and of course ourselves use
the illusion of a material body as a vehicle for learning.. The Soul
being the recording device of all activities, mental and physical....
I believe that the Soul is a direct link to Universal Consciousness,
otherwise known as God.. The Soul or Sub-Conscious Mind must be
trained to have thoughts only of Love if the Soul is to have a direct
relationship with God, which is the essence of Love... Love means
that the false ego is not present.. therefore, the ego must be
destroyed to realize the state of God...and to realize that we and
God are One..................namaste, thomas

Love...

When the sense of distinction and separation
is absent, you may call it love.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Mystics...

"People become mystics, for one of three
reasons:
because they've had a mystical experience, because they want
one, or because
they've fallen in love." (Rabbi Lawrence Kushner)

The Meaning of Namaste...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcgNJ7cgDVs

Power...

Nothing has power but God, unless you make it so. Do not worry
about your fears and do not worry about your sins. If you contact
God, your fears and your sins will both disappear, and if you do not
contact God, being pure will not help you. The purest men and women
in the world have had diseases and deaths. A person can be the most
unregenerate sinner in the world, but he/she will be made as white as
snow in the moment that he/she contacts God. It makes no difference
what their fears or sins may be today. Do not sit in judgment on
them; do not criticize or condemn them. Remember that your function
is to reveal the Christ, and instead of sitting in judgment on the
Magdalenes and thieves and alcoholics, turn around and love them,
forgive them, understand them, and place them in God's keeping where
God's love and God's forgiveness and God's grace can reach them.

One second of God-realization will dispel any sin, any disease, or
any fear that has ever existed on the face of the earth~ but it must
be God-realization and not just talk about God or preaching about
God. God-experience must come to you, and that experience is what
dispels the sins, diseases, and illusions of the world. Keep your
consciousness attuned to God, never bringing your thought down to the
level of a patient, a discord, or an inharmony because, when you do
that, your thought is not stayed on God, and you are missing the
opportunity of experiencing God.

~ Joel S. Goldsmith, Our Spiritual Resources

Bhagavad Gita...

Living beyond the reach of I and mine and of pleasure and pain, patient, contented, self-controlled, firm in faith, with all his heart and all his mind given to me--with such a one I am in love.

Not frightening the world or by it frightened, he stands above the sway of elation, competition, and fear--he is my beloved.

He is detached, pure, efficient, impartial, never anxious, selfless in all his undertakings--he is my devotee, very dear to me.

Running not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieving not, lusting not, but letting things come and go as they happen--he is very dear to me.

That devotee who looks upon friend and foe with equal regard, who is not buoyed up by praise nor cast down by blame, alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, free from selfish attachments, the same in honor and dishonor, quiet, ever full, in harmony everywhere, firm in faith--such a one is dear to me.

Those who meditate upon this immortal Truth as I have declared it, full of faith and seeking me as life's supreme goal, are truly my devotees, and my love for them is very great.

Mystic Emotion...

The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. .....Albert Einstein

Recorded by St. Thomas...

Mary of Bethany asked him, "Will the thirst for knowledge ever be quenched?" Jesus said, "When once you have drunk from the spring of knowledge, you will return again and again, for each time your thirst is satisfied, a new thirst will grow, greater than the first. The more you drink, the greater will be your desire to drink, but in the intensity of your desire, you will be filled. I tell you the truth when I say that whoever seeks will find, and the finding will cause him to seek, but in the seeking is hidden the meaning of Life."

Quote from Napoleon...

“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people would die for Him.”
Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor (1769-1821)

Socrates...

Socrates dies with honor, surrounded by his disciples listening to the most tender words -the easiest death that one could wish to die. Jesus dies in pain, dishonor, mockery, the object of universal cursing – the most horrible death that one could fear. At the receipt of the cup of poison, Socrates blesses him who could not give it to him without tears; Jesus, while suffering the sharpest pains, prays for His most bitter enemies. If Socrates lived and died like a philosopher, Jesus lived and died like a god.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-78)

Joy and Sorrow...

Joy and sorrow both are for each other. If it were not for joy,
sorrow could not be; and if it were not for sorrow, joy could not be
experienced.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Life is differentiated by the pairs of opposites.

If there was no pain one would not enjoy the experience of joy. It is
pain which helps one to experience joy. Everything is distinguished
by its opposite. The one who feels pain deeply is more capable of
experiencing joy. And personally, if you were to ask me about pain, I
should say that if there was no pain life would be most uninteresting
to me. For it is by pain the heart is penetrated, and the sensation
of pain is deeper joy. Without pain the great musicians and poets and
dreamers and thinkers would not have reached that stage which they
reached and from which moved the world. If they always had joy, they
would not have touched the depths of life.

There is the sun and there is the moon, there is man and woman, there
is night and there is day. The colors are distinguished by their
variety and so are the forms. Therefore to distinguish anything there
must be its opposite; where there is no opposite we cannot
distinguish. There must be health in order to distinguish illness; if
there were no health and only illness then it would not have been
(distinguished as) illness. ... Life is a puzzle of duality. The
pairs of opposites keep us in an illusion and make us think, 'This is
this, and that is that'. At the same time by throwing a greater light
upon things we shall find in the end that they are quite different
from what we had thought.

Seeing the nature and character of life the Sufi says that it is not
very important to distinguish between two opposites. What is most
important is to recognize that One which is hiding behind it all.
Naturally after realizing life the Sufi climbs the ladder which leads
him to unity, to the idea of unity which comes through the synthesis
of life, by seeing One in all things, in all beings.

Truth...

Truth metaphysically connotes all that is beyond the mental sphere, while
falsehood is all that lives upon the shadow forms of the lower worlds. Truth
is of the nature of light and therefore of energy, while falsehood is of the
nature of passing or incidental phenomena. The cause of falsehood is the
nafs, that thought of self; where it does not exist there can be no
falsehood

Hafizullah

Desire...

It is hard to find
A man who has desire
For what he has not tasted,
Or who tastes the world
And is untouched.

Here in the world
Some crave pleasure,
Some seek freedom
But it is hard to find
A man who wants neither.

He is a great soul.

It is hard to find
A man who has an open mind,
Who neither seeks nor shuns
Wealth or pleasure,
Duty or liberation,
Life or death. . .

He does not want the world to end.
He does not mind if it lasts.
Whatever befalls him,
He lives in happiness.
For he is truly blessed.

-Ashtavakra Gita 17:4-7

Love...

Love is the central flame of the universe, nay, the very fire itself. It is written that God is Love, and that we are God's expressed likeness, the image of the Eternal Being.
~ The Science of Mind, page 478................................................................... We must remember that the energy of Love is achieved by the dissolving of the Ego..Love can only manifest when the Ego is vacant.. You can realize this Truth by observing the feeling of Love towards your family.. You will find that all selfish thoughts are absent when you feel Love..............namaste, thomas

The Center of Consciousness...

You are the center of consciousness through which the Power of God flows. When you turn within and touch the realm of Spirit, your outer mind becomes a channel for this Power.

The Allness of God, the Living Spirit of Creation, is around, beside and within you, projecting Its Infinite attributes as you. So you are not only the image and likeness of God, but you are forever one with your Source.
~ John Randolph Price

Forgiveness...

The first step towards forgiveness is to forget.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

In order to learn forgiveness man must learn tolerance first. And
there are people whom man cannot forgive. It is not that he must not
forgive, but it is difficult, beyond his power to forgive, and in
that case the first thing he can do is to forget. The first step
towards forgiveness is to forget.

They say, 'Forgive and forget', which is very expressive of the
process of forgiveness. It is impossible to forgive unless you can
forget. What keeps man from forgiving his fellow man is that he holds
the fault of another constantly before his view. It is just like
sticking a little thorn in one's own heart and keeping it there and
suffering the pain. It may also be pictured as putting a drop of
poison in one's own heart and retaining it until the whole heart
becomes poisoned. Verily, blessed are the innocent, who do not notice
anybody's fault, and the greater credit is to the mature souls, who,
recognizing a fault, forget it and so forgive. How true are the words
of Christ, 'Let those throw a stone who have not sinned.' The
limitations of human life make man subject to faults. Some have more
faults, some have less, but there is no soul without faults. As
Christ says, 'Call me not good.'

Forgiveness is a stream of love, which washes away all impurities
wherever it flows. By keeping this spring of love, which is in the
heart of man, running, man is able to forgive, however great the
fault of his fellow man may seem. One who cannot forgive closes his
heart. The sign of spirituality is that there is nothing you cannot
forgive, there is no fault you cannot forget. Do not think that he
who has committed a fault yesterday must do the same today, for life
is constantly teaching and it is possible in one moment a sinner may
turn into a saint.

How to be at peace now...

By making peace with the present moment.
The present moment is the field
on which the game of life happens.
It cannot happen anywhere else."




"Make friends with the present moment -
don't make it your enemy"




"Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking,
you are avoiding what is.
You don't want to be where you are.
Here, now."



"Whatever you accept completely
will take you to peace,
including the acceptance that you cannot accept,
that you are in resistance."



"To offer no resistance to life
is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.
This state is then no longer dependent
upon things being in a certain way, good or bad.
It seems almost paradoxical,
yet when your inner dependency on form is gone,
the general conditions of your life, the outer forms,
tend to improve greatly.
Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed
for your happiness
now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part,
and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last.
All those things, of course, will still pass away,
cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone
there is no fear of loss anymore.
Life flows with ease.".............Eckhart Tolle

A Teacher...

The few who have a broad experience of life, whose reason is sufficiently alive to judge both fruits and roots correctly and whose intuition is sufficiently active to recognize nobility when meeting it, who want the whole truth and nothing less, will find a friend (for he will not wish to be anything more) who will decline to permit others to hold a fanciful vision of an earthly perfection which is non-existent; who will be humble, sane, and balanced above all things, and yet prove with time--if they themselves prove loyal--to be also a sure and benevolent guide in this dark forest where so many wander bewildered, deceived, or self-deceived. Excessive unreflective saint-worship raises exaggerated and even false hopes. It has historically often ended with exploitation of the worshipper. But even where it does not, it is still incompatible with healthy self-development; an affectionate respect is wiser and safer. Let us not ask a teacher to be a god, because thereby we are liable to deceive and endanger ourselves, but let us ask him to be competent and illumined, truthful and helpful and compassionate.............Paul Brunton

Success...

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
Vernon Howard

The Middle Path...

Hamza, the homespun philosopher who peddled truisms in the teahouse,
was droning on: "How strange is humanity! To think that man is never
satisfied! When it is winter, it is too cold for him. In summer, he
complains of the heat!"
The others present nodded their heads sagely, for they believed that by
so doing they partook of the essence of wisdom.
Nasrudin looked up from his abstraction, "Have you not noticed that
nobody ever complains about the spring?"

as collected by Idries Shah

........ By refusing to see either good or bad, but only being the
observer, you have achieved the state of spring all year
long.........namaste, thomas

Competition...

Why would I compare or compete?
It's so much simpler to be what I am.
~ Byron Kate

Birth into Light...

The birth of the soul into the light of Spirit is an awakening to the realization that God has been with us all the time.
~ The Science of Mind, page 503

To See,Know,Feel,and Be...

Every object, every creature, every man, woman and child has a soul and it is the destiny of all, to see as God sees, to know as God knows, to feel as God feels, to Be as God Is.
~ Meister Eckhart

The Gospel of Thomas...

Jesus saith, Let him who seeketh continue seeking until he findeth. When he findeth, he will be troubled at the contemplation of Truth, but when he hath passed through the time of trouble, he will be astonished at the glory of the Light, for the Way of Truth is the pathway to the Eternal Godhead and the price of the price of the beatific vision is the wringing of the soul. He who would rise above all things must descend below all things, for the way to the heights passeth through the depths of anguish which generate the fires of Life. Blessed is the man who hath suffered and found Life.

God-Consciousness...

In order to attain to God-conciousness, the first condition is to make
God a reality so that He is no longer only an imagination.

From the Teachings of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

When are we Awake...

Which causes one to wonder:
Since I am always fully awake,
who is dreaming?
Whenever there is a sense of "needing" God, one is functioning in
the
dream.

J.S.Goldsmith

Esoteric words of Jesus...

Jesus said, “Do not offer wisdom to those who are not worthy of it, or you might harm it, and do not withhold it from those who are worthy of it, or you might harm them. Be like a gentle doctor who puts the medicine on the diseased spot. Whoever offers wisdom to those who are not worthy of it is a fool, and whoever withholds it from those who are worthy of it is an evildoer. Wisdom has rights and rightful owners, so give each what is appropriate.” (al-Ghazzali, Revival of Religious Sciences,

Nothing but Freedom...

As long as you perceive that anyone is holding you back you have not taken full responsibility for your own liberation.
Liberation means that you stand free of making demands on others and life to make you happy.
When you discover yourself to be nothing but Freedom, you stop setting up conditions and requirements that need to be satisfied in order for you to be happy.
It is in the absolute surrender of all conditions and requirements that Liberation is discovered to be who and what you Are. Then the love and wisdom that flows out of you has a liberating effect on others.


The biggest challenge for most spiritual seekers is to surrender their self importance, and see the emptiness of their own personal story.
It is your personal story that you need to awaken from in order to be free.
To give up being either ignorant or enlightened is the mark of liberation and allows you to treat others as your Self.
What I am describing is the birth of true Love.


The revelation of perfect unity reveals the true impersonality of all relationships. The ego always interprets "impersonal" as meaning cold, distant, and aloof. However, "impersonal" simply means not personal, or void of a separate me and a separate you.

The mind cannot comprehend of a relationship without separate entities. Much as a character in a dream cannot comprehend that all other dream characters are simply manifestations of the same dreamer.
Yet when the dreamer awakens, he instantly comprehends that the entire dream, and all the characters in it, were none other than projections of his own self.
In the dream there is the appearance of separate, personal entities in relationship, but upon awakening one comprehends the impersonal (non-separate) Self that is the source of all appearances.


To deeply inquire into the question "Who is another?" can lead to the direct experience that the other is one's own Self -- that in fact there is no other. However, I have seen that for most seekers, even this direct experiential revelation is not enough to transform the painfully personal ways they relate.
To come to this profound transformation requires a very deep investigation into the implications inherent within the experiential revelation that there is no other.


It is in the daily living of these implications that most seekers fail. Why? Because, fundamentally, most people want to remain separate and in control.
Simply put, most people want to keep dreaming that they are special, unique, and separate, more than they want to wake up to the perfect unity of an Unknown which leaves no room from any separation from the whole.

Inherent within the revelation of perfect unity (that Consciousness is all there is) is the realization that there is no 'other'.
The implications of this realization reveal that in order to manifest that unity in the relative world, one must renounce the dream of being a separate self seeking to obtain anything through relationship with another.
Indeed, personal relationship appears to happen in the relative world, but in reality, all appearances simply arise as temporary manifestations of a unified whole.

In the relative world these appearances are in relationship, but not as separate entities. Rather, they are the play of the one Self projecting itself as apparent entities in relationship to one another.

As long as you identify yourself with the projection of separateness, you will continue to deny that you are the Source of all projections.
When you truly and absolutely awaken to this fact, and comprehend the overwhelming implications inherent within this awakening, you will continually experience that all apparently personal relationships are in truth nothing other than the play of your Self.

To realize that the personal me is an illusion born of false identification with the body, thoughts, and emotions, brings a profound sense of freedom.
This is fundamentally the realization of emptiness, of what you are not. But contained within the realization of emptiness (formlessness) is also the realization of what you ARE.

In the most absolute sense you ARE this conscious emptiness which is the source of all appearances (existence). But you are the appearance as well. Not just one part of the appearance called "me", but all of it, the entire whole.
This is the challenge, to let your view get this vast. To let your view get so vast that your identity disappears. Then you realize that there is no other, and there is nothing personal going on.

Contrary to the way the ego will view such a realization, it is in reality the birth of true love. A love which is free of all boundaries and fear.
To the ego such uncontaminated love is unbearable in its intimacy. When there is no clear separating boundaries and nothing to gain the ego becomes disinterested, angry, or frightened.

In a love where there is no other there is nowhere to hide, no one to control, and nothing to gain. It is the coming together of appearances in the beautiful dance of the SELF called Love.

To the seeker who is sincere, an experiential glimpse of this possibility is not enough. If you are sincere you will find it within yourself to go far beyond any glimpse.

You will find within your Self the courage to let go of the known and dive deeply into the Unknown heart of a mystery that calls you only to itself.

~ Adyashanti
gathered from the PetersPearls archives

Words...

Words must be used like stepping stones: lightly and with nimbleness,
because if you step on them too heavily, you incur the danger of falling
into the intellectual mire of logic and reason. -Balsekar

Why Meditate ?...

Meditate not because you'll feel holy, but so you'll know that there's no difference between the times that you sit and the times you don't.
~ Daniel Levin, The Zen Book

Sufi Wisdom...

The Sufis do not abandon this world, nor do they hold that human
appetites must be done away with. They only discipline those desires
that are in discordance with the religious life and dictates of sound
reason.
They don't throw away all things of this world, nor do they go
after them with a vengeance. Rather, they know the true value and
function of everything upon the earth. They save as much as is
necessary. They eat as much as they need to stay healthy.
They nourish their bodies and simultaneously set their hearts
free. God becomes the focal point toward which their whole being
leans. God becomes the object of their continual adoration and
contemplation.

al-Ghazzali

The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers
find it.

Bayazid Bistami

Whatever you have in your mind--forget it; whatever you have in your
hand--give it; whatever is to be your fate--face it!

Abu Sa'id

The Sufi acts according to whatever is most fitting to the moment.

Amr ibn Uthman al-Makki

as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

God has no Ego...

Ego is the illusion of a separate self that we have created to become separate gods.. This is of course both true and a lie.. We have the abilities to create the illusions of materiality by thought but we have forgotten that the source of this power is the non-ego within us.. the ego is the self that many of us believe that we are because we have collected a bundle of thoughts through multiple incarnations that we have formed into the imaginary being that we think that we are.. Since ego is the constant thought of this imaginary grouping of thoughts, we have become Self-ish, and selfishness is the opposite of Love.. Therefore, the Force and Unification of Love cannot contain an Ego.. This is why we have to relinquish this false ego to be blended into the Egolessness that is called God................namaste, thomas

Love...

"Love is the most powerful force in the univers. That is why the
Supreme Being must ultimately conquer the world.For He loves His
creatures so much that they will all yield themselves completely to
Him one day.".........Paul Brunton

The Higher Self...

Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, is the individual's own
higher self. He must keep his inner shrine within the
heart reserved for the Ideal. He should worship there
the Spirit that is birthless and deathless,
indestructible and divine. Life in this world is like
foam on the sea: it passes all too soon; but the
moments given in adoration and obeisance to the Soul
count for eternal gain. The most tremendous historic
happenings on this earth are, after all, only pictures
that pass through consciousness like a dream. Once the
seeker awakens to the Real, he sees them for what they
are. Then he will live in Its serenity, and it will no
longer matter if the pictures themselves are stormy
and agitated. It is the greatest good fortune to
attain such serenity--to be lifted above passion and
hatred, prejudice and fear, greed and discontent, and
yet to be able to attend effectively and capably to
one's worldly duties. It is possible to reach this
state. The seeker may have had glimpses of it already.
Someday, sometime, if he is patient, he will enter it
to stay--and the unimaginably rewarding and perfect
purpose of his life, of all his lifetimes, will be
fulfilled.........Paul Brunton

Steps of Unity...

It is said that if you take only one step toward Him, He advances ten steps toward you. But the complete truth is God is always with you.
~ Mohammad

Abandoning Attachment...

"'Having abandoned attachment to the fruit of action,
always satisfied, independent even while engaging in action,
one does not do anything.
Hoping for nothing with soul-controlled consciousness,
abandoning every possession,
performing action with the body alone,
one incurs no guilt.
Content with spontaneous gain, transcending duality,
free from envy, indifferent to success and failure,
even when acting one is not bound.

"'With attachment gone, liberated,
thought established in knowledge,
action undertaken as a sacrifice is completely dissolved.
God is the offering; God is the gift
poured out into the fire of God by God.
God is attained by one who contemplates the action of God.

............from the Bhagavad Gita

What is Food ?...

"What we eat is radiation; our food is so much quanta of energy," Dr. George W. Crile of Cleveland told a gathering of medical men on May 17, 1933 in Memphis. "This all-important radiation, which releases electrical currents for the body's electrical circuit, the nervous system, is given to food by the sun's rays. Atoms, Dr. Crile says, are solar systems. Atoms are the vehicles that are filled with solar radiance as so many coiled springs. These countless atomfuls of energy are taken in as food. Once in the human body, these tense vehicles, the atoms, are discharged in the body's protoplasm, the radiance furnishing new chemical energy, new electrical currents. 'Your body is made up of such atoms,' Dr. Crile said. 'They are your muscles, brains, and sensory organs, such as the eyes and ears.'"

Someday scientists will discover how man can live directly on solar energy. "Chlorophyll is the only substance known in nature that somehow possesses the power to act as a 'sunlight trap,'" William L. Laurence writes in the New York Times. "It 'catches' the energy of sunlight and stores it in the plant. Without this no life could exist. We obtain the energy we need for living from the solar energy stored in the plant-food we eat or in the flesh of the animals that eat the plants. The energy we obtain from coal or oil is solar energy trapped by the chlorophyll in plant life millions of years ago. We live by the sun through the agency of chlorophyll." ........written by Paramahansa Yogananda

Silence...

Yet the deeper we travel, the less need have we of
thoughts and words, for all multiplicity collapses in
this marvelous unity. We can neither think nor talk of
this sublime state with any accuracy. Hence the only
medium whereby we can properly represent it
is--silence!........Paul Brunton

WHERE CHANGE BEGINS...

An old mystic said this about himself: "I was a revolutionary when I
was young, and my prayer to God was, 'Lord, give me the strength to
change the world.'

As I approached middle age and realized that my life was halfway gone
with­out changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to, 'Lord, give
me the grace to change all those who come into contact with me,
especially my family and friends, and I shall be satisfied.'

Now that I am an old man, and my days are num­bered, I have begun to
see how foolish I have been. Now my one prayer is this, 'Lord, give
me
the grace to change myself.' If I had prayed that right from the
start, I would not have wasted my life."

We can waste years trying to change other people. But we can only
really change one person - ourselves. In the end, that is probably
enough.

Steve Goodier

Evil and Pain...

"Do you understand a simple fact - evil and pain are the same
thing. There's so much to think about, but think about that.

Evil and suffering are exactly the same thing, where you have
one you have the other. You get rid of one and you'll get rid
of the other. You want to get rid of your pain, your suffering,
your heartache? Get rid of your evil."............Vernon Howard

Religion of Love...

Motivation is very important, and thus my simple religion is love, respect for
others, honesty: teachings that cover not only religion but also the fields of
politics, economics, business, science, law, medicine-everywhere. With proper
motivation these can help humanity…

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Superconscious Mind...

French professors were the first in the West to be willing to scientifically investigate the possibilities of the superconscious mind. Professor Jules-Bois, member of the L'Ecole de Psychologie of the Sorbonne, lectured in America in 1928; he told his audiences that French scientists have accorded recognition to the superconsciousness, "which is the exact opposite of Freud's subconscious mind and is the faculty which makes man really man and not just a super-animal." M. Jules-Bois explained that the awakening of the higher consciousness "was not to be confused with Coueism or hypnotism. The existence of a superconscious mind has long been recognized philosophically, being in reality the Oversoul spoken of by Emerson, but only recently has it been recognized scientifically." The French scientist pointed out that from the superconsciousness come inspiration, genius, moral values. "Belief in this is not mysticism though it recognized and valued the qualities which mystics preached."............... Paramahansa Yogananda