No self...

The state of no self is actually a pure manifestation of inner spacious reality,
Being in its openness, we experience it as empty space, immaculate and pure,
light and clean, empty of everything structured by the mind. However the self
reacts to the sense of no self in many ways -- as a loss, as a deficiency, and
so on, plus the associations, memories, and feelings that go with these
interpretations. All this psychic content pervades the inner spaciousness so
that we lose sight of its lightness, purity, immaculateness, and freedom.
Instead, we feel it as deficient emptiness, dull and flat, heavy and dark. Only
when we allow this emptiness to be, without judgment or rejection, without
reaction or opinion, does it shed its obscurations and reveal its inherent
truth: the state of no self, the freedom and openness of our Being.............. (The Point
of Existence, pg 337) A H Almaas

The Heart of Spirituality...

DISCIPLE: “Sri Bhagavan speaks of the Heart as the seat of Consciousness and as identical with the Self. What does the Heart exactly signify?” MAHARSHI: “.... Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart, or the Seat of Consciousness, it is all the same. The point to be grasped is this, that Heart means the very core of one's being, the center, without which where would be nothing whatever.”
DISCIPLE: “Sri Bhagavan has specified a particular place of the Heart within the physical body, that it is in the chest, two digits to the right from the median.”
MAHARSHI: “Yes, that is the center of spiritual experience according to the testimony of the Sages. This spiritual Heart-center is quite different from the blood-propelling, muscular organ known by the same name. The spiritual Heart-center is not an organ of the body....”

Ramana Maharshi

Be at Peace...

"Of what use is all this restless, busy activity?
This heavy weight of worldly concerns?

God's purpose stands firm,
And you, His dear one, need but one thing --
Trust that He will fulfill you highest need."

Tukaram
in Jonathan Star
_Two Suns Rising: A Collection of Sacred Writings_
NY: Bantam, 1991, p. 185

[Tukaram was a Hindu Perfect Master who lived in
Maharahtra, India in the first half of the seventeenth
century. Although born an illiterate peasant who never
studied formally, he is considered one of the greatest
Maharathi poets in the Bhakti tradition. He gave
thanks that he was not learned, for he said that it
would have led to arrogance. tjh]

=====
Live Unity, Celebrate Diversity

The Life Of The Buddha [Full BBC Documentary- HQ]

Final Talks...

Even the sequence, `To whom has this thought come? To me,' is based on ignorance of the truth. Why? Because it is verbalising a state of ignorance; it is perpetuating an erroneous assumption that there is a person who is having troublesome thoughts. You are the Self, not some make-believe person who is having thoughts.




If you remain in the Self, as the Self, no harm can come to you. In that state, whatever comes to you will not be a problem. There is no duality when you remain as the Self; no thoughts about what you should or should not do, and no thoughts about what can be done or what can't be done. The main thing is not to go out of the Self. When you have switched on the light, darkness cannot come, not even if you desire it.




Annamalai Swami
Final Talks
David Godman, ed
Avdhuta Foundation, pub

p.85

Persevere...

The time will come, if he perseveres, when his mind will naturally orient itself toward the spiritual pole of being. And this will happen by itself, without any urging on his part. No outer activity will be able to stop the process, for to make it possible his mind will apparently double its activity. In the foreground, it will attend to the outer world, but in the background it will attend to the Overself.

..... Paul Brunton

Serenity...

As water is serene when free of ripples, so
is the mind serene when free of thought,
when it is passive and fully receptive.
When quiet, the mind reflects Reality.
When absolutely motionless, it dissolves
and only Reality remains.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 1996

Now...

The real blessing of an encounter with truth is the opportunity to be stopped right now, not tomorrow.

Awakening to the truth of your being won't be attained in the future. It's not something you prepare for or earn or deserve.

Awakening is a radical shift in identity. You think you're you, but you're not. You are eternal being.

The time to wake up is now. Not tomorrow. Now.

~ Adyashanti -- From: Emptiness Dancing www.adyashanti.org/

Final Talks...

All is your own Self. This form is different; that form is different. This is more powerful; this is worse. These are all judgements you make when you see separate objects instead of having the true vision that all is an undifferentiated oneness. There may be different varieties of light bulbs, but the current that activates and sustains them is the same. You must learn to become one with this activating current, the unmanifest Self, and not get caught up in all the names and forms that appear in it.

Here is another verse from one of the Siddhas:

`Because of your ego you are going to the forest to look for spiritual light. You are looking for this darshan of light in Badrinath and other Himalayan pilgrimage places. These things are the illusion of the mind. They depend on the states of the mind and the functioning of the mind. That which you are searching for is within yourself.'




Annamalai Swami
Final Talks
David Godman, ed
Avdhuta Foundation, pub

p.71

Don't Disturb Your Natural Silence

Meher Baba/God and Love...

"The spiritual path is like climbing up to the mountain top through hills and
dales and thorny woods and along steep and dangerous precipices. If there is one
thing which is most necessary for a safe and sure arrival at the top, it is
_love_. All other qualities which are essential for the aspirants of the Highest
can and must come to them if they faithfully follow the whispers of the unerring
guide of love.


"If you lose hold of the mantle of this guide, there is only despair in store
for you. The gateway to the highest state of being One with God is firmly closed
to all who do not have the courage to lose their separate existence in the
restless fire of divine love.

Meher Baba
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher: The Biography of Avatar of the Age Meher Baba
Myrtle Beach, SC: Manifestaton, 1st ed, Vol. 7 & 8, p. 2987
Copyright 1995 AMBPPCT

Success...

“To laugh often and love much:
To win respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one’s self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived…
This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paramahansa Yogananda Words of Wisdom...

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.


The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn't belong to the soul.


Smiling away your troubles requires a clear conscience that harbor no insincerity.


Thinkers do not accept the inevitable; they turn their efforts toward changing it.


Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.


Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.


The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.


Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.


Never do anything that taints your mind. Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality. Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture the good qualities you want to have.


He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life.


Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical change are possible through prayer. Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I possess, to be used by Thee, O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.


Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others' shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.


Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.


Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.

The Higher Self...

It is a mistake, however, to turn the higher self into a mere
convenience to be used chiefly for obtaining healing or getting
guidance, for healing the sicknesses of the physical body, or guiding
the activities of the physical ego. It should be sought for its own
sake, and these other things should be sought only occasionally or
incidentally, as and when needed. They should not be made habitual. In
his periodic meditations, for instance, the aspirant should seek the
divine source of his being because it is right, necessary, and good
for him to do so and he should forget every other desire. Only after
he has done that and found the source, and only on his backward
journey to the day's activities, may he remember these lesser desires
and utilize the serenity and power thus gained for attending to them.

— Notebooks Category 10: Healing of the Self > Chapter 5: The
Healing Power of The Overself > # 133...... Paul Brunton

Constant Flux...

"If you look closely at and contemplate deeply
The people and things that appear around you,
You can see that all are in constant flux.
Everything becomes the teacher of impermanence."

~Kelsang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama


From the book, "Meditations To Transform the Mind," translated by
Glenn H. Mullin and published by Snow Lion.

Being Unborn...

Heaven is the experience when we've passed into our own nothingness. We realize our own pure awakeness and see that what we are is pure spirit with no form.....

That's the true meaning of being born again. Being born again is not just a great emotional religious conversion experience. That can be nice, but it's only like changing your clothes.

Being born again is actually being born again, not getting a new spiritual garment.

More accurately, it is being unborn when we realize that eternal nothingness is actually living this life called "my life."

~ Adyashanti -- From: Emptiness Dancing www.adyashanti.org/

Paradise...

Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike;
the fires of hell by what we desire.


- Rumi

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Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994

The Seer...

True understanding, which is enlightenment,
can happen only when there is total effortlessness -
in other words, in the utter absence of any com-
prehender. Then there is only the witnessing of the
dream of life without the least desire to change
anything.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 1966

Quotes of Gautama the Buddha...

If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater.


I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.


It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.


There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.


What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.


Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

Enlightenment...

The idea of enlightenment is of utmost
importance. Just to know that there is
such possibility, changes one's entire
outlook. It acts like a burning match in
a heap of saw dust. All the great teachers
did nothing else. A spark of truth can burn
up a mountain of lies. The opposite is also
true. The sun of truth remains hidden
behind the cloud of self-identification
with the body.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

The Answer...

Jesus already gave you the answer when He said," I and the Father are One" and the "Kingdom of God is Within"... .. stop searching for a father that is above and apart from You.. Know the Truth that You are already Divine Consciousness (God)... There is Nothing that is not Divine Consciousness... You are not the body,mind, or thoughts.. You are Consciousness experiencing the dream called life.. The Truth is that the Father is Divine Consciousness as are We.. There is no division except for our belief that we are separate and we call this "ego".. Surrender the belief of separate ego while meditating.. this will feel as though you are dying.. you are !!...let your self die and You will awaken as You, Consciousness.. .. as Jesus said;" you must die, to be Born"..................namaste, thomas

Francis Brabazon/The World Is Being Run On Time...

"The world is being run on time, by time, for time, and at no time are we free
Just to sit and enjoy even the outward forms of the Beloved's beauty.

Each drop-bubble [soul] in time is a sphere bounded [mind], but infinite;
So fragile, yet the whole of creation is in it.

It is a mirror, never reflecting truth, but the drop-soul's desires
No matter how deep one dives in the truth-quest or how high one aspires.

Good man, bad man -- economy-tailored or king-sized --
Each gazes in his bubble-mirror self-hypnotized.

Since the blows of my will are too feeble to break my looking-glass,
At least, Beloved, let it reflect only your beloved face.

Then, though still in time, I will no longer be a fool
Under time's tyranny, but under your benign rule.

The amazing universe and this beautiful earth will vanish, leaving not a trace
behind,
When your glance shatters this so-unbreakable mirror of my mind."

Francis Brabazon (1907 - 1984)
http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/B/BrabazonFran/worldisbeing.htm

[Francis Brabazon, an Australian, was a close disciple of Meher Baba. tjh]

The Power of Thought...

Every thought that you have within your mind is a creative force of power.. You as Universal Consciousness has the ability to create what ever future and destiny that You desire.. This is why it is so important that your thoughts are of non-ego which is called Love.. You will create Heaven or Hell according to your thoughts.. Stay Awake to the thoughts moving through your mind and only allow those that bring you Peace and Joy.. Know Your Self as Consciousness that watches the mind.. You are above mind and have the complete power to control your mind and thoughts..Concerning health, You must see yourself as healed and Believe it.. if you do not Believe it then you are automatically believing that you are not healed.. As You Believe, it shall be done.. As Jesus said;" If you Believe and say, Mountain be moved, It shall be"...... pick up a book by Joseph Murphy called, The Power of the Subconscious Mind.. This will teach you the rest..............namaste, thomas

Opinion...

When it is said that all is opinion, it must further be said that all views of God exist in the minds of men as their opinions, too. The value of such opinions is only what these men give to it. For a view which is beyond the mental capacity of an unevolved person is of little value to him, whereas it may be life-saving to an evolved truth-seeker.

Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 2: The Service of Intellect > # 19
......... Paul Brunton

Shamas Faqir...

Several lyrics of Shamas Faqir centre round the theme of the mystic's quest for the primal cause of this universe. As an illustration, the lyric titled 'Agur Kami Manz Drav' repeatedly poses the question, 'what is the fountainhead of the stream?', which serves as its refrain. Here is my translation of some significant lines of the poem (attempted to convey the essential meaning):

Day and night does Pavan flow
Through the four Bhavans non-stop;
Whence did it come
And whither did it go?
It was even (all of one hue),
Whence did the stream come forth?
.......

He who owns the sea
Is the Lord of water,
The river issued from the drop;
To get to the meaning,
Sacrifice yourself first;

.....

O Shamas, to attain gnosis,
Throw open your heart's door;
Sun-like, roam the sky through
(To fathom the Secret);
What is the fountain-head?

We can see that the poem poses vital and thought- provoking questions regarding the First Cause. It instructs the seeker to pursue the spiritual journey inwardly to realize the Self. This would naturally call for annihilation of the little self. The answer to the imponderable question regarding the source of the Cosmos is provided through the intertwined images of the 'drop' and the 'river'. They parallel the images of the bindu and the sindu given in Hindu mystical literature, conveying what Swami Ram Tirtha does equally aptly through the phrase 'Infinite in the Finite'. In the concluding lines, that lay stress on cleansing the heart as a means to inward transformation, the tone of the poem changes as the poet addresses his own self. Without sounding the didactic, the changed tone stimulates self- introspection in the reader/listener.
The Persian Sufi poets have often used the word rinda in their lyrics. It refers to the true lover, a liberated soul (not tied to this or that school). With its rich associations, it has been absorbed into Kashmiri mystical poetry and has by now got into common usage among the Kashmiris. It occurs frequently in Shamas Faqir's verse too. One poem titled 'Rinda Sara Ho Sapdi Kunu Ye' is specifically addressed to the rinda. This is how the poet instructs the aspiring gnostic:

O rinda, in order to realize the One,
Learn to die while still alive.
Emphasis is laid in the poem on self-conquest as being the stepping stone to advancement in spirituality. Whether we call the aspirant a yogi or an arif, his sadhana has to consist in 'cleansing of the doors of perception', which involves a disciplining of the mind and the senses. He has to be discriminative and mentally alert throughout. Shamas Faqir is explicit about this quality required of the true aspirant:
Seemingly blind, look keenly for
What you seek, O rinda!
Sifting the pure grain
From the impure,
Winnowing the grains a hundred times
Will reveal the Precious One to you.
The poet draws our attention to the strenuousness and pains involved in the spiritual effort, in these lines:
Break the stones at the dead of night,
To take away the Gem guarded
by the cobra;
Feed the burning lamp
with your blood,
Eat up your own flesh;
Thus will you, O rinda, realize the One.
Special stress is laid in the closing lines on belief and divine grace:
Believe before you verify,
That's Shamas Faqir's gospel;
When you get the 'Word'
As a God-sent gift,
O rinda, you'll realize the One.
......... from koausa.org

Purpose of existence

Be aware...

Be aware of being conscious and seek the
source of consciousness. That is all. Very
little can be conveyed in words. It is the
doing as I tell you that will bring light, not
my telling you. The means do not matter much;
it is the desire, the urge, the earnestness that
counts.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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"I Am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Acorn Press, 1973

The Mind of Absolute Trust ...

The great way isn't difficult for those who are unattached to their preferences.

Let go of longing and aversion, and everything will be perfectly clear.

When you cling to a hairbreadth of distinction, heaven and earth are set apart.

If you want to realize the truth, don't be for or against.

The struggle between good and evil is the primal disease of the mind.

Not grasping the deeper meaning, you just trouble your minds serenity.

As vast as infinite space, it is perfect and lacks nothing.

But because you select and reject, you can't perceive its true nature.

Don't get entangled in the world; don't lose yourself in emptiness.

Be at peace in the oneness of things, and all errors will disappear by themselves.

If you don't live the Tao, you fall into assertion or denial.

Asserting that the world is real, you are blind to its deeper reality;

denying that the world is real, you are blind to the selflessness of all things.

The more you think about these matters, the farther you are from the truth.

Step aside from all thinking, and there is nowhere you can't go.

Returning to the root, you find the meaning;

chasing appearances, you lose there source.

At the moment of profound insight, you transcend both appearance and emptiness.

Don't keep searching for the truth; just let go of your opinions.

For the mind in harmony with the Tao, all selfishness disappears.

With not even a trace of self-doubt, you can trust the universe completely.

All at once you are free, with nothing left to hold on to.

All is empty, brilliant, perfect in its own being.

In the world of things as they are, there is no self, no non self.

If you want to describe its essence, the best you can say is "Not-two."

In this "Not-two" nothing is separate, and nothing in the world is excluded.

The enlightened of all times and places have entered into this truth.

In it there is no gain or loss; one instant is ten thousand years.

There is no here, no there; infinity is right before your eyes.

The tiny is as large as the vast when objective boundaries have vanished;

the vast is as small as the tiny when you don't have external limits.

Being is an aspect of non-being; non-being is no different from being.

Until you understand this truth, you won't see anything clearly.

One is all; all are one. When you realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom?

The mind of absolute trust is beyond all thought, all striving,

is perfectly at peace, for in it there is no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow.

.........Early Zen Poetry of Seng-ts'an

Death...

Deepening The Wonder

Death is a favor to us,
But our scales have lost their balance.

The impermanence of the body
Should give us great clarity,
Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes

Of this mysterious existence we share
And are surely just traveling through.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
Hafiz would call for drinks

And as the Master poured, I would be reminded
That all I know of life and myself is that

We are just a midair flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
I would buy freely for everyone in this world

Because our marriage with the Cruel Beauty
Of time and space cannot endure very long.

Death is a favor to us,
But our minds have lost their balance.

The miraculous existence and impermanence of
Form
Always makes the illumined ones
Laugh and sing.


'The subject tonight is Love -
60 wild and sweet poems of Hafiz'
Versions by Daniel Ladinsky

Identification...

If you achieve that degree of identification with the light of knowledge as you
had with body in the waking state, there is nothing more to be achieved.....


Shri Atmananda from Spiritual Discourses

Crushed ego...

We should be careful to take away from ourselves any thorns that prick us in the
personality of others.

Bowl of Saki, July 17, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

We frequently say, 'I dislike him,' 'I wish to avoid her,' but if we examine
this carefully, we find it is the same element in all that we dislike, the ego.
And when we turn to ourselves to see if we have it in us, we find it is there
too. We should forget it, therefore, in other people, and first turn our
attention to crushing it within ourselves. We should determine to have our house
clean even if other people neglect theirs. We should be careful to take away
from ourselves any thorns that prick us in the personality of others. There is a
verse in the Quran, which says, 'Arise in the midst of the night, and commune
with thy Lord... Bear patiently what others say.' This is not only a command to
rise in the night and pray, but it also means that by rising in the night we
crush the ego, for the ego demands its rest and comfort, and when denied, is
crushed. The mystics fast for the same reason. The Sufi's base the whole of
their teaching on the crushing of the ego which they term Nafs-kushi, for
therein lies all magnetism and power.

For every soul there are four stages to pass through in order to come to the
culmination of the ego, which means to reach the stage of the rose. The first
stage is that a person is rough, thoughtless and inconsiderate. He is interested
in what he wants and in what he likes; as such he is naturally blind to the
needs and wants of others. In the second stage a man is decent and good as long
as his interests are concerned. As long as he can get his wish fulfilled he is
pleasant and kind and good and harmonious; but if he cannot get his wish and
cannot have his way, then he becomes rough and crude and changes completely. And
there is a third stage, when someone is more concerned with another person's
wish and desire, and less with himself; when his whole heart is seeking for what
he can do for another. In his thought the other person comes first and he comes
afterwards. That is the beginning of turning into the rose. It is only a
rosebud, but then in the fourth stage this rosebud blooms in the person who
entirely forgets himself in doing kind deeds for others. In Sufi terms the
crushing of the ego is called Nafs Kushi.

Free from confusion...

One man believes in existence, another says
"There is nothing!" Rare is the man who believes
in neither. He is free from confusion.

- Ashtavakra Gita
Chapter 18, verse 42

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The Heart of Awareness: A Translation
of the Ashtavakra Gita
By Thomas Byrom
Shambala, 1990

Nothingness...

There are levels of No-thing-ness,, the first level is Divine Consciousness.. To awaken into this state, the ego must commit suicide.. the residue of ego left is called identity.. identity has no more desires except for Complete Freedom.. Most identities will stay within Divine Consciousness as it is a state of Bliss.. But, those identities that dissolve their created identity enter into the Final Reality of non-existence.. This is Pure Awareness and is the Source of Divine Consciousness which is the Source of Creation.. In Pure Awareness, there is no ego, therefore, Pure Awareness is not even aware of Itself.. This is why Divine Consciousness was Created.. As a Creative Mirror of Learning............namaste, thomas

Do we become God?...

If God is already Everything, how can we become that which We already are?..
This is why the word "Realisation" is used.. We "Realise" that We are already
God, when We have dropped the illusion of separate self.. The wall of separation
is called ego.. "Knock, and the door shall be opened"... All of this running
around trying to be spiritual and learning to be God is wasteing your time.. "
Sit Still, and Know that I Am God".. Be Yourself, and You will not have to run
any longer, You will be at Home, Divine Consciousness...........namaste, thomas

The self...

The individual self is just a thought, a dream, an adventure, and a method of learning what God is and what God is not.. In this plane of duality, we must know one, to know the other... But, when We have Awakened to Reality, by leaving the belief in separation such as ego and even soul, We wake up in the Reality of Divine Consciousness.. In this State of Truth, We find Ourselves as separate identity within One Identity of Light and Love.. The next step is to dissolve the illusion of separate Identity and become Nothing... This Nothingness is Pure Awareness and exists before Creation and Divine Consciousness.. This final Reality is called Freedom... As it is written: " you must die, to be Born".........namaste, thomas

Peace...

If there is peace in your mind you will find peace
with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will
find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within
and you will see this inner peace reflected every-
where else. You are this peace! You are happiness,
find out. Where else will you find peace if not within
you?

- Papaji

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"The Truth Is"
Sri H.W.L. Poonja
Yudhishtara, 1995

Discover the Real Reward of Higher Truth - Vernon Howard - Part 2 of 3

Life...

When I see that I am nothing, that is Wisdom.
When I see that I am everything, that is Love.
My life is that which moves between these two.

.......Nisargadatta

Insight...

Only those who are able to see their own
face without a mirror will be able to see
their true nature. What kind of seeing is
this? To see without the mirror is to see
not with eyes seeing objects but as THAT
which sees. It is the in-seeing or insight
by Consciousness itself in which there is
no one who is seeing.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 1996

Superiority...

The presence of this light IN thought makes thought think that it is a self-
existent entity that has a right to its own views.


On the one hand, and this is paradoxical, you have the I AM which is present
in the matrix of thoughts. And then the matrix of thoughts takes itself to be
the I AM, which it clearly is not. Now that will also account for egotism.
That will also make a person think, "Look,"I'm superior to everyone else."
It's inevitable -- the consequences are inevitable. Once you accept the
congerie of thoughts with that light fused into it as separative, each one is
going to think itself superior to every other one. And each present thought
does. Just like each ego thinks itself superior to every other one.

-- Anthony Damiani 8/19/82

Surrender...

The most difficult endeavor for the seeker is to find the ultimate
courage to surrender their own existence.. This is the meaning of the church
altar.. To sacrifice Your "self"... This is the greatest gift to God.. The gift
in return is Freedom............namaste, thomas

Control the mind...

In battle, if someone shoots an arrow at you, you shoot one back. In maya, if the arrow of a bad idea comes speeding towards you, dodge it. Don't let it stick to you or you will end up in pain. Then, in retaliation, fire back the arrow of `I am the Self' at the place where the wrong idea came from.




Sadhana is a battlefield. You have to be vigilant. Don't take delivery of wrong beliefs and don't identify with the incoming thoughts that will give you pain and suffering. But if these things start to happen to you, fight back by affirming, `I am the Self; I am the Self; I am the Self'. These affirmations will lessen the power of the `I am the body' arrows and eventually they will armour-plate you so successfully, the `I am the body' thoughts that come your way will no longer have the power to touch you, affect you or make you suffer.




This fight all takes place within maya because in reality you are peace and peace alone. But while you are suffering in maya you can use these thoughts as a means of ultimately conquering it.




Annamalai Swami
Final Talks
David Godman, ed
Avdhuta Foundation, pub

p.33-4

Knock...

"Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything."
— Rumi

Ego is the thinking mind...

The thinking mind, the ego, the "me" are all the same. They are different names for the same thing, which is an illusion.


It is the nature of the monkey-mind to jump about and chatter.


Ego is the thinking mind.


Mind is merely a collection of thoughts, or a collection of impressions which makes up this "me", this self image.


The ego is the identified consciousness. When the impersonal Consciousness identifies itself with the personal organism, the ego arises.


Identification with the body is so total that it gives one a sense of separate identity. Now, the separate identity is merely a concept, a concept based on the individual body appearing solid.


All there is consciousness. That is the Source from which the manifestation has come.


The only truth is I AM - I Exist. That is the only truth. Everything else is a concept. Rebirth is a concept. Your karma is a concept.


What is seeking? Seeking is "you" wanting to know God.


Consciousness is the only Reality.


Seekers continue to practice all kinds of self-torture without realizing that such 'spiritual practice' is a reinforcement of the very ego that prevents them from their natural, free state.


Enlightenment is total emptiness of mind. There is nothing you can do to get it. Any effort you make can only be an obstruction to it.


The same Consciousness prevails at rest as the Absolute and in motion as duality. When the sense of "me" disappears completely, duality vanishes in ecstasy.


Ramesh Balsekar Quotes

THE 'WEI WU WEI' ARCHIVES...

From 'Fingers Pointing Towards The Moon':


It is less what one is that should matter, than what one is not.

* * *
The qualities we possess should never be a matter for satisfaction, but the qualities we have discarded.

* * *
It is not for us to search but to remain still, to achieve Immobility not Action.

* * *
There is no becoming. ALL IS.

* * *
The Saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The Sage is a man who rids himself of his ego.

* * *
It is only the artificial ego that suffers. The man who has transcended his false 'me' no longer identifies with his suffering.

* * *
We ourselves are not an illusory part of Reality; rather are we Reality itself illusorily conceived.

* * *
Are we not wasps who spend all day in a fruitless attempt to traverse a window-pane - while the other half of the window is wide open?

* * *
Detachment is a state, it is not a totalisation of achieved indifferences.

* * *
The notion that human life has greater value than any other form of life is both unjustifiable and arrogant.

* * *
Wise men don't judge: they seek to understand.

* * *
How many of the ways (disciplines, exercises, practices) recommended as helpful, or even necessary, for the attainment of Satori are not in fact consequences of that state erroneously suggested as means?

* * *
There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify themselves with the ego, by realising its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.

Walk alone...

First at the beginning of the Long Path, and again at the beginning of the Short Path a master, a spiritual guide, is really required. But outside these two occasions an aspirant had better walk alone.

— Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 286

.........Paul Brunton

Thoughts...

Some thoughts are like things, like objects; other thoughts are like beings.
Some thoughts are like angels by our side, and some are like devils. They are all
around us, either helping us towards the accomplishment of the objects before us
or drawing us back from those things we wish to accomplish.

From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN

" Why is life so full of contradictions?"

It serves to break down mental pride.
We must realize how poor and powerless
we are. As long as we delude ourselves
by what we imagine ourselves to be, to
know, to have, to do, we are in a sad
plight indeed. Only in complete self-
negation there is a chance to discover
our real being.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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"I Am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Acorn Press, 1973

Unconditional Love...

Unconditional Love is to be in the state of non-self-ishness, this is non-ego.. Unconditional Love is to show this Love without any expectation of Love in return.. Unconditional Love is rare because most people have not been informed that you should Love without any selfish intentions for it being returned.. this ignorance of the levels of Love are what cause so many problems within relationships.. In speaking of the Anti-Christ as the ego, with contemplation, you will understand that the imaginary ego that we consider to be ourselves is a series of thoughts and memories that swirl around the self-ish creation of separation.. We create our own prisons and act as wardens.. The Christ state is a returning to Reality. The Reality of self-lessness or what we call Unconditional Love.. The Non-Christ state (anti-christ) is the normal state of humanity and is the cause of all violence and pain and is called by many names but the modern name is ego ..........namaste, thomas

" Love ye, One another"...

To Love each other means that You have dissolved the ego..
the ego is the Anti-Christ.. non-ego is Unconditional Love or what we call God..
Jesus taught the "short path" of yoga known as the path of non-ego or what we
know as being in the mental state of Unconditional Love............namaste,
thomas

Cosmology by Douglas Mitchell...

Prior to the Big Bang, there is only pure (no subject, no
object), unaware, undifferentiated Consciousness (Parabrahman) which is
perfect, complete, void, and yet full of infinite potential energy. The
potential energy suddenly manifests/realizes itself as aware
Brahman/Shakti, a vibrating, dense, hot singularity which begins to
rapidly expand as space-time energy/matter (Maya). This is the birth of
our universe. Other universes manifest as well with their own physical
laws and forms. These are called multiverses in Physics. Each
universe is unique and not in contact with the other multiverses as far
as we know. In our own universe, energy/matter, down to the smallest
subatomic wave/particle, is each a unit of Consciousness which is
aware of itself and its determined function in relation to other units
of Consciousness. As the universe expanded,
matter and anti-matter were created and destroyed. Eventually, all of
the anti-matter was expended and a small amount of matter remained in
the form of hydrogen and then helium. As these gaseous elements began
to cool and combine, the first stars were formed. The stars, through
internal nuclear reactions, produced heavier atomic elements
which seeded the universe when the stars eventually exploded. All of
what would evolve into life forms are made of the elements forged in
these early stars. And everything is a unit of Consciousness performing
its determined function. These units of Consciousness aggregate to
form more and more complex forms. On Earth, the human brain is the most
complex aggregate unit of Consciousness, composed of lower level units
of Consciousness (neurons, molecules, atoms, subatomic particles,
space). There is no freedom of choice in the universe as
everything was determined by the cosmic laws which manifested from the
infinite potential of Parabrahman. Choice is an illusion, and time is
an illusion, because the manifestation of the universe was
instantaneous, complete, and whole. It only appears to evolve in
duration from our perspective. But the universe is whole and complete
the instant it manifests. All possible choices and outcomes were
anticipated by the universal unit of Consciousness known as
Brahman/Shakti. Maya is the "appearance" of an evolving universe in
duration. The whole manifestation of multiverses (known is physics as
the Omniverse) is the lila (play) of Parabrahman. Consciousness is One,
whether as undifferentiated, unmanifest Consciousness, or as
manifested, differentiated Consciousness. In the lila, our goal as
humans is to identify not simply with the body-mind but with the
Brahman/Shakti and
ultimately Parabrahman. We do this by retracing our identity to the
primary concept of Being, otherwise known as the nonverbal I am. This is
identification with Brahman/Shakti. As Brahman/Shakti, I am filled
with wonder and awe and the love of being and form. Identifying with
Brahman/Shakti is worship of Brahman/Shakti. Next, without depending
upon the mind: thought, memory, association, perception, emotion,
intention, attention, the body image, what has been learned; or the body
with its senses, inquire, "What am I?" With no references, "I" realize
that "I" am no-thing-ness: Parabrahman: Perfect, Whole, Infinite
potential energy. As Parabrahman "I" was never born and shall never
die. "I" am "not-I", transcending all human categories of thought,
including being and non-being. When this body-mind dies the highest
level unit of Consciousness (brain/mind) reverts to
its lower level constituent parts (units of Consciousness as
molecules, atoms, subatomic particles, space) which no longer have
access to the capacity for higher level personal memory. Thus the
person, self, ego, subject-I disintegrates and merges with Parabrahman.
There is no personal karmic residue and no reincarnation.
Reincarnation is a concept of the ego/mind which wants to continue after
the death of the body. This is ignorance, wishful thinking and
delusional. There is no ultimate meaning either, except for the meaning
we create for our temporal selves. There is no ultimate justice as
well, except for the justice systems we create for our illusory selves.
Maya is the cosmic dream which we are destined to wake up from. Gnana
(knowledge/wisdom), Bhakti (devotion/worship), selfless compassionate
service, and meditation practice are
the means for waking up. Ultimately whether or not you wake up to your
true identity while alive, you revert back to your true identity as
Parabrahman through death of the body-mind self. Why bother? you may
ask. To end the suffering as a limited, separate self identity now is
the answer. Why prolong the suffering unnecessarily?

The open secret...

This message has been misunderstood if it is believed that it is saying that there is a "you" who can or can't do anything about becoming enlightened.

The open secret communication can only point to the simple wonder of being and attempt to illuminate the futility of seeking for it. It does not accept or reject the teachings of spiritual path or process but it will expose, without compromise, the singular and fundamental misconception that drives the belief that there is something called a seeker that is able to find something else called enlightenment.

Life is not a task. There is absolutely nothing to attain except the realisation that there is absolutely nothing to attain.

What is sought remains hidden from the seeker by already being everything.

It is so obvious and simple that the grasping of it obscures it. Never found, never knowable, being is the consummate absence that is beyond measure.

Looking for being is believing that it is lost. Has anything been lost, or is it simply that the looking keeps it away? Does the beloved always dance constantly just beyond our focus?

The very intention to seek for a treasure within life inevitably obscures the reality that life is already the treasure.

By seeking the myth it dreams it can attain, the seeker effectively avoids that which it most fears . . . its absence.

Many will reject this message and return to the comforting story of knowing and doing. But there can be a resonance within which the illusion of separation collapses and leaves nothing being everything.

Doctrines, processes and progressive paths which seek enlightenment only exacerbate the problem they address by reinforcing the idea that the self can find something that it presumes it has lost. It is that very effort, that investment in self-identity, that continuously re-creates the illusion of separation from oneness. It is the dream of individuality.

The “me” searches for peace and fulfilment, the “me” searches for self-improvement, purity, presence or detachment. The “me” seeks clarity or any formula which will give the “me” what it thinks it wants or needs. But the “me” not getting what it wants is not the dilemma. The dilemma is the apparent “me”.

Liberation is like a fuse that suddenly blows, and all the little lights go out and there is only light.

There is no answer to life because life is its own answer. It’s happening already. It’s this. It was never lost. When liberation apparently happens people say “it’s amazing because the thing I was looking for has never left. It’s the one thing that never comes and never goes, the one constant that can’t be known or held onto.”

When the assumed sense of being separate seems to collapse, already there is only the constant and unknowable wonder of being.

The open secret’s apparent communication is paradoxical, unreasonable, unbelievable, non-prescriptive, non-spiritual and uncompromising. There is no agenda or intention to help or change apparent individuality. It is prior to all teaching and its resonance is shared energetically, not through the exchange of ideas.

So, should the seeker climb the spiritual mountain or simply let go and surrender to life . . . Is that the question? Or is it possible that there is no question and no answer? Maybe what is sought is already all there is. Perhaps that which is longed for is already constantly happening . . . it never went away . . . the seeker did to look for it.

How can the seeker “Directly Approach” that which is already everything?

As we move from one formula to another, we seem unable to see that freedom does not reside here or there, simply because freedom, by its very nature, cannot be excluded or exclusive. We seem not to see that, as we march towards the next anticipated spiritual high, the treasure that we seek is to be discovered, not in where we are going, but within the simple nature of the very footsteps that we take.

Life is its own purpose and doesn’t need a reason to be. That is its beauty.

Life is simply life, and is not trying to prove anything at all. This springtime will not try to be better than last springtime, and neither will an ash tree try to become an oak.

Because the apparent self can only exist through its own knowing, its search for a deeper meaning will be limited to that which it can know and experience for itself. The separate seeker pursues everything that it can know and do, excepting the absence of itself. That absence is the emptiness which is unknowable, but paradoxically it is also the very fullness, the wholeness that is longed for.

Exclusivity breeds exclusion, but freedom is shared through friendship.

From wherever and whenever this insight is communicated, it has no connection with end-gaining, belief, path or process. It cannot be taught but is constantly shared. Because it is all that is, no-one can lay claim to it. It needs not to be argued, proven or embellished, for it stands alone simply as it is, and can only remain unrecognised and rejected, or realised and lived.

January
2011

........Tony Parsons

Tell me, O Swan...

Tell me, O Swan, your ancient tale.
From what land do you come, O Swan?
To what shore will you fly?
Where would you take your rest, O Swan,
And what do you seek?

Even this morning, O Swan, awake, arise, follow me!
There is a land where no doubt nor sorrow have rule:
Where the terror of Death is no more.

There the woods of spring are a-bloom,
And the fragrant scent "He is I" is borne on the wind:
There the bee of the heart is deeply immersed,
And desires no other joy.

~ From Songs of Kabir, Translated by Rabindranath Tagore, 1916


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Truth is simple...

Truth is very simple, don't complicate it.
You must be in the Light to know the darkness:
Just be aware of yourself, the Light.
Jump into the fire of Knowledge
and don't be concerned with what will happen
to your clothing of concepts and vasanas.
This fire will burn all

- Papaji

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"The Truth Is"
Sri H.W.L. Poonja
Yudhishtara, 1995

The sadness of separation...

The sadness that we feel is actually the separate self (ego) fearing that it
will be abandoned and cease existence.. This feeling towards a separate God
keeps us within this pain.. We feel that we could not possibly Be that which we
worship.. But, the fact remains that ALL is Consciousness and that means
US..........namaste, thomas

The Higher Position...

We must take a higher position than ordinary religion
offers and come face to face with the mystery that is
Mentalism. The nonbeing of the universe, the
nonduality even of the soul may be too mathematical a
conclusion for our finite minds; but that this
matterless world and all that happens in it is like a
dream is something to be received and remembered at
all times. We are important only to ourselves, not to
God. All our whining and praying, chanting and
praising, gathering together and imagining that this
or that duty is required of us is mere theatre-play:
Mind makes it all. In this discovery we roll up the
stage and return to the paradox of what we really
are--Consciousness!

— Notebooks Category 17: The Religious Urge >
Chapter 3: Religion As Preparatory > # 104

.......... Paul Brunton

What is Real?...

Name and form are not real.
Look at the substratum from where they arise.
That is real. IT will not change.

- Papaji

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"The Truth Is"
Sri H.W.L. Poonja
Yudhishtara, 1995

The Tree of Love...

The tree of love its roots hath spread
Deep in my heart, and rears its head;
Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense;
Transport the heart, and ravish sense.
In love's sweet swoon to thee I cleave,
Bless'd source of love . . . ,



- St. Francis of Asissi, Into Love's Furnace I am Cast.

The Portal...

As you go about your life, don't give 100 percent of your attention to the
external world and to your mind. Keep some within. Feel the inner body even
when engaged in everyday activities, especially when engaged
in relationships or when you are relating with nature. Feel the stillness deep
inside it. Keep the portal open.

Eckhart Tolle

~ Taking On God's Job ~...

The conditioned mind is always taking on God's job, wondering what people are doing and why they do it.
But that is none of your business, none of your concern.
You can just start walking through life
with this natural openness to what is
and be that way under all conditions at all times.
That's what the true Self has been doing all along.
When your true nature is realized,
it is not as if you will have some amazing experience,
and after that you say, "Okay world, I'm ready."
The deepest experience is when you realize that this open, radiant, empty mind and open, radiant heart
have always been open.
They don't need to open; they are not going to open; openness has always been here.
You no longer see two, you see the One in
and as everything.

~ Adyashanti ~

Divine Samurai / 崇高なる侍

You are...

You embrace some form
saying, "I am this."

By God, you are not this
or that or the other

you are "Unique One"
"Heart-ravishing"

you are throne and palace and king
you are bird and snare and fowler

like water in jar and river
are in essence the same

you are spirit are the same

you every idol
prostrates
before you

your every thought-form
perishes
in your formlessness


.........Rumi

Experience...

All experience is thought-experience. What we know as the world is a series of thoughts, not a number of material things plus a number of mental thoughts. Consciousness runs through all of them as their common element: they originate from it, exist in it, leave it behind when they vanish.

.... Paul Brunton

One Reality...

Don't talk of different religions.
The one reality is everywhere,
not just in a Hindu, or a Muslim,
or anywhere else! Realize:

your awareness is
the truth about God.

- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

Emily Dickinson's Mystic Poetry...

The sense of paradox so fundamental to Zen is also ever present in Dickinson. The similarities to Dickinson’s insights despite the fact that she had direct access to Eastern wisdom is testimony to the universality of the experience of self realisation. To the Indian Yogi self realisation is the gift of an inner energy known as Kundalini which manifests itself as a cool wind. During yogic states the heat of sympathetic nervous activity subsides and the parasympathetic nervous system comes into play relaxing and refreshing the body, with a breeze or fountain like energy, so that the attention can transcend physical needs and merge with the Atman or Self. According to Dickinson the moments of At–One–ment with Nature/Self happen “when the wind is within” (Thoreau wrote of ” ecstasies begotten of the breezes”) For the yogi or realised soul the sensation of this cool energy becomes his means of being sensitive to manifestations of Truth–Beauty–Love (Keats’ tripartite Unity). Dickinson stated that she had no other means to discriminate these qualities in art.

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know of.”

and in one of her poems:

“Your breath has time to straighten,
Your brain to bubble cool
Deals one
imperial thunder bolt
that scalps your
naked soul”

Interestingly the yogi also experiences concentration of the Kundalini, or cool breeze at the top of the head, during union with the Self (the unity behind Truth–Beauty–Love). The yogic experience of self realisation is a simultaneous reception of grace, poured down from celestial realms, and an upsurging, or erupting, of energy from the unconscious depths within. Dickinson referred to herself as a “volcano at home”. “On my volcano grows the grass”; there is a sense of a vast underlying power of unconscious creativity waiting to be brought forth.
A final point of comparison with the yogis of the East is Dickinson’s spiritual detachment from a world that was unready to share her vision. She spent the second half of her life as a virtual hermit, just as Indian yogis and the Desert Fathers of early Christianity (some of whom went to the extreme of meditating for years on the tops of columns) isolated themselves from the materialism they saw in human society, in order to achieve yoga.
“I dwell in possibility”, she wrote. She had little time for the gossips and church people of 19th century Amherst with its restrictive Calvinist beliefs. “The soul selects her own society and then shuts the door”, perhaps things would have been different if she had been born 100 years later. Not everyone was turned away, however, the local children were especially welcome since they were relatively uncalcified by dogma and selfishness. She wrote of her “Columnar Self”, referring to her strength in standing alone, connected perhaps to other columns by celestial vaults in the great palace of the Self.

Emily Dickinson’s Mystic Poetry
— by Graham Brown

The message...

It is the message that proves the messenger, not the claim.

Bowl of Saki, July 6, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The prophet brings love, the love of God, the Father and Mother of the whole
humanity, a love that is life itself. No words nor actions can express that
love. The presence of the prophet, his very being, speaks of it, if only the
heart had ears to listen. Verily, to the believer all is right, and to the
unbeliever all is wrong.

The principal work of the prophet is to glorify the Name of God and to raise
humanity from the denseness of the earth, to open the doors of the human heart
to the divine beauty which is everywhere manifested and to illuminate souls
which are groping in darkness for years. The prophet brings the message of the
day, a reform for that particular period in which he is born. A claim of a
prophet is nothing to the real prophet. The being of the prophet, the work of
the prophet, and the fulfillment of his task is itself the proof of prophethood.

There was a time when the world was not capable of seeing. Humanity did not have
enough realization to recognize the message, that is why the claim of prophecy
had to be made. But now the world can recognize, sooner or later, what is right
and what is wrong. The warner, the master, the messenger of today will not
claim. He will only work. He will leave his work to prove for itself whether it
is true or false.

There was a time when the message was given while the people were waiting for a
messenger to come, as happened in the time of Jesus Christ, when there were
thousands and thousands waiting for a messenger from above. The Master came, and
gave his service to the world, and left again. Some realized what had happened
then, and some are still waiting. But the one who claimed to be Alpha and Omega
is never absent; sometimes he shows himself, sometimes he keeps in the
background. ... The divine message is the answer to the cry of souls
individually and collectively; the divine message is life and it is light. The
sun does not teach anything, but in its light we learn to know all things. The
sun does not cultivate the soil nor does it sow seed, but it helps the plants to
grow, to flower, and to bear fruit.

James Swartz - How to Attain Enlightenment ...

The conviction that I am awareness and not the body-mind entity is only liberation if it frees you from dependence on objects. Objects are anything appearing in awareness, the whole gamut of subjective experience: beliefs, opinions, judgments, fantasies, memories, fears, desires, etc. Self inquiry lumps them all into one category and calls them ignorance. Ignorance is not stupidity. Some very intelligent individuals are ignorant that they are awareness and some not so intelligent individuals are aware that they are awareness. When an individual is ignorant of his or her identity, he or she takes ignorance to be knowledge and identifies with it. That I am awareness is knowledge because it cannot be negated. Only information can be negated when subsequent information shows that it is untrue.




Unfortunately, when I realize that I am awareness, I realize that my whole thought system does not agree. It developed when I did not understand who I was, so it has a completely different opinion. This situation is a little like being two people. One person says, "I am limited, inadequate and incomplete" and the other says"I am limitless awareness. I am capable of dealing with anything life has to offer. Far from being incomplete, I am fullness itself."




Because I am now convinced, for whatever reason, that I am limitless awareness, the first voice is not acceptable. After all, in a non-dual reality, the mind is also the self, so I would like my mind to be on the same page with me. If I know that I am awareness and my mind continues to spout ignorance—unless it knows it is ignorance—how enlightened am I? Ignorance and knowledge cannot exist simultaneously. At every moment the self ignorant ego identifies with beliefs, judgments, opinions, feelings and ideas that express its limited view of itself and the world, thereby continuing to reinforce its ignorance.




James Swartz

How to Attain Enlightenment

Knowledge Yoga
p242 Sentient Publications
2009

Annamalai Swami Quotes and Sayings...

1.Your ultimate need is to get established in the changeless peace of the Self. For this you have to give up all thoughts.

2.Remember that nothing that happens in the mind is 'you', and none of it is your business. You don't have to worry about the thoughts that rise up inside you. It is enough that you remember that the thoughts are not you.

3. If you can hold on to this knowledge 'I am Self' at all times, no further practice is necessary.

4.Tayumanuvar, a Tamil saint whom Bhagavan often quoted, wrote in one of his poems: 'My Guru merely told me that I am consciousness. Having heard this, I held onto consciousness. What he told me was just one sentence, but I cannot describe the bliss I attained from holding onto that one simple sentence. Through that one sentence I attained a peace and a happiness that can never be explained in words.'

5.There are so many thoughts in the mind. Thought after thought after thought. But there is one thought that is continuous, though it is mostly sub-conscious: 'I am the body'. This is the string on which all other thoughts are threaded. Once we identify ourselves with the body by thinking this thought, maya follows. It also follows that if we cease to identify with the body, maya will not affect us anymore.

6.If you are having trouble with your enthusiasm for sadhana, just tell yourself, 'I may be dead in seven days'. Let go of all the things that you pretend are important in your daily life and instead focus on the Self for twenty-four hours a day. Do it and see what happens.

7.Go deeply into this feeling of 'I'. Be aware of it so strongly and so intensely that no other thoughts have the energy to arise and distract you. If you hold this feeling of 'I' long enough and strongly enough, the false 'I' wll vanish leaving only the unbroken awareness of the real, immanent 'I', consciousness itself.

8.Sadhana is a battlefield. You have to be vigilant. Don't take delivery of wrong beliefs and don't identify with the incoming thoughts that will give you pain and suffering. But if these things start happening to you, fight back by affirming, 'I am the Self; I am the Self; I am the Self;'. These affirmations will lessen the power of the 'I am the body' arrows and eventually they will armour-plate you so successfully, the 'I am the body' thoughts that come your way will no longer have the power to touch you, affect you or make you suffer.

What bliss at the sight of Thy light!...

As I muse on Thee a thrilling fountain spray lightninglike spreads from my heart
to all cells of my body, saturating them with divine devotion. I seek to enter
the inmost heaven of Thy presence.

The soul's secret door suddenly opens; and, oh, what bliss I feel at the sight
of Thy light!



-- from Whispers from Eternity, by Paramahansa Yogananda

Who am I ?...

What frightens you? What holds you down?
Only ignorance and delusion; nothing else
can bind you. You are the Pure One, the
Ever Blessed.....he who knows this and
models his life accordingly will no longer
grovel in darkness.

--Swami Vivekananda--

The greatest guru is your inner self.
Truly he is the supreme teacher.
He alone can take you to your goal
and he alone meets you at the end
of the road.

--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj--

Space and time bind me, only if I am
the body. I am nowhere, I am timeless,
I exist everywhere and always.

--Ramana Maharshi--

The Short Path...

What is the key to the Short Path? It is threefold. First, stop searching for the Overself since it follows you wherever you go. Second, believe in its Presence, with and within you. Third, keep on trying to understand its truth until you can abandon further thoughts about it. You cannot acquire what is already here. So drop the ego's false idea and affirm the real one. ..............Paul Brunton

To protect...

What does one want to protect? That
without which nothing else has any
meaning or value: the animating presence
of Consciousness, without which you
cannot know or enjoy anything. And the
best way to protect anything is not to be
away from it at all. This is the purpose of
spiritual practice – to remain continuously
one with Consciousness all the time.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 1966

The One...

Simply put, you are The One.

But - - you're pretending to be "two."

So then you start to desperately seek for a
reunion with "The One."

The incredible irony is that it's a One which
you already are – and have never stopped
being.

A dog chasing its own tail will only get
dizzy and an occasional mouthful of hair.

But in Enlightenment, there's really no
further chasing of anything.

Only, perhaps, a deepening.

Enlightenment is simply being willing
to dance joyously – and with total
gratitude – to whatever music that's
being played for you – moment to
moment.

After all, it's all for your benefit

Just don't sit out the Dance!

- Chuck Hillig

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Seeds for the Soul
Chuck Hillig
Black Dot Publications, 2003

Anger...

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.

- Buddha

Pride...

Man's pride and satisfaction in what he knows limits the scope of his vision.

Bowl of Saki, July 1, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

One wishes to be admired for his clothes, his jewels, his possessions, his
greatness and position, and naturally when this desire increases it makes a
person blind and he loses sight of right and justice. It is natural that the
desire for things that gratify vanity should have no end; it increases
continually. The tendency to look at others with hatred and prejudice, to
consider them inferior to oneself, and all such tendencies come from this ego.
There are even cases when people spend money in order to be able to insult
another. To make someone bow before him, to make him give way, to put him in a
position of inferiority, to make him appear contemptible, sometimes a person
will spend money. The desire for the satisfaction of vanity reaches such a
point, that a person would give his life for the satisfaction of his vanity.
Often someone shows generosity, not for the sake of kindness, but to satisfy his
vanity. The more vanity a person has the less sympathy he has for others, for
all his attention is given to his own satisfaction, and he is as blind toward
others. This ego, so to speak, restricts life, because it limits a person.

All the knowledge that man possesses he has acquired by belief. When he
strengthens his belief by knowledge then comes disbelief in things that his
knowledge cannot cope with, and in things that his reason cannot justify. He
then disbelieves things that he once believed in. An unbeliever is one who has
changed his belief to disbelief; disbelief often darkens the soul, but sometimes
it illuminates it. There is a Persian saying, 'Until belief has changed to
disbelief, and, again, the disbelief into a belief, a man does not become a real
Muslim.' But when disbelief becomes a wall and stands against the further
penetration of mind into life, then it darkens the soul, for there is no chance
of further progress, and man's pride and satisfaction in what he knows limit the
scope of his vision.

The Void...

"Though words are spoken
to explain the Void,
The Void as such
can never be expressed.
Though we say
'the mind is a bright light',
It is beyond
all words and symbols.
Although the mind
is void in essence,
All things it embraces
and contains."
-- from Song of Mahamudra
-- Tibetan Buddhist Tilopa (988-1069)

Thoughts...

The one who follows the thought is also a thought!
The one who follows the thought IS in thought.
When you know that both are thoughts,
You are Home.
Then allow thoughts to arise
and allow them to be followed.
You remain as That unmoved and unconcerned Being.
This is the highest understanding.

- Papaji