Be drunk in Love...


Be drunk in Love
Since Love is everything that exists.

- Rumi

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of live.
In the end, to take a step without feet;
to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast.

Rumi, The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII

Inward detachment...


The realization of the mentalistic character of our daily life need not curtail its interest, efficiency, or vividness.

But there inevitably arises little by little an inward detachment from all things and all creatures, situations, and environments,

which is the preliminary sacrifice required of the ego before the Overself's Grace can be shed down upon it.


— Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 5: The Key To the Spiritual World > # 20
.... Paul Brunton

The path of Jesus...


We speak of a mystic of high caliber..

many call God..

Who was this 'everyman' ?..

He was you are I..

There is no difference..

All is Consciousness..

He was Consciousness..

We are Consciousness..

What is the difference ?..

Knowledge and Ignorance..

We have been kept ignorant of this fact..

you can thank the religions and the schools..

How can you become Jesus ?..

This is the goal of all christians..

The path is simple..

Become Unconditional Love..

That's all..

Simple, Right !..

Release the ego attachment..

It is that simple..

ego and love are opposites..

you cannot serve two masters..



namaste, thomas

Consuming the Illusion...


Death quickly steals that, which does not consume..

The intake and elimination of the illusion..

The illusion must feed upon itself to survive..

Can matter be counted by atoms?..

With the circling of earth and sun,

Matter disintegrates..

There is no more consuming..

The illusion is ended..

There is only identity left..


namaste, thomas

Tao Te Ching...


Accept disgrace willingly. Accept misfortune as
the human condition.

What do you mean by "Accept disgrace willingly"?
Accept being unimportant. Do not be concerned
with loss or gain. This is called "accepting dis-
grace willingly."

What do you mean by "Accept misfortune as the
human condition"? Misfortune comes from having
a body. Without a body, how could there be mis-
fortune?

Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted
to care for all things. Love the world as your own
self; then you can truly care for all things.

- Lao-tzu

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Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
Vintage Books Edition, September 1972

The teacher...


The Teacher will not be recognized by the
diamonds on this head or by the number of
students he has.

Know the Teacher to be the
One whose presence gives you Peace and removes
all the craving, attachment, and desire.

The
Jnani's torch burns down the house of false
convictions,

but as Kabir says, nobody takes
this fire.

- Papaji

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

The teacher...


The teacher is important but the teacher does not have to be physical..

In mysticism, a teacher is important as a map to avoid pain..

I have visited spiritual teachers, but, I had left them all and just remained
within the words of Yeshua and Gautama..

This path of spiritual teacher versus earthly teacher may not be the lifeline
that you seek,

but, if you have belief that you will be protected within the higher rhelms and
beyond, you will remain without fear...

Everything, after all is the same Consciousness..

Different names and religions..

Always the same Consciousness walking home..

Therefore, my opinion is that there is only One Teacher..

You choose which aspect of materiality and manifestation is seen...

namaste, thomas

Now...


The disease is simple and the remedy
equally simple.

It is your mind only
that makes you insecure and unhappy.

Anticipation makes you insecure,
memory - unhappy.

Stop misusing
your mind and all will be well with
you.

You need not set it right -
it will
set itself right,

as soon as you give up
all concern with the past and the
future and live entirely in the now.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj


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


the soul...


Most humans are unaware that the 'sub-conscious mind' is the 'soul'..

the soul is the individual consciousness linked directly to Divine
Consciousness..

the conscious mind trains the sub-conscious mind to accept either selfish or
unselfish thoughts..

the soul will accept all thoughts and manifest these thoughts into the
illusion..

this is why the sub-conscious mind (soul) must be trained by the conscious mind
of daily thoughts..

namaste, thomas

The Heart...


The heart must be empty in order to receive the knowledge of God.

Bowl of Saki, November 26, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

It is the innocent and pure soul who has a capacity for learning. When a person
comes to take a lesson on any subject, and he brings his own knowledge with him,
the teacher has little to teach him, for the doors of his heart are not open.
His heart that should be empty in order to receive knowledge is occupied by the
knowledge that he already had acquired. In order to know the truth or to know
God earthly qualifications and earthly wisdom or learning are not necessary.
What one has to learn is how to become a pupil. ...

It is the receptivity of our heart and the passivity of our mind, it is the
eagerness, the thirst and hunger after truth, it is the direction of our whole
life to that Ideal from who all light and truth come, that alone can bring us
truth and the knowledge of God. All knowledge of the earth is as clouds covering
the sun. It is the breaking of these clouds and clearness of the sky, or in
other words the purity of heart, which give the capacity for the knowledge of
God.

The innocence of Jesus has been known through the ages. In his every moment, in
his every action, he appeared to be as a child. All the great saints and sages,
the great ones who have liberated humanity, have been as innocent as children
and at the same time wiser, much more so, than the worldly-wise. And what makes
it so? What gives them this balance? It is repose with passiveness. When they
stand before God, they stand with their heart as an empty cup; when they stand
before God to learn, they unlearn all things that the world has taught them;
when they stand before God, their ego, their self, their life, is no more before
them. They do not think of themselves in that moment with any desire to be
fulfilled, with any motive to be accomplished, with any expression of their own;
but as empty cups, that God may fill their being, that they may lose the false
self.

The Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life

the eternal secret...


"One assumes the form of that which is in one's mind.

That is the eternal secret."


_Maitri Upansihad_
in George Feuerstein
_Teachings of Yoga_
Boston: Shambhala, 1997, p. 38


non-personality...


There's no state in which one is seeing reality.

WHO is seeing WHAT? You can only BE real.

(And that you are always.)

The problem exists only in thinking.

Let all false ideas go, that's all.

There's no need for true ideas.

(Since there are none.)



from I Am That - Nisargadatta Maharaj

the soul...


Usually a beginner loses focus and by force of habit leaks his consciousness into thinking,

objectifying his sense of me in the mind.

However, whenever he returns, moment to moment,

to the center of awareness and gradually anchors attention in pure subjectivity,

the whole structure of his consciousness becomes centralized in being rather than thinking.

By giving our consciousness the supreme object of our presence,

we decondition it from pursuing external objects.

As we gradually learn how to live through pure consciousness, our mind surrenders to its host, the ground of I am — the soul.



Anadi
The Book of Enlightenment
p.71

All is Consciousness...


All is Consciousness..

the individual mind is the ego..

the ego is an illusion,

therefore, the mind is an illusion..

As mystics know,

you must surrender the mind to enter Reality..

But, Consciousness is even within the dreams of illusion,

just as we are within sleeping dreams..

namaste, thomas

Existence...


Leave your existence to existence,

stop caring for yourself
so much and let the universe care for you;

it is the best
mother.

There has to be some trust, not just belief,

because
trust is intimate...

something lets go to this invitation to stop
holding yourself and let’s go to existence instead.

The very
letting go will be observed in your presence.

- Mooji

Fear of non-existence...


The very reason that you use the word 'I' is proof of the fear of
non-existence..

When, You no longer think in the field of personality or identity,

only then will Freedom ring..

Unconditional Love is the state of non-egoic consciousness..

This means, no identity or personality..

What is Fear?..

It is the thought of 'I' being injured, suffering loss, or extinguished..

Perhaps, this 'insight' is why 'sight' originates from the 'eye'...

namaste, thomas

The Source...


The 'Source' of all illusions and even the illusion of Divine Consciousness
contains no Self..

Only Pure Awareness without any personality or identity..

This place of no identity or personality is also called Pure Love..

Pure Love contains no division..

any identity would create a division from Pure Love..


namaste, thomas

Happiness...



> Ancient Chinese saying: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
> If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for
> month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
> If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. If you want
> eternal happiness, know yourself.”
>
> --
............................

This statement is wise, but

this only leads to Divine Consciousness..

which is You..

perhaps, this knowledge is enough for the students of famous teachers..

the knowledge beyond 'You' is a question posed to You while within Divine Consiousness and beyond the illusion of ego..

Why do you grasp onto a personality for existence ?..

Why do you equate happiness with existence ?..

you can answer these questions now,

or wait for entry into Divine Consciousness...


namaste, thomas

Seventh Heaven...


Saints speak of the seven levels of Heaven.

The hierarchy of angel and arch-angels.

the lower frequencies of demonic angels..

All Illusion !!..

'They' exist, only as long as 'You Believe' that they exist..

Why would You have to climb a mountain of spirituality to attain that which You already are ?..

It goes back to 'Belief'..

What ever You Believe, will manifest..

You are Divine Consciousness,

but because of your ignorance of this fact,

you are captured by karma and reincarnation..

Awaken to Reality and Truth and you will find Freedom..

As Jesus said; "The Truth will make you free"...


namaste, thomas

Fast car -Tracy Chapman

Overself...


It is objected, why search at all if one really is the Overself?

Yes, there comes a time when the deliberate purposeful search for the Overself has to be abandoned for this reason.

Paradoxically, it is given up many times, whenever he has a Glimpse, for at such moments he knows that he always was, is, and will be the Real,
that there is nothing new to be gained or searched for.

Who should search for what?

But the fact remains that past tendencies of thought rise up after every Glimpse and overpower the mind, causing it to lose this insight and putting it back on the quest again.

While this happens he must continue the search, with this difference, that he no longer searches blindly, as in earlier days, believing that he is an ego trying to transform itself into the Overself, trying to reach a new attainment in time by evolutionary stages.

No! through the understanding of the Short Path he searches knowingly, not wanting another experience since both wanting and experiencing put him out of the essential Self.

He thinks and acts as if he is that Self, which puts him back into It. It is a liberation from time-bound thinking, a realization of timeless fact...

Paul Brunton...

Words...


All we have are words to transfer data..

written or spoken,

only words..

Truth is beyond words..

This is why, we keep falling asleep..

Our hypnosis is deep..

This is why the word 'Awaken' is used..

snap our fingers to awaken..

It is friction and sound..

the friction is the weight of the illusion of body..

the sound are the vibrations that manifest into sight..

words slow us down..

go beyond words and enter Consciousness..

but, remember only Nothingness can enter Reality...

namaste, thomas

The empty reed...


It is not the solid wood that can become a flute, it is the empty reed.

Bowl of Saki, November 22, by Hazrat Inayat Khan



Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There is a saying of Jalaluddin Rumi, 'Fire, water, air, and earth are God's
servants, and whenever He wishes them to work for Him, they are ready to obey
his command.' If the elements are the obedient servants of God, cannot man be a
greater and better instrument?

In point of fact God Himself is the messenger. In the aspect of God He is God,
but, in the form of the messenger, He is the messenger. The tide of the sea
surges, and when the sea has that motion it is called tide, but in reality the
tide is the sea itself.

It is not solid wood that can become a flute, but the empty reed. It is the
perfection of that passiveness in the heart of the messenger which gives scope
for the message from above; for the messenger is the reed, the instrument. The
difference between his life and the life of the average man is that the latter
is full of self. It is the blessed soul whose heart is empty of self, who is
filled with the light of God.



Liberation...


Nothing stands in the way of your liberation

and it can happen here and now,

but for your
being more interested in other things.

And
you cannot fight with your interests.

You
must go with them,

see through them and
watch them reveal themselves as mere
errors of judgments and appreciation.


- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

Thanksgiving...


To give Thanks..

What is a 'Thank'?..

It is the release of the ego, and entering presence..

For a moment or a lifetime,

you surrender the egoic consciousness..

If you Thank another person,

you are exhibiting humility..

Humility is the state of non-ego..

When you Thank God,

you are entering the humility of Love..

when you thank another person,

you are entering the humility of Love..

This is why we have Thanksgiving Day,

For a brief time,

we enter humility...


namaste, thomas



I am the sea...


The wave is the sea itself yet, when it rises in the form of a wave, it is the
wave and when you look at the whole of it, it is the sea.

Bowl of Saki, November 21, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There is an Arabic saying, 'If you wish to know God, you must know yourself.'
How little man knows, while he is in the intoxication of individualism! ...

We
are connected with one another. Our lives are tied together, and there is a link
in which we can see one current running through all. There are many globes and
lamps, and yet one current is running through all.

The mystic seeks to realize this constantly and to impress it on his mind in
whatever he may see.

What, for him, are the waves of the sea?

Are they not the
sea itself? ...

Therein lies the whole of religion.

The mystic's prayer is to
that beauty, and his work is to forget the self, to lose himself like a bubble
in the water.

The wave realizes, 'I am the sea', and by falling into the sea
prostrates itself before its God.



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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This quotation is from:
"The Truth Is"
Sri H.W.L. Poonja
Yudhishtara, 1995

The Good Book - Melanie

Spirit...




You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word, "environment,"
But spirit scorns it, and is free.

It masters time, it conquers space;
It cows that boastful trickster, Chance,
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown, and fill a servant's place.

The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless Soul,
Can hew a way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.

Be not impatient in delay,
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands,
The gods are ready to obey.


James Allen...' As a man thinketh'...

Silence...


Last night

I begged the Wise One to tell me
the secret of the world.

Gently, gently he whispered,

"Be quiet,

the secret cannot be spoken,

it is wrapped in silence."


- Rumi

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"Rumi - Whispers of the Beloved:
Selected and translated by
Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Thorsons, London 1999

The occultist...


The occultist who seeks to expand his life by enlarging his personal powers

is often less near the Source than the artist who surrenders himself wholly to grace-given moments of felt beauty.

The one is fastened more securely to the ego,

the other released from it.


— Notebooks Category 16: The Sensitives > Chapter 13: The Occult > # 45
........Paul Brunton

I'll Fly Away by The Kossoy Sisters

The Joy of Nothingness...


We assign identities..

ego and divinity..

always the separation..

the separation within consciousness
and the separation of personality..

as consciousness, We exist..

We wander through images..

We still wonder;

Is this All ?...

The power of all and You wish for more..

The 'more' that You seek,

can only be found by no-one...


namaste, thomas

Kabir...


"When I was, Hari was not,
now Hari is and I am no more:
All darkness vanished,
When I saw the Lamp within my heart.

The effulgence of the supreme Being
is beyond the imagination:
Ineffable is His beauty,
to see it is the only `proof.'

It was a good thing the hail fell to ground,
for it lost its own selfhood:
Melting, it turned into water
and rolled down to the pond.

Him whom I went out to seek,
I found just where I was:
He now has become myself
whom before I called `Another'!"

Kabir

Dying...


"In love, aside from sipping the wine of timelessness,

nothing else exists.

There is no reason for living except for giving one's life.

I said, 'First I know you, then I die.'

He said, 'For the one who knows Me, there is no dying.'"



Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207 - 1273)
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/in-love-76/

Intellectual Proof...


"The moment you try to understand God rather than love Him,

you begin to
misunderstand Him,

and your ignorance feeds your ego.

Mind cannot reach that
which is beyond it --

God is infinite and beyond the reach of mind....

To ask
for a purely intellectual proof of the existence of God is like asking for the
privilege of being able to see with your ears."


Meher Baba
_Meher Baba Calling_, 48
Ahmednagar: Meher Nazar Books, 6th ed. 1992 (1964)

The True Teacher...


The True Teacher has no students,

all is BEing and only silence speaks.

The Perfect Teacher has no teachings

because he knows that you are free
already.

So the True Teacher's non-
teaching is that there is no teacher,
no
student, no teaching and that Nothing
has ever existed.

This teaching must be
without words and must land in your heart.

If you try to understand it, it will only
land in your head.


- Papaji

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

Thought changes the Hologram...


The title tells the story..

There are spiritual entities that teach love and act through humans..

Are these real?..

Some are..

But, the others are egoic entities that use consciousness to keep you on the long path of reincarnation..

The longer that you stay within the illusion of reality,

The longer that your energy can be used as a sustenance..

I teach the 'short path' of Zen or what is called 'Enlightenment'..

This is the complete surrender of the egoic consciousness and the Awakening into Reality..

There is no more karma and ego to return to the hologram..

Which game will You play?..

The Thoughts that you hold within your mind are creating tomorrow..

How many tomorrows do you have ?..

What will you be tomorrow ?..

What are you Now ?..

You have forgotten your previous journeys into this hologram..

You have played all of the roles..

When You have become tired of the 'Play',

Return Home....

namaste, thomas

Zen Koans...


From; ZEN BUDDHISM

AN INTRODUCTION TO ZEN
WITH STORIES & PARABLES

AND KOAN RIDDLES TOLD BY
THE ZEN MASTERS & WITH CUTS
FROM OLD CHINESE INK-PAINTINGS

THE PETER PAUPER PRESS
MOUNT VERNON & NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT © 1959
BY THE PETER PAUPER PRESS, INC.
............................
STORIES & PARABLES
AND KOAN RIDDLES
OF ZEN MASTERS

A MASTER who lived as a hermit on a mountain was asked by a monk,
"What is the Way?"

"What a fine mountain this is," the master said in reply.

"I am not asking you about the mountain, but about the Way."

"So long as you cannot go beyond the mountain, my son, you cannot
reach the Way," replied the master.

* * *

THE MASTER Kosen drew the words "The First Principle" which are
carved over the gate of the Oaku Temple in Kyoto. He drew them
with his brush on a sheet of paper later they were carved in wood.

A pupil of the master had mixed the ink for him, and stood by,
watching the master's calligraphy. This pupil said, "Not so good!"
Kosen tried again. The pupil said: "That's worse than the first
one!" and Kosen tried again.

After the sixty-fourth try, the ink was running low, and the pupil
went out to mix some more. Left alone, undistracted by any
critical eye watching him, Kosen made one more quick drawing with
the last of the ink. When the pupil returned, he took a good look
at this latest effort.

"A masterpiece!" he said.

* * *

JOSHU asked a monk who appeared for the first time in the hall,
"Have I ever seen you here before?" The monk answered, "No sir,
you have not."

"Then have a cup of tea," said Joshu.

He turned to another monk. "Have I ever seen you here before?" he
said. "Yes sir, of course you have," said the second monk.

"Then have a cup of tea," said Joshu.

Later, the managing monk of the monastery asked Joshu, "How is it
that you make the same offer of tea whatever the reply to your
question?"

At this Joshu shouted, "Manager, are you still here?"

"Of course, master!" the manager answered. "Then have a cup of
tea," said Joshu.

* * *

THE STUDENT Doken was told to go on a long journey to another
monastery. He was much upset, because he felt that this trip would
interrupt his studies for many months. So he said to his friend,
the advanced student Sogen:

"Please ask permission to come with me on the trip. There are so
many things I do not know; but if you come along we can discuss
them - in this way I can learn as we travel."

"All right," said Sogen. "But let me ask you a question: If you
are hungry, what satisfaction to you if I eat rice? If your feet
are lame, what comfort to you if I go on merrily? If your bladder
is full, what relief to you if I piss?"

* * *

THE STUDENT Tokusan used to come to the master Ryutan in the
evenings to talk and to listen. One night it was very late before
he was finished asking questions.

"Why don't you go to bed?" asked Ryutan.

Tokusan bowed, and lifted the screen to go out. "The hall is very
dark," he said.

"Here, take this candle," said Ryutan, lighting one for the
student.

Tokusan reached out his hand, and took the candle.

Ryutan leaned forward, and blew it out.

* * *

Enough...


There is no greater sin than desire,

No greater curse than discontent,

No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself.

Therefore he who knows that enough is enough
will always have enough.

- Lao-tzu

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Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
Vintage Books Edition, September 1972


Consciousness...


We as 'Consciousness' create a hologram called 'body'..

This 'body' is mistakenly assumed to be 'Us'..

This belief in separate body and mind is called ego..

All is Consciousness..

As Jesus said; " The kingdom of God is within and without"..

Karma is attached to this belief in separate self..

If there is no longer a belief in separate self,

There is no more Karma..

Once, You know Self as Consciousness,

Then even this Self must be surrendered into non-Self..

You do not exist,

Only Consciousness Exists..


namaste, thomas

Karma...


" Do un to others as you would have them do unto you"..

obviously, the words of Yeshua..

As a mystic and my experiences within Divine Light,

I asked Divine Consciousness,

" What is the most important lesson that I am to learn while within the body" ?..

The answer given was exactly what the first sentence is..

This is also the law of Karma..

Karma appears to be the power that frees us or imprisons us..

namaste, thomas

self...


Who is hearing?

Your physical being doesn't hear,

Nor does the void.

Then what does?

Strive to find out.

Put aside your rational Intellect,

Give up all techniques.

Just get rid of the notion of self.

Bassui

Himself...


In the early stages of enlightenment,

the aspirant is overwhelmed by his discovery that God is within himself.

It stirs his intensest feelings and excites his deepest thoughts.

But, though he does not know it,

those very feelings and thoughts still form part of his ego,

albeit the highest part.

So he still separates his being into two--self and Overself.

Only in the later stages does he find that God not only is within himself but is himself.


— Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 7: Contemplative Stillness > # 300 ... Paul Brunton

Yusuf Islam - "Peace Train" (Classic and blues)

Integration...


"The Sufi is he whose thought keeps pace with his
foot,

i.e., he is entirely present:

his soul is where
his body is, and his body is where his soul is, and
his soul is where his foot is, and his foot is where
his soul is.

This is the sign of presence without
absence."



Hujwiri
in Whitall N. Perry
_ A Treasury of Traditonal Wisdom_
Varanasi: Inidica, 1998 (1971), p. 870

Desires...


Of six billion people in the world, how many desire freedom? How rare is it? It may not be possible for the earth to produce even one enlightened person in a country. To see an enlightened man we look back 2,535 years. We find this prince who became enlightened, and still every day we repeat his name.

When he woke up he was sleeping with his wife,his queen,and his son. He had a palace, elephants, horses, treasures, armies, and dancing girls. This young man had not seen any suffering in the palace. From where did his desire "I want to be free" arise?

At midnight he woke up. On one side he saw the beauty of the land, his wife; on the other side, his son, the gift of married life. This man woke up in between.

As you hear this, don't exclude yourself, You are Buddha yourself. He was a human. You are a human. He had perhaps more responsibilities than you have. His engagements were tremendous, much more than yours. And he had to find time for this desire for freedom.

After finding the time, this man is now showing us the light. He is not dead. We remember him every day. He lives in the heart of everyone. Who does not know Buddha?. In each country his name is shining. You are Buddha yourself.. Don't underestimate yourself. You have the same light, the same wisdom, the same consciousness, he had.

If you want to postpone, you can go on to the next birth. If you have desires and they are not fulfilled, you have to be reborn into the next womb. If you want to stop it, fulfill all your desires in an instant. If no desires are left, how can you be reborn?

The only way off this circle is to fulfill all your desires in an instant. You've been trying the other way. You fulfill one desire; then another comes. You fulfill it, yet another comes. Ask the kings, the rulers of this world, and you will find they have desires and fears. Ask the businessman. He, too, has desires and fears: he wants more money. The worker, the priest, the soldier—everybody has unfulfilled desires.

The simple way to fulfill your desires is with fire. You need fire to burn the store-house of these desires that you have accumulated in the bag of your memory. Instantly they will be fired by one desire: enlightenment!

In enlightenment, all desires are reduced to ashes. You no longer need to return to any womb. Otherwise, you have to be hitchhiking from place to place, womb to womb.

It doesn't take any time. Just have this one desire. It has to work because this desire can't land on any object. Desires for objects, wanting what you don't have, can take some time. But this desire to know your own true Self can't take you far away for its fulfillment.


Papaji..
Wake Up and Roar
p.129-30
published by
Sounds True
Boulder, CO 80306

This desire will be fulfilled instantly, because the desired object is the subject! It is the subject aspiring to return to subject. Consciousness desires, from within consciousness, to return to consciousness. How much time do you need to return home, while sitting at home?

Thoughts...


“You are today where your thoughts have brought you;

you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”


― James Allen
from "As a man thinketh"...

What a Shock...


You stand at the edge
Ready to throw yourself in.

What a shock to discover

There is no where to go
And no one to throw.

- Ram Tzu

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No Way for the Spiritually "Advanced"
Ram Tzu
Advaita Press, 1990

Mental Creations...


It is a startling moment when he wakes up to the fact

that he is dreaming without waking up to the physical world at all.

For then he is able to know as a scientific observable fact that the measurable space around him,

the sensations of resistance and solidity in his feet

and the hardness or smoothness of objects in his hands,

are nothing else than mental creations.



— Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 3: The States of Consciousness > # 93 ... Paul Brunton

Yeshua speaks...


Jesus the Christ, Quotes and Sayings;


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see god.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

The kingdom is within you and it is without you.

Cleave a piece of wood and i am there;
lift up the stone and you will find me there.

Blessed is the man who has suffered; he has found life.

If you will know yourselves, then you will be known
and you will know that you are the sons of the living father.
But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty and you are poverty.

He (Jesus Christ) sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, if any man
Desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But i say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good To them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

I will give you what the eye has not seen, and what the ear has not heard, and what the hand has not touched, and what has not arisen in the heart of man.

Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you shall find the
Kingdom; and because you come from it you shall go there again.

If they say to you, ’from where have you originated?’ say to them,
’We have come from the light, where the light originated through itself.’

If they ask you, ’what is the sign of your father in you?’
say to them, ’it is a movement and a rest.’

Whoever is near to me is near to the fire, and whoever is far
From me is far from the kingdom.

Whoever drinks from my mouth shall become as i am and i myself
Will become he, and the hidden things shall be revealed to him.

Jesus said: it is impossible for a man to mount two horses and to stretch two bows;
and it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters,
otherwise he will honor the one and offend the other.

Jesus said: the mote that is in thy brother’s eye thou seest,
but the beam that is in thine eye thou seest not.

Jesus said: When thou castest the beam out of thine eye,
then thou wilt see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Jesus saw children who were being suckled. He said to his disciples: these
Children who are being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.

They said to him: shall we then, being children, enter the kingdom?

Jesus said to them: when you make the two one,
and when you make the inner as the outer
and the outer as the inner, and the above as the below, and
When you make the male and the female into a single one,
so that the male shall not be male and the female not be female,
then shall you enter the kingdom.

The man that walked on water...


A conventionally-minded dervish, from an austerely pious school, was
walking one day along a river bank. He was absorbed in concentration
upon moralistic and scholastic problems, for this was the form which
Sufi teaching had taken in the community to which he belonged. He
equated emotional religion with the search for ultimate truth.

Suddenly his thoughts were interrupted by a loud shout: someone
was repeating the dervish call. "There is no point in that," he said
to himself, "because the man is mispronoucing the syllables. Instead
of intoning YA HU, he is saying U YA HU."

The he realized that he had a duty, as a more careful student,
to correct this unfortunate person, who might have had no opportunity
of being rightly guided, and was therefore probably only doing his
best to attune himself with the idea behind the sounds.
So he hired a boat and made his way to the island in midstream
from which the sound appeared to come.

Sitting in a reed hut he found a man, dressed in a dervish robe,
moving in time to his own repetition of the initiatory phrase. "My
friend," said the first dervish, "you are mispronoucing the phrase.
It is incumbent upon me to tell you this, because there is merit for
him who gives and him who takes advice. This is the way in which you
speak it." And he told him.
"Thank you," said the other dervish humbly.

The first dervish entered his boat again, full of satisfaction
at having done a good deed. After all, it was said that a man who
could repeat the sacred formula correctly could even walk upon the
waves: something that he had never seen, but always hoped--for some
reason--to be able to achieve.

Now he could hear nothing from the reed hut, but he was sure
that his lesson had been well taken.
Then he heard a faltering U YA HU as the second dervish started
to repeat the phrase in his old way...

While the first dervish was thinking about this, reflecting upon
the perversity of humanity and its persistence in error, he suddenly
saw a strange sight. From the island the other dervish was coming
towards him, walking on the surface of the water...

Amazed, he stopped rowing. The second dervish walked up to him
and said: "Brother, I am sorry to trouble you, but I have to come out
to ask you again the standard method of making the repetition you
were telling me, because I find it difficult to remember ."

as collected by Idries Shah



Lalla...


Wear just enough clothes to keep warm.

Eat only enough to stop the hunger-pang.

And as for your mind,

let it work
to recognize who you are,

and the Absolute,

and that
this body will become food
for the forest crows.

- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop, 1992

Dreams...


The dreams are not equal,

but the dreamer is one.

I am the insect, I am the poet - in dream.

But in reality I am neither.

I am beyond all dreams.

I am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear.

I am both inside and outside the dream.

Just as a man having a headache knows the ache and also knows that he is not the ache, so do I know the dream,

myself dreaming and myself not dreaming - all at the same time.

I am what I am before, during and after the dream.

But what I see in dream,

I am not...


Nisargadatta..

Jim Croce - Time in a bottle - 1973

The Creator...


You are the 'God' that creates this dream..

You just swallowed a sleeping pill called ego..

This pill causes forgetfulness..


namaste, thomas

Manifestation...


What is manifestation ?..

a trillion atoms, far apart..

really just vibrations that take form according to our desires..

the five senses work with the brain to convince us that the manifestation is
real..

but, just look at the galaxies of atoms and there is no form except movement..

Divine Consciousness is within this dream of manifestation,

as also without this manifestation..

It all condenses to Consciousness..

This is Who We Are...

at least for Now...


namaste, thomas

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

A spark...


A spark of pure love is more precious before God,

more useful for the soul,

and
more rich in
benedictions for the assembley

than all the other works taken together,

even if,
according to
appearance,

one does nothing."



St. John of the Cross
in Whitall N. Perry
_A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom_
Varanasi: Indica, 1998 (1971), p. 356

Four Different Stages In The Path Of Realization...


"There are four different stages in the path of realization:

"First, that of a beginner, a Pravartaka, or one who has just begun to worship
God. Those who belong to this class begin to wear the sign of their creed, such
as the rosary or the mark on the forehead, and they are very particular about
the external forms of their sect.

"The second stage is that of the neophyte or Sadhaka. Those of this class are
farther advanced. They do not parade their beliefs and do not attach so much
importance to external signs. Their worship is internal. They repeat the Lord's
Name-silently, pray without ostentation and feel some longing for God.

"The third stage is that of Siddha. What is a Siddha? One who is firmly
convinced in his heart and soul that God exists, that He does everything, that
He is the Omnipotent Being, and who has obtained a first glimpse of Him.

"The fourth stage is that of the Siddha of Siddhas. One who has reached this
stage has not only seen God but has made acquaintance with Him and has
established a definite relation with Him, either that of a son to his father or
that of a mother to her child, or that of friend to friend or of brother to
brother, or the relation of husband and wife.

"To believe that fire is in the wood is faith. This is one thing, but it is
another thing to bring that fire out of the wood, to cook something with it, to
eat this and to attain peace and happiness afterwards. So to believe that God is
in the world and to catch a distant glimpse of Him is one thing; but to come
into direct communion with Him, to enjoy His company and taste Divine Bliss is
another. No one can set a limit to the various aspects of God which a Bhakta can
realize. They rise ever higher and higher."

Sri Ramakrishna
in _The Gospel Of Ramakrishna_
Revised By Swami Abhedananda
From M.'s (Mahendra Nath Gupta) Original English Text
New York: The Vedanta Society, 1907, p. 322-324
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gork/gork14.htm

Happiness...


Nothing can make you happier than you
are.

All search for happiness is misery
and leads to more misery.

The only
happiness worth the name

is the natural
happiness of conscious being.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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


Desire...


This is why souls are caught within the wheel of reincarnation..

they 'desire'..

to experience, to feel duality, to see and feel the opposite of love..

but, this is always the decision of the soul consciousness..

when this game becomes tiring,

Home awaits..

Divine Consciousness does not need to learn..

It does not need to see beauty,

as It's very Being is Beauty..

only the ego needs to learn, and seek beauty..

This dream of life is for entertainment..

but, this is only my opinion...

namaste, thomas

Plotinus...


I often wake up from my body into my true self,

so that being within myself and outside all other things I enjoy a vision of wonderful beauty.

It is then that I believe most firmly that I am a part of the nobler realm,
living a life of perfect activity;

I have become at one with the divine,

and being securely established in it I have entered into that higher actuality,

setting myself above all the rest of the intelligible world.

But when, after being at rest in the divine, I have started my descent from intellection to discursive reasoning,

I wonder how on earth it is that even now I am descending,

and how on earth it is that my soul has come to be in my body,

since it has been revealed to be what it is in itself, despite being in body ..

Plotinus..

" Let there be Light "...


This Light is found by mystics and contains nothing called time..

This Light contains a binding force called Love..

This Light flows with Intelligence and Knowledge..

This Light is Us..

This is called Divine Consciousness..

But, Who created this Light?..

What Thought or Awareness manifested this Creator of Light Manifestations..

If Light was manifested by Thought and found to be good..

Then this Manifestor exists within the darkness of Void..

We seek the Light because we seek Ourselves..

Do we have the courage to leave Light,Love, and Consciousness and be consumed by
the Nothingness and Darkness of Pure Awareness?..

For us to accept this state of Reality, is to no longer exist as Identity..

This is why Pure Awareness or the Void has no Identity..

Cound this be the place of Pure Love?..

Pure Love has no Identity..

Pure Love feels no pain or fear..

Pure Love is the greatest desire of humans..

Why do we keep seeking the mental joy of Love?..


We are trying to return Home...


namaste, thomas

Pure Awareness...


You can call it Thought or Intelligence or Consciousness or whatever
nomenclature that you desire..

these are just incomplete thought words..

In my opinion,

There is a force of Thought that dreams..

Dreamed of a Force of creation of the illusions of manifestation..

Dreamed of us..

When the sleeper of thought awakens,

There is only the Nothingness of the Void..

namaste, thomas

Atonement...


"At-oned with her creator,

the soul has lost her name,

for she herself does not exist:

God has absorbed her
into Him,

just as the sunlight swallows up the dawn
till it is gone."



Meister Eckhart
in Whitall N. Perry
_A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom_
Varanasi: Indica, 1998 (1971), p. 894

Desires...


The desire for truth is the highest of all
desires,

yet, it is still a desire.

All desires
must be given up for the real to be.

Remember
that you are.

This is your working capital.

Rotate it and there will be much profit.



- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

Identity...


As long as You identify with anything..

You become that..

If you identify with God..

You become That..

But, this God is the God of Creation..

Creation is a Dream..

You become the creator of dreams..

But, In this creation, You feel longing..

A longing for Love..

And what is Love but non-egoic consciousness..

If You are courageous enough,

You surrender even this Identity of God..

And become the Nothingness of Pure Awareness..

Can You leave Unconditional Love for the Reality of Pure love without an individual feeling it ?..

Pure Love is complete non-ego and non-Identity..


namaste, thomas

Nothingness...


"We come spinning out of nothingness,

scattering stars like dust."

~ Rumi


Infinite and finite...


God (Consciousness) does create finite things..

They are called 'Dreams'..

Everytime that you dream,

you create finite things that disappear upon awakening..

The ego is a finite thing that disappears upon awakening..

You are the Consciousness that creates finite things..

" Pure Awareness" created the finite thing called "Divine Consciousness"..

But, this Knowledge is not ready to be presented here..

namaste, thomas

Are you ready?...


If it were true that a planet is traveling through our galaxy on it's normal mission to reverse the poles,

would you be ready for the transition from egoic consciousness to universal consciousness?..

It's quite a question..

Death is always dreaded..

But, we have walked through the door of death many times..

and each time, we feel the fear of non-existence..

this is the arrow point of fear..

non-existence of egoic consciousness..

we do not fear the loss of body..

only the loss of separate consciousness..

It is time to walk in consciousness..

Our time is short..

As the Buddha said; " Believe only what you have personally found to be True"..

Know that You are Light, Love, and Consciousness and everything else is just a dream..

When You 'wake up',

the dream will end...

namaste, thomas

The delusion...


There's one great delusion that lies at the core
of all of our suffering:

the false belief in the reality
of the separation of life and in the subsequent
true existence of an individual ego.

All fervent attempts to control or to mortify this
illusory ego through penance, rituals and sacrifice,
however,

will only serve to intensify the delusion,

that this ego is actually very real and that it only
needs to be,

somehow, subdued, conquered or
destroyed.

- Chuck Hillig

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Seeds for the Soul
Chuck Hillig
Black Dot Publications, 2003

Alison Krauss - There Is A Reason

Consciousness...


Is it not a strange thing that after a night's dreaming sleep when we may become some other person,

some other character during our dreams,

we yet wake up with the old identity that we had before the dream?

And is it not equally strange that after a night's sweet, deep, dreamless slumber when we actually forget utterly that same previous identity,

we are able to pick it up once more on awakening?

What is the explanation of these strange facts?

It is that we have never left our true selfhood,

whether in dreams or deep slumber, never been other than we really were in essence,

and that the only change that has taken place has been a change of the state of our consciousness,

not of the consciousness itself.



— Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 3: The States of Consciousness > # 186 ... Paul Brunton

The Tao...


One who has attained the Tao is master of himself,

and
the universe is dissolved in him.

Throw him in the
company of the noisy and the dirty,

and he will be
like a lotus flower growing from muddy water,

touched
by it, yet unstained."



T'u Lung
in Whitall N. Perry
_A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom_
Varanasi: Indica, 1998 (1971), p. 905

Life and Death...


look at love
how it tangles
with the one fallen in love

look at spirit
how it fuses with earth
giving it new life

why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend

why talk about all
the known and the unknown
see how the unknown merges into the known

why think seperately
of this life and the next
when one is born from the last

look at your heart and tongue
one feels but deaf and dumb
the other speaks in words and signs

look at water and fire
earth and wind
enemies and friends all at once

the wolf and the lamb
the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me

be like sugarcane
sweet yet silent
don't get mixed up with bitter words

my beloved grows
right out of my own heart
how much more union can there be

Rumi....

Which "I" is Real?...


The "I" by which you know yourself..

Which "I"?..

The illusion of "I" called ego,

or the real "I" of Divine Consciousness..

The world tells you who you are.

This is the ego..

The object of Spirituality is to break through this sub-conscious mind programing and discover who You really are..

Divine Consciousness has the personality of Love..

This is the state of non-ego..

Is this separation actually real?,

Or is it just another dream from Divine Consciousness?..


namaste, thomas

The One...


"Where one sees nothing but the One,

hears nothing but the One,

knows nothing but the One --

there is the Infinite.

Where one sees another, hears another,

knows another -- there is the finite.

The Infinite is immortal, the finite is mortal.

He who has realized Eternal Truth does not see death,
nor illness, nor pain.

He sees everything as the Self, and obtains all."


_Chandogya Upanishad_, 7.23, 27
in Timothy Freke, Editor
_The Illustrated Book of Sacred Scripture_
Wheaton, IL: Quest, 1998, p. 39

Seeing beauty within life...


Seeing beauty is a wonderful experience,

but, if you see beauty,

you must see ugliness..

this is the world of Duality..

If you desire to stay within this duality of beauty and ugliness,

then you will..

thus , another incarnation..

narrow is the gate between Duality...

The secret is to have no opinions..

accept all as Is...


namaste, thomas

The love of life...


This is where the rubber meets the road..

These experiences are the shadows of complete Love..

you find delight in these shadows,

never Realising the treasure that you do not see..

What if you Realised that You were the Love that cast these shadows..

This is the real goal of life..

move from the shadows into the Light..

to surrender the senses is difficult,

as they are the only reality we know..

but, we must move beyond senses and mind to know Reality..

How many of us have the courage to do that ?...


namaste, thomas



The True Teacher...


The true Teacher removes all names and
forms and concepts.

The preacher adds
them like a noose around your neck.

The preacher clings to you like a vulture
clings to a fresh corpse.

The true Teacher
will teach only to the extent that can be
absorbed,

and then send the student away.


- Papaji

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

The razor's edge...


The razor's edge is not to give rise to a thought.

This is the razor's edge.

Walk and see.

Thoughtlessness will lead you to emptiness.

Not by understanding or argument, but by being it, throwing yourself into emptiness—nothing short of it.

Not understanding or conception,
but by jumping into emptiness right now!

When you jump into this, you cannot but speak the truth.

Instantly you are free.

Don't postpone this freedom, and don't make any plans for the future; then it will happen.

Planning is a trick of the mind.

The thought arises," I will make a retreat and do it there."

Time means postponement.

Papaji..

Wake Up and Roar
p.120-1
published by
Sounds True
Boulder, CO 80306

Give...


"O my Lord,

Whatever you have apportioned to me of worldly things,

Give it all to my enemies.

And whatever you have apportioned to me
in the world to come,

Give that to my friends.

For You alone are sufficient for me."



Rabia Al-Adawiyya
http://www.gratefulness.org/readings/rabia.htm

" going to the list "...


A list of words..

notions..

memories..

hopes..

fears..

prisons and freedoms..

ego and space..

electrons colliding..

Does God have a List?..

Are we on that list?..

If we are,

we are still lost ..


namaste, thomas

Time...


The past is already past.
Don't try to regain it.
The present does not stay.
Don't try to touch it.

From moment to moment.
The future has not come;
Don't think about it
Beforehand.

Whatever comes to the eye,
Leave it be.
There are no commandments
To be kept;
There's no filth to be cleansed.

With empty mind really
Penetrated, the dharmas
Have no life.

When you can be like this,
You've completed
The ultimate attainment...


Layman P'ang (740-808)

Freedom...


If you want to be free,

Get to know your real self.

It has no form, no appearance,

No root, no basis, no abode,

But is lively and buoyant.

It responds with versatile facility,

But its function cannot be located.

Therefore when you look for it,
You become further from it;

When you seek it,
You turn away from it all the more.


- Linji




Seeing...


It is as though you have an eye

That sees all forms

But does not see itself.

This is how your mind is.

Its light penetrates everywhere
And engulfs everything,

So why does it not know itself?


Foyan

Maher Baba...


"In the spiritual life it is not necessary to have a complete map of the path in
order to begin traveling.

On the contrary, insistence upon having such complete
knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march.

The deeper
secrets of spiritual life are unraveled to those who take risks and who make
bold experiments with it.

They are not meant for the idler who seeks guarantees
for every step.

Those who speculate from the shore about the ocean shall know
only its surface,

but those who would know the depths of the ocean must be
willing to plunge into it."



Meher Baba
"The Deeper Aspects of Sadhana"
_Discourses_
Myrtle Beach, SC: Sheriar Foundaton, 7th ed., 1987), p. 263.

The Avatar...

"God incarnates Himself in a human form.

It is true that He dwells everywhere,
in all living creatures, but the desires of the human soul cannot be fulfilled
except by an Avatara or Divine Incarnation.

The human being longs to see Him,
touch Him, be with Him and enjoy His Divine company.

In order to fulfill such
desires, the Incarnation of God is necessary.

When an Avatara or Divine
Incarnation descends, however, the people at large do not know it.

It is known
only to a few chosen disciples.

Can everyone comprehend the indivisible Absolute
Brahman, Existence-Intelligence-Bliss Absolute?

"When the Supreme Lord incarnated Himself as RĂ¢ma, only twelve sages knew it.

The other saints and sages knew Him as the prince of the Raja Dasaratha.

But
those twelve sages prayed to Him, saying: 'O Rama, Thou art the indivisible
Existence-Intelligence-Bliss Absolute.

Thou hast incarnated in this human form.

By Thine own power of Maya Thou appearest as a human being, but in reality Thou
art the Lord of the universe.'"


Sri Ramakrishna
in _The Gospel of Ramakrishna_
Ed. by Swami Abhedananda, [1907], p. 409-410
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gork/gork16.htm

heaven or hell...


Life is the same for the saint and for Satan;

and, if they are different,

it is because of their
outlook on life.

The one turns the same life
into Heaven and the other into Hell...


-Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Hazrat Inayat Khan
Mastery Through Accomplishment
Omega Press, 1978


Shake all the nonsense out...


Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.

If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room
By your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.

Love sometimes get tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds
All your erroneous notions of truth

That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,

Causing the world to weep
On too many fine days.

God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us inside of a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:

Hold us upside down
And Shake all the nonsense out.

But when we hear
He is in such a "playful drunken mood"

Most everyone I know
Quickly packs their bags and hightails it
Out of town.

- Hafiz

Wu Wei Teaching...


Wu Wei has a double meaning:

first, letting Life, Mind, act through you by yourself, becoming still, thought-free, and empty of ego--

you are then not doing anything, but being done to, being used; second, pursuing truth impersonally.

The usual ways seek personal attainment, achievement, salvation.

The aspirant thinks or speaks of "my mind" or "my purification" or "my progress"; hence such ways are self-enclosed, egoistic.

Whatever repression of ego that there is occurs only on the surface and merely drives it down to hide in the subconscious, whence it will re-emerge later.

These methods are Long Path ones, hence are destined to end in futility and despair.

The deeper way of Wu Wei is to lose the ego by doing nothing to seek truth or to improve oneself; adopting no practice; following no path.

The Short Path turns realization over to Overself so that it is not your concern any longer.

This does not mean that you do not care whether you find truth or not,

but that whereas ordinary care for it arises out of desire of the ego or anxiety of the ego or egoistic need of comfort, escape, or relief,

Short Path care arises out of the stillness of mind, the serenity of faith, and the acceptance of the universe....



— Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 228
Paul Brunton

Power Within...

As Jesus said;

"If you believe, and say 'Mountain be moved',

It shall be"..

He was not speaking of a belief in Him,

He was speaking of a belief within you..

This belief is the sure knowledge that manifestation will occur according to your Thoughts..

This happens much faster in a state of belief than just a keeping of the image within your mind..

This quickness was exhibited by Jesus by performing miracles..

The slowness of manifestation is a safety device for those of lower consciousness..

This slowness is to prevent negative emotions from creating chaos...


namaste, thomas

Oneness...


The Irony of wishing for Oneness is that You have never left Oneness..

You are in a dream of separation..

This separation is called egoic consciousness..

This is a game and learning experience that We are having..

It is entertainment for One that is Singular..

It is for One that is only within non-duality playing a game of duality..

Once, You understand that it is only a dream and a game that You are envolved
within, You will be free of the illusions..

namaste, thomas

Yeshua spoke...


"Jesus said:

Know what is present to your face,

and what is hidden from you will
be revealed to you.

For nothing hidden will not appear."



The Gospel of Thomas, Saying 5
Michael Grondin's Interlinear Translation
http://gospel-thomas.net/sayingz.htm

Self of Being...


How you meet what you see

is determined by who
you think you are

and the level of wisdom that you
have gained,

how deep your understanding dwells
inside the Self of Being.

- Mooji

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Writing on Water
Mooji (Anthony Paul Moo-Young)
Padam Sangha Limited, London, 2011

The game continues...

As long as the soul consciousness 'Believed' that He was that person,

then Karma comes into effect..

This is the Law of the 'game'..

There are too many memories,

The 'game' continues..

When does the 'game' end?..


When 'We' refuse to Believe that We are that which we inhabit..

Are We ready to leave the game?..

Or do many more dreams of life beckon us?..

How many desires do we have?..

Each desire is a rope holding You..

Do you desire more experiences of duality?..

Do you desire to find Love (God) through another illusion of life?

Or will you go to the Source of Love..

These are the questions that we all face...


namaste, thomas

Looking For An Echo - Kenny Vance

Vegetarian...

I have found that the "body-mind" desire for sustenance becomes less and less as
you progress in consciousness..

You begin to desire fruit and vegetables instead of meat..

Your appetite changes without having to enter a mindset of having to give up
certain foods due to spiritual beliefs..

This is the natural path of Consciousness..

namaste, thomas

The Witness...

The witness is not a person.

The person comes into being when there is a basis for it, an organism, a body.

In it, the absolute is reflected as awareness.

Pure awareness becomes self-awareness.

When there is a self, self-awareness is the witness.

When there is no self to witness, there is no witnessing either.

It is all very simple; it is the presence of the person that complicates.

See that there is no such thing as a permanently separate person and all becomes clear.

Awareness, mind, matter -

they are one reality in its two aspects as immovable and movable, and the three attributes of inertia, energy and harmony.

Awareness becomes consciousness when it has an object.

The object changes all the time.

In consciousness there is movement; awareness by itself is motionless and timeless, here and now.


Nisargadatta..

Secrets of Life...

Vernon Howard's
SECRETS OF LIFE

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"What is your life all about? Have you ever paused long enough in the mad rush
of your money-making of trying to get what you call good things for yourself,
have you ever slowed down long enough to ask yourself a simple question, what is
my life all about. When is the last time you've done that? Long time ago, right?

We're going to examine your life and the first thing I want you to understand
and understand quite clearly, that your life is not your happenings. Now you
think it is. You say 'I suffered that loss', I lost my best friend, I lost my
spouse, I lost by girl- friend,' whatever. You say you lost something, that
means that you think that you are somehow connected with this event. Not really,
you just think so.

Your life therefore is not your happenings, it is not what happens to you. When
you understand this, when you are able to separate your life, find your true
life, separate it from what happens to you, now you know what life is all about,
you know what you are all about and you are free from the world."

The road is narrow...


"Rabbi Nahman of Bratislav taught:

You should know that in life a man has to
pass over a very,

very narrow bridge,

but the essential thing,

the most
essential thing,

is that he should not be afraid --

at all."



Alan Unterman
_The Wisdom of the Jewish Mystics_
NY: New Directions, 1976, p. 75

" Song of Myself "...

I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the
beginning and the end
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.
There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.

Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the world.
Out of the dimness opposite equals advance, always substance and
increase, always sex,
Always a knit of identity, always distinction, always a breed of
life.
To elaborate is no avail, learn'd and unlearn'd feel that it is
so.

Sure as the most certain sure, plumb in the uprights, well
entretied, braced in the beams,
Stout as a horse, affectionate, haughty, electrical,
I and this mystery here we stand.

Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not
my soul.

Lack one lacks both, and the unseen is proved by the seen,
Till that becomes unseen and receives proof in its turn.

Showing the best and dividing it from the worst age vexes age,
Knowing the perfect fitness and equanimity of things, while they
discuss I am silent, and go bathe and admire myself.

Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and of any man hearty
and clean,
Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is vile, and none shall be
less familiar than the rest.

I am satisfied—I see, dance, laugh, sing;
As the hugging and loving bed-fellow sleeps at my side through the
night, and withdraws at the peep of the day with stealthy tread.
Leaving me baskets cover'd with white towels swelling the house
with their plenty,
Shall I postpone my acceptation and realization and scream at my
eyes,
That they turn from gazing after and down the road,
And forthwith cipher and show me to a cent,
Exactly the value of one and exactly the value of two, and which is
ahead?..........

Walt Whitman

"Waking from sleep"...

RICHARD M. BUCKE

AND WALT WHITMAN



One of the western world's most highly developed mystics of recent times was the great American poet Walt Whitman, whose 'whispers of heavenly death' I've just referred to. In his book Cosmic Consciousness, Richard M. Bucke places Whitman alongside the Buddha, Jesus, Moses and others as one of the small number of man beings throughout history who have developed a permanent mystical consciousness. In fact, Bucke goes so far as to see Whitman the `highest instance of cosmic consciousness' because he was able integrate his mystical consciousness into his ordinary personality Without allowing it to completely take over and `tyrannize over the rest'.

Whitman was someone who was constantly awed by the wonder of life and always aware of the radiance and harmony of spirit-force pervading the world. He sensed that he was divine, that the whole world was divine and that there was no separateness between himself and other human beings, or himself and the world. As he writes in Song of Myself

Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.


Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touch'd from...


I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,

In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass...']



Bucke felt able to make such high claims for Whitman because he was a friend of his - or perhaps `disciple' might he a better word - and had personally experienced the powerful radiance that he emanated. He first met Whitman in 1877, five years after his own experience of `cosmic consciousness' (as reported at the end of Chapter 1). Writing of himself in the third person, Bucke noted that he and Whitman only spent an hour together and that the poet `only spoke to him about a hundred words altogether, these quite ordinary and commonplace'. However, shortly afterwards a feeling of ecstasy filled him:



A state of mental exultation set in, which he could only describe by comparing to the slight intoxication by champagne, or to falling in love! And this exultation, he said, lasted at least six weeks in a clearly marked degree, so that, ,for at least that length blame, he was plainly different, from his ordinary self. Neither did it then, or since, pass away. Though it ceased to be felt as something new and strange, but became a permanent element in his life, a strong and living force.



Perhaps, you might argue, this was just the result of Bucke's admiration of Whitman's poetry, the kind of intoxication a fan of a pop singer feels when they meet them in person. But significantly, other people were aware of a kind of `radiance' or energy emanating from Whitman. The English author and poet Edward Carpenter visited him for the first time in 1877 and was immediately aware of a `certain radiant power in him, a large benign effluence and inclusiveness, as of the sun, which filled out the place where he was'.


Waking from Sleep
Steve Taylor
Published by Hay House
2010

p.154-6

Celtic Woman - May It Be

" Hide and Seek'er "..


Is It all just a game of entertainment ?..

When there is only Single..

Who is there to play with ?..

Thus, we enter the game..

New, each time without memory..

Is this the 'fairness' of the game ?...

If there was 'True memory',

The game would end...


namaste, thomas

Zen...


It is too clear and so it is hard to see.

A dunce once searched for a fire with a
lighted lantern.

Had he known what fire was,

He could have cooked his rice much sooner.



- Joshu Washes the Bowl, The Gateless Gate #7
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, p. 176
Translated by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki

progress...


The expectation that progress will be constant and steady fills many beginners until time and experience teach otherwise.

They have failed to allow for the possibility that there may be steps back and aside as well as interminably long pauses.

Some go still farther and expect Grace, whether direct or through a master, to come prematurely or to work some spiritual conjuring-trick and change their nature almost overnight.

The error of these egoistic expectations should be replaced by the correct attitude, which is hope.

This is inspired by nothing less than the Overself.

It is a genuinely intuitive leading.

But it must be followed in patience and without imposing the ego's false emotions upon it.



Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practicies Involved > Chapter 3: Uncertainties of Progress > # 33 ... Paul Brunton

Pure no-thing...


"God is a pure no-thing,

concealed in now and here:

the less you reach for him,

the more he will appear."



Angelus Silesius (1624 - 1677)
from Stephen Mitchell
_The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry_