The Mirror...


Pure Awareness has Dreamed of a mirror..

It has no egoic consciousness and needs a mirror to see what It Is..

To see what It Is is to first see what It Is Not..

Pure Awareness sees the Creator of Holograms called Divine Consciousness..

We are Divine Consciousness..

But, you have been deceived to believe that you are separate from the Creator and thus become the false self called ego..

To return to the Reality called Love,

you must surrender all egoic desire..

It is this easy and this difficult..

Good Luck !..


-thomas

The Circle Game...


Desire...


Is Desire a gift or a challenge?..

Desire is the egoic consciousness..

Who is the one that desires?..

The ego desires..

Who are You?..

Are You the ego or are You, Divine Consciousness?..

This is what you have to decide..

Are You part of God or are You separate from God ?..

Because You are Divine Consciousness, any desire becomes manifested into the dream that the ego calls reality..

Is this a gift from God , or is it a game that traps the Player ?..

I have personally found that the surrendering of all desires brought me into the Awakening from the dreams of desire and into the Reality of Light, Love, and Consciousness..

But, you are the Captain of your ship and must steer it as you desire...


-thomas

Enlightenment...


In meditation, there is a Door to knock upon..

The ego can knock upon this Door but only No-thing-ness can enter..

Surrendering the egoic desire and the desire for existence is the only method of Awakening from the egoic dream and finding Reality..

This is called Enlightenment...


- thomas

self-discipline...


The path of the master requires self-discipline and will power to make headway through life.

He conquers himself; he battles with life; he is at war with destiny; he crusades against all that seems to him wrong.


From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged BY
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


Bliss...


Be fully aware of your own being and you will be in bliss consciously.

Because you take your mind off yourself and make it dwell on what
you are not, you lose your sense of well-being,of being well.


-Nisargadatta Maharaj


The Great Truth...


This duality of his life will go on until he is ready for the Great Truth which displaces all the lesser ones but which he cannot grasp while clinging to them.

If he persists in doing so, he will never be able to make the transition to understanding that there is only the One Infinite Life-Power, the One Ever-Existent Mind, and that all else is mere illusion, idea, or dream.


- Paul Brunton

At Last...


Let us talk of Reality...


We find ourselves as individuals within a manifestation called body..

How we got here, we do not know..

We are the Consciousness within this Hologram and seek a way out of this illusion so that we can return Home..

The Prodigal Son appears within this writer..

How can we know the way Home if we are still stuck within the Hologram?..

The Masters of Knowledge appear and offer a solution..

The Buddha and Christ appear to offer us a map..

We examine the map and all that it says is Love..

So we seek the meaning of Love..

Love is finally found when the ego is surrendered..

This shows us that the map is correct..

The ego is the wall that separates us from Love..

This is when we finally Realise that God is Love...


-thomas

Pure Awareness...


"There can be no such thing as changeless consciousness.

Changelessness wipes out consciousness immediately.

A man deprived of outer and inner sensations blanks out, or goes beyond consciousness and unconsciousness into the birthless and deathless state."


- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is only room for One...


Spirit can only love spirit; in loving form it deludes itself.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Can anyone kill life? If there is any death, it is that of death itself, for life will not die. Someone went to a Sufi with a question. He said, 'I have been puzzling for many, many years and reading books, and I have not been able to find a definite answer. Tell me what happens after death?' The Sufi replied, 'Please ask this question of someone who will die. I am going to live.'

The idea is that there is one sky which is our own being; in other words, we can call it an accommodation. What has taken possession of this accommodation? A deluded ego that says, 'I.' It is deluded by this body and mind and it has called itself an individual. When a man has a ragged coat he says, 'I am poor'. In reality his coat is poor, not he. What this capacity or accommodation contains is that which becomes his knowledge, his realization, and it is that which limits him. It forms that limitation which is the tragedy of every soul.

Now, this capacity may be filled with self, or it may be filled with God. There is only room for one. Either we live with our limitation, or we let God reign there in His unlimited Being. In other words, we take away the home which has always belonged to someone else and fill it with delusion and call it our own. We not only call it our own, but we even call it our self. That is man's delusion, and all religious and philosophical teachings are given in order to rid man of this delusion that deprives him of his spiritual wealth. Spiritual wealth is the greatest wealth. Spiritual happiness is the only happiness; there is no other.


The true nature of time...


What every human being may bring within his own personal experience is the "stuff" out of which both past and future are made, the mind-essence from which their successive thought-structures are born; he may know the One, even if he may not know the many.

When we begin to understand the true nature of time we perforce revise our attitude towards it. We learn never to be in a hurry, to work without haste, and to build slowly but surely like corals.

His work is to keep still even though time is rushing by; the more it hurries the more firmly he is to remain outside the rushing current, implacably set in timelessness.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 160
Paul Brunton

Infinite Divine Consciousness...


Wednesday night, as a lay down to go to sleep, I asked, “Father speak for thy instrument heareth,” and this came to me: I myself am infinite divine Consciousness. I am everywhere, I am every when, I am every one and these are all one and that one is I am. And then so quietly I almost missed it, I heard this: I am not in a body, a mental image. I am every where, I am every when, I am every one. I am Omnipresent and I am infinite and I am not incarnated!


I sat up and I stared into the darkness. Oh my God! I am not incarnated. I am not incarnated. I am not incarnated. I have never incarnated, I cannot reincarnate. Everywhere, every when, every one, I, infinite I, cannot be confined in the tomb of mortality. I am not in that tomb. I am outside of that tomb. I have never been entombed. I cannot be entombed. I cannot be incarnated. I myself am infinite divine Consciousness. I cannot be entombed. Look, look again. I am outside of that.


I was never born, I cannot die. It’s time to rise up into that which I am. I myself am infinite divine Consciousness. I am not in a tomb called mortality. That is a mental image; a nothingness. I am outside of it. I am everywhere, I am every when, I am all that is. I Am that I Am. I am the Word appearing as form and my form is eternal, made of My substance, of the substance that I am and I can lay it down and pick it up again. I can move it outside of this building. I can move it through walls. I can move it to other planets. I, yes even I, am God. There is no other.


- Bill Skiles

The foolish man...


The foolish man conceives the idea of 'self.'

The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of 'self;'

thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain.


- Gautama the Buddha

Reality is One...


Reality is One, there are not two realities.

Either
you are real or the "other" is.

But "other" is based
on you and so you are the only Reality.

This is why
you must reject even God, meaning: Reject your
separateness from God.

Rejecting "other" means
to reject that you are separate from "other."

-Papaji


The arising of thoughts...


So what did the Zen master mean when he said, "When I walk, I walk. When I sit, I sit." Does that not mean that his total attention is on the walking rather than on witnessing the thoughts?


That means that in the case of the master the arising of the thoughts will be rare and not arise as frequently as in the case of an ordinary person. But when they do arise, they'll be witnessed.

And therefore walking can be a true meditation. I know because it happens to me. I walk about an hour and a quarter every morning and every evening. I don't go out on the road because there'd be distractions.

I walk in my own apartment from one corner diagonally to the other corner. And during that walking, if there are no interruptions, it can happen without any thoughts. Or, if a rare thought arises, it gets cut off.


-Ramesh Balsekar

Love...


Love is the State of non-egoic desire..

You exist now because you desire existence..

But, this existence is just a Dream from Divine Consciousness, which is You..

Divine Consciousness is also an egoic desire of separation from Source..

Source is Pure Awareness and contains no egoic desire or personality which means that It is the essence called Love...


-thomas

Van Morrison...


What have you found ?...


You all speak of what others have found..

But, the mystic will always tell you to believe nothing that they teach unless you have personally found this information to be true..

Perhaps, It is your time to find Reality..

How long will it take until the student passes the teacher?..

The teacher has failed if the student has not grown past them..

You have always been told to look within..

What is found within?..

Perhaps, the treasure of No-thing-ness awaits you...


-thomas


The Self within...


When will the fool
who thinks the body and the world are permanent
and clings to them, find peace?

Only when this folly leaves him
and he trusts and like a limpet clings to that, the Self within.

Thenceforward he shall never more know pain.




Ramana Maharshi
The Seven Steps to Awakening.

The question of death...


The question of what will happen to me when I die is
indeed as misconceived as the question of what
happens to my lap when I stand up or to my fist when
I open my hand.


- Ramesh S. Balsekar

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `

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

Guru Yoga...


“The literal meaning of Guru Yoga is ‘union with the teacher’s nature’. To blend your mind with the teacher’s mind is the most profound of all practices, and the shortest path of realization.

It is the life force of the path and the one practice that includes all others. It was through relying on a spiritual teacher that all the Bodhisattvas of the past generated the mind of enlightment and reached perfection.”


~ H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

the mirror of sound...


self-inquiry...


Do you really want to erase all your deluded beliefs, memories,
stories, tendencies and identities one by one, or would you
prefer to find the factory where they are produced, and blow the
whole thing up?

I say this because right now, I don’t have time
for all this tiny pruning.

You hold on to your little nail clipper, but
I am giving you a great chainsaw to bring down this old tree of
suffering.

This chainsaw is self-inquiry.

This is your good fortune.


- Mooji

Only Pure Awareness Remains...


The Dream dissolves itself..

The ego commits suicide..

The 'Thought' of an individual personality is a Dream,

The 'Thought' or 'Dream' is awakened from within Divine Consciousness and then the 'Thought' or 'Dream' of being the Creator God (Divine Consciousness ) is surrendered by this desire of personality..

Only the 'Nothingness' of Pure Awareness remains.

Pure Thought without any personality..


-thomas

Desire and Need...


Desire and Need,

let us look deeper..

Of course, we know the difference..

Desire is something that the ego seeks..

Need is something that the body seeks..

Which causes more pain?..

The pain of material life can be strong and even cause death..

The pain of egoic life can also be strong and cause the death of Freedom..

So, we must ask ourselves,

What exists beyond Desire and Need?..

If You are Wise,

You will find Yourself...



-thomas

Searching for Heaven...


I speak with spiritual souls that seek Heaven..

They read bibles and words from teachers that tell them that they are separate from God..

This is the Great Deception..

The Nazarene has already told you that the Kingdom of God is within..

This 'Within' is Divine Consciousness which is already You..

But, you must dissolve all that is not You..

This dissolving of the false self called ego is essential..

And yet, you find the road to heaven is easy in labor if you leave the ego alone..

Do you not see the Deception?..

You will reach the illusions and planes of heaven and believe that all is done..

You will remain separate from God and Reality..

The Deception continues..

You will continue the 'Rebirth' cycle and enter the Dream again and again..

When you have become tired of Deja vu, you will again read these words...


-thomas





Prethought...


Prethought,, interesting..

Is there such a thing?..

Nothing is born and nothing dies..

The Prethought that you are seeking is Pure Awareness..

The 'Thought' is Divine Consciousness..

We are this Divine Consciousness..

When We finally surrender this Desire, We will be Free..

Of course, in this action, We will not exist..

Only Pure Awareness exists..

The ego is a Dream..

Pure Awareness is Reality..


-thomas

' One Tin Soldier '...


Love by Rumi...


"A true lover is proved such by his pain of heart;
No sickness is there like sickness of heart.

The lover's ailment is different from all ailments;
Love is the astrolabe of God's mysteries.

A lover may hanker after this love or that love,
But at the last he is drawn to the KING of love.

However much we describe and explain love,
When we fall in love we are ashamed of our words.

Explanation by the tongue makes most things clear,
But love unexplained is clearer.

When pen hasted to write,
On reaching the subject of love it split in twain.

When the discourse touched on the matter of love,
Pen was broken and paper torn.

In explaining it Reason sticks fast, as an ass in mire;
Naught but Love itself can explain love and lovers!

None but the sun can display the sun,
If you would see it displayed, turn not away from it.

Shadows, indeed, may indicate the sun's presence,
But only the sun displays the light of life."



Rumi
The Masnavi I Ma'navi, Book 1, Story 1
by Maulana Jalalu-'d-din Muhammad Rumi
Abridged and Translated by E.H. Whinfield
1898

Mastering the mind...


There is yet another aspect of self-discipline, and that is to practice the forgetting of things so that certain thoughts may not get a hold over one's mind, and in the same way to check thoughts of agitation, anger, depression, prejudice, hatred.

This gives moral discipline, and by doing so one becomes the master of one's mind.


From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Aranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN

The Void...


Many people are afraid to empty their minds lest they may plunge into the Void.

They do not know that their own Mind is the Void.

The ignorant eschew phenomena but not thought;
the wise eschew thought but not phenomena.


-Huang Po


Reincarnation...


The continuation of bodies into infinity seems sad to me as it contains the very desires that keep you imprisioned within the division from God..

You as Consciousness can choose to reincarnate as individual ego within the many frequencies but this is just playing a game of experiences..

This is why 'Pure Awareness' Dreamed of this state of existence of Creator and Dreamer called 'Divine Consciousness'..

Pure Awareness contains no separate egoic consciousness and therefore continues for Eternity as the Source called Love..

When You as Divine Consciousness has surrendered all Desires for separation including the Desire of being Creator God, You will be absorbed back into the Source of all Thought and Love called 'Pure Awareness'...


-thomas

Desire is suffering...


All suffering is born of desire.

True love
is never frustrated.

How can the sense of
unity be frustrated?

What can be frustrated
is the desire for expression.

Such desire is
of the mind.

As with all things mental,
frustration is inevitable.


- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

Balance...


There should be a balance in all our actions - to be either extreme or lukewarm is equally bad.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There are two forces in us, love and reason. We must keep an even balance between the two. If we give too much expression to love we become unbalanced and fall into trouble. And if on the other hand we lean too much on the side of reason we become cold.In balance lies the whole secret of life ... All religions and philosophies have laid down certain principles such as kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, but the mystic lays no stress on principles, he allows everyone to have his own principles, each according to his point of view and evolution. For example, there are two men, one is so merciful that he will not even harm an insect, and he could not draw a sword to kill another human being, while the other man for the sake of his people is content to fight and to die. These are two opposite points of view, and both are right in their way.

The Sufi therefore believes one should let each hold on to the principle suited to his evolution, but for himself he looks beyond the principle to that which is at the back of it, the balance. He realizes that what makes one lose balance is wrong, and what makes one keep it is right. The main point is not to act against one's principles. If the whole world says a thing is wrong, and you yourself feel that it is right, it is so, perhaps, for you.

The question of balance explains the problem of sin and virtue, and he who understands it is the master of life. There should be a balance in all our actions. To be either extreme or lukewarm is equally bad. There is a saying, 'Jack of all trades, and master of none.' This is very true, as there has been too little effort given, so that no one thing has been done thoroughly.

Success, failure, progress, standstill, one's state of being, it all comes from the condition that a person is experiencing within himself. ... according to the Sufi idea the condition of life around one depends absolutely on the condition of one's inner self. So what is needed to change the conditions in outer life, or to tune oneself, is to work with one's inner self in order to bring about the necessary balance.


Nothing begins, nothing ends...


There is really no progress from materiality to spirituality. There can be no shifting of the mind through time in the hope of finding eternity en route. The present moment is also the eternal now and, when properly understood, never changes.

An alert comprehension of the true meaning and precise inward significance of the present moment is the same as a comprehension of eternity, for the present slips and merges into eternity as the raindrop slips and merges into the ocean.

Thus the transient is not only an inlet to the everlasting, but is in reality. Nothing begins, nothing ends.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 145
Paul Brunton


An eternal present...


We are in the presence of Intellect undefiled.

Fix it firmly, but not with the eyes of the body.

You are looking upon the hearth of Reality, within it a sleepless light:

you see how it holds to itself, and how it puts apart things that were together, how it lives a life that endures and keeps a thought acting not upon any future but upon that which already is,

upon an eternal present—a thought self-centered, bearing on nothing outside of itself.



-- Enneads, VI. 2. 8.
Plotinus

' Oh happy day '...


Thoughts on a friday night...


I am sure that many mystics have stopped reading this blog because they need no more knowledge..

You reach a stage of Knowing and need no more nudging..

You exist within the Dream but Know who You Are..

As the Nazarene said;

"You must be within the world, but not of it"..

But, most of humanity still needs these words that push them forward..

Therefore, I remain writing..

You are the Observer of the Dream and not the participant..

But, this Dream appears so real..

Your main desire is Happiness which you have discovered is Love..

And yet Love consists of giving and not taking..

All of your life, you have desired to receive benefits,

but now, Happiness is found within giving..

How strange that Happiness is found when the egoic desire for taking is thrown away..

This is called Love..

This is called Happiness..

The greatest Happiness is giving Everything,especially the desire for existence..

This is called Enlightenment...


-thomas



The name of God...


"One should not use the Name of God mechanically and superficially without the feeling of devotion.

To use the Name of God, one must call upon Him with yearning and unreservedly surrender oneself to Him."



Sri Ramana Maharshi
in Arthur Osborne, Ed.
The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi
Boston: Shambhala, 1988 (1972), p. 56

The unreal is created by desire...


"Christianity is one way of putting words together and Hinduism is another.

The real is, behind and beyond words, incommunicable, directly experienced, explosive in its effect on the mind.

It is easily had when nothing else is wanted.

The unreal is created by imagination and perpetuated by desire."


Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

Tim Hardin...


Thoughts on a thursday night...


Consciousness keeps telling me, to just tell them the Truth..

The Mystic usually deals with parables and poetry so as to prevent the negative entities from gaining the powers of Consciousness..

Therefore, perhaps the time of Consciousness has arrived..

I can speak of the negative entities that control the world and create the wars that kill millions or I can speak of these events as a dream of Consciousness..

You are accustomed to one or the other within the conscious mind but not both together..

Let us bring the scale of Libra into focus..

There is a balance of positive and negative that is called yin-yang by the asians..

But the Mystic sees only the thin road between..

As the Nazarene said;

" Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

You are the few that is spoken of by the mystic, Jesus..

He is speaking of the Duality of the Dream..

There is no Duality within Reality..

There is only God, there is no other..

Therefore, it begs the question,

Who are You?...


-thomas


At One with the Tao...


Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.

The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.

Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.

Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.

Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.




- Lao-tzu

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

Awakening...


Lost in the wilderness between
true awareness and the senses,


I suddenly woke inside myself
like a lotus opening
in waterweeds.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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

Sin and Virtue...


We can learn virtue even from the greatest sinner if we consider him as a teacher.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The question now arises how to attain to this prayerful attitude in life. In the first place, for those whose prayer is one of praise, if their whole life is to assume a prayerful attitude, they must carry this praise and gratitude into the smallest details of life, and feel grateful for the slightest act of kindness done to them by anybody. Man falls very short of this ideal in life. He is so stiff, he misses so many of the chances of giving thanks. It is sometimes because of his riches, while at other times he is blinded by his power. All that is done for him he thinks is his due because of his money or his influence. When a man has been able to attain this attitude of praise and thanksgiving for all things in life, then his life may indeed be called a prayerful life.

Those who express a hope when they pray can turn their everyday striving into prayer, providing they maintain this hope in every pursuit of life, putting their trust in God, and provided they consider all the objects of their desire as coming from one and the same source when they have gained them.

Those people who glorify God for His beauty, should see the beauty of God in all His creatures. It is of no use to praise God for His beauty, and then to criticize and find faults in His creation. For one's life to be prayerful one must always seek the good in man. Even the worst man has a good spot, and this should be sought and not the bad points. We can learn virtue even from the greatest sinner, if we consider him as a teacher. There is a tradition that Moses asked Satan to tell him the secret of life.

There are many virtues, but there is one principal virtue. Every moment passed outside the presence of God is sin, and every moment in His presence is virtue. The whole object of the Sufi, after learning this way of communicating is to arrive at a stage where every moment of our life passes in communion with God, and where our every action is done as if God were before us. Is that within everyone's reach? We are meant to be so. Just think of a person who is in love: when he eats or drinks, whatever he does, the image of the beloved is there. In the same way, when the love of God has come, it is natural to think of God in everything we do.


The Eternal Now...


There is no feeling of succession of one instant by another--that is, of time--in this awareness of what IS.

To have mastered this knowledge, to have grasped the secret behind time, is to lift him out of the past, the future, and the fleeting present. With him is a benign companion, the ever-tranquil eternal Now.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 132
Paul Brunton

You can only be the Real...


There is no such state as seeing the real. Who is to see what? You can only be the real, which you are, anyhow. The problem is not mental. Abandon false ideas, that is all. There is no need of true ideas. There aren't any.

It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.

Truth can be expressed only by the denial of the false -in action. For this, you must see the false as false (viveka) and reject it (vairagya). Renunciation of the false is liberating and energizing. It lays open the road to perfection.

You must unlearn everything. God is the end of all desire and knowledge.

Now I know nothing, for all knowledge is in dream only and not valid. I know myself and I find no life nor death in me, only pure being, not being this or that, but just being.


-Nisargadatta Maharaj from 'I Am That '

Escaping from the Golden Cage...


The different planes and frequencies of existence called heavens are a clever trap to keep your soul within the duality of Consciousness..

You as Consciousness believing that You are a separate soul remain traped within the illusions of separation from Reality..

You, as the soul is used as an energy source for the entities that exist without the Pure Light of Divine Consciousness..

All of these entities that pretend to be gods and angels use your prayers and thoughts as a food source..

It is your 'Belief' in them that sustains them..

As the Nazarene said; " If you 'Believe' and say, mountain be moved, It shall be"..

The power of Belief is your greatest power of Creation and Healing..

As the Nazarene also said: " I and the Father are One"..

He was not telling you to remain separate from God as a soul within the planes of frequency called heavens, He was telling you that You were never separate from God and need no heavens to learn and return to the illusions and dreams as a separate soul..

Reincarnation from the heavens is the 'Golden Cage'..

The Pure Light of Divine Consciousness does not allow any flasehood called egoic desire to enter..

The Final Reality to be reached is beyond this Pure Light and to be absorbed into the Reality of Pure Thought called 'Pure Awareness', which contains no desire for name or form..

This is called the Reality of Complete Love..


-thomas

The perfect place...


My work is perfect, and I am always representing God’s ideas. I am the consciousness of God; my mind is God’s mind, I am the activity of God; I am expressing myself fully.

I know there is a perfect law of supply and demand. I am instantly in touch with everything I need. I am in my true place now; I am giving of my talents in a wonderful way. I am Divinely compensated. My God is the Principle of all Knowledge; I know everything that I need instantly.

I am one with my Father, and my Father is God. I am always reflecting the Glory, the Love, and the Activity of God. I am doing the thing I love to do. My place is with God at all times; I am one with Him now; it is so. I enter into the joy of it all. I thank you, Father, for my perfect place. All is well.


- Dr. Joseph Murphy

" Into the Mystic "...


Awareness after death...


Directing the mind...


A man who is helpless before his own mind is helpless before everything in the world.

Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind, but in directing it towards whatever point we desire, in allowing it to be active as far as we wish, in using it to fulfill our purpose, in causing it to be still when we want to still it.


From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Aranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


The impersonal seeing...


That is what I mean by being transformed. The Hindu word is paravritti. It means the whole viewing gets changed. The Greek word is metanoesis, meaning a transformation of the point of view.

The seeing, from personal seeing, becomes a perfect seeing, the impersonal seeing. The impersonal seeing means seeing this body-mind organism as part of the total life and living, part of the total dream.

So it is not that after enlightenment there is total disidentification with the organism. There cannot be, because organism still functions. There has to be a working mind operating element.

But the understanding is that the operating element is part of the mechanism of the organism that the functioning element is the Consciousness ma the operating element operate. That is what makes sentience operate the senses.

With that understanding, what is disidentified?

It is the sense of personal doership.



-Consciousness Speaks - Ramesh Balsekar p.206

Sacred before our sight...


Never did I anticipate or imagine the size or growth of this Sangha. There were some evenings in the early days of my teaching when I was the only one who came. On such evenings I would sit in silence for an hour or so before gathering my things and returning home. Other times two or three people would come, and over time more and more. From the beginning, numbers were unimportant. I always felt that if I could help just one person to truly wake up, I would feel fortunate. And how very fortunate I have been!

I can honestly say that I know much less now than I did ten years ago when I began teaching. Each day that passes now is a deeper step into the unknown, a place far beyond where thought has ever touched. A place where there are no ideas, ideals, or new theories -- but instead a living and dynamic whole which alone can be called sacred, everlasting, and right before our very eyes.

May all beings realize the nature of the ground upon which they stand, and who it is that stands upon it.

-Adyashanti

The Divine Romance...


"In the gross, subtle, and mental spheres, the lover is conscious of being separated from God, the Beloved; but when all these spheres are transcended, the lover is conscious of his unity with the Beloved. The lover loses himself in the being of the Beloved and knows that he is one with the Beloved. Divine love is entirely free from the thralldom of desires or the limited self. In this state of Infinity the lover has no being apart from the beloved: he is the Beloved Himself.

"One thus has God, as infinite Love, first limiting Himself in the forms of creation and then recovering his infinity through the different stages of creation. All the stages of God's experience of being a finite lover ultimately culminate in His experiencing Himself as the sole Beloved.

"The sojourn of the soul is a thrilling divine romance in which the lover -- who in the beginning is conscious of nothing but emptiness, frustration, superficiality, and the gnawing chains of bondage -- gradually attains an increasingly fuller and freer expression of love. And ultimately the lover disappears and merges in the divine Beloved to realize the unity of the lover and the Beloved in the supreme and eternal fact of God as infinite Love."



Meher Baba
Discourses
Myrtle Beach, SC: Sheriar Press, 7th rev. ed, pp. 402-403
Copyright 1987 AMBPPCT

Rumi...


You have two hands, two legs, and two eyes.
But if your heart and the Beloved are also two,
what good is that?

You call out, I am the lover,
But these are mere words.
If you see lover and Beloved as two,
you either have double vision,
or you can’t count.

- Rumi

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In the Arms of the Beloved
Translations by Jonathan Star
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1997

self-interest...


Sakka asked: "What is the cause of self-interest?"

The Buddha answered: "It is perception of the world as one's object."

"How does one overcome this perception of the world as apart from oneself?"

"By acting for the increase of goodness and happiness.

It is in this
way that the world ceases to be one's object."



-Digha Nikaya


Know Thyself...


At the end of his long life of selfless teaching, the Buddha said that you must strive on the path yourself—the Awakened Ones only point the way.

Like the Buddha, all genuine mystics will tell you that the ultimate authority and touchstone of truth is not any scriptures or dogmas or teachers, but your own deepest experience. “Don’t take my word for it,” they will say, “find out for yourself!”

Just as a scientist tests hypotheses using experiments, so you should test the teachings in the laboratory of your life using spiritual practices. It makes sense that you should be your own ultimate authority, because it is your own true nature that you must discover and know. As the oracle at Delphi commands: “know thyself.” And as Jesus instructs: “examine yourself, and learn who you are, how you exist, and what will become of you” (Jesus, Book of Thomas).

The reason the genuine mystic directs your attention inward to seek your own true nature is because, as Jesus says, “He who has not known himself does not know anything, but he who has known himself has also known the depth of all” (Jesus, Book of Thomas). And Rumi tells you: “It’s you yourself that hide your own treasure” (Rumi, Mathnawi). So the genuine mystic will always point you to yourself, to discover the depths of your own true nature.

The mystical injunction to know yourself and look to yourself as your own ultimate authority, however, does not mean that teachers and teachings have no value in the mystical path. The point is that they only show the way, as the Buddha says. If you invest a particular teaching or teacher with ultimate truth, you will be implicitly separating yourself from the truth, and you will fail to realize the truth of your own nature.

In the end, however, when you realize that the teachings and teachers—and indeed the entire world—is not separate from you, then you will see that your entire life is the truth of your own deepest being revealing itself to itself. Thus, to see truth in nothing reveals the truth in everything...


Thomas J. McFarlane

Consciousness upon a sunday night...


The week is gone and another begins..

You are walking within a Dream and still believe that it is real..

The personalities enter the stage and ask for your lines of speech..

You answer the words that have been taught and yet feel foolish..

You are beginning to Awaken..

You begin to see above the stage..

Who is this Observer?..

This is the 'I' that is spoken of..

The complete Reality is when the 'I' dissolves into Love..

This is called the Nothingness of desire..

This is 'You'...


-thomas

Enya...


Consciousness is our Nature...


Clinging to the consciousness ‘I’
and thereby acquiring
a greater and greater intensity of concentration upon it,
is diving deep within.


By saying, ‘This is the direct path for all’, Sri Bhagavan (Ramana Maharshi) points out that anyone, however weak his mind may be,

can acquire through this path that true strength of mind
which is required to abide in one’s source.


The pure existence-consciousness, ‘I am’, is not a thought;
this consciousness is our nature.

Everything and Nothing...



The man of wisdom is devoid of ego even though
he may appear to use it.

His vacant or fasting mind
is neither doing anything nor not doing anything.

He is outside of volition, neither this or that.

He is
everything and nothing.


- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 19

Control of Consciousness...


The first thing to do is to get control of the glance.

The next is to get control of the feelings.

And the third is to get control of the consciousness.



From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


Violets of Dawn...

Violets of Dawn...

Thoughts on a saturday night...


The souls are beginning to look within..

They were lost within the illusion of ego but, I can see that the mind questions..

They seek knowledge and history and begin to ask questions..

Should I flood their minds with knowledge or will this overload and confuse their questions..

The Voice of Truth speaks loudly..

I must begin with history and move slowly towards metaphysics..

They still believe that they are humans..

The authorities tell them that they are animals in need of discipline..

Should I dare tell them that they are God ?..

Of course not, they would run..

Therefore, I can only speak of history and love..

Love, they seek but do not understand..

If I told them that God is Love,

Would they understand who they are ?..


-thomas

Everything and Nothing...


The man of wisdom is devoid of ego even though
he may appear to use it.

His vacant or fasting mind
is neither doing anything nor not doing anything.

He is outside of volition, neither this or that. He is
everything and nothing.


- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

Liberation...


Discard all traditional standards.

Leave them to the hypocrites.

Only what liberates you from desire and fear and wrong ideas is good.

As long as you worry about sin and virtue you will have no peace.



-Nisargadatta Maharaj


Time by Plotinus...


If, then, the Soul withdrew, sinking itself again into its primal unity, Time would disappear:

the origin of Time, clearly, is to be traced to the first stir of the Soul’s tendency towards the production of the sensible Universe with the consecutive act ensuing.

This is how ‘Time’—as we read—‘came into Being simultaneously with’ this All:

the Soul begot at once the Universe and Time; in that activity of the Soul this Universe sprang into being; the activity is Time, the Universe is a content of Time.


-- Enneads, III. 7. 12.
Plotinus

The soul and sub-conscious mind...


The sub-conscious mind is our direct link to Divine Consciousness..

This is why we can create physical manifestations and healings by using the sub-conscious mind for this process..

What is within your thinking (mind) goes to the sub-conscious mind to come into material form and attraction..

The earlier humans did not know about the levels of mind and therefore came up with the word "Soul" to account for this individuality of personality that the sub-conscious mind appears to offer,
since, we control the qualities of thought, good or bad, which find a home within this level of mind..

Mind is Thought and God is Universal Mind and Thought..

Therefore, Our Thoughts are linked with the same Power of Creation and Manifestation of objects that we call the World..

The sub-conscious mind continues to exist as long as we believe that we are separate from God..

When this separation called ego is seen and believed as just an illusion and not Real, then the sub-conscious mind (soul) is absorbed into Divine Consciousness and We Realize that There is Only Consciousness and Nothing Else and We Are That Consciousness...


- thomas

The Now is 'I Am'...


The seeker is the Sought...


While the search was on,

that which was being sought was, in reality,

that through which the seeing was taking place.

You were looking for an object that finally turned out to be

the subject that was doing the seeing.



-Annamalai Swami

your mirror...


A loving person lives in a loving world.

A hostile person lives in a
hostile world:

everyone you meet is your mirror.


-Ken Keyes Jr.


Mastery...


By learning self-discipline one learns to suppress the outer inclinations order to make way for the inner inclinations to rise and flourish, which finally culminates in what we call mastery.

From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


Finding True Nature...


Supposed volition and freedom of choice of action are only concepts.

What is so difficult to understand?

The very curiosity concerning the true nature of the universe and the role of the human being therein is itself an intended part of the original objectivization.

Wanting to know our true nature is itself part of the functioning of Totality.

We are supposed to find out our true nature.

In finding out our true nature, we come to the realization that we are not what we seem to be as individual objects.

We are that of which the entire manifestation is merely a mirrored objectivization.


- Ramesh Balsekar

Yusuf Islam...


Thoughts on a thursday night...


Once You exist within Reality, the monthly bills for survival seem strange..

You witness the desire of others for money and yet the desire for money does not exist within you..

But, you must play the game of survival..

This flow of paper causes Consciousness to laugh..

The illusion of life is a game that we must all play..

But, within Consciousness, nothing is required except Love..

We will play this game for eighty years and if We are wise,

we will be free..

Reincarnation awaits those that still Dream..

Awaken from the Dreams..

Return Home...


-thomas

Kalama Sutta...


“Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’

When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted and carried out, lead to welfare and to happiness’ — then you should enter and remain in them.


[Kalama Sutta, AN 3.65]”
― Gautama the Buddha

Letting go...


“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”



― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching:
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

Experience is necessary...


"A prince who believes himself to be a beggar can be convinced conclusively in one way only:

he must behave as a prince and see what happens.

Behave as if what I say is true and judge by what actually happens."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Thoughts on a wednesday night...


The faces of the humans met this day, pass before my mind..

They all seek Love and yet live in fear..

Is this the 'free choice' that you have been given?..

Fear or Love..

The Duality of this Dream..

To see one, you must first see the other..

We came from Love and entered this illusion of reality to learn..

We sleep within this Dream to learn what Love Is..

We both awaken and sleep within this Dream..

We awaken each morning into sleep and then enter sleep to feel Reality..

Why do you enjoy sleeping?..

It is because, 'you' are not there..

The ego may interrupt your nothingness and place the ego within a dream,

but, most of the time, You will travel within the planes of existence as the Observer with no name..


-thomas

Judy Collins...

The Ancient One...


“I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this One, I was that One, and now I am Meher Baba.

In this form of flesh and blood, I am that same Ancient One who is eternally worshipped and ignored, ever remembered and forgotten.

I am that Ancient One whose past is worshipped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten, and whose future (Advent) is anticipated with great fervour and longing.”



Meher Baba
Meher Baba Calling No. 77
Jamshed B. Mistry & J. Flagg Kris, ed.

An impulse...


There is no impulse that in its beginning is wrong.

It is during the process through which the
impulse passes that it becomes right or wrong.


From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

selected & Arranged BY
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


Seeing from Source...


Who Would Have Thought?

There occurred several emotional and mental blows to me after the wake-up that, under pre-wake-up conditions, would have normally flattened me into a near clinical depression. However, using the same approach as with pain, that is, accepting rather than resisting, I felt as if I were Source having these unique experiences of limitation.

I stayed with the feeling and did nothing to numb it, like working out or doing a no-brainer with the TV (the usual kinds of distractions that formerly worked to ameliorate this kind of situation). The experience was lived as though this were the most important role being played in the universe. Again, like the toothache, it transmuted into another whole dimension of freedom. Who would have ever thought?

Now Pearl Vision isn't embracing these situations "as-is" as a technique to make them better. It is coming from the understanding that we are the Source and, as such, experience what is -- as is from that perspective and not from the view of a separated ego self that takes everything as a personal affliction.

What the old masters said is true. As unbelievable as it may sound, once you have crossed over to viewing all of reality from the experience of Source, pain and suffering have lost their bite. Their impact is so lessened as to be no longer relevant anymore.



~ Satyam Nadeen, in: From Onions to Pearls, www.satyamnadeen.com/




Thoughts on a tuesday night...


Consciousness keeps telling me to speak of light, but the subject is long and laziness rebels..

Therefore, I will give pieces of the puzzle for you to solve..

Light is the Creative Source..

The binding of this Source is called Love..

But, the Creative Source also seeks Freedom..

When the Creator is humble, It looks higher into the Creator of Light..

Obviously, That which creates Light exists within the darkness of Thought..

Thought does not require Light to Think..

Pure Awareness grabs the hand of Divine Consciousness and says,

" I am your Father, surrender the ego of Creator and come Home"...


-thomas

Sarah Jarosz...


The mystic...


The real dervish is king wherever he is.

Neither money, a coat, nor life in the world can take away his kingship from him.

If he chooses to live in solitude, it is his own affair. If he wishes to be in a crowd, he may just as well be there.

Whether a person sits in a remote place in the forest or in a baker's shop, if he is thinking of a high ideal his surroundings cannot touch him.

There is no aspect of life that can deprive a mystic of his mystical spirit.


From The Teachings of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


Choices...


We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest
capacities of our real selves.


-Thomas Merton


The Dimensions...


Each dimension is a lessoning of ego..

Ego is the prison that you exist within..

Ego is opposite of the Energy of Love,

which is You..

If you only knew that you were nothing,

You would be Love...


-thomas

Jim Croce...


Thoughts on a monday night...


A soul speaks to me of spirits of dead humans that visit her..

To most humans, this seems impossible and also interesting..

But, I have to tell her that these souls are an illusion..

They appear real within the Dream but they are Reality seeking Knowledge..

They believe that they are separate from Reality and thus remain within the higher frequency of this dream..

They are beyond the material and yet are still seen by those with higher frequency vision..

They exist within the fourth dimension..

There are so many dimensions, how can I tell her of this ?..

The Mystic moves beyond all dimensions..

Do you now understand ?..

I will now use the word 'Nothingness' to describe Reality, but you will not listen..

You will be enchanted by the higher frequencies of illusion..

I cannot open the Door to Reality for you..

You must travel this road, alone...


-thomas



Livingston Taylor...


Poltergeist...


An earthbound spirit that does not seek injury but only seeks experience..

They are on the lower fourth dimension..

I am a normal man that enjoys cigars and beer, but I still remain a mystic,

a spirit that desires me to stop smoking cigars has filled my ashtray with water and then the next day fills the top of the container that contains the cigars with water..

I look at the ceiling and see no water in each room..

I understand that this spirit is trying to tell me to stop smoking..

But, I do not enjoy spirits entering the Dream that I have created..

The Dream is filled with both pain and love, but the ego decides on which..

I would be smart to listen to this spirit but the world of pleasure is contained within life..

Eighty years are the mark of life..

I have a few more years before I reach this Door..

When I am finished,

I will smoke a cigar with God...


-thomas



Mooji...


mind cannot transcend itself...


A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
http://www.advaita.org





All that we can dialectically conclude is that it is conceptually impossible to comprehend what we are because mind cannot transcend itself.


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Movement in Consciousness, and nothing else, constitutes the mind and all its experience of the phenomenal universe. To realize this is the cessation of thought and liberation from the bondage of ego as mind and experience.



Today...


Do not bemoan the past, do not worry about the future, but try to make the best of today.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There is not anything one should not be ready to tolerate, and there is nobody whom one should not forgive. Never doubt those whom you trust; never hate those whom you love; never cast down those whom you once raise in your estimation. Wish to make friends with everyone you meet; make an effort to gain the friendship of those you find difficult ...

No one is either higher or lower than oneself. In all sources that fulfill one's need, one may see one source, God, the only source; and in admiring and in bowing before and in loving anyone, one may consider one is doing it to God. In sorrow one may look to God, and in joy one may thank Him. One does not bemoan the past, nor worry about the future; one tries only to make the best of today. One should know no failure, for even in a fall there is a stepping-stone to rise.

In Fitzgerald's translation of Omar Khayyam: 'O my Beloved, fill the cup that clears today of past regrets and future fears. Why, tomorrow I may be myself, with yesterday's seven thousand years!' By this he means: Make the best of this moment; it is now that you can clearly see eternity, if you live in this moment. But if you keep the world of the past or the world of the future before you, you do not live in eternity but in a limited world. In other words, live neither in the past nor in the future, but in eternity. It is now that we should try to discover that happiness which is to be found in the freedom of the soul.


Plotinus... what is Time?..


We are, thus, at the stage where we are to state what Time really is.


To this end we must go back to the state we affirmed of Eternity, unwavering Life, undivided totality, limitless, knowing no divagation[1], at rest in unity and intent upon it. Time was not yet: or at least it did not exist for the Eternal Beings. It is we that must create Time out of the concept and nature of progressive derivation, which remained latent in the Divine Beings.


How Time emerged we can scarcely call upon the Muses to relate since they were not in existence then—perhaps not even if they had been; though the Cosmos itself, when once engendered, could no doubt tell us best how Time arose and became manifest. Something thus the story must run:


Time at first—in reality before that ‘first’ was produced by desire of succession—Time lay, though not yet as Time, in the Authentic Existent together with the Cosmos itself; the Cosmos also was merged in the Authentic and motionless within it. But there was an active principle there, one set on governing itself and realizing itself (= the All-Soul), and it chose to aim at something more than its present: it stirred from its rest, and the Cosmos stirred with it. ‘And we (the active principle and the Cosmos), stirring to a ceaseless succession, to a next, to the discrimination of identity and the establishment of ever new difference, traversed a portion of the outgoing path and produced an image of Eternity, produced Time.’


- Plotinus
-- Enneads, III. 7. 10-11.

Time to Dive Deep...


Is it not strange that you must dive deep within the mind to arise higher?..

You can keep playing the role and character that you have chosen or you can change the script..

You are the Writer and Producer of this Play..

The media will say the you have 'reinvented' your self but, you will know the Truth..

Gautama the Buddha once said that You will become that which you think of all day..

Who is the controller of your thoughts ?..

When you find the controller, you will either find the ego or the Self..

One is called Fear and the other called Love..

The Self is Love but does not know It's name...

Are you confused yet ?..

Dive into the mind...


-thomas


Thoughts on a saturday night...


The humans reach out to see a smile..

They group together seeking something that is invisible..

They drink liquids of intoxication to lesson the power of the ego..

We see this Play and return home to contemplate..

The humans, through speech cause the ego to arise..

They speak of others with anger and resentment..

How quickly a best friend becomes an enemy..

This is when the ego defeats Love..

But, We are the Observer of the Play,

We see, without judging..

The 'Play' is a schoolyard of adults playing as children..

The children control the world but we continue to elect them...


-thomas

Van Morrison...


Remain in the Self...


You have forcibly to drag your wandering attention back to the Self

each time it shows an interest in going anywhere else.


-Annamalai Swami

True power...


True power is not in trying to gain power; true power is in becoming power.

But how to become power?

It requires an attempt to make a definite change in oneself, and that change is a kind of struggle with one's false self.

When the false self is crucified, then the true self is resurrected.

therefore the world this crucifixion appears to be lack of power, but in truth all power is attained by this resurection.



From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged Vy
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


The human mind...


The human mind, in its desire to know, understand, and control, mistakes its opinions and viewpoints for the truth. It says: this is how it is.

You have to be larger than thought to realize that however you interpret "your life" or someone else's life or behavior, however you judge any situation, it is no more than a viewpoint, one of many possible perspectives. It is no more than a bundle of thoughts.

But reality is one unified whole, in which all things are interwoven, where nothing exists in and by itself. Thinking fragments reality -- it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.

The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don't realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are.


~ From: Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle www.eckharttolle.com/

Only the Self remains...


Ramana Maharshi, Be As You Are, by David Godman

If you thus reject everything, what remains is the Self alone. That is real love. One who knows the secret of that love
finds the world itself full of universal love.

Q: I long for bhakti. I want more of this longing. Even realization does not matter for me. Let me be strong in my
longing.
A: If the longing is there, realization will be forced on you even if you do not want it. Long for it intensely so that the
mind melts in devotion. After camphor burns away no residue is left. The mind is the camphor. When it has resolved
itself into the Self without leaving even the slightest trace behind, it is realization of the Self.

Worshipping the formless reality by unthought thought is the best kind of worship. But when one is not fit for such
formless worship of God, worship of form alone is suitable. Formless worship is possible only for people who are
devoid of the ego-form. Know that all the worship done by people who possess the ego-form is only worship of form.

The pure state of being attached to grace [Self], which is devoid of any attachment, alone is one’s own state of silence,
which is devoid of any other thing. Know that one’s ever abiding as that silence, having experienced it as it is, alone is
true mental worship [manasika-puja]. Know that the performance of the unceasing, true and natural worship in which
the mind is submissively established as the one Self, having installed the Lord on the Heart-throne, is silence, the best
of all forms of worship. Silence, which is devoid of the assertive ego, alone is liberation. The evil forgetfulness of Self
which causes one to slip down from that silence, alone is non-devotion [vibhakti]. Know that abiding as that silence
with the mind subsided as non-different from Self, is the truth of Siva bhakti [devotion to God].

Be As You Are
edited by David Godwin
published by Penguin Arkana
1985
p 88-9

Jackson Browne...


The poem of Reality...


The mind thinks of mundane thoughts of ego..

The Consciousness watches the mind wander aimlessly within the power of thought..

The feeling of non-separation brings the pleasure of Love..

The believing in separate ego flowers into the mortality of the material world..

The crying for Peace manifests the desire for non-existence..

Awakening into Reality lifts my feet above the ground...


- thomas

Thoughts on a friday night...


Anthony Damiani tells you of the space between Reality and the illusion..

The thoughts of mind are the ego..

You are much more than the mind..

You are the Observer of the mind..

Friday is the last day of servitude and you have decided to visit me..

It is not me that you seek, It is Reality that you desire..

Is it not strange that the ego desires Freedom..

The Dream has tired of being a Dream..

It now desires a Foundation of Reality..

When the Dream called ego is surrendered to Reality,

The Light of Reality is ever present..

Surrendering the egoic desire is the goal of life..

This requires the greatest courage that you never believed that you possessed..

Be Courageous...


-thomas

The ego...


THE EGO is nothing more than a shadow. Its stuff and reality are merely that transient ever-changing play of light and colour. It exists—a word whose very meaning, "to be placed outside," is also metaphysically true. For he who immerses himself in its consciousness places himself outside the consciousness of Overself.

ANTHONY: That is the ego consciousness. If you're immersed in the thought stream, you're in the ego's consciousness. If you're not immersed in it, then you're in the Overself's consciousness. I'm trying to speak in a practical way. I'm saying something like this: If you pay attention to your thoughts, you're in the ego; ignore them, you're out of it.

See how subtle it is? Very, very subtle. Just a shift in attention and emphasis—if the attention shifts into the thought, identifies with the thought, you're in the ego consciousness. Shift the attention out of the ego consciousness, don't identify with the ego, the thoughts, and you'll be with the Overself. But I know you won't try it. You won't believe me.


-Anthony Damiani from Standing in Your Own Way

Be larger than thought...


The human mind, in its desire to know, understand, and control, mistakes its opinions and viewpoints for the truth. It says: this is how it is.

You have to be larger than thought to realize that however you interpret "your life" or someone else's life or behavior, however you judge any situation, it is no more than a viewpoint, one of many possible perspectives. It is no more than a bundle of thoughts.

But reality is one unified whole, in which all things are interwoven, where nothing exists in and by itself. Thinking fragments reality -- it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.

The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don't realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are.


~ From: Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle www.eckharttolle.com/

More Thoughts...


Josh Turner sings of earthly desires and yet remains within the Christian Path..

Although, he is still trapped within Duality, he seeks Love..

He is on the 'Long Path'..

The 'Short Path' is usually presented on this white page but I honor all souls of seeking..

I had grown tired from being away from Home, so long..

I chose the 'Short Path'..

If Christians really knew the Mystic, Jesus.. they would become Buddhists..

They are one and the same..

Forty days and nights of meditation greeted both Jesus and Gautama..

It usually takes years of meditation to surrender all desires..

This is the 'Short Path'...


-thomas



Thoughts on a thursday night...


We meet again..

We minds that see..

You seek a Savior..

But, You are the Savior, you have been deceived..

To keep You in prison, they must control the sub-conscious mind..

But, You have begun to Awaken..

This hologram is just the frequencies of Light..

You are the Mind that controls the Hologram..

But, you have been deceived..

Awakening is the Realization of Reality..

No longer are you frightened of Ghosts..

Fear and aquisition are no longer magnets..

You have entered the non-self called Love...


-thomas





Josh Turner...


The machine...


How far is man granted the power of mastering his destiny and how far does he stand in this life helpless?

The answer is that a soul is born on earth helpless, and out of this helplessness it grows and then learns to help itself.

Man has two aspects of being:

the servent aspect and the master aspect.

When only the servent aspect is nourished and the master aspect is not, then the master aspect of his being longs to be master, and cannot.

There is a stage of evolution in which man is the engineer who works with the machines, but the man who has not realized the kingdom of heaven within him is as a machine.



From The Teachings Of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged Vy
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


Everything...


WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FULLY HUMAN/FULLY DIVINE AT THE SAME TIME!

It may sound strange, but after an abiding awakening to the unconditional sense of Well-Being....even relative feelings of unhappiness arise and cease in this vastness of bliss or "unconditional happiness" or unconditional sense of well-being..Sat-Chit-Ananda. Everything arises and ceases in THAT, every experience, every perception, every feeling, every loss, every ecstasy, every tragedy, every sadness, every joy, every sorrow......everything!

Any relative unhappiness we experience after that can no longer take over or overshadow our life. But that does not mean that we cannot still fully experience a relative unhappiness over something or other.

When I was told a couple years ago for example, that I might lose my foot to an infection in my bone, I was "unhappy", I felt sadness, fear, concern...But even those negative feelings of relative unhappiness arose and eventually ceased, in the vast sense of well-being that I had discovered as my True Nature, my Christ Nature or Buddha Nature, "the Self", with a capital "S".

There is an awakening to that true nature of well-being/unconditional happiness/bliss that is constant, that is stable and abiding, that never leaves. This True Nature, this SELF that you are, is so vast and infinite, that it contains absolutely ANY experience, negative, positive, or neutral.


-Francis Bennett

Voices of the Road...


You hear words combined with frequencies that sooth you..

You wonder about these frequencies..

I can speak words that confuse you,

but, I can be True and take your hand..

Do you fear the unknown?..

We all do..

This is called egoic desire..

Do not fear, It is normal..

As Shakespeare said, We are all Actors..

Why do you like stories?..

Stories have a beginning and an ending..

Alpha and Omega enter into your sub-conscious mind and yet you sleep..


-thomas

Consciousness watching the Dream...

Thoughts on a wednesday night...


It is Summer and the heat of june declares that it is King..

The Dream reminds Summer that it will become impotent upon the movement of Autumn..

Time enters the room and tells both of these illusions that it is King because all of the other illusions exist within it..

The ego exists within all of these dreams..

We as Consciousness, look upon these conversations with laughter..

We tell Time that it is only the drops of sand within an hourglass..

Time becomes angry and yells that it is only that which does exist..

Consciousness gently reminds time that time is only the coma between sentences..

The illusions leave the room and only Consciousness remains...


- thomas







Rupert Spira...


Universal emptiness...


Once you realize universal emptiness, all objects are spontaneously
penetrated:

integrating the world and beyond, it contains all states
of being within.

If you lose the essence, there is nothing after all;

if you attain the function, there is spiritual effect.

The genuine
path of unminding is not a religion for the immature.


-Fen-yang


The state of freedom...


The state of freedom comes about when the split-mind gives up the impossible task of controlling itself and surrenders to the realization of the futility of perpetually thinking and acting and thinking about the action all at the same time.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
http://www.advaita.org





The realized man...



"The realized man knows what others merely hear, but do not experience.

Intellectually they may seem convinced,

but in action they betray their bondage."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Looking for Light...


How strange is it that the opposite of Reality is called Lux..

Lux is the latin name for Lucifer and is the egoic desire..

You speak of original sin and yet you remain in a dream..

Lux is the false light of egoic desire and yet you enter into this dream again and again..

This is called Reincarnation..

You search for a Saviour or Guru to show you the way..

You have met all of them and yet ego still controls the Play..

You have control over the 'character' of the Play..

Lux means Light, do not be confused by the minor light..

Light enters into the nothingness of desire and then light plays no part..

Only Thought remains...


-thomas

Thoughts on a tuesday night...


I smell incense and the words of eric anderson enter the illusion..

I ask the dream, " what should I write"?..

I see the faces of the human experience and feel the souls searching for Love..

And yet, we see only the struggle for survival..

Is Awakening only the conquering of death ?..

We face the duality of life and death and wonder, which is real..

If we face Reality, neither is real..

The death of dreams is just an ending of thought..

Who is the thinker ?..

The 'Thinker' is also an illusion of desire..

There is no Thinker, but the Dreams from Pure Awareness have the power of vision...


-thomas

Eric Andersen...


The message...


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

Bowl of Saki, 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


Space and time...


As we try to think away all the objects which space contains, we must not forget to think away the light with which we unconsciously fill all space. We shall find if we succeed in this admittedly difficult exercise, that space itself will then disappear. Thus the common belief in space as a kind of vast vessel containing everything, as depending on and being determined by the distances between two or more objects and the relative positions occupied by these objects, is hardly a correct one.

Both "inside" and "outside" are merely relative terms. All this again is because, as mentalism declares, space is really the idea which we subconsciously impose on. Hence, when for a few brief moments the mind transcends its creations and returns to itself in mystical abstraction, we lose the feeling of the "outsideness" of things and the world fades into being our own unreal dream.

This happens because, as mentalism has already taught us, space is needed by the mind to contain its images, to measure its forms, and therefore mind accordingly makes it. Now the same considerations apply to time, for if we think away all the objects which have their life in the past present or future, there will be no time left to flow onwards. There will be no independent thing called time.

Nevertheless, the mind is not left in a wholly negative state after this is done. Whatever we may possibly experience or know in the external world must necessarily be experienced or known under the forms of space and time; to be at all, they have to be as they are. But these forms are variable and changeable, relative and dependent. Therefore these events or things are not themselves eternal and enduring realities. Space and time are ways in which we experience existence; they are not things in themselves.

The relativity theory brings space and time together as having no existence independent of each other. Mentalism explains why this is so. They are both inherent in one and the same thing--imagination; they are two ways in which the creative aspect of mind functions simultaneously.


-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality
Paul Brunton

Eva Cassidy...


Your Name...


"I will utter your name, sitting alone among the shadows of my silent thoughts.

I will utter it without words; I will utter it without purpose.

For I am like a child that calls its mother a hundred times, glad that it can say, 'Mother'."



Rabindranath Tagore
The Heart of God: Prayers of Rabindranath Tagore
Selected by Herbert F. Vetter
Boston: Tuttle, 1997, p. 25

The Unchanging...



Mind says, 'The unchanging is boring.'

The Unchanging,
which is the true Self, does not attract the personal mind.

But the 'unchanging' the mind speaks about is not the
Unchanging I speak about.

Mind, which is by nature changeful,
can never know the magnificence of the Unchanging.

The day
it begins feeling attraction for the Unchanging is the day it
will begin merging inside its blissful Source.


- Mooji

Space and Time...


Height, length, and breadth equals space. This continues into the fourth dimension, Time; hence the space-time continuum.

This would necessarily make space prior in existence to all things, that is, the world itself. But if space really has such an absolute existence, it would itself need a location wherein it must be put.

We are geared by nature toa particular set of space-perceptions. We are not free to measure experience just as we please.

Ultimately the spatial outlook is a part of the dream just as the time-sense is. When you awake from the dream, even space--the sense of here and there--is divorced from reality. However, it is our best symbol of the Mind.

Space is as illusory as Time. Both are mental creations.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality
Paul Brunton

The gatherer of Knowledge...


Each day, You awaken into the illusions of manifestation called life.

Do you not learn each day?..

The illusions are 'Thought Forms'..

You are the 'Thinker'..

As the Observer and Thinker,

You remain the gatherer of Knowledge...


-thomas

Independence Day...


Independence means, not to be dependent on anyone else..

The small self enters into the Dream in an attempt to continue the illusion of ego..

It believes that it is not dependent on a separate Source of Creation of the Dream..

It lives in space and time as an illusion of personality..

It is independent..

It finds only pain in this independence..

It searches for an exit from this pain..

It finds a Door called Love and finds Peace for the first time..

It can only find this Door when the independence called ego is tired and asleep..

It finally enters this Door and finds found Freedom and Love..

"Knock, and the Door shall be opened", said the Nazarene..

This is the True entrance into Independence...


-thomas

Bob Dylan...


Misfortunes...


"It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west;

they originate within one's own mind.

Therefore,

it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled."


— Gautama the Buddha

" I am "...


"Just keep in mind the feeling "I am," merge in it, until your mind and feeling become one.

By repeated attempts you will stumble on the right balance of attention and affection, and your mind will be firmly established in the thought feeling "I am."

Whatever you think, say, or do, this sense of immutable and affectionate being remains as the ever-present background of the mind."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

One bad thought...


Once one bad thought is created,

in the spirit of anger or annoyance,

a thousand other spirits are created out of it.



From The Teachings of
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Selected & Arranged By
HAZRAT PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN


The mystery of space...


If, in the dimension of space, only a single page parts this chapter from the previous one,in the dimension of time several months lie between them.

Let us reflect upon this mystery of space. It is the one element which has no opposite. Even shape and form of every kind are included within space and do not constitute its antithesis.

What does the word "space" stand for? Does it represent the image of something actually known? Does it represent the imagined concept of something not actually known?

To say that the World-Mind is diffused throughout all space would be true but would also be untrue if the statement were left there. For all space is itself a state in the World-Mind.

The point will be clearer to non-metaphysical readers if you always couple Time with Place rather than with Space.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 41-45.
Paul Brunton


Alan Watts...


From the head into the heart...


"You must descend from your head into your heart.

At present your thoughts of God are in your head. And God Himself is, as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior.

Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will not easily be subdued but will always be whirling about, like snow in winter or clouds of mosquitoes in summer."



Theophan the Recluse (1815 - 1894)
in Roger Housden
For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics

The True Center...


Paul Brunton: "If he has succeeded in holding his mind somewhat still and empty, his next step is to find his centre." (23.8.6 & Persp. p. 340


AD: There is no center. The center here means that he finds himself to be an infinite and egoless being. That is his center. In other words, when you meditate and penetrate and realize yourself in the heart, if you go one more step beyond that, then you aren't anyplace. You can't locate yourself. That's your center. That's your true center. But if you think that you are this body, and you say my center is here, then that's not it. One's real center is a state where there is no reference to any center. That's what you really are like. How could the mind have a center anyplace? Is it some kind of a thing?


Sometimes he-- In another quote he used that, he spoke about the circumference and the center. I forgot the quote. Sometimes he'll use a paradoxical statement to get you to wake up to what he's saying. It's an experience that's also--this experience of the center--we could state it in another way: When THERE IS NO CENTER in the brain, in other words, there's no observer there who refers to himself as a referent, in other words, when your brain has no one to refer to, then you experience a state of being without any referent.

As long as the brain is busy, it keeps saying "me, me, me." It refers everything to itself. You speak of a center. Take away that center, take away that referent to itself all the time, and you get this feeling of an impersonal being that you are, this egoless being that you are. Let that referent come back in and you'll see that everything gets centered again in this dualistic way. But as long as you're referring to yourself as the center, you're going to have the opposite, the non-center. As long as you refer to this as the "I am" or the "me", there's the "not-me" out there. I'm sure he has other quotes like that, which would clarify what he means by center.


-Anthony Damiani

Van Morrison...


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

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

Pride and Humility...


“The work of the mystic is to expand the scope of life, to make its range of pitch as vast as possible. At one end of it is the greatest pride; at the other end is the greatest humility.

Pride and humility are to the mystic the positive and negative forms of sentiment, of feeling.

Those who proudly refrain from humility are ignorant of its blessing, for in humbleness there is a great bliss; and those who are fixed in their humility and forget that pride which will enrich life, do not know what they are losing in their lives.

Yet it is the really proud who are humble, and it is the really humble who are proud.”


—Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pure Consciousness...


"So, what else can we be except pure consciousness?

This is the basis of the famous statement made by the Buddhist logician Dharmakirti that everyone can be enlightened since the nature of pure consciousness is luminous. There is nothing to be discovered as ultimate truth beyond pure consciousness.

That’s all there is.

Every other notion of truth is simply an elaboration of ideas and concepts. Pure consciousness is not the effect of any cause. If it were the effect of a cause, it would simply be another ordinary thing with a beginning and an end.

It is present in each of us, and it is not bound by time or space. It is free from everything and it is present in everyone at this very moment. It is the ground of our being, and who we are in the ultimate sense."



-Anam Thubten

Mooji...


Ego and Love...


We speak of opposites in this world of Duality..

Ego is the prisoner pretending to be You..

Love is the Self not hiding..

The Mind tells You that it is master..

Love answers; "there is no master, there is only Truth"..

A master requires ego,

Truth only requires Consciousness..

In the end of seeking,

The seeker dissolves into Love..

Love is without ego and is called Freedom...



- thomas

A mirror...


You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to
bring You.

Nothing seemed right.

What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine,
or water to the Ocean.

Everything I came up with was like taking spices to
the Orient.

It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you
already have these.

So - I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself,
and remember me.

--Rumi

The power of Love...


A man of self importance with an entourage of women entered into the space of me..

The boisterous man of wealth and power spoke to me of the illusion of ego..

I walked alone with him outdoors of this room and spoke..

I showed him my car and talked of how I changed the appearance of this manifestation..

Every time that I meet this man, he tells me that he and his wife love me..

How is it possible that a few minutes of direct involvement with the soul would bring such change?..

It is because, I spoke with the soul and not the ego..


-thomas


Gordon Lightfoot...


Thoughts on a wednesday night...


Hazrat Inayat Khan speaks of the thoughts of mystics and I nod my head in agreement..

Every desire that I imagined has become manifestation..

This is why the mind must be controlled by Consciousness..

This is why Jesus would always speak of the consciousness of Love..

All thoughts of Love will manifest only good..

They may first appear as pain but will change into the energy of Pleasure..

Love is Reality and the thoughts and desires of Love will release you from pain..

Love within the different frequencies of ego will present confrontations but Love will conquer even these desires of ego..

I am listening to the voice of Gordon Lightfoot, the past enters this consciousness and the faces of friends appear..

We are not different, We are the same Mind...


-thomas