Passenger | Let Her Go (Official Video)

' God Dreaming '...


Death is that of egoic desire..

The manifestation of life is a Dream..

Sometimes, We wake up..

Love is something that is found when ego flees..

We cannot die,

because we are a Dream from God...



-thomas

James Blunt - You're Beautiful (Video)

' You Are '...


You are the sky and the ground.

You alone the day, the night air.

You are all things born into being.

Also, these flower offerings
that someone brought.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

' Consciousness has evolved '...


"When you realize what and who you are, completely, absolutely, and thoroughly, there's no doubt at all, and therefore, no suffering.

Suffering no longer exists for that person because they are no longer struggling with a conceptual me who is in opposition to what is.

The separate me is transcended.

Even consciousness is transcended.

That is a liberated person - liberated from ignorance of misunderstanding.

This is enormous in its implications for consciousness as a whole because every time one person realizes the Self, consciousness as a whole has evolved."


~ Adyashanti
The Impact of Awakening

' The Ultimate Observer '...


If there is not to be an endless series of observers,

which would be unthinkable,

there must be an ultimate one,

itself unobserved and self-illuminated.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 3: The Overself's Presence > # 256 Paul Brunton



Steve Winwood // Blind Faith - "Can't Find My Way Home"

' Reality '...


Do not be fooled by politics,

They are two sides of the same coin of ego..

We are searching for the enjoyment called Love..

If you allow the vibrations of negativity to enter the ether surrounding the souls, you will fail the test of Reality..

The ego will demand anger and violence,

the Heart will demand Love..

It is not difficult to die for Love..

It is called, returning Home...



-thomas

' This is a mistake '...


All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace
our steps to our Original Source.

We need not acquire
anything new, only give up false ideas and useless accretions.

Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and
mysterious because we believe happiness lies elsewhere.

This is a mistake.


- Ramana Maharshi

' Words are paradoxical '...


The words of truth are always paradoxical.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


- Lao Tzu

' Flowers '...


The sheikh of the Halveti order in Istanbul, Sunbul Efendi, in looking
for a successor, sent his disciples forth to get flowers to adorn the
lodge.

All of them returned with large bunches of lovely flowers; only
one of them came back with a small, withered plant.

When asked why he
did not bring anything worthy of his master, he answered,

"I found all
the flowers busy recollecting the Lord--how could I interrupt this
constant prayer of theirs?

I looked, and one flower had finished its
recollection.

That one I brought."

It was he who became the next
sheikh.


Annemarie Schimmel
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

' It is only Tuesday Night '...


And yet the vision that I see are the elements of mind control that speak lies and false flags..

Are the other humans awake to deception ?..

War hides under the screaming of words..

It is so strange that Divine Consciousness would visit the yin and yang of Dreams..

But, this is the balance of Intellect that decides which road to travel..

To Know the True Path, many dead ends are entered..

Knowing that life is short for the human experience, we must not fear the future..

We are not the future, We have always existed as this moment, this Now..

We remain the Observer and thus, do not feel pain..

The voltage of the hologram runs down, to be recharged by desires..

Desires are the prison that promises happiness but delivers fear..


-thomas


DUELING BANJOS ~ Guitar & Banjo Song ~ Deliverance

' self-surrender '...


The indispensable prerequisite to mystical illumination is self-surrender.

No man can receive it without paying this price.

Any man in any degree of development may pay it--he has to turn around, change his attitude, and accept the Christ, the higher self, as his sovereign.

But once this happens and the Grace of illumination descends, it can affect the self only as it finds the self.

An unbalanced ego will not suddenly become balanced.

An unintellectual one will not suddenly become learned.

His imperfections remain though the light shines through them.




-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life > Chapter 4: Surrender > # 70
Perspectives > Chapter 18: The Reverential Life > # 38 Paul Brunton


' You begin to awaken '...


The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.”

The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.

You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence.

You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind.

You begin to awaken.


~ Eckhart Tolle

' Not the personality '...


Meditation is being free to the belief of being a separate person - then the byproducts of this freedom we reap in due time.

We have to start from freedom.

This freedom begins when we choose not to be identified with the personality.



~ Francis Lucille

' Just keep it in mind '...


”Anything you do for the sake of enlightenment takes you nearer.

Anything you do without remembering enlightenment puts you off.

But why complicate?

Just know that you are above and beyond all things and thoughts.

What you want to be, you are it already.

Just keep it in mind."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Mundaka Upanishad '...


"Brahman is supreme;

He is self-luminous,
He is beyond all thought.

Subtler than the subtlest is he,
Farther than the farthest,
Nearer than the nearest.

He resides in the lotus of the heart of every being."



Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.7

' The vanished world's existence '...


Thus it became clear from both these initiations that it was all-important to rid the mind of the ego, or rather, of its crushing tyranny. This could not be the result of a single and sudden act, nor of years of disciplinary toil, but of a combination of the one leading to the other, of the Long Path leading to what is called the Short Path.

Although it properly belongs to my experience of philosophic initiation, it is perhaps interesting to note at this point that in the deep meditations accompanying that initiation I went through a stage where the ego's consciousness was annihilated so utterly and where pure consciousness, not centered or divided in any way, was so overwhelming that God alone reigned as I AM. There was then no duality of person and Overself, no hint even of the cosmic mysteries involved in the vanished world's existence.

And that is really the Truth: there is no second entity or power. There is only God.



-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections >
Chapter 1: Two Essays > # 2
Paul Brunton

' Truth is found within experience '...


Truth is only found within experience..

The tales of others are fabrications and lies leading to power..

The three sins of pain are power, wealth and fame..

The ego cries within separation..

To be separate and within is a question to be answered..

The ego will lead you into puzzles which should be abandoned..

The only Truth is the energy called Love..

All other Thought is without value...


-thomas

' Pure Mind '...


“I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.”

“All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.”

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.”

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world…”

“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life,

even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”


- Gautama the Buddha

' Death '...


The Transition of Dream to Reality is often a painful event within human mind..

The Dream dissolves and We find our self within a higher frequency of existence..

To some, it will appear as a heaven or hell according to the desires of Heart..

But, this is just a new road to walk..

No one dies..

The egoic desire now appears as the Dreamer or Creator of illusions..

Beyond this point is called non-ego..

Or what we name as Pure Awareness..

Whatever you desire will become reality within Dreams..

Do not fear, whatever you love will not be separated from you..


namaste, thomas

You Are Pure Awareness ~ Mooji

' Trust in God '...


"If you trusted in God as you should,

He would sustain you even as He sustains the birds,

which in the morning go forth hungry,

and return in the evening filled."



Prophet Muhammad
Bukari, al-Sahih, Riqaq, n. 463
quoted in Suleyman Derin
From Rabi`a to Ibn al-Farid Towards Some Paradigms of the Sufi Conception of Love
Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies The University of Leeds, 1999

' My dear Sir '...


”All that a guru can tell you is:

'My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken about yourself.

You are not the person you take yourself to be."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' All-encompassing Self '...


Oh ego, none of your claims are true.

Keep quiet with a heart of devotion to the Real,

and the all-encompassing Self will be spontaneously known.



- Mooji

' The bond called Love '...


All the experiences of human life and non-material life exists within stories that begin within imagining, which is called 'Dream'..

These stories are created for entertainment and learning..

Both, between the Dreamer and the Dreamed..

Therefore, the false-self becomes the master of material self and is often known as the 'ego'..

There is a 'binding', a 'glue', a 'non-separation' of Pure Thought and the engagement of this bonding of the non-selfish desire,

we call this bond of non-ego, 'Love'..

Yes, the word is diminutive,

but, so is Humility..



-thomas

' Thought creates manifestation '...


However you believe the world to be, that’s
exactly how the world will present itself to you.

You are always living your life out into your
beliefs about how life is.

You’ll see something in your life whenever you
begin to believe it strongly enough.

It’s not the other way around.

In fact, you’re creating your own private hell
every day through your attachment to your
belief that this, right here and right now,
is not heaven.



- Chuck Hillig
Seeds for the Soul
Chuck Hillig
Black Dot Publications, 2003

' No trace is left '...


”The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed.

The reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor, always present, rarely perceived.

When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper.

So is my mind - the impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Overself '...


Let it never be forgotten what earlier studies have iterated and re‑iterated. The Overself is the real teacher in the heart, the one initiator of all struggling aspirants. It is the final bestower of in­sight. It is the benign mediator of grace to the imploring ego. It is not a theoretical presence but a living one with whom the aspirant can remotely or intimately commune. It can liberate him from his ignorance, instruct him in super‑intellectual truth and guide him to philosophic enlightenment.

All his efforts in yoga should be interfused with warm devotion to the inner reality for unless he really loves it he will never unite with it. He should therefore comprehend that a leading principle of all these ultramystic medi­tation exercises is that success ultimately depends not on the con­scious efforts he puts forth but on the mysterious reaction to those efforts. This does not of course mean that the efforts are valueless in themselves for without them there would be no reaction.

It means that the over‑conscious gets to work independently upon him at a certain stage. When this actually manifests itself it will not be during any of his struggles to obtain it but during the periods of cessation from those struggles, not during positive con­centration but during the absence of concentration. It becomes articulate not during the thinking about it but during the intervals of not thinking about it.

Henceforth, whatever has to he done, will not be done by himself. Instead, it will be done to him. He will be taken by the hand, as it were, and led into the profound stillness which guards the threshold of the Overself. Across that threshold he will receive the reply to the question: What Am I? Like a loving mother the Overself will take its progeny up into itself at this won­derful moment of initiation and thus the inner rebirth will occur. It will come as the culmination of long striving but it is not
itself an act of striving. For only the divine grace can bring it about.


Paul Brunton- WOTO The Mystical Phenomena of Meditation

BONNIE RAITT - CROSBY - STILLS & NASH....LOVE HAS NO PRIDE

' Two steps to Freedom '...


The first step is to Realize that You are Divine Consciousness.

The next step is to surrender, even this desire and be absorbed back home into 'Pure Awareness'.

Pure Awareness is the state of existence of Pure Thought without the desire for separation from Source..

This is the state of non-egoic desire, otherwise known as 'Love'...



-thomas

' Nothingness of the self-image '...


”Unless you make tremendous efforts, you will not be convinced that effort will take you nowhere.

The self is so self-confident that unless it is totally discouraged it will not give up.

Mere verbal conviction is not enough.

Hard facts alone can show the absolute nothingness of the self-image."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Call of the search '...


The more desperately you seek love
the more you communicate to the universe
that you are unworthy of it.

Your job is not to seek love, then,
but to be it,
know it as your essence,
feel it infuse your very being,
hear it drip from your in-breath,
and shimmer through your out-breath.

Call off the search. Love is You.


- Jeff Foster

' The nature of the Real '...


We must get to the very source of those deep-seated karmic, mental, and emotional tendencies if we would attain the Real which they obscure.

When this is done a tremendous sense of liberation is experienced, an inner revolution undergone, and then follows the "lighting flash" of insight into the nature of the Real.



-- Perspectives > Chapter 4:
Elementary Meditation > # 64
Paul Brunton



' Love and affection '...


“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,

deserve your love and affection”



— Gautama the Buddha

' Action '...


”By all means attend to your duties.

Action, in which you are not emotionally involved and which is beneficial and does not cause suffering will not bind you.

You may be engaged in several directions and work with enormous zest, yet remain inwardly free and quiet, with a mirror like mind, which reflects all, without being affected."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Each of us '...


Each of us inevitable,
Each of us limitless --

Each of us with his or her
right upon the earth,

Each of us allow'd
the eternal purports
of the earth,

Each of us here
as divinely as any is here.


- Walt Whitman
from “Leaves of Grass”

Bob Dylan - Shelter From The Storm (East Berlin, 1987, Lyrics & Traducción)

' A Liberated One '...


"Do not permit the events of your daily life to bind you, but never withdraw from them.

Only by acting thus
can you attain the title of 'A Liberated One.'"



Huang Po
in Jonathan Star
Two Suns Rising: A Collection of Sacred Writings
NY: Bantam, 1991, p. 70

' What remains is reality '...


If I ask you what is the taste of your mouth,
all you can do is to say:

it is neither sweet
nor bitter nor sour nor astringent; it is what
remains when all these tastes are not.

Similarly, when all distinctions and reactions are
no more, what remains is reality, simple
and solid.


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

' The Cosmic Mind '...


The existence of "archetypal ideas" or "divine thoughts" can be proven to exist nowhere else except in his own mind, therefore they have no more reality, no more value, and no more duration than other thoughts.

The cosmic mind and his mind are ultimately one and the same.

False habits of thinking cause false perception; hence he is not aware of this.

The cosmic mind "created" all these ideas of objects in the universe, including the self, the "I," in the same way that a dreamer creates his own dream universe.

Mind is ALL we know, all we ever shall know.

To discover what colour is, he must remember that the coloured object is itself but an idea;

what can the colour be save an idea also?



-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 3:
The Individual and World Mind > # 87 Paul Brunton

Edith Piaf - Non, Je ne regrette rien

' Self meeting Self '...


The love that any two beings share is the love
of Self for Self.

Keep away all notions and intentions
and you are meeting all beings in this love.

This is
Self meeting Self.

All attraction is for the Self only,

though appearances are deceiving.



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

' Action within Divine '...


From all these studies, meditations, and actions the student will little by little emerge an inwardly changed man.

He comes to the habitual contemplation of his co-partnership with the universe as a whole, to the recognition that personal isolation is illusory, and thus takes the firm steps on the ultimate path towards becoming a true philosopher.

The realization of the hidden unity of his own life with the life of the whole world manifests finally in infinite compassion for all living things. Thus he learns to subdue the personal will to the cosmic one, narrow selfish affection to the wide-spreading desire for the common welfare.

Compassion comes to full blossom in his heart like a lotus flower in the sunshine. From this lofty standpoint, he no longer regards mankind as being those whom he unselfishly serves but rather as being those who give him the opportunity to serve.

He will suddenly or slowly experience an emotional exaltation culminating in an utter change of heart. Its course will be marked by a profound reorientation of feeling toward his fellow creatures. The fundamental egoism which in open or masked forms has hitherto motivated him will be abandoned: the noble altruism which has hitherto seemed an impracticable and impossible ideal, will become practicable and possible.

For a profound sympathy to all other beings will dwell in his heart. Never again will it be possible for him wilfully to injure another; but on the contrary the welfare of the All will become his concern. In Jesus' words he is "born again."

He will find his highest happiness, after seeking reality and truth, in seeking the welfare of all other beings alongside of his own. The practical consequence of this is that he will be inevitably led to incessant effort for their service and enlightenment.

He will not merely echo the divine will but will allow it actively to work within him. And with the thought comes the power to do so, the grace of the Overself to help him to achieve quickly what the Underself cannot achieve. In the service of others he can partially forget his loss of trance-joy and know that the liberated self which he had experienced in interior meditation must be equated by the expanded self in altruistic action.



-- Notebooks Category 20: What Is Philosophy? > Chapter 4: Its Realization Beyond Ecstasy > #
-- Perspectives > Chapter 20: What Is Philosophy? > # 72 Paul Brunton



' Innumerable forms '...


”Understand that it is not the individual, which has consciousness;

it is the consciousness, which assumes innumerable forms.

That something which is born or which will die is purely imaginary.

It is the child of a barren woman.

In the absence of this basic concept "I am" there is no thought, there is no consciousness."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Unmanifest '...


You cannot catch your own shadow, and neither can you escape it.

So long as man thinks in terms of phenomena being real,

the shadow of ignorance will both evade and haunt him.

Just as waves arising on the surface of water have no independent existence and are only the water itself,

so also are manifested phenomena only the apparent created form or body of the Unmanifest.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' A Virtual Void '...


If Mind is to be regarded aright, we must put out of our thought even the notion of the cosmic Ever-Becoming.

But to do this is to enter a virtual Void?

Precisely.

When we take away all the forms of external physical existence and all the differences of internal mental existence, what we get is an utter emptiness of being which can hardly be differentiated after we have taken away its features and individualities, its finite times and finite distances.

There is then nothing but a great void.

What is the nature of this void?

It is pure Thought.

It is out of this empty Thought that the fullness of the universe has paradoxically evolved.

Hence it is said that the world's reality is secondary whereas Mind's reality is primary.

In the Void the hidden oneness of things is disengaged from the things themselves.

Silence therefore is not merely the negation of sound but rather the element in which, as Carlyle said, great things fashion themselves. It is the supreme storehouse of power.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 114
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 5 Paul Brunton

' Self-knowledge '...


”There is nothing to gain.

Abandon all imaginings and know yourself as you are.

Self-knowledge is detachment.

All craving is due to a sense of insufficiency.

When you know that you lack nothing,

that all there is, is you and yours, desire ceases."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The road of knowledge '...


It is interesting to speak of magic and illusion..

To move one hand, to force your vision upon illusion..

Being, adults, we have the ability to see more clearly..

In this strange decade of witches and satanists,

we wonder if this experience of life is real..

The media will continue to abuse Truth and Mystics..

When you can clearly see the mind-control of news speakers,

you can also see the phrase, "Et tu brute "..

It is clear that many humans will easily give your life and freedom for their own life of wealth and fame..

But, by now, you are awake and thinking..


- thomas


' Love is the highest station '...


"Love for God is the farthest reach of all stations,

the sun of the highest degrees,

and there is no station after that of love,

except its fruit and its consequences."



Al-Ghazali
in Peter Lorie & Manuela Dunn Mascetti, Eds.
The Quotable Spirit: A Treasury of Religious and Spiritual Quotations, from Ancient Times to the 20th Century
NY: Macmillan, 1996, p. 146

' Bhagavad-Purana '...


“Whatever mystic perfections can be achieved by good birth, herbs, austerities and mantras can all be achieved by devotional service to Me;

indeed, one cannot achieve the actual perfection of yoga by any other means.”



Srimad Bhagavata by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, 11.15.34
Also called Bhagavad-Purana or Bhagavatam
Collected and edited by Jay Mazo
International Gita Society, p. 665

' The Primal Idea '...


Within the Overself, the infinite absolute principle of mind, there arises the idea of the cosmos, and from this original idea proceed all other mental constructions that constitute a universe.

Because the Overself is formless and unindividuated, we have to picture it under the glyph of darkness.

The cosmic idea will then appear as a primordial germ of light, called by the Hindus Hiranyagarbha (the golden embryo).

The entire panoply of suns and stars and creatures is contained latently within this point of light.

This first-born God is the primal Idea.




-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea >
Chapter 4: True Idea of Man > # 178
Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - Bright Side of the Road (Audio)

' It is friday night '...


For many humans, the Play has ended for two days..

You are now allowed to be yourself for these hours..

You will then return to the corporate dream of puppet..

In these few hours of solitude, you can Realise Freedom..

These eighty years of life are short for the Pilgrim..

Reincarnation calls you to reenter the Dream..

You hear the soft voice of a mystic and begin to think..

How many circles will I enter?..

The answer is many and none..

It depends on you..

Can you surrender Everything?..

The Nazarene once told you to give up everything and follow Him..

Are you strong enough to follow Him?..


-thomas

' Time bound '...


"I do not negate the world.

I see it as appearing in consciousness, which is the totality of the known in the immensity of the unknown.

What begins and ends is mere appearance.

The world can be said to appear, but not to "be".

The appearance may last very long on some scale of time, and be very short on another, but ultimately it comes to the same.

Whatever is time bound is momentary and has no reality."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The ground of peace '...


“In this moment, however you are searching, stop. Whether you are searching for peace and happiness in a relationship, in a better job, or even in world peace, just for one moment stop absolutely.

There is nothing wrong with these pursuits, but if you are engaging in them to get peace or to get happiness, you are overlooking the ground of peace that is already here. Once you discover this ground of peace, then whatever pursuits you engage in will be informed by your discovery. Then you will naturally bring what you have discovered to the world, to politics, to all your relationships.

This discovery has infinite, complex ramifications, but the essence of it is very simple. If you will stop all activity, just for one instant, even for one-tenth of a second, and simply be utterly still, you will recognize the inherent spaciousness of your being that is already happy and at peace with itself.

Because of our conditioning, we normally dismiss this ground of peace with an immediate, “Yes, but what about my life? I have responsibilities. I need to keep busy. The absolute doesn’t relate to my world, my existence.”

These conditioned thoughts just reinforce further conditioning. But if you will take a moment to recognize the peace that is already alive within you, you then actually have the choice to trust it in all your endeavors, in all your relationships, in every circumstance of your life.

It doesn’t mean that your life will be swept clean of conflicts, challenges, pain, or suffering. It means that you will have recognized a sanctuary where the truth of yourself is present, where the truth of God is present, regardless of the physical, mental, or emotional circumstances of your life.”



― Gangaji, The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance

' Consciousness is the reality '...


In the ordinary man's cosmic picture any one object is separate from any other object.

In the scientist's cosmic picture they are also separate, but intellectually he may have arrived at the point of holding them together in the idea that they are all different forms of one and the same ultimate Energy.

But this remains only an idea.

In the philosopher's picture, the ordinary man's and the scientist's are both included, but there is an addition, namely, he knows by his transcendental experience that these two are projections of Consciousness and that this Consciousness is the reality.



-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 5:
The Key To the Spiritual World > # 182
Paul Brunton

' The Christ '...


The 'Christ' is a mirror image of Self as Love..

This state of existence is beyond manifestation and moves as Light and Love..

Of course, this mental activity called Thought takes place within this dream..

But, when you have surrendered 'All',, especially this egoic bond for dreaming..

You find 'Self' as a stepping stone towards complete knowledge..

Few have found complete reality..

This state of existence is really that of the state of non-existence..

But, you have been promised 'Eternal Life '..

This 'Life' is called 'Energy' and the manifestor of illusions..

You exist and yet there is no you...



-thomas

' Love is will '...


"Love is will,

the will to share your happiness with all.

Being happy, making happy,

this is the rhythm of love."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The movements of materiality '...


They arrive and others arrive,
and then they go, and the others go.
Day and night, a constant traffic.

Where do they come from?
Where do they go?

Does it mean anything?
Nothing, nothing, nothing.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic
From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop, 1992

' It must be a revelation '...


A rare but complete illumination must not only pass from the first to the final degree of intensity, but must also contain a picture of the cosmic order.

That is to say, it must be a revelation.

It must explain the profounder nature of the universe, the inner meaning of individual existence, and the hidden relationship between the two.



-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 105
-- Perspectives > Chapter 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > # 31 Paul Brunton



Greatest Hits Of The 60's - Best Of 60s Songs

' Wednesday '...


I am listening to music from the sixties with my ear phones..

It is obvious that words and vibrations are much different within this period of dreaming..

The voices of the sixties sing of love but the voices of this modern youth speak of violence..

Violence is a creation of ego desire..

Most mental and physical pain is created by the negative mind ..

Can anything be done, to warn the modern generation of the power and the destruction that dreams can produce upon the thoughts of mind..

You are the Creator of experiences and dreams..

This is the 'Free Will', spoken of..

How did the poverty of Saints continue within the Joy of Knowing ?..

It has always been personal choice..

Your role within this dream has always been a personal choice...


-thomas

' Restlessness '...


"It is your restlessness that causes."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' A puppet '...


The fundamental and unchangeable fact is that there

is no human being who can perform any act on his own,

any more than can a puppet on strings.



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

' Seek the seeker '...


"Positive affirmations are for the mind only.

Leave the mind to the mind.

You are not this mind.

Stop trying to rearrange your mind and discover what lies before it.

You are the consciousness that contains the mind.

Ask yourself this question, before the mind, body, and emotions:

Who am I?

Meditate on that.

Seek the seeker."


~ Adyashanti

' Between the two '...


"I find that somehow, by shifting the focus of attention, I become the very thing I look at, and experience the kind of consciousness it has; I become the inner witness of the thing.

I call this capacity of entering other focal points of consciousness, love; you may give it any name you like.

Love says "I am everything".

Wisdom says "I am nothing".

Between the two, my life flows.

Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Only by spiritual means '...


Those who know what will be the true outcome of these world events are not yet permitted to make any prophecy: they are permitted only to utter the warning that mankind is in a position of extreme danger, a position from which he can free himself by one means alone.

He cannot save himself by military, political, or economic means; he can save himself only by spiritual means.



-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience >
Chapter 4: World Crisis > # 371 Paul Brunton

' Pay attention '...


If you are going through dark night of the soul after awakening, find someone who knows what it is, who went through the darkness themselves, and reemerged in complete clarity and humbleness.

We often consult with those who have no idea what we are going through, just because they have a public presence of authority.

Consult on your relationship with those who know harmony in the relationship in their own life, who through trial and error came to experience it in a relationship between them and their partner.

Consult on parenting with those who through trial and error came to harmony with their children.

Consult on your business with those who went through accumulating material wealth, loosing it, re-inventing themselves and their business, and are able to see where you stand and what steps to take.

Can you, guys, see that one teacher-fits-all is really rare.

Someone gave us a gift of awakening, someone will help in other areas.

Also life itself can be all of it in one, if you really immerse yourself without hiding behind awakened identity.

Life is also a zen master and a stick in one: it will point and hit, and if you don't get it it will do it again...pay attention to the blows! !


-Elena Nezhinsky

' Welcome to Full Consciousness, Tom Petty '...

' Natural 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."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Something significant '...


"We can walk around thinking we are totally liberated and speak about total awakening and all that, but there is one proof of the pudding:

Are you still in conflict?

Do you experience emotional and psychological conflict?

If you do, that doesn't mean you have to throw out everything you think you realize, but it means, there might be more to see.

Liberation is the disappearance of conflict.

Or as I like to say: No more argument with yourself.

No more argument with God.

No more argument with the world and no more argument with death.

Now we are talking about something significant."


~ Adyashanti

' The human mind and Enlightenment '...


Even Ramakrishna once admitted that the enlightenment attained by the most highly spiritual person is slightly coloured by his own ordinary human mind!

It is obvious that differences of education or intellect, upbringing or tradition, will be responsible for some of the differences of teaching among mystics.



-- Notebooks Category 16: The Sensitives >
Chapter 15: Illuminations > # 65
Paul Brunton

' Suffering '...


"Suffering is exclusively the result of attachment or resistance,

it is a sign of lacking readiness to go on,

to flow with life."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Wisdom is born in the mind '...


Plato has pointed out in his seventh epistle that the philosophical wisdom "requires long continued communion between pupil and teacher in joint pursuit of the object they are seeking to understand,

and then suddenly, just as light flashes forth when a fire is kindled, this wisdom is born in the mind and henceforth nourishes itself."



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 6: Student-Teacher > # 618 Paul Brunton




' Endless River '...


“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is.

Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion.

It is an endless river.”



― Jiddu Krishnamurti

' Interesting '...


I have heard of Mystical Teachers, speak of those that do not return..

The Gurus' speak of the freedom that they hold..

The Freedom of 'Found'..

Those that love the puzzle of life, will grin within understanding..

We can speak of thought control as religions..

Truth has no religion..

Truth Is...


-thomas

' Who is seeing What ? '...


"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.)"


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' A guest house '...


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.


Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.


Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


- Rumi

' Procastination '...


'Once in awhile I talk with people about the importance of self-knowledge.
Most are procrastinators. They say they will explore the inner world as
soon as a few pressing problems are solved.'

'Procrastination is illogical from every viewpoint. It is like the man who
wanted to cross the stream, so he sat on the bank to wait for all the water
to run by.'"


There is a Way Out, p. 53
Vernon Howard

' For Enlightenment to occur '...


All that is necessary for enlightenment to occur is the clear understanding that it is an utterly different dimension from mere intellectual comprehension, the dimension of BEING, to which no rigorous discipline or set practices can even be relevant.

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


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar







' This being human '...



This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.


Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.


Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


- Rumi
Coleman Barks
"The Essential Rumi"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995

' Needs '...


"You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what you do not need."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Jackson Browne -The Pretender [Full Album] 1976

' Insight '...


“A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself.

An ugly woman knows it is not.”



― Simone Weil,
Waiting for God

' I will soothe you '...


“I will soothe you and heal you,

I will bring you roses.

I too have been covered with thorns.”



― Jalaluddin Rumi

' The eye of seeing '...


“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;

my eye and God's eye are one eye,

one seeing,

one knowing,

one love.”



― Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhar

' To care '...


Teach us to care and not to care.

Teach us to sit still.


- T. S. Eliot

' The worth of a happiness '...


"What is the worth of a happiness for which you must strive and work?

Real happiness is spontaneous and effortless."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' One Universal Mind '...


In The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga and The Wisdom of the Overself I unveiled that portion of the hidden teaching which negated materialism and showed the world to be immaterial and spiritual.

In this book I unveil the remaining portion which shows that the person himself is devoid of real existence, that the ego is a fiction, and that there is only the One Universal Mind.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 38
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 40 Paul Brunton


' Tuesday '...


It is only the beginning of the week, but knowledge demands entrance ..

You usually expect knowledge to enter your consciousness near the end of week..

But, time is short and knowledge must be presented within smaller hours..

The thought of dissolution of consciousness usually presents itself as death..

But the darkness of death of dreams always ends in Light..

This is the part that you do not understand..

You fear 'non-being', most of all..

The Truth is that there is no 'non-being '..

You return to the Mind of Thought..

You awaken as the Observer..

So easy to state, but difficult for the ego to accept...


-thomas

' The No-Mind state '...


When both the rational and intuitive planes of mind are
allowed full operation, they get superimposed on each
other resulting in a fasting of the mind or NO-MIND state.

This is the most alert state in which the mind can find itself
because of the total freedom in which it can operate - a
beautiful, natural blending of discipline and spontaneity.


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

' The web of your own illusions '...


Because it’s endlessly being both created…AND destroyed…a trillion times every nano-second, the dream world appears to be in constant animation.

However, since it’s cycling so fast between “something” and “nothing,” you don’t even notice it happening.

However, (on a more recognizable scale,) the entire world abruptly seems to end every night whenever you slip into dreamless sleep and collapse the universe down into the singularity in your own “heart-of-hearts.”

In the morning, however, you automatically re-enact the “Big Bang” and, from the nothingness of the Void, you spontaneously re-construct the entire dream world.

Identifying with an ego-based body, you re-create your habituated relationships and entanglements and, every morning, get entranced again by the seductive web of your own illusions.


-Chuck Hillig

' The second illumination '...


In the moment that there dawns on his understanding the fact of Mind's beginninglessness and deathlessness,

he gains the second illumination,

the first being that of the ego's illusoriness and transiency.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 2: Our Relation To the Absolute > # 106
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 28 Paul Brunton

' Back to Silence '...


You have to become more interested in the silent background than in the foreground, the phenomena: thoughts, emotions, sounds, smells, etc.

Most people are focused on the foreground and what their five senses bring them, but the Self is discovered in the background.

The Self is the source from which the phenomena spring and the ground in which this display of phenomena is happening, from the subtlest feelings and experiences to the grossest matter.

When you rest as this background, you can taste your Self.

You just give yourself to it.

Actually, you’re giving your idea of yourself to your true Self.

The idea comes out of the silence, so you give the idea of who you are back to silence.


~ Adyashanti
The Impact of Awakening
Inline image 1

' The Void '...


People are scared to be engulfed by the void.

What they don’t realize is that their own mind is the void.


-Huang Po

' Divinity is Reality '...


The idea that we have to wait for liberation from the ego and enlightenment by the Overself,

to evolve through much time and many reincarnations,

is correct only if we continue to remain mesmerized by it,

but false if we take our stand on reality rather than appearance:

we are now as divine as we ever shall be--but we must wake up from illusion and see this truth.



-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 1: Entering the Short Path > # 25
Paul Brunton

' Aloneness== All One Ness '...


The title will introduce you to thoughts and words that were implanted within literature in the last ten thousand years of creative symbols within rock, metal, and paper..

The 'Art' of symbols and painting of nature are balanced..

Voices step forward within the illusions to stir Dreams..

These Dreamers, called Mystics..

So many were killed because they dared to tell Truth..

The Mystics will continue to walk within thoughts forming poetry..

There is no inch of distance between You and the Dreamer..

Perhaps, waking up for a few centuries would be welcome to Light...


-thomas



' Here and Now '...


“This is the real secret of life --

to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.

And instead of calling it work,

realize it is play.”



― Alan W. Watts

' Our true nature '...


The knowledge you are seeking about your true state is unknowable because comprehension at the mind level is only conceptual and therefore totally illusory.

What you are seeking is what you ALREADY ARE.

We neither exist nor not exist.

Our true nature is neither presence nor absence but the annihilation of both.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' Unchanging Truth '...


How can a mental state be the final realization?

It is temporary.

Mystic experience is such a state.

It is something one enters and leaves.

Beyond and higher is realization of unchanging truth.




-- Notebooks Category 16: The Sensitives >
Chapter 2: Phases of Mystical Development > # 29
Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - Enlightenment (Audio)

' I am that I was '...


"I am that I was and that I shall remain now and forever.

Then I receive an impulse which carries me above all angels.

In this impulse I conceive such passing riches that I am not content with God as being God, as being all his godly works, for in this breaking-through I find that God and I are both the same.

Then I am what I was, I neither wax nor wane, for I am the motionless cause that is moving all things."



Meister Eckhart
Franz Pfeiffer, editor
The Works of Meister Eckhart
Translated by C. de B. Evans,
London: John M. Watkins, 1924, vol 1, p. 221

' Stinginess '...


One day Mulla Nasruddin saw a crowd gathered around a pond. A Muslim
priest with a huge turban on his head had fallen in the water and was
calling for help. People were leaning over and saying, "Give me your
hand, Reverend! Give me your hand!" But the priest didn't pay
attention to their offer to rescue him; he kept wrestling with the
water and shouting for help.

Finally the Mulla stepped forward. "Let me handle this." He
stretched out his hand toward the priest and shouted at him, "Take my
hand!"

The priest grabbed the Mulla's hand and was hoisted out of the
pond. People, very surprised, asked the Mulla for the secret of his
strategy.

"It is very simple," he replied, "I knew this miser wouldn't give
anything to anyone. So instead of saying, 'Give me your hand,' I
said, 'Take my hand,' and sure enough he took it."



Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager


' Two ways to Realization '...


There are two different ways to realization:

(a) The path of yoga meditation whose goal is nirvikalpa samadhi.

(b) Gnana whose goal is sahaja samadhi.

This looks on the world as being only a picture, unreal.

Both seek and reach the same Brahman, the world disappearing for both.



-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 130 Paul Brunton


' Tao Te Ching '...


Between birth and death,
Three in ten are followers of life,
Three in ten are followers of death,
And men just passing from birth to death also number three in ten.
Why is this so?
Because they live their lives on the gross level.

He who knows how to live can walk abroad
Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.
He will not be wounded in battle.
For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,
Tigers no place to use their claws,
And weapons no place to pierce.

Why is this so?
Because he has no place for death to enter.



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

' Beyond the shadow '...


~This passage is from Thomas Merton's posthumous Asian Journal, describing his awakening experience upon seeing the great Buddha statues at Polonnaruwa, Ceylon (Sri Lanka):

“Looking at these figures I was suddenly,
almost forcibly, jerked clean out of the habitual, half-
tied vision of things, and an inner clearness, clarity, as
if exploding from the rocks themselves, became evident
and obvious.

The queer evidence of the reclining
figure, the smile, the sad smile of Ananda standing with
arms folded (much more ‘imperative’ than Da Vinci’s
Mona Lisa because completely simple and
straightforward).

The thing about all this is that there is
no puzzle, no problem, and really no ‘mystery.’ All
problems are resolved and everything is clear, simply
because what matters is clear. The rock, all matter, all
life, is charged with dharmakaya . . .

everything is
emptiness and everything is compassion. I don’t know
when in my life I have ever had such a sense of beauty
and spiritual validity running together in one aesthetic
illumination.

Surely, with Mahabalipuram and
Polonnaruwa my Asian pilgrimage has come clear and
purified itself. I mean, I know and have seen what I
was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else
remains but I have now seen and have pierced through
the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the
disguise.”


~from The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton,

' Escaping difficulties '...


There is no permanent way of escaping difficulties other than the way of seeking spiritual realization.

That is what we have really incarnated for.

This may seem hard on us,

but life on earth as it is known today is also hard for many people.




-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience >
Chapter 1: Situation > # 394 Paul Brunton


' Logic and Awareness '...


I agree with your logic and awareness..

The 'Final Reality' consists of Thought and not Dream..

This 'Silence' is confounding to the emitter of sound..

Pure Awareness appears to enjoy, Dreaming..

I have to ask myself,

" What would I do "..

I would probably walk this same road of entertainment..

The "Void' that frightens you so much is Real..

The others words were a bridge...


-thomas

' He's Free '...


Take someone who doesn't keep score,

who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,

who has not the slightest interest even

in his own personality: He's free.



- Rumi
Version by Coleman Barks
"Open Secret"
Threshold Books, 1984

' A higher point of view '...


It would be wrong to say that the pictorial review of life experience when dying is merely a mental transference from one's own shoes to those of the persons with whom one has been in contact during the life just passed, as the pictures unveil before him.

What really happens is a transference from the false ego to the true Self, from the personal to the impersonal.

It is a realization of the true meaning of each episode of the life from a higher point of view.



-- Notebooks Category 9: From Birth to Rebirth >
Chapter 1: Death, Dying, and Immortality > # 114
Paul Brunton


' Absolutely Nothing '...


"Now imagine that you stop to sit on a bench in the park. As you sit there everything stops, absolutely stops. Your mind is so still and quiet that you can hear dust particles floating in the air. Suddenly you are falling, and falling, and falling. There is no ground below or sky overhead, just a crushing thunderous silence, racing faster and faster. You suddenly realize that it’s going to kill you, rip you limb from limb and explode your lungs into dust.

There’s no way out, no possible means of survival. And so you do the only thing there is to do. Surrender. All goes blank and empty, more empty than limitless space. Prior to life and death, you blink out of (or is it into?) existence. Timelessness is all there is, all there ever was, or could be. Eternity reigns supreme, and is radiantly present in every particle of being. Something unborn and undying stirs to life and opens its eyes -- your eyes.

You or It is still sitting on the park bench. It is smiling, radiant, and content. A little girl on roller skates passes by. The sun glitters through the aspen leaves as an old man smokes his pipe on a footbridge crossing over a stream that feeds into a pondfilled with goldfish. Everywhere you look is emptiness. Each ‘thing’ is a veil, a shroud, cloaking Infinity. Nothing is as it seems, and everything is exactly as it is. Somehow perfect in all its apparent chaos, Infinity prevails.

You know with exact precision that there is nothing else -- nothing could be other than this vast and absolute void, this pure and Infinite Potential, this unborn and unformed Infinity. You reflect back over your life and realize that everything that ever happened or ever could happen, from birth to all of the ups and downs of this ephemeral life, to the strange realizations of spiritual awakening, to this exact moment outside of time, was and is the momentary display -- a blip, really -- of Infinity’s limitless potential coming into, and going out of, existence. An old friend finds you sitting on the bench in the park.

She sits down beside you and asks, ‘What are you up to?’ You love her as friends do, but what can you say? You’re already speechless, and as quiet inside as the dead. She doesn’t know it, but you’re in two different worlds, strangely intersecting here on this park bench. How do you reach across infinity to communicate with her? For a moment you strain inside for the words with which to respond. There is a silent pause -- is she onto you? Does she suspect something is different? A cool breeze caresses your face and the universe smiles inside you. ‘Oh, nothing really,’ you say. ‘Absolutely Nothing.’”


~ Adyashanti
The Way of Liberation


Urge for Going — Tom Rush

' Dreams '...


Bad thoughts make bad dreams

and good thoughts make good dreams,

and if you have no thoughts you don’t dream at all.


-Annamalai Swami

' A Pilgrimage '...


Your life’s journey is a pilgrimage that’s always
going from one sacred space to yet another sacred
space.

And the very road that you’re traveling on between
these sacred spaces is also sacred, too.

No matter what your life looks like right now, you’re
always standing in the Temple of the Divine.

Your own Heart is truly the Holy-of-Holies.


- Chuck Hillig

' Only Consciousness Appearing '...


Many think and believe there is a real objective universe "out there". But what is manifesting are colors, sounds, flavors, smells, sensations and cognitions. Those are only the textures of awareness.

Notice any of the above and notice if any can be found as other than awareness itself. Where can you find the dividing line between awareness and those six items?

There is only Consciousness appearing as colors, sounds, flavors, smells, sensations and cognitions. There are no inanimate things or objects.


-Jackson Peterson

' Ideas move the world '...


The ocean itself is one big drop, but it is also made
of small drops; many little drops put together become
an ocean.

But actually, in the ocean, the drops don't
exist; they are one integral whole.

So, you may say there
are no drops in the ocean, yet you can say it is made up
of drops.

Both notions are correct.

Actually, the drops
in the ocean are only conceptual.

The mind says that
there are many parts.

Ideas move the world.



- Swami Krishnananda
Your Questions Answered
Swami Krishnananda
The Divine Life Trust Society, 1995

' The wise aspirant '...


The wise aspirant will not hanker after manifestations of the marvellous.

He wants the highest life has to offer,

and he knows that nothing could be more marvelous than the realization of God as his own self.



-- Notebooks Category 16: The Sensitives >
Chapter 4: Those Who Seek > # 102 Paul Brunton

' The 'me' ...


The “me” is very impersonal, not meaning cold or distant, but just meaning without inherent self nature, in the same way that when you read a book, the characters are without self nature. They actually don’t exist outside of your imagination. They don’t even exist in the book, because the book is just words. And without someone reading the words and bringing it all alive within imagination, nothing even exists on the printed page. It’s all within the reader, all the life.

When the Buddha talked about the realization of no-self, he was talking about the self that’s an image in the mind being completely seen through. And when there is no image of self, experience has nothing to bounce off of. Everything just is as it is, because there's no secondary interpretation. The one that’s interpreting is the one that’s in pain. And that’s the one who suffers. That’s the one who causes others to suffer.

The false self, the self that’s an image in the mind, uses every experience to measure itself: “How am I in relationship to what’s happening? Am I wise? Am I stupid? Am I clumsy? Am I courageous? Am I enlightened about this?” That’s the movement of consciousness reflecting on an image of itself that doesn’t actually exist. It’s always measuring each and every experience, and then believing in the interpretation of the experience rather than seeing “Everything just is.”

Everything actually just is. From the perspective of consciousness, even resistance just is. And if you resist resistance, that’s just what is. You can’t get away from it. You start to see that the only thing that goes into resistance, a story, or an interpretation of what is—whatever it is—is this mind-created persona. It's like a character in a novel. When you read a novel, every character has a point of view. It has beliefs. It has opinions. There’s something that makes it distinct from other characters. Our persona is literally this mind-created character that’s always making itself distinct. So it always needs to evaluate everything against its preconceived idea….

That’s basically what it means to really wake up: we’re waking up from the character. You don’t have to destroy the character called “me” to wake up from it. In fact, trying to destroy the character makes it very hard to wake up. Because what’s trying to destroy the character? The character. What’s judging the character? The character.

So you leave the character alone. The character called you, just leave it alone. Then it’s much easier for the awakening out of that perspective to happen.


~Adya

' Desires '...


Desires are just waves in the mind.

You know
a wave when you see one.

A desire is just a
thing among many.

I feel no urge to satisfy it,
no action needs to be taken on it.

Freedom
from desire means this:

the compulsion to
satisfy is absent.



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

' What does not real mean? '...


Just that.

Upon turning deep within, a different world of light, space, and attending awareness emerges as predominant, and the external world fades in importance.

As consciousness becomes steady through inquiry or meditation, close observation of the external world, reveals its changeableness, fragility, and hollowness.

It only appears when we awaken, and disappears in sleep.

It depends on us.

It disappears behind us as we move from room to room, only to become memory.

Then memory itself is forgotten, and not reclaimed until we enter that room again.

Out of emptiness, arises form; into emptiness it disappears.

Nisargadatta called this the Causal Body of forgetfullness.

Dogen Zengi said:

To study the Way is to study the self.

To study the self is to forget the self.

When the self is forgotten, is to be actualized by myriad things.

When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.

No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.


-Edward Muzika




' Knowledge in the heart '...


Spiritual self-realization is the main thing.

Study of the teachings concerning cosmical evolution and the psychical evolution of man are but intellectual accessories--things we may or may not take on our journey, as we like.

That part of man which reasons and speculates--mortal mind--is not the part which can discover and verify the existence of God.

We are not necessarily helped or hindered on the divine path by taking up the lore of science or by becoming versed in the ways of sophistry.

Once we live out our spiritual life in the heart, the rest sinks to second place.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 1: The Place of Intellect > # 204
Paul Brunton


Eric Andersen - Thirsty Boots ('Bout Changes 'n' Things )

' Source manifests '...


"The universe is my ashram, and every heart is my house, but I manifest only in those hearts in which all other than me ceases to live.

"When my universal religion of love is on the verge of fading into insignificance, I come to breathe life into it, and to do away with the farce of dogmas that defile it in the name of religions, and stifle it with ceremonies and rituals."



Meher Baba
"Final Declaration"
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher: Biography of Avatar of the Age Meher Baba
Manifestation, v. 13, p. 4544
Online Revised Edition, p. 3639

' Judging others '...


Judging others in your dream world is kind of silly.

After all, doesn’t a playwright love his “villains” every bit as much as he loves his “heroes?”

In fact, maybe he loves them even more.

Why?

Because it’s through his “villains” that he creates the dramatic mischief and gives his “heroes” their opportunity to act, well,….heroically.


-Chuck Hillig

' The Long Path '...


The Long Path gives many benefits and bestows many virtues but it does not give the vision of truth, the realization of the Overself, nor does it bestow Grace. For these things we must turn to the Short Path.


-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 2: Pitfalls and Limitations > # 156
Paul Brunton

The moment for departure from the Long Path is signaled by the full realization that all that he has really gained from practising its disciplines is only the practice itself, not the newer consciousness to which they were supposed to lead him.


-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 4: The Changeover To the Short Path > # 134
Paul Brunton

Buffalo Springfield-Retrospective [Full Album] 1969

' It's all It '...


In the domain
of unconsciousness
you see within and without.

In the pervadedness of Consciousness
there is no within and without;

it's all
It.



- Swami Amar Jyoti

"In Light of Wisdom"
Swami Amar Jyoti
Truth Consciousness, Boulder, Colorado, 1983

' Laying down the burden '...


Rules and conventions, as well as liberation, are all simply dhammas. One is higher than the other, but they actually go hand in hand.

There is no way that anything can be guaranteed to be definitely ‘like this’, or definitely ‘like that’. The Buddha said, ‘Just leave it be! Leave it as uncertain.’ However much you like it, or dislike it, you should understand it as uncertain.

The whole practice of dhamma, regardless of time and place, comes to completion at the place where there is no-thing. It’s the place of surrender, of emptiness, of laying down the burden; this is the finish. It’s not like someone asking: ‘Why is the flag fluttering in the wind?’ and me replying, ‘It’s because of the wind,’ and another person saying, ‘No, it’s because of the flag.’ Then someone else retorting, ‘It’s because of the wind!’ There’s no end to that kind of thing. It’s like the old riddle: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? There’s no way reaching a conclusion about that. It’s just nature.

Many of the things we say, are merely conventions that we establish within ourselves. If you understand them with wisdom, however, you will know impermanence, suffering and not-self. This is the outlook which leads to enlightenment.

Training and teaching people with varying levels of understanding is really difficult. Some people have certain ideas. You tell them something, but they don’t believe you. You tell them the truth, and they say, ‘That’s not true! I’m right; you’re wrong.’ But there’s no end to this way of going on.

If you don’t let go, there will be suffering. There’s the story of these four men who go into the forest and hear a chicken crowing. One of them asks, ‘Is that a rooster or a hen?’ Three of them together say, ‘It’s a hen!’ The other man, however, doesn’t agree; he insists it’s a rooster. ‘How could a hen crow like that?’ he asks. ‘Well,’ they retort, ‘it has a mouth, hasn’t it?’ Then they argue and argue until they get very upset and, the tears start to fall. In the end, it turns out, they’re all wrong. The point is, whether you call it a hen or a rooster, they’re only names.

We establish these conventions, saying a rooster is like this, and a hen is like that; a rooster cries like this, and a hen cries like that. But this is how we get stuck in the world. Actually, if you just say that really there is no hen and no rooster, then that’s the end of it.

In the field of conventional reality, one side is right and the other side is wrong, and there can never be complete agreement. Arguing till the tears fall, however, is of no use whatsoever.

The Buddha taught non-clinging. How do we practise non-clinging? We do it simply by giving up clinging. It can be very difficult to understand non-clinging, however. It takes a keen wisdom to investigate it, to really see the depth of it, and then to see the wisdom of it.

Whether people are happy or sad, content or discontent, doesn’t really depend on their having little or having much, it depends on wisdom. In reality, distress can only be transcended through wisdom, through seeing the truth of things.


[From The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah]

' The Quester '...


Between the ordinary man who takes himself as he is, and the philosopher who does exactly the same, there stands the Quester.

In the first case, outlook is narrow, being limited by attending to the inescapable necessities and demands of day-to-day living.

In the other case, peace of mind has been established, the thirst for knowledge fulfilled, the discipline of self realized.

In between these two, the Quester is not satisfied with himself, has a strong wish to become a better and more enlightened man.

He tries to exercise his will in the struggle for realization of his ideal.


-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 4 Paul Brunton


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' The Holy Trinity '...


Paramhansa Yogananda explained the Christian Trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in a cosmic sense.

God the Father, he said, is the Infinite Consciousness from which all things were manifested.

God's consciousness was one and undivided ("Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One"); apart from that consciousness there was no substance out of which the universe could have been made.

The universe is His dream.

To produce the dream, the Creator had to set a portion of His consciousness into motion.

You, I, our earth, the sun and galaxies, our thoughts and inspirations, our very longing to be one with Him again-all are products of the vibrations of His consciousness, separate manifestations of the vast primal vibration of Aum, the Holy Ghost.

The Son of the Trinity represents the underlying presence in a vibratory creation of the calm, unmoving consciousness of the Creator, so called because it rejects the Father's consciousness.

Vibratory creation itself is also known as the Divine Mother. The devotee must commune first with Aum, or the Divine Mother.

Uniting his consciousness with that, he must proceed to realize his oneness with the Son.

Only after achieving union with the Son can he proceed toward oneness with the Father beyond creation.

The Hindu Scriptures name this eternal Trinity, Sat Tat Aum.

Sat stands for the Spirit, the Supreme Truth, which is God the Father.

Tat is the Kuthastha Chaitanya, the Christ Consciousness which underlies all creation.

And Aum is the Word, the Holy Ghost, called also the Comforter in the Bible.

' The Silence of the Silence '...


Although thought, words, logic and reasoning are obviously necessary to lead a moral life, they do not by themselves constitute living.

They are all based on memory of the known and are products of the split-mind, the mind divided by the intrusion of a spurious 'me'.

To LIVE without thought, without words, is to be receptive to the unknown with the whole mind.

True teaching is in reality the SILENCE of the SILENCE in which there is neither talking nor the absence of talking.

It is like drawing the figure of a fish on the water's surface with a stick.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Instant Refuge '...


When the attentive nature of consciousness folds back upon itself, instead of engaging in thoughts images and perceptions, it discovers a natural joy, open emptiness, wisdom and indestructible presence of awareness.

There is no higher refuge or quicker path.

In this way the mind discovers its own nature was always a Buddha.


-Jackson Peterson

' Compassion '...


Compassion is the highest moral value, the noblest human feeling, the purest creature-love.

It is the final social expression of man's divine soul.

For he is able to feel with and for another man only because both are in reality related in harmony by the presence of that soul in each one.


-- Perspectives > Chapter 6:
Emotions and Ethics > # 44
Paul Brunton


' True apperception '...


It is impossible to describe the sense of magnificence that comes out of the true apperception of the nature of the individual in relation to the manifestation.

The loss of personal individuality is exchanged for the gain of Totality of the cosmos.

That which is beyond all interrelated opposites and relativity itself is Absolute and inexpressible in words.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Communion with the Overself '...


Let him stand in his own place, and not seek to occupy that of another.

Let him find a life that is real, and not copied.

But such admonitions are good only so far as he has already come into communion with the Overself.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 101 Paul Brunton


' Detachment brings control '...


'Develop the witness attitude and you will find in your own experience that detachment brings control.

The state of witnessing is full of power,

there is nothing passive about it.'



-Nisargadatta Maharaj

' It is only tuesday '...


The leaders of this dream, demand that we be obediant..

It is strange how Consciousness rearanges the chairs upon the Titantic..

The Energy of Source, permeates all dreams and thoughts..

The ego always interfers within discovery..

We can continue to read with understanding but still be confused..

Seeing beyond dreams and desires is difficult..

My time within paragraphs is over..

The rest of this time within mind is yours..

Welcome home, thinker...


-thomas

' Strong desires must be fulfilled '...


"Weak desires can be removed by introspection and meditation,

but strong, deep-rooted ones must be fulfilled and their fruits, sweet or bitter, tasted."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The tenderness for life '...


“We awaken this bodhichitta, this tenderness for life, when we can no longer shield ourselves from the vulnerability of our condition, from the basic fragility of existence. In the words of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, “You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and you turn it into compassion.” It is said that in difficult times, it is only bodhichitta that heals. When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself. This is the time to touch the genuine heart of bodhichitta. In the midst of loneliness, in the midst of fear, in the middle of feeling misunderstood and rejected is the heartbeat of all things, the genuine heart of sadness.” […]

Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all pain. The only problem with this metaphor is that we leave all the others behind-our drunken brother, our schizophrenic sister, our tormented animals and friends. Their suffering continues, unrelieved by our personal escape.

In the process of discovering bodhichitta, the journey goes down, not up. It’s as if the mountain pointed toward the center of the earth instead of reaching into the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt.

We jump into it. We slide into it. We tiptoe into it. We move toward it however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhichitta. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.”

~ Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart

' The Nought '...


The One behind the Many is not to be mistaken for the figure one which is followed by two, three, and so on.

It is on the contrary the mysterious Nought out of which all the units which make up multiple figures themselves arise.

If we do not call it the Nought it is only because this might be mistaken as utter Nihilism.

Were this so then existence would be meaningless and metaphysics absurd.

The true ineffable Nought, like the superphysical One, is rather the reality of all realities.

From it there stream forth all things and all creatures; to it they shall all return eventually.

This void is the impenetrable background of all that is, was, or shall be; unique, mysterious, and imperishable.

He who can gaze into its mysterious Nothingness and see that the pure Divine Being is forever there, sees indeed.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 5: The Void As Metaphysical Fact > # 42
-- Perspectives > Chapter 19: The Reign of Relativity > # 49 Paul Brunton

' The gender of God '...



The idea that Source has a gender makes me look at the ceiling..

The idea of Unconditional Love is sought within this manifestation but is really only felt within Divine Consciousness..

A Mystic like Jesus spent the last few years of His life speaking of this idea..

But, this idea of Freedom is found between the desire of separation and the desire of Unity..

The ego and the non-ego are elements to be examined...


-thomas

' Your 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 judgment and appreciation."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The moment of Enlightenment '...


At the moment of enlightenment, everything falls away - everything. Suddenly the ground beneath you is gone, and you are alone. You are alone because you have realized that there is no other; there is no separation. There is only you, only Self, only limitless emptiness, pure consciousness.

To the mind, the ego, this appears terrifying. When it looks at limitlessness and infinity, it sees meaninglessness and despair. However, the view changes to unending joy and wonder once the mind is let go of.

When you are enlightened, you stand alone. You need no supports of any kind because there is nothing to support; a separate you no longer exists. You realize that the whole ego experience was a flimsy illusion. You stand alone but are never, never lonely because everywhere you look, all you see is That, and you are That.


- Adyashanti (The Impact of Awakening)

' The Real Present '...


There is the real present but there is also the illusory present.

To live in the past is to die, to live in the future is to dream,

but to live in the real present is to be awake, enlightened.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 142
Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - I'm Not Feeling It Anymore

' Love within Source '...


"The heart is the innermost man or spirit.

Here are located self-awareness, the conscience, the idea of God and of one's complete dependence on Him, and all the eternal treasures of the spiritual life....

Where is the heart?

Where sadness, joy, anger, and other emotions are felt, here is the heart.

stand there with attention....

Stand in the heart, with the faith that God is also there, but how He is there do not speculate.

Pray and entreat that in due time love for God may stir within you by His grace."



St. Theophan the Recluse
in George A. Maloney, S.J.
Prayer of the Heart
Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1981, p. 25

' The Diamond Sutra '...


"Subhuti, what do you think? Let no one say the Tathagata cherishes the idea: I must liberate all living beings. Allow no such thought, Subhuti. Wherefore? Because in reality there are no living beings to be liberated by the Tathagata. If there were living beings for the Tathagata to liberate, He would partake in the idea of selfhood, personality entity, and separate individuality."

Also from the Diamond Sutra:

"Yet when vast, uncountable, immeasurable numbers of beings have thus been liberated, verily no being has been liberated. Why is this, Subhuti? It is because no Bodhisattva who is a real Bodhisattva cherishes the idea of an ego-entity, a personality, a being, or a separated individuality."

"A Bodhisattva should develop a mind which alights upon nothing whatsoever..."

"The mind should be kept independent of any thoughts which arise within it." (the principle of khorde rushen)

' The purpose of life '...


Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, is the individual's own higher self.

He must keep his inner shrine within the heart reserved for the Ideal.

He should worship there the Spirit that is birthless and deathless, indestructible and divine.

Life in this world is like foam on the sea: it passes all too soon; but the moments given in adoration and obeisance to the Soul count for eternal gain.

The most tremendous historic happenings on this earth are, after all, only pictures that pass through consciousness like a dream.

Once the seeker awakens to the Real, he sees them for what they are. Then he will live in Its serenity, and it will no longer matter if the pictures themselves are stormy and agitated.

It is the greatest good fortune to attain such serenity--to be lifted above passion and hatred, prejudice and fear, greed and discontent, and yet to be able to attend effectively and capably to one's worldly duties.

It is possible to reach this state. The seeker may have had glimpses of it already.

Someday, sometime, if he is patient, he will enter it to stay--and the unimaginably rewarding and perfect purpose of his life, of all his lifetimes, will be fulfilled.


- Paul Brunton

' Reason and common sense '...


“Believe nothing,

no matter where you read it,

or who said it,

no matter if I have said it,

unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.



–Gautama the Buddha

' The Eternal Absolute '...


"You indicated your identity at various stages of your life by such concepts as "a child," "a boy," "a youth," "a middle-aged man," etc.

But which conceptual identity of yours remained faithful to you?

All the identities, in the course of time, proved illusory.

Since it has appeared, it has to disappear; therefore, it is temporary, and time-bound.

But the Knower of the Beingness is the eternal Absolute."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Teach me the truth '...


"The holy Zarathustra said aloud:

'This I ask thee: teach me the truth, O Lord'."



Vendidad, 19.10
in S. E. Frost
Sacred Writings of the World's Religions
NY: New Home LIbrary, p. 78

' It is silence '...


Yet the deeper we travel, the less need have we of thoughts and words,

for all multiplicity collapses in this marvelous unity.

We can neither think nor talk of this sublime state with any accuracy.

Hence the only medium whereby we can properly represent it is--silence!



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 6: Student-Teacher > # 778 Paul Brunton


' Die before you die '...


Sir, have you forgotten the promise
you made in your mother's womb,
to die before you die?

When will you remember
what you intended?

Don't let your donkey wander loose!
It will stray into your neighbor's
saffron garden. Think of the damage
it might do, and the punishment!

Who then will carry you naked
to your own death?



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

' Sailor Bob '...


Sailor Bob:

There is a knowing that you are. You can’t negate that. Pure knowingness is going on. Now, who or what is knowing that? Pure emptiness, or no thing, is knowing that. There’s no entity there. That knowing is the cognizing emptiness. That’s pure intelligence.

Q: It’s knowing itself?

Sailor Bob:

No. There’s no discrimination of itself in there. It’s one without a second. It’s pure knowing.

' Awareness alone '...


That beautiful state wherein the mind recognizes itself for what it is,

wherein all activity is stilled except that of awareness alone,

and even then it is an awareness without an object-

-this is the heart of the experience.



-- Perspectives > Chapter 24:
The Peace within You > # 68
Paul Brunton

Edith Piaf - Non, Je ne regrette rien

' You are unborn and indestructible '...


"Whatever is seen and perceived is continuously in a state of creation and destruction,

but You in your true nature are unborn and indestructible.

Unless you realize your true nature,

there will be no peace for you."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The ground of Being '...


Leave everything outside and come in.
Everything you see, you must leave.
Don't want anything, not even enlightenment.
Everyone can do this.

Come right into that place before all these things were formed.
Allow yourself to be undone of all falsehood.

Then you will discover for yourself
that emptiness that has never moved.

Everything else has moved.
This is your ground. The ground of Being.
Your very Self is that.


- Mooji

' One Self alone '...


There are two viewpoints:

a qualified truth for the lower stage of aspirants which admits duality; and the complete viewpoint of nonduality for the highest student; thus for practical life, when dealing with other people or when engaged in some activity, those in the first stage must accept the notion of the world being real, because of expediency; yet even so, when they are alone or when keeping quiet, inactive, they ought to revert back to regarding the world, which includes one's own body as a part of it, as idea.

Only for the sage is the truth always present, no matter whether he is with others, whether he is working, or whether he is in trance, and this truth is continuous awareness of one Reality alone and one Self alone.


-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 2: The Double Standpoint > # 40 Paul Brunton


' This too will pass '...


"This too shall pass."

Accepting this will bring about
a double-sided effect.

When something is bad, you
will know this too will change, so there's no need to
go into the depths of despair.

When something is
good, you won't have to go into the peaks of ecstasy.

This too will pass.

You will be able to accept life as
it comes.



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

' Love the unloveable '...


Every position that you find yourself in, every situation that you find yourself in, with whomever you may be in this world, is your right place at this moment.

Bless this, love it.

I know it sounds hard when you think of a horrible condition and you say, " I must love it?".

Let me explain again. The reason you love it, is because God is all there is.

Try to remember this.

There is nothing but God.

Therefore if you hate something, you are hating God which is your Self.

when you become despondent, depressed, hateful, feeling sorry for yourself, this is what blasphemy really means, for you are feeling this way about you,

our Self. Can't you see?

You look at a situation, you watch it, you observe it, you never react, you leave it alone. And then you will be given the power to handle it, to go through it, without thinking, without thoughts, without any commotion, without any noise.

These are the things, you must work on.


~ Robert Adams

' Seek the Knower '..


When you begin to seek the Knower,

who is within you,

and to sever yourself from the seen,

which is both without and within you,

you begin to pass from illusion to reality.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself > Chapter 5: Preparing for Glimpses > # 15
-- Perspectives > Chapter 22: Inspiration and the Overself > # 8 Paul Brunton



' Labor Day '...


This is the day that you celebrate being a slave..

The Energy that you generate within the frequencies,

create that which you Dream..

It is so difficult to believe that you have power..

The Incarnations of Dreams become just another show that you have seen before..

I will speak in short lines,

so that your thought remains within curiosity..

I celebrate your walking...


-thomas

Van Morrison - Transformation

' The Tao '...


The greatest Virtue is to follow Tao and Tao alone.

The Tao is elusive and intangible.

Oh, it is intangible and elusive, and yet within is image.

Oh, it is elusive and intangible, and yet within is form.

Oh, it is dim and dark, and yet within is essence.

This essence is very real, and therein lies faith.

From the very beginning until now its name has never been forgotten.

Thus I perceive the creation.

How do I know the ways of creation?
Because of this.



- Lao-tzu

Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
Vintage Books Edition, September 1989

' You are home '...


Right now, as you read this, you exist and you are aware that you exist. You are undoubtedly present and aware. Before the next thought arises, you are absolutely certain of the fact of your own being, your own awareness, your own presence. This awareness is what you are; it is what you always have been.

All thoughts, perceptions, sensations and feelings appear within or upon that. This awareness does not move, change or shift at any time. It is always free and completely untouched. However, it is not a thing or an object that you can see or grasp. The mind, being simply thoughts arising in awareness, cannot grasp it or know it or even think about it.

Yet, you cannot deny the fact of your own being. It is palpably obvious, and yet, from the time we were born, no one has pointed this out. Once it is pointed out it can be grasped or understood very quickly because it is just a matter of noticing, ‘Oh, that is what I am!’ It is a bright, luminous, empty, presence of awareness; it is absolutely radiant, yet without form; it is seemingly intangible, but the most solid fact in your existence; it is effortlessly here right now, forever untouched.

Without taking a step, you have arrived; you are home. No practice can reveal this because practices are in time and in the mind. Practices aim at a result, but you (as presence-awareness) are here already, only you don’t recognize it till it is pointed out. Once seen, you can’t lose it, and you don’t have to practice to exist, to be.


-John Wheeler