' Don't believe your mind '...

' This is the short way '...


"The sheikhs are the pourers of the wine and the dervish is the glass.

Love is the wine.

By the hand of the wine pourer, the glass — the dervish — is filled.

This is the short way.

Love could be offered to one by other hands.

This is the short way."




-Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al Helveti al Jerrahi
Love is the Wine: Tales of a Sufi Master in America
Threshold Society

' The Self is everywhere '...


Our sense of being is the quality of the quintessence of food and the shape of the food material is taken by us as our form.

Your Eternal nature is without the sense of being.

When the vital breath leaves the body, it becomes inert.

It is like the extinguishing of a flame.

Does the flame go anywhere?

When the body drops, there is no going anywhere.

At the so called birth, there is no coming from anywhere.

The Self is everywhere.

It does not leave any space to travel to.




~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nothing is Everything 12/7/1979

' Self-reliance '...


The rarity of competent teachers in the world, and especially in the Western world, forces seekers to practise self-reliance and cultivate independence, unless they are willing to accept substitutes for competence or join organizations making unsubstantiated claims.

The Overself will not neglect determined seekers and through circumstances, events, books, or otherwise gives them the particular guidance or instruction needed at a particular time.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 90 Paul Brunton

' Dispassion and Detachment '...


"What you need will come to you if you do not ask for what you do not need.

Yet only few people reach this state of complete dispassion and detachment.

It is a very high state, the very threshold of liberation.."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' To attain Gnosis '...


Enlightenment, Realization, or Gnosis is nothing that can be attained through any of our conventional ways of knowing. This is because conventional knowledge is based on imaginary distinctions, which we take to represent reality. The Reality that Gnosis reveals, however, is non-dual, and without distinctions. To the extent that we reify the distinctions of conventional knowledge as inherently existing entities and objects, they act as veils to our Realization of this Non-dual Reality. Thus, to attain Gnosis we must surrender our belief that conventional knowledge gives us knowledge of Reality. This is why the Taoist sage, Lao Tzu, asks:

When your discernment penetrates to the four quarters Are you capable of not knowing anything?

And why the great Sufi poet, Rumi, writes:

Where should I seek knowledge? In the abandonment of knowledge.

Because as Zen Master, Suzuki Roshi, explains:

If you want to understand it, you cannot understand it. When you give up trying to understand it, true understanding is always there.

Now many seekers take such teachings to mean that, in order to attain Gnosis, we must stop trying to grasp reality through formal philosophical modes of thinking. This is certainly true, as far as it goes. The trouble is, it does not go far enough. What Gnosis demands is something much more radical. The Christian mystic, St. John of the Cross, explains:

Those are decidedly hindered, then, from attainment of this high state of union with God who are attached to any understanding, feeling, imagining, opinion, desire, or way of their own, or to any other of their works or affairs, and know not how to detach and denude themselves of these impediments. Their goal transcends all of this, even the loftiest object that can be known or experienced. Consequently, they must pass beyond everything to unknowing.

In other words, it is not just our philosophical knowledge that must be surrendered. We must surrender belief in any of our conventional ways of knowing - including those everyday, `common sense' ways of knowing we take so much for granted.

This is easier said than done for two reasons. The first is that our most primitive forms of knowledge are based on elementary distinctions which, under normal circumstances, we are not even aware we are making. Consequently, before we can surrender our belief in all forms of knowledge, we must first become mindful of those subliminal mental processes on which knowledge itself is founded.

The second reason is that even the creation and acquisition of our most sophisticated forms of knowledge is by no means a dispassionate affair. Except in the rarest of cases, it is motivated by a desire to in some way enhance and protect ourselves. The more we think we know about the world, the more we feel we can control and manipulate it to our own ends. By the same token, the less we think we know, the more we feel lost and vulnerable. Consequently, the prospect of surrendering our belief in all forms of knowledge is quite frightening, for it means we must be willing to enter a state of such profound unknowing that we literally no longer have the slightest idea of who we are, or where!

- Joel Morwood

' What is '...


Presence is a quality of welcoming, open awareness, which is dedicated simply to "what is."

There can still be someone who is aware and there is that of which they are conscious - the sound of running water, the taste of tea, the feeling of fear, or the weight and texture of sitting on a seat.

And then there can be a letting go of the one who is aware, and all that remains is presence.

All of this is totally without judgment, analysis, the wish to reach a conclusion, or to become anything.

There is no mentation and no expectation.

There is simply "what is."



- Tony Parsons, from As It Is - The Open Secret of Spiritual Awakening

' The sultans of swing '...

' In the waves '...


There are several signs
in eyes that see all the way to the ocean. Bewilderment

is one. Those who study foam and flotsam near the edge
have purposes, and they'll explain them at length!

Those who look out to sea become the sea,
and they can't speak about that. On the beach

there's desire-singing and rage-ranting,
the elaborate language-dance of personality,

but in the waves and underneath there's no volition,
no hypocrisy, just love forming and unfolding.


- Rumi

Version by Coleman Barks
"Birdsong"
Maypop, 1993

' The Overself's take-over '...


The Overself's take-over is not always the same but changes with the time and the occasion,

the person and the place.

It may be gentle, quiet, almost unmarked at first,

or it may be like a tremendous force, commanding and irresistible.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 6: Experiencing a Glimpse > # 2 Paul Brunton


' I am '...


Refuse all thoughts except one:

the thought `I am'.

The mind will rebel in the beginning,

but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet.

Once you are quiet,

things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally,

without any interference on your part.




- Nisargadatta Maharaj

' This Nothing '...


"Let go this 'everywhere' and this 'everything' in exchange for this
'nowhere' and this 'nothing'.

Never mind if you cannot fathom this
nothing, for I love it surely so much better.

It is so worthwhile in
itself that no thinking about it will do it justice.

One can feel this
nothing more easily than see it, for it is completely dark and hidden to
those who have only just begun to look at it.

Yet to speak more
accurately, it is overwhelming spiritual light that blinds the soul that
is experiencing it, rather than actual darkness or the absence of
physical light.

Who is it then, who is it then, who is calling it 'nothing'?

Our outer self, to be sure, not our inner.

Our inner self calls it 'All',

for through it he is learning the secret of all things, physical and
spiritual alike, without having to consider every single one separately
on it's own."


-The Cloud of Unknowing


' The case for Grace '...


The case for Grace is that only the Overself can tell us what the Overself is,

can teach us about itself.

The ego-intellect cannot do so;

the senses certainly cannot;

and ordinary experience seems far from it.


-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 5: Grace > # 97 Paul Brunton

' This love '...


This sense of affection, this love, this quality cannot be cultivated,

cannot be practised, cannot be brought about;

but it must happen as naturally as breathing,

as fully with great joy and delight as the sunset.


- J. Krishnamurti

' The beginning and end of thoughts '...


The voice of Jesus haunts my thoughts as He says;

" The Kingdom of God is within "..

Therefore, the Truth of Reality is only found within the beginning of thought and ends within the end of thoughts..

As you think, therefore, you are..

Thought is the Creator of manifestation..

To end the manifestations, you must end thoughts..

Thoughts are the frequencies of desires..

To end the dreams, you must stop creating dreams..

To search within is to leave the egoic desire for existence..

To search within is to be alone with God...


-thomas

' Space and Time '...


As you integrate you become one,
and your needs become one accordingly.

Unified needs lead to unified action,
because this produces a lack of conflict.

You cannot behave effectively
while you function on different levels.

However, while you do,
correction must be introduced vertically from the bottom up.

This is because you think you live in space,
where concepts such as "up" and "down" are meaningful.

Ultimately, space is as meaningless as time.

Both are merely beliefs.





The above quotes are from the book
A Course in Miracles.

' To know It is to BE It '...


When thought, discipline and experience have done their
utmost and finally accept utter defeat,

they then cease to
function altogether.

That state is beyond both words and
silence.

It is neither one thing nor another.

The Absolute
noumemon cannot be experienced.

To know it is to BE it.



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

' Perceptions '...


We must find the Overself through our own perceptions,

that is, through our own eyes--or never.

It will not suffice to believe that we can go on seeing it through the eyes of another man--be he a holy guru, or not.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 290
Paul Brunton

' The mind '...


"The mind cannot know what is beyond the mind,

but the mind is known by what is beyond it."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Realization of the Overself '...


The attainment of realization of the Overself is extremely rare,

and the aspirant should not expect to do so in one limited lifetime.

However, since its Grace is unpredictable,

no one can say that it is impossible in a particular case.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 5: Self-Development > # 127
Paul Brunton

' Sitting and Forgetting '...


Jackson Peterson posted on Facebook
From the Taoist text:


"He whose house is peaceful and stable will emit the heavenly light.”

The “house” is the mind.

The “heavenly light” is the emergence of wisdom.

The mind is the vessel of the Tao.

If the “house” is empty and calm to the utmost, the Tao will reside there and wisdom will emerge.

Wisdom comes from your original nature.

It is not something that comes to exist just now.

This is why it is called the “heavenly light.”

' I wonder where the lions are '...

' Equanimity towards everything '...


There are dream consequences
for the bad acts committed in the dream,

and while you still take the dream to be the reality,

you will suffer the consequences
of your bad behavior.

Do no evil and have no hate.

Have equanimity towards everything.


- Annamalai Swami

' When personal identification vanishes '...


When personal identification vanishes, all that then remains is a sense of presence without the person, which gets translated into a feeling of life as total freedom.

The ultimate understanding can come neither by straining to hang on to the material pleasures of the world nor by making efforts to seek and grasp the infinite Absolute.

It comes by recognizing that the universe is the objective body of the subjective SELF.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' I have given the world, You '...


"To repeat Your name is to string pearls together.

The pleasure in your manifested form is always new.

I have ceased to desire the unembodied God.

Your worshippers do not seek liberation.

With You, it is still possible to give and to receive.

What use is the place where a dish sat when it is taken away?

Tuka says, 'Give me the gift of freedom from fear.

After all, O Lord who pervades the world, I have given the world You."



Tukaram
Abhangs (A Short Collection) Poem by Sant Tukaram - Poem Hunter


' A place of expenditure '..


Return from existence to nonexistence!

You are seeking the Lord and you belong to him.

Nonexistence is a place of income;

flee it not!

This existence of more and less is a place of expenditure.



– JALALUDDIN RUMI

' Leonard Cohen '...

' Self-lighting Light '...


I came to this birth and rebirth universe
and found the self-lighting light.

If someone dies, it's nothing to me,
and if I die, it's nothing to anyone.

It's good to die,
and good to live long.


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

' Appearing in Consciousness '...


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.



~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

' The meaning of the Quest '...


What is the hidden metaphysical meaning of the Quest?

It is that the infinite self in man finds that it cannot achieve adequate self-expression in the finite and imperfect life of the world.

The ego may try as it will, do what it may, but the bliss, wisdom, serenity, and perfection that are the natural attributes of the Overself, in the end elude its every move.

There is ultimately no alternative except to let go of searching and grasping the outer world, and retreat within.

There, deep inside its own being the journey to enduring satisfaction will thenceforth be.

This is the Quest leading to discovery of Overself.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 39
Paul Brunton


' Tim Buckley '...


' Call no man, your father '...



“And call no man your father upon the earth:

for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

-Matthew 23:9 (KJV)

Think about these words of Jesus when you give the title of Father to religious leaders..

Perhaps, the title of brother or sister is more appropriate for these leaders,

as humility will arrive with the acknowledgement of sameness...



- thomas

' The clearing of doubts '...


A doubt arises and is cleared.

Another arises
and that is cleared, making way for yet another;
and so it goes on.

So there is no possibility of
clearing away all doubts.

See to whom the doubts
arise.

Go to their source and abide in it.

Then
they cease to arise.

That is how doubts are to be
cleared.


- Sri Ramana Maharshi

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

"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
edited by David Godman
Arkana, 1985

' The Subconscious Mind '...


Much of our emotional and cognitive landscape is projected into consciousness from subconscious dynamics driven by stimulus/response conditioning, as is our dreams at night.

Our personality is shaped by past experiences and conditioning. Our thoughts and actions are driven by embedded patterns that remained fixed in subconscious memory due to prior mental impressions.

For instance, a girl who was sexually molested when very young may have problems with sexual intimacy for her entire life. Or a child who almost drowned when a baby, may have a lifetime fear of water and swimming.

All fixed preferences have become subconscious patterns that the mind doesn't even have to think about during a moment of "choosing". "You" don't choose, the mental process does.

The most important of the various fixed patterns in the subconscious is the well-defined "sense of self identity". This sense of self then becomes a somewhat permanent filter over the lens of all experience and a kind of movie director. The mind then believes this bundle of conditioning to be it's actual "self". It's the feeling and thought of "me". But it's no more real than an identity in last night's dream.

It is only this mentally created personality dynamic that is seeking enlightenment and liberation from its suffering. It is only this personality dynamic that gets attached to a teaching tradition and teacher as well as believing that various practices will be beneficial. But we must ask "beneficial for whom?".

Remember, the personal self, the seeker, is ONLY a bundle of concepts and emotional feelings as a subconscious mental construction. All practices and studies leading toward "enlightenment" will never result in a benefit, because the one that would benefit is imaginary.

So fundamentally, the problem isn't the problem; rather the one who owns the problem is the only problem, and that "owner" doesn't exist.

This is why I always ask "who" is seeking or who is suffering or who is there to do a practice or who is there to attain enlightenment. It's obvious here that, that "who" is a figment of conditioned imagination only.

Here, when that cessation of subconscious selfing happened suddenly, the self-identity just vanished due to a subconscious shift. There no longer was anyone as a personal self with a personal story present. The personal self disappeared, like waking from a dream but without waking up into an awakened self.

The concepts of death and suffering no longer had meaning because there was no longer anyone there to die or to suffer. It was an amazing freedom in a realm of infinite and vast, aware emptiness that belonged to no one and that was not known by a personal self.

It is only this moment of complete personal absence that has true meaning. This is what the Buddha experienced that he called anatta or no self. This is the liberation in which the one seeking liberation vanishes.

The "true self" is pre-self. The personal self identity is merely temporary (and always changing) neural brain activity.



-Jackson Peterson

' The Overself '...


The Overself is not merely a transient intellectual abstraction but rather an eternal presence.

For those who have awakened to the consciousness of this presence,

there is always available its mysterious power and sublime inspiration.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 2: Inspiration > # 69 Paul Brunton


' Dreams are thoughts '...


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

' Life is often our greatest teacher '...


I find that this is often overlooked within the context of spirituality. Many of us are using our spirituality as a way to avoid life, to avoid seeing things we really need to see, to avoid being confronted with our own misunderstandings and illusions. It is very important to know that life itself is often our greatest teacher. Life is full of grace—sometimes it’s wonderful grace, beautiful grace, moments of bliss and happiness and joy, and sometimes it’s fierce grace, like illness, losing a job, losing someone we love, or a divorce.

Some people make the greatest leaps in their consciousness when addiction has them on their knees, for example, and they find themselves reaching out for a different way of being. Life itself has a tremendous capacity to show us truth, to wake us up. And yet, many of us avoid this thing called life, even as it is attempting to wake us up. The divine itself is life in motion.

The divine is using the situations of our lives to accomplish its own awakening, and many times it takes the difficult situations to wake us up.
The irony is that most human beings spend their lives avoiding painful situations. Not that we are successful, but we are always trying to avoid pain.

We have an unconscious belief that our greatest growth in consciousness and awareness comes through beautiful moments. We may, indeed, make great leaps in consciousness through beautiful moments, but I’d say that most people make their greatest leaps in consciousness in the difficult times.

This is something a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge—that our greatest difficulties, suffering, and pain are a form of fierce grace. They are potent and important components of our awakening, if we’re ready for them. If we’re ready to turn and face them, we can see and receive the gifts that they have to offer—even if the gifts sometimes feel like they are being forced upon us. Whether the circumstance is illness, the death of a loved one, divorce, addiction, problems at work—it’s important to face our life situations in order to see the inherent gifts that are available.


~ Adyashanti ~
The End Of Your World

' Who is your Father ? '...


“And call no man your father upon the earth:

for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

-Matthew 23:9 (KJV)

Think about these words of Jesus when you give the title of Father to religious leaders..

Perhaps, the title of brother or sister is more appropriate for these leaders,

as humility will arrive with the acknowledgement of sameness...



- thomas





' Wherever man lets Him '...


"'Where is the dwelling of God?'

This is the question with which the rabbi of Kotzk surprised a number of learned people who happened to be visiting him.

"They laughed at him:

'What a thing to ask! Is not the whole world full of His glory?'

"Then he answered his own question:

'God dwells wherever man lets him.'"



-Martin Buber
The Way of Man: According to the Teachings of Hasidism
Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing Group, 1998 (1950), p. 40


' You can never 'know' Truth '...


You will never “know” the Truth.

You can only “Be” the Truth.

There is no “knower” that’s really separate from
the Truth that’s being known.

The ego says that it wants to experience the
Truth, but it survives more by saying “no” to the
truth than it does by saying “yes” to it.

However, consciousness is truth, itself, and so
it needs no one present in order to validate it.

Life is just as it is.

There’s nothing more than “just this.”

And, quite amazingly, there’s nothing else than
“just this.”



- Chuck Hillig

' The Kingdom of Heaven '...


A letter from P.B. to P.B.:

(1) It is not the tyranny of the ego which is to be removed most of all--although that is a necessary part of the Great Work - nor is it that the ego must be uprooted and killed forever--although its old self must surrender to the new person it has to become.

No--let it live and attend to its daily work but only as a purified being, an ennobled character or quietened mind, an enlightened man--in short, a new ego representing what is best in the human creature.

He will still be an "I" but one that is in harmony with the Overself - a descriptive name that ought to be kept and not discarded. So do not in your writings attack the ego as so many do, but lift it up to the highest possibility.

(2) The teachers increase daily and ask others to follow them. The teachings multiply and the books about them too. They are not your concern. Let them do their very much needed work.

But you are to enter a new and different rhythm and tell such as will listen that they need not be forlorn, lost, or without hope because they find none to appeal to their heart or mind.

They are asked only to follow the God within themselves, for "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you."

P.B. - give this message while giving all proper respect and honour to the teachers of today and yesterday. Those who feel alone in this matter or who can only walk outside the groups on an independent path should be reminded that there is a God within them who can guide and help them if they turn to him.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 0: Introductory Paras > # 1
Paul Brunton

' The Beloved '...


"If you are a real and genuine lover,

you must be accustomed to doing your utmost to fulfill the orders of your beloved,

even at the risk of your life.

Of course,

it is just possible that your beloved may deign to come to you."




Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi Al-Halveti
The Unveiling of Love: Sufism and the Remembrance of God
Tr. from the Turkish by Muhtar Holland
NY: New Traditions International, 1981, p. 184

' The prescription for happiness '...


The sense of attainment of objects of desires will not
give happiness. This gives bondage.

It is absence of
desire which brings happiness.

It is only desire which
disturbs eternal peace and rest.

This desire is the disease
of mind;

live without it and be happy.

Happiness is true
Self and is always here.

The prescription for this happiness
is to simply be quiet.



- Papaji

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

' The listener disappears '...


When you listen not to the superficial meaning of words of Truth but in such a way that the listener in you disappears along with the speaker, then the real meaning of the words can sink in deep and your misunderstanding will disappear by itself.

There is nothing else to be done.

Until the storm of conceptual thinking subsides and the mind learns to rest in a fasting state, one's true nature must remain unknown and inaccessible.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar






' Let's get together '...

' Perfection '...


"Perfection is a state of the mind, when it is pure.

I am beyond the mind, whatever its state, pure or impure.

Awareness is my nature;

ultimately I am beyond being and non-being."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Relativity '...


Basic truth is
non-denominational
non-dogmatic
universal.

When you go to the core
of the Principle
we all are One.


Once you
realize
the Absolute,

relativity
is just your
playing cards.


- Swami Amar Jyoti

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

' One eternal NOW '...


The notion that the truth will be gained, that happiness will be achieved, that the Overself will be realized at the end of a long attempt must be seen as an illusory one.

Truth, happiness, and the Overself must be seen in the Present, not the future, at the very beginning of his quest, not the end, here and now.

It is not a matter of time.

This is because time is a trick the mind plays on itself; because the past, the present, and the future are all rolled into one eternal NOW; because what is to happen has already happened.



-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 216
Paul Brunton

' Cat Stevens '...

' Basic truth '...


Basic truth is
non-denominational
non-dogmatic
universal.

When you go to the core
of the Principle
we all are One.

Once you
realize
the Absolute,
relativity
is just your
playing cards.



- Swami Amar Jyoti

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

' Time and space '...


"Time is in the mind, space is in the mind.

The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking.

In reality all is here and now, all is one.

Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' personal self dissolves '...


In this deep stillness wherein every trace of the personal self dissolves,

there is the true crucifixion of the ego.

This is the real meaning of the crucifixion,

as it was undergone in the ancient Mystery Temple initiations and as it was undergone by Jesus.

The death implied is mental, not physical.



-- Perspectives > Chapter 24:
The Peace within You > # 59
Paul Brunton


' Ian and Sylvia '...

' There is nothing else '...


"The mind creates time and space, and takes its own creations for reality.

All is here and now, but we do not see it.

Truly, all is in me and by me.

There is nothing else.

The very idea of "else" is a disaster and a calamity."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' A trajectory '...


So, as I see it, it doesn’t really matter whether an awakening is instantaneous or continuous. It matters in the sense that there is a trajectory—nobody’s heart will be totally fulfilled until that perceiving from the point of view of truth is continuous—but what is seen is an awakening, whether it is sustained or not.

This glimpse of awakening, which I call nonabiding awakening, is becoming more and more common. It happens for a moment, an afternoon, a day, a week—maybe as long as a month or two. Awareness opens up, the sense of the separate self falls away—and then, like the aperture on a camera lens, awareness closes back down. All of a sudden that person who had previously perceived true nonduality, true oneness, is quite surprisingly now perceiving back in the dualistic “dream state.” In the dream state, we’re back in our conditioned sense of self—in a limited, isolated sense of being.

The good news is that once a moment of this clear seeing has actually taken place, the aperture of our awareness can never completely close down again. It may seem like it has closed down completely, but it never quite does. In the deepest part of yourself, you don’t ever forget. Even if you’ve only glimpsed reality for a moment, something within you is changed forever.

Reality is nuclear; it’s incredibly powerful. It’s unimaginably potent. People can experience a flash of reality in the time it takes to snap your fingers, and the energy and the force that enters into them as a result is life altering.

Just one moment of awakening begins the dissolution of one’s false sense of self and, subsequently, the dissolution of one’s whole perception of the world.


~ Adyashanti ~
The End Of Your World

' Permanent Illumination '...


That with one breakthrough in awareness,

all would be known and comprehended,

all questions answered,

all personal shortcomings obliterated,

is the usual conception of this experience.

But there is some wishful thinking here.




-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 8: Glimpses and Permanent Illumination > # 2
Paul Brunton



' Tim Buckley '...

' Clarity and Earnestness '...


You need both clarity and earnestness for self-knowledge.

You need maturity of heart and mind, which comes through
earnest application in daily life of whatever little you have
understood.

There is no such thing as compromise in Yoga.

If you want to sin, sin wholeheartedly and openly.

Sins too
have their lessons to teach the earnest sinner, as virtues –
the earnest saint.

It is the mixing up of the two that is so
disastrous.

Nothing can block you so effectively as compromise,
for it shows lack of earnestness, without which nothing can be
done.


- Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Dzogchen '...


Many times I have been rightly called an "Absolutist" in regards to my presentation of the Buddha Dharma and especially Dzogchen.

In Dzogchen one takes the "absolute" or ultimate truth as the path.

To understand what this means we have to define what is meant by the absolute or the ultimate truth in Dzogchen.

The greatest authority on this topic in Mahayana Buddhism, is unquestionably a Buddhist teacher called Nagarjuna who lived during the the second century.

He suggested that we can delineate reality into two categories for philosophical discussions: the ultimate truth and the conventional truth.

He wrote that the ultimate truth is "emptiness" (sunyata) and the conventional truth is fiction (prapaƱca).

The fictional or conventional/relative truth is our conceptual constructions that we take as inherently, objectively real and self-existing on their own side, independent from our own mind as being their sole source.

Nagarjuna writes concerning "conventional reality":

"Any horns there, on a rabbit’s head are just imagined and do not exist. Just so, all phenomena as well are just imagined (conceptually constructed) and do not exist."

Nagarjuna points out in his "Praises to to the Dharmadhatu" that this ultimate truth of emptiness isn't just a void emptiness but that it is a "mind of clear light" as the absolute Buddha Nature called the Dharmadhatu.

Nagarjuna:

"The Dharmadhatu was never born, nor will it ever cease. At all times it is free of all afflictions; at the beginning, middle, and end, free from stain."

He further clarifies:

"The Dharmadhatu is not the self. It is neither man nor woman either; and being beyond everything perceivable, just how could it be thought of
as a self?"

Dzogchen recognizes the only real truth as the Buddha Nature or Dharmadhatu itself. We only take refuge in the Dharmadhatu which is our own aware consciousness (yeshe). Dzogchen is the only Buddhist path that takes the ultimate truth or absolute as its unique path.

That means the Dzogchen skilfull means is to point only to the ultimate or absolute truth itself ignoring all fictional narratives.

All other Buddhist paths point to some level of fiction, which is why they consistently fail. If one is trying to get to Rome by a path that leads in the wrong direction, yet promising to arrive in Rome some day; one's path travelling could prove arduous, depressing and fruitless. And most practitioners and teachers I have met in over 50 years of path travelling myself, none have arrived in Rome; free of suffering and liberated from the mind's self-binding, two-fold ignorance (Belief in a fictional self and belief in any objective reality).

That's why I am an Absolutist, and only interested in pointing out the shortest route between here and here.


-Jackson Peterson

' Consciousness '...


We read in the Bhagavad Gita of Arjuna's cosmic vision.

He was given a glimpse of a part of the universal order, the World-Design, the World-Idea. Others who have had this glimpse saw other parts of it, such as the evolution of the center of consciousness through the animal into the human kingdom, an evolution which is recapitulated in a very brief form by an embryo in the womb.

Consciousness may expand into infinity or contract into a point.

Some have had this experience through mystical meditation and others through physical chemical drugs, but the point is that they are temporary experiences of the fact that we live in a mind-made world, that the time orders and space dimensions are mental constructs and are alterable, that consciousness is the basic reality, that it can assume many different forms, and that ordinary, average human consciousness is merely one of those forms.

This tells us why the insights of the seers like Buddha differed so greatly from those of ordinary human beings.


-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 6: Experiencing a Glimpse > # 368 Paul Brunton

' Our Original Mind '...


Our Original Mind is always calm and serene. Waves of thought and perceptual appearances come and go. No appearance remains in our mind. The cognitive space in which these appearances come in go, remains calm and serene.

Experience through the secondary consciousness of mind, appears either on the subjective pole or on the objective pole; or both.

The subjective pole appearances of mind are: identity, "me", "selfness" and the "self-feeling".

The objective pole of the mind's appearances are: "other", "independent objects", "things", "persons" and independently existing entities.

In simply observing the arising and dissolution of the bi-polar appearances, its is noticed that the aware observing of these appearances doesn't "come and go". As consciousness orients more and more into this pure observingness, the subjective and objective appearances of mind at first become less dense and convincing. Eventually their empty and transparent nature is perceived.

Seeing this empty and transparent nature of subjective and objective appearances is the realization of two-fold emptiness.

That perception of two-fold emptiness is the way reality is experienced in the Original Mind.

Relax as the already present Original Mind: naturally aware, changeless and serene.


-Jackson Peterson

' Completely surrender in It '...


You as ego, cannot really care for yourself.

Something has already announced Itself: I am here, inside. TRUST.

Now a change has come over you and you can no longer be your old self.

Just be aware of Inner Presence and completely surrender in It.

It is not for the devotee to know or to assess what is going on.

Do not make any conclusions at all.

There is a sense that something powerful is present within you.

If you have surrendered yourself, it is not your business anymore to take control of your life.

Leave it all to the Power and Presence.


-Sri Mooji-

' Surrender to it '...


The words of the book can carry you to a certain point in consciousness.

When this is reached you can go farther and higher only by closing the book!

It has served you well but you must turn now to a new source.

Let thoughts come into quietude;

intuition will take their place:

a holy presence will be felt:

surrender to it.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 3:
The Development of Intellect > # 271
Paul Brunton


' Words of deceit '...


You will face the media malaria..

As within the Dream ,you are experiencing a battle between forces..

This Yin and Yang still keep you within wondering..

It is only Tuesday and yet I stir the hornets nest..

You will hear many words of deceit..

Do not fear, all Truth will be known..

Truth is all that exists..

The rest of the pain returns to dream..

Truth returns to Love...


-thomas

' The wrong diagnosis '...


Never think of yourself as sick.

It’s the wrong diagnosis.

Body may be sick,

mind can be sick,

but You, the Self, can never be sick.

You can never be harmed or injured.

And here in Satsang,
I am directly showing you this
so that you will come to know it, not just believe it.

And body can be healed;
mind can come back to its natural state.

But You can never be sick.

You are the formless and ever-perfect Self.




- Mooji

' Devoid of concepts '...


The void that is REALITY is THAT which is devoid of any concept of reality.


The very effort to see into one's own nature is the obstruction to it.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Nature and Need of Mysticism '...


Let it be stated clearly that mysticism is an a-rational type of experience, and in some degree common to all men.

It is an intuitive, self-evident, self-recognized knowledge which comes fitfully to man. It should not be confounded with the instinctive and immediate knowledge possessed by animals and used by them in their adaptations to environment.

The average man seldom pays enough attention to his slight mystical experiences to profit or learn from them. Yet his need for them is evidenced by his incessant seeking for the thrills, sensations, uplifts, and so on, which he organizes for himself in so many ways--the religious way being only one of them. In fact, the failure of religion--in the West, at any rate--to teach true mysticism, and its overlaying of the deeply mystic nature of its teachings with a pseudo-rationalism and an unsound historicity may be the root cause for driving people to seek for things greater than they feel their individual selves to be in the many sensation-giving activities in the world today.

Mysticism is not a by-product of imagination or uncontrolled emotion; it is a range of knowledge and experience natural to man but not yet encompassed by his rational mind. The function of philosophy is to bring these experiences under control and to offer ways of arriving at interpretations and explanations.

Mysticism not so controlled and interpreted is full of pitfalls, one of which is the acceptance of confusion, sentimentality, cloudiness, illusion, and aimlessness as integral qualities of the mystical life--states of mind which go far to justify opponents of mysticism in their estimate of it as foolish and superstitious.

The mystic should recognize his own limitations. He should not refuse the proffered hand of philosophy which will help his understanding andtrain his intuition. He should recognize that it is essential to know how to interpret the material which reaches him from his higher self, and how to receive it in all its purity.

The belief that the neglect of actual life is the beginning of spiritual life, and that the failure to use clear thought is the beginning of guidance from God, belongs to mysticism in its most rudimentary stages--and has no truth in it.

The world will come to believe in mysticism because there is no alternative, and it will do so in spite of mysticism's historical weaknesses and intellectual defects. But how much better it would be for everyone if those weaknesses and defects were self-eliminated.

He has so learned the art of living that the experiences of everyday life yield up their meaning to him, and the reflections of daily meditation endow him with wisdom.

If it be asked, "What is the nature of mystical experience?" the answer given very tersely is, "It is experience which gives to the individual a slant on the universal, like the heart's delight in the brightness of a May morning in England, or the joy of a mother in her newborn child, in the sweetness of deep friendship, in the lilt of great poetry. It is the language of the arts, which if approached only by intellectual ways yields only half its content. Whoever comes eventually to mystical experience of the reality of his own Higher Self will recognize the infinite number of ways in which nature throughout life is beckoning him. The higher mystical experience is not a sport of nature, a freak phenomenon. It is the continuation of a sequence the beginning and end of which are as vast as the beginning and end of the great cycle of life in all the worlds. No man can measure it."

The Yoga Vasistha states, "There are two kinds of paths leading to liberation. Now hearken to them. If one should, without the least fail, follow the path laid down by a Teacher, delusion will wear away from him little by little and emancipation will result, either in the very birth of his initiation by his Guru or in some succeeding birth. The other path is where the mind, being slightly fortified with a stainless spontaneous knowledge, ceaselessly meditates upon it, and there alights true gnana in it, like fruit falling from above unexpectedly."

There are primary and secondary levels of mind and consequently primary and secondary products. The former are insights, the latter are intuitions.

Sages speak from the highest level; mystics contemplate, while genius speaks, writes, paints, and composes from the secondary levels.

Primary consciousness is exalted but calm; secondary consciousness is exalted but excited. The first does not change its settled mood, but the second falls into rapture, ecstasy, and absent-minded reverie.


-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 62
Paul Brunton

' Nitty Gritty Dirt Band '...

' All Forms '...


Just as a forest conflagration (itself a single body of flame) assumes innumerable forms, so does the formless, nondual Consciousness assume all forms that compose the universe.

The guru is a great mystery to whom neither criteria nor inferences of any nature can apply.

He is, indeed, the objective expression of the Absolute, living beyond all sense of duality, and cannot, therefore, be factually regarded as an object of worship.

He is not an object but all objects, including the worshiper.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar


' Sin '...


Human sin derives from human ignorance of the Presence which is always within man.

Who that is aware of It could possibly transgress,

could oppose Its benignity or forget Its teaching of karmic come-back?




-- Notebooks Category 6: Emotions and Ethics >
Chapter 1: Uplift Character > # 381
Paul Brunton

' Your responsibility '...


You are responsible only for what you can change.

All you can change is only your attitude.

There lies your responsibility.



- Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Terrorism '...


Let us speak of this mind and soul..

This soul is seeking happiness not within this life,

the heaven of the killer is deemed to be sacred..

If you sacrifice human life to me,

you will be held above others, says the voice of division..

This destruction of the material world is the voice of jealously..

It is almost humorous that the 'nightmare' would control the mind..

But, this is where we stand..

These 'mind control' programs determine the fate of others and self..

Therefore, why do you participate in pain ?..

You are now entering a period of 'media mind control',

I hope that You will survive it...


-thomas



' Every kinda people '...

' Does the ego die ?'...


In true awakening, there is neither a death nor a transcendence of ego. Instead, the location of self is released from its entanglement with the unconscious ego (in other words, the conglomeration of conditioned mental, emotional, and physical responses). Liberated from the prison of egoic identification, the sense of “I-ness” becomes nonlocalized and unattached. Having recognized awakeness as the inherent nature of all that is (including the self), the self becomes an “awake I,” undefined and unrestrained by relative reality.

Another way of saying this is that the self experiences itself as inseparable from the totality of existence. While certain survival-based impulses continue (protecting the body from danger, the impulse to eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, or rest when tired, and so on), these now happen without interference. They simply happen as life’s natural and intelligent movement toward what needs attention while form is alive. The “awake I” is therefore free to respond intelligently and creatively to the moment, and this gives you access to a power that is at one with life itself.

So what happens to the ego in all this? From one perspective, nothing changes. The ego continues to operate, to keep form alive. From another perspective, everything changes. In the process of liberation, the once unconscious ego transmutes to an evolved or “aware ego” and gives itself in service to the “awake I.” In other words, the ego stops being the master and bows down to awakeness.

So, yes, in awakening there is a death. There is a death of the self-identity that is wrapped around ego. But there is also a birth of a whole, integrated human being that includes both the surface sense of self as a separate entity (the self that is born and then dies) and the deeper layer of undifferentiated beingness (the self that was never born and can never die).

Awakeness embraces the paradox of self and no-self. There is no conflict in this apparent duality. While the mind finds this intolerable, the heart abides in unfathomable acceptance. When the silent mystery of spacious acceptance becomes overridingly preferable to the habitual struggle of making sense of it all, the search for a mythical state of enlightenment comes to an end. However, the ever-unfolding deepening into authentic awakening never stops.

This is an excerpt from Embodied Enlightenment: Living Your Awakening in Every Moment by Amoda Maa Jeevan, published by New Harbinger Publications. Copyright 2017.

' Humanity’s Awakening is Divinely Willed '...


Within the illusion the only constant is change. You all know this, but you do need to remind yourselves that change is part of the illusion, an aspect of time which is the linear coefficient of the illusory concept that you chose to construct and maintain.

Now that the foundations or underpinnings are collapsing, changes are occurring ever more rapidly. And these changes are especially noticeable in relationships, from personal or family ones to intergovernmental ones.

Change is an aspect of evolution and you are all evolving, and your evolution is basically along a spiritual path, even though vast numbers of you appear to have no spiritual interest or awareness, apart perhaps from believing that anything spiritual is unreal, the result of unbalanced emotional needs being pandered to due to a sense of loneliness, unacceptability, and the fear that that engenders.

Those needs are indeed very prevalent among those who are consciously attempting to follow a spiritual path, and may well indicate the initial signs of a growing awareness that there should be, and indeed is, far more to life than the generally accepted three dimensional materialist egoic drive for more of anything and everything that brings pleasure to your human form.

And, deeply asleep and dreaming, as most humans are, that makes perfect sense. Anything that appears to provide safety, security, and pleasure to the individual is obviously something that is well worth working for.

Over the last few decades more and more of those who live in the apparent safety and comfort of the materialistically successful parts of the world are becoming increasingly aware of the vast contrast between their way of life and that of the billions who live without basic needs – clean water for drinking and cooking, food, shelter, clothing, and essential sanitary facilities.

They are truly concerned with that vast gulf between the relatively well-off and the impoverished. The gulf between the inordinately wealthy and the “rest” is an altogether different matter because those extremely wealthy and deeply asleep ones consider themselves entitled to their seemingly privileged lives in their egoic unawareness of the fact that they are even more dependent on others than are other people! They too will awaken.

This awareness has led to a powerful desire and intent to “balance the playing field,” so that everyone on Earth is treated with the honor and respect to which every created being is entitled precisely because they are the beloved children of God. That growing awareness is an aspect of the awakening process in which every single human being has a part to play, a task to complete.

It is also very clear that a vast number have absolutely no memory of their pre-incarnational and individual commitment to assist in humanity’s awakening process.

It was clearly understood in the spiritual realms that many, after arriving on Earth as humans, would indeed have forgotten their pre-birth promises. And that is why there are so many incarnate on Earth at this moment. Because the numbers of you presently incarnate are so enormous there is absolutely no possibility of the awakening process failing to unfold as divinely planned and ordained.

You could, in your “amusing” human terminology, say that the divine plan for your awakening has an “overkill” provision. That is, because of the enormous numbers of you involved, there is absolutely no way that it can be unsuccessful because enough of you will remember your pre-ordained tasks and will deliver as promised.

As we in the spiritual realms keep telling you directly, and through the numerous channels we most graciously honor and respect, humanity’s awakening is divinely willed and intended, therefore it most certainly will be achieved.

It already has been achieved, but because of your myopic view of life, focused, as it mostly is, on the illusion and the games you are continuing to play there, you are not seeing the big picture, the Divine Picture, in which all live in joy, peace, and harmony, at One with each other and with God. That is the state in which you were all created, and that state has NEVER changed, and you have never left it!

What is occurring all over the world is the rapidly growing realization that there truly is no such thing as separation! Yes, you are individuals in form, individuals in very definitely separate bodies, but large numbers of you are now becoming aware of the fact that everything is intimately connected and INSEPARABLE! Therefore everything you think, say, or do, affects everyone else, even if you, as humans, cannot actually see this occurring.

God is infinitely wise, compassionate, loving; He is all-knowing because He IS. AND He created You like Himself. Therefore, when you designed and constructed the illusion in which you now find yourselves living as small and basically insignificant individuals, you had all His skills and competences, you just chose to use them in an extremely different and unloving way.

You chose separation as a life-style, as a way to prove that you were independent of and had no need of your Source. But, because there is only the ONE, that was something that could only be disproved, as indeed it has been. Consequently to attempt to live as separate and disconnected beings is not only impractical, it is impossible and extremely painful, as you are now becoming intensely aware.

Life is truly a most joyful experience unless you choose that it be otherwise. This is not to blame those of you who are not fully joy-filled – the vast majority of humanity – it is just to remind you that you have free will because Love, God, does not impose, direct, or control. Therefore your choices, even if you seem unaware or in denial of the possibility that you could have made choices that would cause you so much pain and suffering, are never overruled.

To awaken is to realize that you are free and that life, existence, your conscious awareness is yours to use in any manner that you choose.

The truth of this appears to make no sense at all when you find yourselves in situations or relationships that are extremely painful and from which there is no obvious point of exit. But the point of exit is the moment at which you choose to engage fully with Love. When you do this fear, and all that arises through it, loses its power over you, power it never really had. You just chose to be powerless, i.e. fear-filled.

The whole concept of divine intervention in your lives, a god judging and punishing you for your misdemeanors, is a purely human invention. You were created perfect and that is unchanging. But as humans in the illusion, playing games of separation, inadequacy, and worthlessness, you needed a judge to make those calls.

You were emotionally and psychologically unable to accept your own negative self-judgments about your choice to separate from Source and the intense and ongoing pain that choice provides, and so you invented a system of rewards and punishments.

Following on from that you built a societal power structure or pecking order into which each was fitted according to his popularity or craftiness, with the possibility of rising up through that system available, but only for a few, while the rest had to accept their subordinate placement and behave as ordered by the authority figures that the system recognized and supported.

The idea was to destroy all sense of personal autonomy, and it has worked extremely well. Even those at the highest levels of the system live in fear of relegation or even total banishment. You see this happening all over the world as people who were in positions of power are criminalized for corrupt activities that are generally no different from the activities of those who judge and condemn them.

This is obviously an insane way to live, and now, finally after eons of pain and suffering, people are allowing themselves to become aware of this. It is your awakening process. Initially there is a strong urge to have those seen as responsible stand trial and be punished, which is what has been going on for eons.

What is happening now is the growing awareness that these old ideas just do not work, plus the awareness that all are responsible for this ongoing insanity. Therefore, to move forward, instead of judging and punishing, open, honest, and clear communication is required leading first to understanding the whys of this insanity, then to reconciliation, and finally to forgiveness.

In the illusion all have sinned, all are sinners, and when that is accepted by all healing can take place. For there is no sin and there are no sinners, that is all part of the nightmare you have been dreaming. Love always and only loves and cherishes, that is Reality.

Basically you, the human collective, has made the choice and set the intent to cease playing the games with which the illusion presents you, games that demand deceit and violent competitiveness which always lead to further pain and suffering, and return to operating from your true nature, Love. Within the illusion, of course, that takes time. Fear is endemic and has to be acknowledged and released. Choosing to engage with Love makes that possible.

It is only the collective choice not to be loving that has held you seemingly locked into the nightmare. Yes, as humans you all want to be loved, but, because of your choice to experience separation, deep within you feel yourselves to be unlovable and you expend enormous amounts of energy seeking Love from someone else “out there,” where you will not find It, because there is no “out there.”

Once again, therefore, I would remind you to take time out daily to “go within,” to the depths of your beingness, and uncover or disclose the Love that is there awaiting your acceptance of It. You are all infinitely loved in every moment of your eternal existence, the only block to Love is your refusal to accept yourselves completely unconditionally as God does.

Once you open in acceptance you will find yourselves releasing your hold on attitudes and behaviors that are in any way unloving, you will find yourselves seeing Love or the call for Love in others, and you will be powerfully moved to respond to them with Love.

As you settle into this new way of being you will find that you have fewer and fewer reasons to reject or judge others, as you recognize within them the pain and suffering that you underwent before you chose to align with your true nature.

Be Love, offer Love, and open yourselves to receive the Love that is your divine heritage.

With so very much love, Saul.



“Saul via John Smallman: Humanity’s Awakening is Divinely Willed and Intended, Therefore It Most Certainly Will Be Achieved,” June 3, 2017,

' No Regrets '...

' Asleep in the daytime '...


This world is a dream, don't be deluded;
if in a dream a hand is lost, it's no harm.

In dreams, no real damage is done if the
body is maimed or torn in two hundred pieces.

The Prophet said of this apparently substantial
world that it is but the sleeper's dream.

You've accepted this as an idea, but the spiritual
traveler has beheld this truth with an open eye.

You are asleep in the daytime; don't say this is
not sleep.


- Rumi

Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996

' They see buddhas '...


All of this a union vast and spacious,

And all those skilled in realizing this
Do not see consciousness,

they see pure wisdom,

Do not see sentient beings,

they see buddhas,

Don't see phenomena,

they see their essence,
And out of this compassion just emerges.


- Milarepa, a Song of Realization

' The same life flows '...


Without self-realization no virtue is genuine.

It is only when you arrive at the deepest
conviction that the same life flows through
everything,

and that you ARE that life,

that
you can begin to love naturally and

spontaneously.




- Ramesh S. Balsekar

' The dream world '...


The dream world contains all the relevant features of the
"actual" world.

But the continued appearance of a thing
is not proof of its reality, regardless of whether it appears
to the dreaming mind or the waking senses.

Only with the
dissolution of all appearance does one awaken to the
ultimate Reality of the Self.


- Ramesh S. Balsekar

' What is a True Person? '...


“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on
your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.” -
Master Linji, Teaching 18

Insight can’t be found in sutras, commentaries, verbal
expression, or —isms. Liberation and awakened
understanding can’t be found by devoting ourselves to the
study of the Buddhist scriptures. This is like trying to find fresh
water in dry bones. Returning to the present moment, using our
clear mind which exists right here and now, we can be in touch
with liberation and enlightenment, as well as with the Buddha
and the patriarchs as living realities right in this moment. The
person who has nothing to do is sovereign unto herself. She
doesn’t need to put on airs or leave any trace behind.


The true person is an active participant, engaged in her
environment while remaining unoppressed by it. Although all
phenomena are going through the various appearances of
birth, abiding, changing, and dying, the true person doesn’t
become a victim of sadness, happiness, love, or hate. She
lives in awareness as an ordinary person, whether standing,
walking, lying down, or sitting. She doesn’t act a part, even the
part of a great Zen master. This is what Master Linji means by
“being sovereign wherever you are and using that place as
your seat of awakening.”


We may wonder, “If a person has no direction, isn’t yearning to
realize an ideal, doesn’t have an aim in life, then who will help
living beings be liberated, who will rescue those who are
drowning in the ocean of suffering?” A Buddha is a person
who has no more business to do and isn’t looking for anything.
In doing nothing, in simply stopping, we can live freely and true
to ourselves and our liberation will contribute to the liberation
of all beings.



- Thich Nhat Hanh, "Simply Stop," Fall 2007 Tricycle From
Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go (2007) by Thich Nhat Hanh

' To realize self '...


"This question haunted me all my life and suddenly it hit me:

'There is no self to realize.

What the hell have I been doing all this time?'

You see, that hits you like lightning.

Once that hits you, the whole mechanism of the body that is controlled by this thought is shattered.

What is left is the tremendous living organism with an intelligence of its own.

What you are left with is the pulse, the beat and the throb of life."


~ U.G. Krishnamurti

' Freedom '...


Such a small word to describe happiness..

How can I describe your nature to yourself ?..

I can warn you of the impediments called ego..

Freedom is the non-fear of future..

Freedom is the space of non-desire..

So many words to describe that which You Are..

You Dream within worlds of fear and Love..

Who am I to speak to you of Freedom ?..

I am You, this is why We speak..

We have never left that which is Real..

We only Dream...


-thomas

' Thirsty Boots '...

' Totally empty '...


To know the true God you have to be totally empty.

In fact the opportunity in this life is to discover the God-Self
and to observe how He lives in this body.

He is the true landlord of this house and this Universe.

And when He alone is there, strangely, you find you are there also
as a single wholeness, a oneness—not a mere object.



- Mooji

' Purpose through illumination '...


Your purpose is to glow. Be brilliant my friend; and illuminate your life.

Seek the Source first and foremost with all the intensity that you can muster.

Go all the way into the abstract and discover yourself as this unchanging light.

Then, come back and illuminate your body whose brightness makes visible your earthly purpose; which always has the flavor of relieving suffering in yourself and others, while serving as a conduit for Divine Grace.


-Atreya Thomas

' A thought of Mind '...


Reality must stand grandly alone, without dependence on anything and without relation to anyone; it ever was, is, and ever will be.

It is this inability of human reason to grasp the super-rational, the divine ineffable, that Omar Khayyam tried to express in his beautiful quatrains which have been so widely misunderstood by Western readers.

If the Rubaiyat of Omar is only a drunken refrain from a wine-shop, then the New Testament is a mere scribble from an out-of-the-way corner of the Roman Empire.

The cup of language is too small to hold the wine of the Absolute.

A thought of Mind as the Void is still a "something" no less than a thought of great mountains and therefore prevents us from realizing the Void.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 8: Intellect, Reality, and The Overself > # 2
-- Perspectives > Chapter 7: The Intellect > # 29 Paul Brunton

' This time of Now '...


The time upon the clock is meaningless..

I am a mystic and therefore can speak of timelessness..

I am not different from you..

I just walked a little further..

To exist without time is freeing..

There is no schedule,

there is no end date..

These different levels of consciousness will create different words..

Therefore, we will speak in poems..

Our words will not rhyme..

Our words will cry for Truth..

Our words will cry for God...


-thomas

' Joni Mitchell '...

' It is tuesday '...


The news that you listen to, speak of death and the lack of free speech..

The free speech rallies enter your consciousness and you wonder, what is Truth ?..

By now, you must realize that you exist within a Dream..

Lies are the language of modernity..

Poetry is an art work of the past..

You sit and think of future..

What happens to the soul ?..

What happens to the mind ?..

The average human does not know that the soul is the sub-conscious mind..

Therefore, who are You ?..

Consciousness begins to speak of Dreams and Reality..

But, we are wise and need no knowledge...


-thomas



' Suffering '...


One does not experience suffering - one suffers an experience.

One who is aware of his true identity does not, and cannot, suffer.

Everything has its place in the world as well as in our daily routine.

Devotion and reverence are all right, for example, so long as one recognizes them for what they are - affectivity - and to the extent a form of bondage.

But when one sees something for what it IS, it then loses its force and cannot effect any further bondage.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' 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."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Human language is suspect '...


Whether it is ever possible to put into words that will not be idle ones truths of our real being has been a question whose answers are well argued for and against.

But whatever the judgement may be, who can doubt that similes, metaphors--that is, symbols--may be offered, suggestive hints given forth, and clues left behind by those whose knowledge and experience carries authority.

And these, too, are only words. Those who say that, in this matter, human language is suspect, completely untrustworthy, and utterly helpless, that its use here can only set up false images and fresh illusions, are going too far.

It is to condemn us to hopelessness. And it does not explain why Lao Tzu, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, John of the Cross, and Ramana Maharshi spoke or wrote despite their avowals. Of course their communication is all a matter of reference to levels.

On the ordinary practical level--the immediate one--expression through any art, be it music, painting, drama, or literature, is not futile and does give something, does affect its audience.

If it be given by an enlightened man to those still groping in darkness or dusk, it has its place and is justified. But on the ultimate level, with the mind absorbed in the Void, what is there to say?

And to whom could it be said?

Silence then becomes the correct attitude.

When humanity attains this level, the descent of divine teachers and their words will not be needed.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 7:
Metaphysics of Truth > # 15 Paul Brunton


' Duality disappears '...


The only thing you know as a matter of certainty is the fact I AM.

But you do not know who this "I" is.

One must first find out precisely who or what it is that is seeking truth and happiness before there is any possibility of knowing the transcendental Reality.

Just as the difference between the space in a pot and the space outside it disappears when the pot is demolished,

so also does duality disappear when it is realized that the difference between the individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness does not in fact exist.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' The gospel of self-realization '...


"The gospel of self-realization, once heard, will never be forgotten.

Like a seed left in the ground,

it will wait for the right season and sprout and grow into a mighty tree."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Mind within Void '...


Whether it is ever possible to put into words that will not be idle ones truths of our real being has been a question whose answers are well argued for and against.

But whatever the judgement may be, who can doubt that similes, metaphors--that is, symbols--may be offered, suggestive hints given forth, and clues left behind by those whose knowledge and experience carries authority.

And these, too, are only words.

Those who say that, in this matter, human language is suspect, completely untrustworthy, and utterly helpless, that its use here can only set up false images and fresh illusions, are going too far.

It is to condemn us to hopelessness. And it does not explain why Lao Tzu, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, John of the Cross, and Ramana Maharshi spoke or wrote despite their avowals.

Of course their communication is all a matter of reference to levels. On the ordinary practical level--the immediate one--expression through any art, be it music, painting, drama, or literature, is not futile and does give something, does affect its audience.

If it be given by an enlightened man to those still groping in darkness or dusk, it has its place and is justified.

But on the ultimate level, with the mind absorbed in the Void, what is there to say?

And to whom could it be said?

Silence then becomes the correct attitude.

When humanity attains this level, the descent of divine teachers and their words will not be needed.


-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 15
Paul Brunton

' Back to the Garden '...

' Is that truly you ? '...


The limitations of words are clearly seen when they try to remind the Absolute of its true nature.

Being merely the expression of thought, they can neither expose ignorance, which is nonexistent, nor reveal the Absolute to which they owe their existence.

For this purpose words are as useless as a lamp at midday, which can neither dispel the darkness that is not there nor reveal the light of the sun.

How do you see yourself?

You see your body, or rather a part of it, and identify yourself with it.

The appearance of your body in consciousness is perceived and interpreted by you exactly as it is done by any other observer.

Your own interpretation of yourself is as ephemeral and illusory as that of others (though maybe a little more flattering).

But any thought about yourself, whether your own or someone else's, is only a temporary mental image.

The solid personality you think yourself to be is nothing more than a flimsy succession of these images stored in the memory.

As a person, that is all that you are.

But is that truly you?


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar


' Vegetarianism '...


"Vegetarianism is a worthy cause,

but not the most urgent;

all causes are served best by the man who has returned to his source."



-Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The Ineffable 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
The Reign of Relativity > # 49 Paul Brunton

' Once In A Very Blue Moon '...

' Ego, the false center '...



The first thing to be understood is what ego is. A child is born. A child is born without any knowledge, any consciousness of his own self. And when a child is born the first thing he becomes aware of is not himself; the first thing he becomes aware of is the other. It is natural, because the eyes open outwards, the hands touch others, the ears listen to others, the tongue tastes food and the nose smells the outside. All these senses open outwards.

That is what birth means. Birth means coming into this world, the world of the outside. So when a child is born, he is born into this world. He opens his eyes, sees others. 'Other' means the thou. He becomes aware of the mother first. Then, by and by, he becomes aware of his own body. That too is the other, that too belongs to the world. He is hungry and he feels the body; his need is satisfied, he forgets the body.

This is how a child grows. First he becomes aware of you, thou, other, and then by and by, in contrast to you, thou, he becomes aware of himself.

This awareness is a reflected awareness. He is not aware of who he is. He is simply aware of the mother and what she thinks about him. If she smiles, if she appreciates the child, if she says, "You are beautiful," if she hugs and kisses him, the child feels good about himself. Now an ego is born.

Through appreciation, love, care, he feels he is good, he feels he is valuable, he feels he has some significance.

A center is born.

But this center is a reflected center. It is not his real being. He does not know who he is; he simply knows what others think about him. And this is the ego: the reflection, what others think. If nobody thinks that he is of any use, nobody appreciates him, nobody smiles, then too an ego is born: an ill ego; sad, rejected, like a wound; feeling inferior, worthless. This too is the ego. This too is a reflection.

First the mother - and mother means the world in the beginning. Then others will join the mother, and the world goes on growing. And the more the world grows, the more complex the ego becomes, because many others' opinions are reflected.

The ego is an accumulated phenomenon, a by-product of living with others. If a child lives totally alone, he will never come to grow an ego. But that is not going to help. He will remain like an animal. That doesn't mean that he will come to know the real self, no.

The real can be known only through the false, so the ego is a must. One has to pass through it. It is a discipline. The real can be known only through the illusion. You cannot know the truth directly. First you have to know that which is not true. First you have to encounter the untrue. Through that encounter you become capable of knowing the truth. If you know the false as the false, truth will dawn upon you.

Ego is a need; it is a social need, it is a social by-product. The society means all that is around you - not you, but all that is around you. All, minus you, is the society. And everybody reflects. You will go to school and the teacher will reflect who you are. You will be in friendship with other children and they will reflect who you are. By and by, everybody is adding to your ego, and everybody is trying to modify it in such a way that you don't become a problem to the society.

They are not concerned with you.

They are concerned with the society.

Society is concerned with itself, and that's how it should be.

They are not concerned that you should become a self-knower. They are concerned that you should become an efficient part in the mechanism of the society. You should fit into the pattern. So they are trying to give you an ego that fits with the society. They teach you morality. Morality means giving you an ego which will fit with the society. If you are immoral, you will always be a misfit somewhere or other. That's why we put criminals in the prisons - not that they have done something wrong, not that by putting them in the prisons we are going to improve them, no. They simply don't fit. They are troublemakers. They have certain types of egos of which the society doesn't approve. If the society approves, everything is good.

One man kills somebody - he is a murderer.

And the same man in wartime kills thousands - he becomes a great hero. The society is not bothered by a murder, but the murder should be commited for the society - then it is okay. The society doesn't bother about morality.

Morality means only that you should fit with the society.

If the society is at war, then the morality changes.

If the society is at peace, then there is a different morality.

Morality is a social politics. It is diplomacy. And each child has to be brought up in such a way that he fits into the society, that's all. Because society is interested in efficient members. Society is not interested that you should attain to self-knowledge.

The society creates an ego because the ego can be controlled and manipulated. The self can never be controlled or manipulated. Nobody has ever heard of the society controlling a self - not possible.

And the child needs a center; the child is completely unaware of his own center. The society gives him a center and the child is by and by convinced that this is his center, the ego that society gives.

A child comes back to his home - if he has come first in his class, the whole family is happy. You hug and kiss him, and you take the child on your shoulders and dance and you say, "What a beautiful child! You are a pride to us." You are giving him an ego, a subtle ego. And if the child comes home dejected, unsuccessful, a failure - he couldn't pass, or he has just been on the back bench - then nobody appreciates him and the child feels rejected. He will try harder next time, because the center feels shaken.

Ego is always shaken, always in search of food, that somebody should appreciate it. That's why you continuously ask for attention.

You get the idea of who you are from others.

It is not a direct experience.

It is from others that you get the idea of who you are. They shape your center. This center is false, because you carry your real center. That is nobody's business. Nobody shapes it.

You come with it.

You are born with it.

So you have two centers. One center you come with, which is given by existence itself. That is the self. And the other center, which is created by the society, is the ego. It is a false thing - and it is a very great trick. Through the ego the society is controlling you. You have to behave in a certain way, because only then does the society appreciate you. You have to walk in a certain way; you have to laugh in a certain way; you have to follow certain manners, a morality, a code. Only then will the society appreciate you, and if it doesn't, you ego will be shaken. And when the ego is shaken, you don't know where you are, who you are.

The others have given you the idea.

That idea is the ego.

Try to understand it as deeply as possible, because this has to be thrown. And unless you throw it you will never be able to attain to the self. Because you are addicted to the center, you cannot move, and you cannot look at the self.

And remember, there is going to be an interim period, an interval, when the ego will be shattered, when you will not know who you are, when you will not know where you are going, when all boundaries will melt.

You will simply be confused, a chaos.

Because of this chaos, you are afraid to lose the ego. But it has to be so. One has to pass through the chaos before one attains to the real center.

And if you are daring, the period will be small.

If you are afraid, and you again fall back to the ego, and you again start arranging it, then it can be very, very long; many lives can be wasted.

I have heard: One small child was visiting his grandparents. He was just four years old. In the night when the grandmother was putting him to sleep, he suddenly started crying and weeping and said, "I want to go home. I am afraid of darkness." But the grandmother said, "I know well that at home also you sleep in the dark; I have never seen a light on. So why are you afraid here?" The boy said, "Yes, that's right - but that is MY darkness." This darkness is completely unknown.

Even with darkness you feel, "This is MINE."

Outside - an unknown darkness.

With the ego you feel, "This is MY darkness."

It may be troublesome, maybe it creates many miseries, but still mine. Something to hold to, something to cling to, something underneath the feet; you are not in a vacuum, not in an emptiness. You may be miserable, but at least you ARE. Even being miserable gives you a feeling of 'I am'. Moving from it, fear takes over; you start feeling afraid of the unknown darkness and chaos - because society has managed to clear a small part of your being.

It is just like going to a forest. You make a little clearing, you clear a little ground; you make fencing, you make a small hut; you make a small garden, a lawn, and you are okay. Beyond your fence - the forest, the wild. Here everything is okay; you have planned everything. This is how it has happened.

Society has made a little clearing in your consciousness. It has cleaned just a little part completely, fenced it. Everything is okay there. That's what all your universities are doing. The whole culture and conditioning is just to clear a part so that you can feel at home there.

And then you become afraid.

Beyond the fence there is danger.

Beyond the fence you are, as within the fence you are - and your conscious mind is just one part, one-tenth of your whole being. Nine-tenths is waiting in the darkness. And in that nine-tenths, somewhere your real center is hidden.

One has to be daring, courageous.

One has to take a step into the unknown.

For a while all boundaries will be lost.

For a while you will feel dizzy.

For a while, you will feel very afraid and shaken, as if an earthquake has happened. But if you are courageous and you don't go backwards, if you don't fall back to the ego and you go on and on, there is a hidden center within you that you have been carrying for many lives.

That is your soul, the self.

Once you come near it, everything changes, everything settles again. But now this settling is not done by the society. Now everything becomes a cosmos, not a chaos; a new order arises.

But this is no longer the order of the society - it is the very order of existence itself.

It is what Buddha calls Dhamma, Lao Tzu calls Tao, Heraclitus calls Logos. It is not man-made. It is the VERY order of existence itself. Then everything is suddenly beautiful again, and for the first time really beautiful, because man-made things cannot be beautiful. At the most you can hide the ugliness of them, that's all. You can decorate them, but they can never be beautiful.

The difference is just like the difference between a real flower and a plastic or paper flower. The ego is a plastic flower - dead. It just looks like a flower, it is not a flower. You cannot really call it a flower. Even linguistically to call it a flower is wrong, because a flower is something which flowers. And this plastic thing is just a thing, not a flowering. It is dead. There is no life in it.

You have a flowering center within. That's why Hindus call it a lotus - it is a flowering. They call it the one-thousand-petaled-lotus. One thousand means infinite petals. And it goes on flowering, it never stops, it never dies.

But you are satisfied with a plastic ego.

There are some reasons why you are satisfied. With a dead thing, there are many conveniences. One is that a dead thing never dies. It cannot - it was never alive. So you can have plastic flowers, they are good in a way. They are permanent; they are not eternal, but they are permanent.

The real flower outside in the garden is eternal, but not permanent. And the eternal has its own way of being eternal. The way of the eternal is to be born again and again and to die. Through death it refreshes itself, rejuvenates itself.

To us it appears that the flower has died - it never dies.

It simply changes bodies, so it is ever fresh.

It leaves the old body, it enters a new body. It flowers somewhere else; it goes on flowering.

But we cannot see the continuity because the continuity is invisible. We see only one flower, another flower; we never see the continuity.

It is the same flower which flowered yesterday.

It is the same sun, but in a different garb.

The ego has a certain quality - it is dead. It is a plastic thing. And it is very easy to get it, because others give it. You need not seek it, there is no search involved. That's why unless you become a seeker after the unknown, you have not yet become an individual. You are just a part of the crowd. You are just a mob.

When you don't have a real center, how can you be an individual?

The ego is not individual. Ego is a social phenomenon - it is society, its not you. But it gives you a function in the society, a hierarchy in the society. And if you remain satisfied with it, you will miss the whole opportunity of finding the self.

And that's why you are so miserable.

With a plastic life, how can you be happy?

With a false life, how can you be ecstatic and blissful? And then this ego creates many miseries, millions of them.

You cannot see, because it is your own darkness. You are attuned to it.

Have you ever noticed that all types of miseries enter through the ego? It cannot make you blissful; it can only make you miserable.

Ego is hell.

Whenever you suffer, just try to watch and analyze, and you will find, somewhere the ego is the cause of it. And the ego goes on finding causes to suffer.

You are an egoist, as everyone is. Some are very gross, just on the surface, and they are not so difficult. Some are very subtle, deep down, and they are the real problems.

This ego comes continuously in conflict with others because every ego is so unconfident about itself. Is has to be - it is a false thing. When you don't have anything in your hand and you just think that something is there, then there will be a problem.

If somebody says, "There is nothing," immediately the fight will start, because you also feel that there is nothing. The other makes you aware of the fact.

Ego is false, it is nothing.

That you also know.

How can you miss knowing it? It is impossible! A conscious being - how can he miss knowing that this ego is just false? And then others say that there is nothing - and whenever the others say that there is nothing they hit a wound, they say a truth - and nothing hits like the truth.

You have to defend, because if you don't defend, if you don't become defensive, then where will you be?

You will be lost.

The identity will be broken.

So you have to defend and fight - that is the clash.

A man who attains to the self is never in any clash. Others may come and clash with him, but he is never in clash with anybody.

It happened that one Zen master was passing through a street. A man came running and hit him hard. The master fell down. Then he got up and started to walk in the same direction in which he was going before, not even looking back.

A disciple was with the master. He was simply shocked. He said, "Who is this man? What is this? If one lives in such a way, then anybody can come and kill you. And you have not even looked at that person, who he is, and why he did it."

The master said, "That is his problem, not mine."

You can clash with an enlightened man, but that is your problem, not his. And if you are hurt in that clash, that too is your own problem. He cannot hurt you. And it is like knocking against a wall - you will be hurt, but the wall has not hurt you.

The ego is always looking for some trouble. Why? Because if nobody pays attention to you, the ego feels hungry.

It lives on attention.

So even if somebody is fighting and angry with you, that too is good because at least the attention is paid. If somebody loves, it is okay. If somebody is not loving you, then even anger will be good. At least the attention will come to you. But if nobody is paying any attention to you, nobody thinks that you are somebody important, significant, then how will you feed your ego?

Other's attention is needed.

In millions of ways you attract the attention of others; you dress in a certain way, you try to look beautiful, you behave, you become very polite, you change. When you feel what type of situation is there, you immediately change so that people pay attention to you.

This is a deep begging.

A real beggar is one who asks for and demands attention. And a real emperor is one who lives in himself; he has a center of his own, he doesn't depend on anybody else.

Buddha sitting under his bodhi tree...if the whole world suddenly disappears, will it make any difference to Buddha? -none. It will not make any difference at all. If the whole world disappears, it will not make any difference because he has attained to the center.

But you, if the wife escapes, divorces you, goes to somebody else, you are completely shattered - because she had been paying attention to you, caring, loving, moving around you, helping you to feel that you were somebody. Your whole empire is lost, you are simply shattered. You start thinking about suicide. Why? Why, if a wife leaves you, should you commit suicide? Why, if a husband leaves you, should you commit suicide? Because you don't have any center of your own. The wife was giving you the center; the husband was giving you the center.

This is how people exist. This is how people become dependent on others. It is a deep slavery. Ego HAS to be a slave. It depends on others. And only a person who has no ego is for the first time a master; he is no longer a slave. Try to understand this.

And start looking for the ego - not in others, that is not your business, but in yourself. Whenever you feel miserable, immediately close you eyes and try to find out from where the misery is coming and you will always find it is the false center which has clashed with someone.

You expected something, and it didn't happen.

You expected something, and just the contrary happened - your ego is shaken, you are in misery. Just look, whenever you are miserable, try to find out why.

Causes are not outside you. The basic cause is within you - but you always look outside, you always ask:

Who is making me miserable?
Who is the cause of my anger?
Who is the cause of my anguish?
And if you look outside you will miss.
Just close the eyes and always look within.
The source of all misery, anger, anguish, is hidden in you, your ego.

And if you find the source, it will be easy to move beyond it. If you can see that it is your own ego that gives you trouble, you will prefer to drop it - because nobody can carry the source of misery if he understands it.

And remember, there is no need to drop the ego.

You cannot drop it.

If you try to drop it, you will attain to a certain subtle ego again which says, "I have become humble."

Don't try to be humble. That's again ego in hiding - but it's not dead.

Don't try to be humble.

Nobody can try humility, and nobody can create humility through any effort of his own - no. When the ego is no more, a humbleness comes to you. It is not a creation. It is a shadow of the real center.

And a really humble man is neither humble nor egoistic.

He is simply simple.

He's not even aware that he is humble.

If you are aware that you are humble, the ego is there.

Look at humble persons.... There are millions who think that they are very humble. They bow down very low, but watch them - they are the subtlest egoists. Now humility is their source of food. They say, "I am humble," and then they look at you and they wait for you to appreciate them.

"You are really humble," they would like you to say. "In fact, you are the most humble man in the world; nobody is as humble as you are." Then see the smile that comes on their faces.

What is ego? Ego is a hierarchy that says, "No one is like me." It can feed on humbleness - "Nobody is like me, I am the most humble man."

It happened once:

A fakir, a beggar, was praying in a mosque, just early in the morning when it was still dark. It was a certain religious day for Mohammedians, and he was praying, and he was saying, "I am nobody. I am the poorest of the poor, the greatest sinner of sinners."

Suddenly there was one more person who was praying. He was the emperor of that country, and he was not aware that there was somebody else there who was praying - it was dark, and the emperor was also saying:

"I am nobody. I am nothing. I am just empty, a beggar at our door." When he heard that somebody else was saying the same thing, he said, "Stop! Who is trying to overtake me? Who are you? How dare you say before the emperor that you are nobody when he is saying that he is nobody?"

This is how the ego goes. It is so subtle. Its ways are so subtle and cunning; you have to be very, very alert, only then will you see it. Don't try to be humble. Just try to see that all misery, all anguish comes through it.

Just watch! No need to drop it.

You cannot drop it. Who will drop it? Then the DROPPER will become the ego. It always comes back.

Whatsoever you do, stand out of it, and look and watch.

Whatsoever you do - humbleness, humility, simplicity - nothing will help. Only one thing is possible, and that is just to watch and see that it is the source of all misery. Don't say it. Don't repeat it - WATCH. Because if I say it is the source of all misery and you repeat it, then it is useless. YOU have to come to that understanding. Whenever you are miserable, just close the eyes and don't try to find some cause outside. Try to see from where this misery is coming.

It is your own ego.

If you continuously feel and understand, and the understanding that the ego is the cause becomes so deep-rooted, one day you will suddenly see that it has disappeared. Nobody drops it - nobody can drop it. You simply see; it has simply disappeared, because the very understanding that ego causes all misery becomes the dropping. THE VERY UNDERSTANDING IS THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE EGO.

And you are so clever in seeing the ego in others. Anybody can see someone else's ego. When it comes to your own, then the problem arises - because you don't know the territory, you have never traveled on it.

The whole path towards the divine, the ultimate, has to pass through this territory of the ego. The false has to be understood as false. The source of misery has to be understood as the source of misery - then it simply drops.

When you know it is poison, it drops. When you know it is fire, it drops. When you know this is the hell, it drops.

And then you never say, "I have dropped the ego." Then you simply laugh at the whole thing, the joke that you were the creator of all misery.

I was just looking at a few cartoons of Charlie Brown. In one cartoon he is playing with blocks, making a house out of children's blocks. He is sitting in the middle of the blocks building the walls. Then a moment comes when he is enclosed; all around he has made a wall. Then he cries, "Help, help!"

He has done the whole thing! Now he is enclosed, imprisoned. This is childish, but this is all that you have done also. You have made a house all around yourself, and now you are crying, "Help, help!" And the misery becomes a millionfold - because there are helpers who are also in the same boat.

It happened that one very beautiful woman went to see her psychiatrist for the first time. The psychiatrist said, "Come closer please." When she came closer, he simply jumped and hugged and kissed the woman. She was shocked. Then he said, "Now sit down. This takes care of my problem, now what is your problem?"

The problem becomes multifold, because there are helpers who are in the same boat. And they would like to help, because when you help somebody the ego feels very good, very, very good - because you are a great helper, a great guru, a master; you are helping so many people. The greater the crowd of your followers, the better you feel.

But you are in the same boat - you cannot help.

Rather, you will harm.

People who still have their own problems cannot be of much help. Only someone who has no problems of his own can help you. Only then is there the clarity to see, to see through you. A mind that has no problems of its own can see you, you become transparent.

A mind that has no problems of its own can see through itself; that's why it becomes capable of seeing through others.

In the West, there are many schools of psychoanalysis, many schools, and no help is reaching people, but rather, harm. Because the people who are helping others, or trying to help, or posing as helpers, are in the same boat.

...It is difficult to see one's own ego.

It is very easy to see other's egos. But that is not the point, you cannot help them.

Try to see your own ego.

Just watch it.

Don't be in a hurry to drop it, just watch it. The more you watch, the more capable you will become. Suddenly one day, you simply see that it has dropped. And when it drops by itself, only then does it drop. There is no other way. Prematurely you cannot drop it.

It drops just like a dead leaf.

The tree is not doing anything - just a breeze, a situation, and the dead leaf simply drops. The tree is not even aware that the dead leaf has dropped. It makes no noise, it makes no claim - nothing.

The dead leaf simply drops and shatters on the ground, just like that.

When you are mature through understanding, awareness, and you have felt totally that ego is the cause of all your misery, simply one day you see the dead leaf dropping.

It settles into the ground, dies of its own accord. You have not done anything so you cannot claim that you have dropped it. You see that it has simply disappeared, and then the real center arises.

And that real center is the soul, the self, the god, the truth, or whatsoever you want to call it.

It is nameless, so all names are good.

You can give it any name of your own liking.

From Beyond the Frontier of the Mind by Osho