Who knows where the time goes - Fairport Convention

' What cowards, we are '...


As the Realization of Reality, We have no excuse..

We already know Truth..

We present Knowledge, but this Knowledge is not understood..

The idea of 'Nothingness' is feared..

You already know the pain of existence,

does fear drive you forward ?..

We fear non-existence,

what cowards, we are..

All life, dies,

why do you cringe in fear ?..

-Forgive me for entering your soul without permission..


-thomas


' Out of this world '...


We do not ‘come into’ this world.

We come out of it as
leaves from a tree.

As the ocean ‘waves,’

the universe
‘peoples.’



- Alan Watts

' Restlessness causes chaos '...


If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and
expectations,

you would be able to discern the
beautiful pattern of events.

It is your restlessness
that causes chaos.



- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

' Life reaching out '...


AH: That fact, that the ego no longer has that kind of blind security in its own autonomy, leads to this long drawn-out process.

ANTHONY: Yes. You have to remember that even if no books were ever written, and there were no gurus, no teachers, no sages, no texts available, no companions to talk to, this still operates. It's a natural process. It operates regardless of whether you have flags flying, books written, or not. This is what I mean when I speak about life reaching out through experience to understand itself. And this is independent even of the cultural mores of the environment. This is a natural process. An apple or a pear on a tree ripens naturally. You don't have to go there and read to it about the genesis of the process of its growth, budding, and maturation! [laughter] It just happens. And the pear has no notion that it's Norwegian or Finnish or American, or anything like that.

AH: Some of the mystical experiences that I've read about use the expression "I am not" rather than "I am a grander self." It seems that the notion of a grander self is the conclusion of the philosophic work.

ANTHONY: Yes, it's a very long drawn-out path. But the important thing to understand is that this is a process that's going on in nature. You can be born on an island with nobody to talk to. Everybody would be carrying a stone weighing two hundred pounds and you wouldn't be carrying any.


-Anthony Damiani from Living Wisdom

California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas

' To New York City Souls '...


Drop this burden called, Desire..

Visit, Chuang Yen Monastery, fifty miles, north of Illusion..

Take the Taconic, through forests of Pine Trees and Lakes..

Carmel is cheek to jowl..

The Park lies between the speeder to destination and the traveler..

Miles of Trees and artists of Architecture ..

Look into the skill of the stone cutter..

Some, become, Artists..

The Prison of Manhattan has entered your Soul..

Come North and experience, Freedom..

The Air and Mind, is Clear...


-thomas

' California Dreaming ',,,


I am listening to the 'Folk Rock' Group, called the 'Mamas and the Papas',

Attending Technical School in a military base in Illinois during Winter..

It was impossible to Breathe without all moisture freezing..

Of course, we all became ill..

But, this desire to find the Heaven called 'Warmth, Love, and Sun', is, of course desired..

But, years later will create that which is opposite, for experience and learning..

Viet Nam becomes a manifestation within this Dream..

And yet, this same song was played with great appreciation and hope..

We now find ourselves within the Final Destination..

Will we as 'Actors' called 'Ego' continue our 'Plays',

or should we call it, 'Playing'

and return Home?...


-thomas



' Stay Awake '...


"Keep God in remembrance till self is forgotten,

That you may be lost in the Called without distraction of caller and called."


-Rumi
Divani Shamsi Tabriz, 4
in F. Hadland Davis
The Persian Mystics: Jalaluddin Rumi
London: John Murray, 1912, p. 45

' The Overself '...


The name which will henceforth be here used is the ‘Overself’.

It is consequently from its own Overself that every individual receives the world‑picture.

We have pointed out in earlier books that the Overself has its human habitat within the heart.

Although associated of course with the whole body it has its most intimate association with the heart.

Just as a king’s rule may extend over a whole country and yet it may also be said to be definitely centered in the palace where he resides, so the Overself permeates the entire body and yet is also definitely centered in the heart.

Hence the heart is the focal point where the World‑Mind through its intermediary the Overself affects the personality.

The karmic forces become active within the heart therefore and there break into space‑time existence.

Like light‑photographs on a sensitive film, they develop into a tiny seed‑like thought‑form. This is the matrix of the world-to‑be.

Were this to remain here, then the individual would experience it only in the form of a dream.

Indeed, in an earlier period of cosmic evolution such was the strange way in which the immature human race did pass its existence.


-Paul Brunton

. The Natural Cessation of Conceptualization '...


What almost all Western minds can’t grasp, is that goal of the Madhyamaka and Prasangika emptiness teachings, is the natural and spontaneous (not intended) CESSATION of all conceptualization and mental “grasping for meanings” through thought.

This is like “thinking and conceiving” a rope to be a snake.

When the lights are turned up, it’s seen there is no snake; the snake was a mental construct imputed upon the rope.

Then, the mind naturally ceases thinking “snake”. You don’t have to practice “not thinking about that rope being a snake”.

That is how the natural cessation of conceptualizing occurs too; the mind sees ALL thoughts and concepts are fictions being applied to sensory phenomena (more concepts) or to other conceptual constructions.

You can’t think or cleverly conceptualize your way to nirvana.

Nirvana is already fully present and is known when all conceptualizing naturally ceases.

It’s what remains, but the mind has been too busy chasing and grasping for insights through thought, to notice.

Anything added to what I just shared is just more karmic mind-noise expressed as concepts. What did the Buddha wake up from? His own daydreaming in thoughts and concepts.

Boom! Finished!


-Jackson Peterson‎ to Dzogchen Discussion

Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

' Autonomous existence '...


Human beings have no independent or
autonomous existence whether they accept
the fact or not.

And whether they like it or
not, they are being helplessly lived within
the vast totality of an imponderably intricate
creation over which they have absolutely
no control.


- Ramesh S. Balsekar

' The World-Mind consciousness '...


Our innumerable ideas are a kind of division of the mind but do not really involve its exhaus­tion for the ideas not only arise but must vanish back into it.

Al­though the mind perpetually empties itself into thoughts, it is never less itself, never less its own single presence.

Nor are these thoughts separate at any moment from the mind.

In the same way, except that it is not affected by the transiency which affects all thoughts, the Overself is not separate from the World‑Mind.

Every Overself exists in the World‑Mind just as different thoughts exist in one and the same human mind.

The World‑Mind’s conscious­ness may multiply or divide itself a million times but its stuff is not really divisible; it only appears so.


-Paul Brunton

' The egocentric filters '...


Our relative, or human, nature can and does experience meaning or the absence of meaning.

From the perspective of enlightened relativity we both transcend and experience meaning.

Life is experienced as both with and without meaning simultaneously.

The meaning that is experienced is not a philosophical meaning; it is not an idea that we impose upon life.

Rather, the meaning that is experienced is the simple awe and wonder of existence that we experience when we are in alignment with being.

Life is its own meaning when experienced directly and intimately, free of the egocentric filters of separation.

Only the egocentric filters of separation can experience life as negatively meaningless.

The view from enlightened relativity is the coming together of all the opposites into a unitary whole.


-Adyashanti - Enlightened Relativity

' The sum of memories '...


"The person is a very small thing.

Actually it is a composite, it cannot be said to exist by itself.

Unperceived, it is just not there.

It is but the shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories.

Pure being is reflected in the mirror of the mind, as knowing.

What is known takes the shape of a person, based on memory and habit.

It is but a shadow, or a projection of the knower onto the screen of the mind."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The perfume of Silence '...


There is nothing to do. When you look deeply you will see that most “doing” is reaction. Pure motiveless observation alone is empty of reaction for there is nobody to react. Then every action is spontaneous from moment to moment.

[Long silence]

You must not come to any conclusions in this kind of meeting. The speaking is more or less a pretext. The real perfume is in the silence.


Jean Klein The Ease of Being

' Attachment '...


But what does this non‑attachment mean?

The monks and ascetics glibly use this word but their sense of its meaning is not the same as the philosopher’s.

It does not mean that we are to prefer being well‑emaciated to being well‑nourished. It does not mean that we should deliberately choose dirty hovels in which to dwell, uncomfortable chairs in which to sit, ill‑paid menial work by which to earn our livelihood or poverty in preference to pros­perity.

And it certainly does not mean that we are to turn our backs on wife, child, parent, friend and social status. Those who say it does mean these things make the mistake of confusing different levels of ethical reference, of propagating for universal practice a moral attitude which is perfectly right for themselves alone, perfectly right for men who have outwardly renounced the world and become monks.

All such public advertisements of piety, however, leave the philosopher cold.

He practises non‑attachment by understanding the transiency of all things and there­fore by refusing to look for permanent happiness in this mundane sphere, by ever keeping at the back of his mind and in the inmost recess of his heart a secret reservation against dependence on any earthly thing or living creature for final happiness.

He will take the best that this world offers him, if he can, but at the same time he is fully prepared to take the worst. For he knows the real nature of the world and puts his ultimate faith in That where no person and no formed thing can dwell. He is, in fact, really attached only to one thing ‑ the Overself.


- Paul Brunton


Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

' Diamond Sutra '...


"What is known as the teaching of the Buddha is not
the teaching of the Buddha."

Diamond Sutra


"What is the ultimate teaching of Buddhism?'

"'You won't understand it until you have it."



-Shih-t'ou
in Aldous Huxley
The Perennial Philosophy
New York: Harper, 1945, p. 127

' To Awaken '...


"I have come not to teach but to awaken."


Meher Baba
The Universal Message

' Before the beginning '...


"Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost.

That which is there before the beginning and after the ending of everything; that to which there is no birth, nor death.

That immovable state, which is not affected by the birth and death of a body or a mind, that state you must perceive."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' You have to disappear '...


Papaji said, ‘To discover Truth, you will have to disappear.’

Now, who was he speaking to?

How do you disappear?

Can 'you' do it?

Who could carry out such an instruction?

Actually, nobody can.

It was not even an instruction.

But the words detonated like a grenade inside my being.

Sometimes the Master says things 'you' cannot do.

It is one of his most powerful teachings, a teaching no one can follow.

Grace alone does it.


- Mooji

' The sacredness of everything '...


ANTHONY: Now, what he's saying here is very important.

The sage finds that the world without—the externally manifested idea of the world—is one's own inner self That's quite advanced.

There are mystics who have an experience, a glimpse, of their own higher self, and they become recluses and hermits; they run away.

But there's another kind of experience that some mystics have where they feel the sacredness of every-thing around them.

They become acquainted with the fact that the World-Idea being manifested in them is also of the nature of the "I" It can actually occur that you come out of a trance state like that and bump into a chair and say, "Excuse me"; you actually feel the sacredness of the whole world.

This is not common for most mystics. At any rate, PB is pointing out here that these are shortcomings that mystics have.

First of all, it's not a continuous light; it flickers; even worse, it goes off and goes on again.

So the insight that the philosopher operates with is continuous, uninterrupted, without any break.

The philosopher continuously sees that consciousness underlies the reality of objects.

It's always there for the philosopher-sage.


-Anthony Damiani from Living Wisdom

' Detaching from the body '...


What is meant when it is said that the Overself is man’s higher individuality must now be explained.

We know that the World ­Mind must be everywhere yet it is certainly not everywhere to the personal consciousness.

There must be a point‑instant in space-­time perception where the latter can meet it.

In most mystical ex­perience such a point is first felt to exist within the heart.

But the World‑Mind cannot be confined within such a limited percep­tion.

And later mystical experience always transcends this centre within the heart and largely detaches the consciousness from the body altogether.


-Paul Brunton

Jackson Browne - Sky Blue And Black

' The pleasure of retirement '..


I watch a kitten that appears to have an eternal war with a piece of cloth..

My lover sent the frequency of the desire for kitten and a feral cat completed the arrangement..

Of course, our hands are lined with wounds..

The kitten must be 'Teething'..

What is Happiness but that which has no fear ?..

We exist in a Dream of Fear..

This Fear drains your energy..

Fear Not,

You cannot die...


-thomas

' No actual doctrine '...


"If we are to discuss this matter, the simple fact is that there is nothing whatsoever to point out to people.

If there were anything at all to indicate to people, Buddhism would not have reached the present day.

For this reason the successions of Buddhas extending a hand and the successions of Zen masters passing on transmission have done so for lack of practical choice; there has never been an actual doctrine."


Fu-an
in Thomas Cleary
Teachings of Zen Buddhism
NY: Barnes & Noble, revised and expanded edition, 2000 (1998), p. 103

' This too shall pass '...


You’re living out your life by unconsciously
reacting to what you’ve purposefully forgotten
that you already are.

Throughout your entire life, you will probably
remember…and then forget…this same truth
…again and again and again.

Just as the depth of your sleep cycle varies
throughout the night, so will you also feel clearer
and more spiritually awake at certain times in your
life than you will at other times.

Allow yourself to comfortably move in and out of
your uncomfortable confusion.

And remember: “This, too, shall pass.”


- Chuck Hillig

' Oppressions of time '...


That which never dies and was not born, which has existed from one eternity to another, can exist only in a timeless Now which is beyond human conception but not beyond human experience. He who can learn to live feelingly in this everlasting Now knows how artificial are all those oppressions of time to which humanity clings so slavishly and so short‑sightedly.

He knows that these divisions which it insists on making are mere conventions which help to make practical life possible but which are illusions in the greater absolute life of Infinite Duration. The passive submission to time keeps man enchained. The willed meditation on the infinite observer which is ever with him and within him is a revolt which weakens every link of his chains.

If the unimaginably stretched‑out time‑life of World‑Mind is beyond human reach the timelessness of pure Mind is with­in possible experience. As the Overself it is the stupendous ever-­present fact of his life. If he ceases to ignore it and repeatedly strives to know it, the hour will certainly arrive when he shall do so.

For gently and gradually a realization will come to the student that he is no longer imprisoned by the body, that an inexpressible spaciousness of being is now his. The planetary scene will seem like a shadow show. The people in it will seem like shadow actors play­ing allotted parts.

He himself will feel fleshless and ethereal. A queer feeling that this is an experience he has been fated to meet since birth will creep into his heart. He will find in himself the wonderful confirmation of that which reason merely affirms and religion only hints at ‑ the glorious fact of the timeless soul.


-Paul Brunton

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' We are manifestation '...


God is Truly Known as Consciousness..

And Consciousness is all that is Known..

Source, which is known as the nickname of God is Dreaming..

And we are the Dream..

To see yourself as a Dream is frightful but also liberating..

At this point, you must see Self..

If you think, you exist !..

This is the Desire to experience thoughts in three dimensions..

This is called Manifestation..

We are Manifestation, while within Dreams..


-thomas

' The Overself '...


Overself is limited to glimpses which are partial, because he finds the Overself only within himself, not in the world outside.

It is temporary because he has to take it when it comes at its own sweet will or when he can find it in meditation.

It is a glimpse because it tells him about his own "I" but not about the "Not-I".

On the other hand, the sage finds reality in the world without as his own self, at all times and not at special occasions, and wholly rather than in glimpses.

The mystic's light comes in glimpses, but the sage's is perennial.

Whereas the first is like a flickering unsteady and uneven flame, the second is like a lamp that never goes out.

Whereas the mystic comes into awareness of the Overself through feeling alone, the sage comes into it through knowledge plus feeling. Hence, the superiority of his realization.


-Anthony Damiani from Living Wisdom

' Individual Salvation is an illusion '...


When the inter‑connectedness and inter‑dependence of all ex­istence is grasped, the quest of a purely individual salvation is seen to be an illusory one. I am to be saved not for my own sake alone ‘ but because all are to be saved: this is the proper attitude we ‘should adopt.

We can now begin to understand what Jesus meant when he uttered the words: “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it.”

For this wider self, which was the Christ‑principle in Jesus, is the secret thread which ties man to man. It also offers the scientific basis of Jesus’ beneficent injunction: “Love thy neighbour as thyself.”

It lives in the ‘I’ as the latter itself lives in the body. We can begin to understand too what Paul meant when he pronounced that truly mystical sentence: “I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me.” The Overself is indeed the Cosmic Christ to which we are silently called to dedicate our lesser existence.


from The Wisdom of the Overself
Paul Brunton

' The Illusion '...


Humanity’s ongoing progress towards the collective awakening is amazing! You are all doing a most wonderful job in assisting in the divine plan, just as you promised, contracted, and intended before you incarnated. Many of you have been following very difficult and demanding paths, filled with pain, anxiety, poverty, and, of course, suffering. You volunteered from the generosity of your loving hearts so that all who choose to awaken as the divine plan comes to fruition would be ably and lovingly assisted to do so. You are all receiving enormous assistance from those in the spiritual realms, but, because the density of the physical realm is so heavy, vast numbers are also reliant on the help provided by all of you, Light bearers and Light workers, to enable them to fulfill their divine destiny.

All are One, therefore, whatever anyone does affects everyone else! All who are presently incarnate – over seven billion people of myriad races, colors, and creeds – are on Earth at this moment because they volunteered to assist in clearing from humanity all that is not in complete alignment with Love. Some of you are calling it the clearing of core issues, and that is truly what it is, the core issues of fear, bitterness, resentment, and hatred, that have been leading you into conflict for eons. Those of you consciously doing this are doing it not only for yourselves, but also for those who have totally forgotten about the contracts they made to do this before they incarnated. And, at a deep level below their human awareness, those who have forgotten are, nevertheless, clearing an abundance of those issues, and your presence amongst them vitally increases their ability to do this.

There is no one on Earth who does not have issues to clear, because the game of separation you have been playing has been very intense and violently competitive, and everyone has been playing. This clearance is extremely healing for you as well, because, as many of you have noticed, the heaviness of three dimensional life does lift, giving you more energy and motivation, as issues are brought to the surface of your awareness, acknowledged, and released.

There is only Love, and It’s constant presence provides a vast healing energy for all who choose to turn to It by releasing their hold on righteous beliefs and behaviors, thus removing the blocks and obstructions that have closed off Its access to their hearts. All hearts will open to the divine field of Love that embraces them, allowing It to heal them, bringing them comfort and joy on a scale they have never before experienced as humans. And this is only the beginning!

God’s Will for you, for all conscious beings, is eternal joy! You were created from Love and in joy because God creates joyfully for the pure joy of doing so, and His Will is that you do the same because he knows what immense joy it will bring you. He created you like unto Himself to utterly delight in all of creation as He does, because to be fully alive is to be joy-filled, and that is the state He wants you to experience as fully as He does. His Love for you is boundless, and he wants you to know that by experiencing It in every moment of your eternal existence. That is all that He wants for you, and, truly, It is everything.

You are free, just as you were created, and God requires nothing of you. You do not need to do good deeds, pay Him obeisance, or seek His approval. He offers you His unconditional Love in every moment, knowing that It is what, as humans within the illusion, you are constantly and desperately seeking outside yourselves where It cannot be found. It is within you, where He placed It at the moment of your creation, and that is where you will find It. Seek not the distractions of the illusion, however alluring they may appear to you to be. Go within, and there you will find Yourself and God eternally at one with each other in joyous harmonious relationship from which nothing is lacking.

There is NO SEPARATION! You are as you were created, One with God. No other state exists or could exist, because God is All, and therefore, so are You!

The illusion is an infinitesimal distraction from Reality that you made and on which you have focused almost your whole attention for eons, so that you have indeed been mightily distracted by it from Reality.

Now it is time to mightily enlarge your attention and awareness so that you recognize and acknowledge who You are, the eternally beloved child of God, without Whom God would be incomplete. That, of course, isimpossible. What Is is unchanging and eternal, It is God and You at One in each other’s Presence forever. A timeless state, because there is no time, there is only now, the eternal now, and that is where you are in every moment of your existence, as you will most joyfully remember on your awakening, NOW!

Your loving brother, Jesus.

by way of John Smallman

' No more and no less '...


No more and no less is your desire..

How about 'Nothing, being your desire ?..

To desire , is to create..

Karma is as simple as that..

'Wish upon a star'..

The Answers have always been presented to you..

Why do you doubt a fellow traveler ?..

I am not here to create but to return to that which Dreams...


-thomas

"Saying Hello" (Meditative Experience) by Estas Tonne

' Unity and Love '...


To believe that Unity and Love is separate from You is called delusion..

If God is everything, what are You ?..

We desire to think of Big Brother as savior, but is this reality ?..

We exist as Thought and Dreams..

We do not suffer in the manifestation because, it is just a nightmare..

Hell is found within suffering and desire..

How far are we from this Delusion ?..


-thomas

' Nobody ever fails in Yoga '...


Nobody ever fails in Yoga.

It is all a matter of the
rate of progress.

It is slow in the beginning and
rapid in the end.

When one is fully matured,
realization is explosive.

It takes place spontaneously,
or at the slightest hint.

The quick is not better than the
slow.

Slow ripening and rapid flowering alternate.
Both are natural and right.


- Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Overself '...


What is meant when it is said that the Overself is man’s higher individuality must now be explained.

We know that the World ­Mind must be everywhere yet it is certainly not everywhere to the personal consciousness.

There must be a point‑instant in space-­time perception where the latter can meet it. In most mystical ex­perience such a point is first felt to exist within the heart.

But the World‑Mind cannot be confined within such a limited percep­tion. And later mystical experience always transcends this centre within the heart and largely detaches the consciousness from the body altogether.

Yet the finite self can never bring the World ­Mind in its fulness within this experience simply because finitude would itself merge and vanish while trying to do so.

This mystical meeting‑point, the Overself, represents the utmost extent to which the finite self can consciously share in the ultimate existence.

It is that fragment of God which dwells in and yet environs man, a fragment which has all the quality and grandeur of God but not all the amplitude and power of God.


- Paul Brunton

' Awakening is not realization '...


Awakening is not realization. Enlightenment is not realization. A peek into the glory, universality and Infiniti of the Self is not the realization of the Self.

It is the beginning of the journey.

Some confuse enlightenment with realization and feel that they have attained the summit.

Not only there remains shadow work to be cleared, which may take many years or more, but also there is the deepening of our understanding as well as in our living as the Self.

There comes a point in our contemplation where the peace is unshakable and the sweet perfume of the self emanates from our being and brings peace and clarity around us.

Remaining open and relaxing into being rather than in the thinking mind allows the Self to establish as your being.

The deepening revelation of the Self is unending.

A constant letting go, relaxation as formless being, moment by moment.


-Magdi Badawy

' Melting desires '...


If you've melted your desires
in the river of time, choose
to be a recluse, or choose
a family, the village job.

If you know the pure Lord within you,
you'll be That, wherever.


- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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

' The Indwelling Presence '...


True worship is effortless, supreme meditation in the continuous, unbroken awareness of the within, the indwelling presence.

It requires no effort because there is nothing in it to be attained which one does not already possess.

What is generally understood to be prayer is nothing more than one fictitious entity called 'me' begging for something from another fictitious entity called 'God'.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Acquisitive-ness '...


"The world is made of rings.

The hooks are all yours.

Make straight your hooks and nothing can hold you.

Give up your addictions.

There is nothing else to give up.

Stop your routine of acquisitive-ness, your habit of looking for results and the freedom of the universe is yours.

Be effortless."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The false identity '...


The individual does not finally merge with his original
nature any more than a wave merges with water.

They
were not different to begin with.

A wave is nothing more
than the shifting shape of the water itself.

It is not a
question of joining separate things but of the abandonment
of something inessential and superficial, the false identity
of a separate individual entity.


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

' The intellect must stay in abeyance '...


The intellect is a tool, a tool for biological survival and adaptation.

The intellect is concerned with registering, classifying, naming, recording all the events that a person experiences.

We began to see that it is the very nature of the intellect not to be able to deal with the kind of formless thinking that the Overself works with.

If left to its own devices, the intellect would not be able to think its way out; it will always be in a cul-de-sac; it will always be caught in that realm.

Something has to come in and start guiding the intellect, in the sense of manipulating thoughts to produce certain concepts which further your understanding.

This is a process that keeps going on, and there will be many obstacles because there will be all kinds of interferences on the part of the ego.

But what the Overself has to do—which is the World-Mind working its understanding of itself out in you—is to guide those intellectual processes until there's a fulfillment, until there are no more questions.

When the questions stop—and PB says this has to happen naturally, not because someone tells you or the doctrine insists—when the questioning has been fulfilled, all the doubts answered, there comes a cessation of the thinking process itself, because now the experience of that reality must be grasped, and that means that the intellect must stay in abeyance.


-Anthony Damiani from Living Wisdom

' Cosmic and individual imagination '...


His familiar ‘I’ is simply the sort of person a man imagines himself to be, an imagination which he changes from time to time during life.

All the other persons also exist besides ourself but like our own personality, they exist as thoughts.

Only when we or they find the truth behind personality do we or they attain an existence higher than that of a thought.

For the person to which we all cling so stubbornly is after all but a mere shadow thrown by the Overself, a pale relic of its transcendent self.

It may now become a little clearer why the egoistic approach to the world prevents us from arriving at truth, and therefore why the philosophic discipline demands the reining‑in of the person.

For the birth of objects as ideas cannot be accounted for and must remain incomprehensible and mysterious so long as we persist in thinking that the world-experience is solely our own experience.

The egoist ignores the one World‑Mind within which his little mind is itself contained, fails to perceive that his is only a semi‑independent perception.

Human experience is the final residue of a process of inter‑action, a fabric conjointly woven with a common mind in which all human beings dwell and think and which dwells and thinks in them.

The world itself is the outcome of a combined cosmic and individual imagination.


- Paul Brunton

Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes

' The Law of Causation '...


"Like everything mental, the so-called law of causation contradicts itself.

No thing in existence has a particular cause; the entire universe contributes to the existence of even the smallest thing; nothing could be as it is without the universe being what it is.

When the source and the ground of everything is the only cause of everything, to speak of causality as a universal law is wrong.

The universe is not bound by its content, because its potentialities are infinite; besides it is a manifestation, or expression of a principle fundamentally and totally free."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Samsara '...


“The most subtle type of obscuration is to simply conceive of something – like simply thinking, “It is.”

Any notion we may hold is still a way of conceptualizing the three spheres: subject, object and action.

Whenever there is a thought which conceives the three spheres, karma is created.

People ask, ‘What is karma? I don’t get it! Where is karma?”

In fact, karma is our mind conceiving something. Karma is the doings of conceptual mind.

This subtle forming of a notion of anything is like a web, a haze that obscures our innate suchness just as mist obscures the sun from being vividly seen.

The great master Nagarjuna said, “There is no samsara apart from your own thoughts.” Samsara is based on thought; samsara is made by thought.”


-Dzogchen teacher, Chokyi Nyima:

' Sangha '...


"While "sangha" usually refers to a spiritual community associated with a particular tradition or religion, people who make up our sangha are from various backgrounds—Buddhist, Hindu, Christian. The spirit of our sangha is a mutual interest in the exploration of spiritual truth outside of the context of a particular tradition, religion, or teaching. There is an openness to it. These teachings seem to resonate with those who want to get to the real core of spirituality and are looking beyond exterior trappings for a more unencumbered expression of Truth.

Our sangha is, of course, made up of people who are interested in my teaching and the way it expresses itself. But my viewpoint is that I’m not really into me; I’m into the Truth. The teaching is pointing to a more universal Truth and toward an experience of sangha that is beyond all the particular expressions or forms that Truth can take. To me, real sangha is whatever is in service to the silence of the heart—wherever it shows up.

One of the most beautiful inquiries is, “What does my life serve?” This is a big question. It’s not asking, “What form is my service taking?” It doesn’t particularly matter what form our service takes when we are serving the silence of the heart. The only thing that’s important is, “What is my life really serving?”

All of us are servants, are we not? From the cradle to the grave, in some way we’re a servant of something. We can be a servant to many things: our minds, our desires, our fantasies, our ideas, our beliefs—and we’ve all been in service to all of those at some point in our lives. When we have some awakening to Truth—to what we actually are—then there is an opportunity to be a servant of that. When we realize what we are, we can serve what we are—instead of serving what we aren’t. To me this is what real sangha is.

What does it mean to be in service to the Truth right now? One of the most wonderful things about this sangha, and also one of the most challenging things about it, has been a continuous exploration of what it actually means to serve the silence of the heart—not only individually, but collectively. What does it mean to be in service of the Truth when one of your buddies woke up on the wrong side of the universe that day? What does that look like? It’s always asking us to put our realization into practice, into movement, into motion, into this world that will forever be perfectly imperfect.

Serving the Truth becomes our life instead of just an isolated event. It takes the abstractness out of spirituality. That’s the opportunity of real spirituality: to be in service to the silence of the heart."

~ Adyashanti

' Friday Night '...


A hospital visit tomorrow because humans suffer..

The lives of those around me suffer with infirmities..

Life within the 'Oak Circle' remains as normal with few exceptions..

People look for reasons to smile..

Perhaps, Love is a road to smiling..

Giving more than you receive is a door left open..

Pain and Death is always a thought within the elders..

To Know that You are the Watcher of this Play and not the Actor is wise, indeed..

The Dream will end, upon Awakening..

You will remain as Real upon Awakening..

Light will see only Light...


-thomas




Paul Simon & George Harrison - Homeward Bound, a song of Vietnam Veterans...

' A drop of water '...


“Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret,

and in exchange gain the Ocean.

Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor,

and in the arms of the Sea be secure.

Who indeed should be so fortunate?

An Ocean wooing a drop!

In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at once!

Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.”


― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi



' True happiness '...


“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this:

the man or woman who asks for no return,

the perfectly unselfish person,

is the most successful.”


-Swami Vivekananda

' The world '...


“I do not dispute with the world;

rather it is the world that disputes with me.”


-Gautama The Buddha

Sky Blue And Black ~ Jackson Browne

' Resistance '...


Resistance to unwanted circumstances has

the power to keep those circumstances alive

and well for a very long time.


- Pema Chödrön

' Ego – Shadow '...


"The ego cannot be subjugated by one that takes it to be real. It is just like one’s own shadow.

Imagine a man who does not know the truth of his shadow.

He sees it following him persistently, and wants to get rid of it.

He tries to run away from it, but it still follows him.

He digs a deep pit and tries to bury it, filling up the pit; but the shadow comes to the top and again follows him.

He can get rid of it only by looking away from it, at himself, the original of the shadow.

Then the shadow will not worry him.

The seekers of Deliverance are like the man in this parable.

They fail to see that the ego is but a shadow of the Self.

What they have to do is to turn away from it, towards the Self, of which it is the shadow."


Ramana Maharshi, quoted in Maha Yoga or The Upanishadic Lore in the Light of the Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana, K. Lakshmana Sarma, Sri Ramanasramam, 1937.

' This idea is an illusion '...


The personal ego of man forms itself out of the impersonal life of the universe like a wave forming itself out of the ocean. It constricts, confines, restricts, and limits that infinite life to a small finite area. The wave does just the same to the water of the ocean.

The ego shuts out so much of the power and intelligence contained in the universal being that it seems to belong to an entirely different and utterly inferior order of existence. The wave, too, since it forms itself only on the surface of the water gives no indication in its tiny stature of the tremendous depth and breadth and volume of water beneath it.

Consider that no wave exists by itself or for itself, that all waves are inescapably parts of the visible ocean. In the same way, no individual life can separate itself from the All-Life but is always a part of it in some way or other. Yet the idea of separateness is held by millions.

This idea is an illusion. From it springs their direct troubles. The work of the quest is simply this: to free the ego from its self-imposed limitations, to let the wave of conscious being subside and straighten itself out into the waters whence it came. The little wave is thus reconverted into the infinite Overself.



-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego >
Chapter 1: What Am I? > # 102
Paul Brunton

' Stillness '...


The Self alone is real. All others are unreal.
The mind and intellect do not remain apart from
you.

The Bible says, 'Be still and know that I am
God.' Stillness is the sole requisite for the
realization of the Self as God.



- Sri Ramana Maharshi

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

' You do not suffer '...


It is the person you imagine yourself to be that suffers, not you.

Dissolve it in awareness.

It is merely a bundle of memories and habits.

From the awareness of the unreal to the awareness of your real nature there is a chasm which you will

easily cross, once you have mastered the art of pure awareness.


-Nisargadatta Maharaj

' There's nothing there '...


THERE IS no real ego but only a quick succession of thoughts which constitutes the "I" process. There is no separate entity forming the personal consciousness but only a series of impressions, ideas, images revolving around a common centre. The latter is completely empty; the feeling of something being there derives from a totally different plane—that of the Overself.


NG: Suppose someone can recognize that process to some degree. Is PB saying that when you reach that emptiness, you then have a feeling that there is something there despite the emptiness? Or is he saying that you recognize that your daily thoughts are really about nothing, and still you have, in that daily life, the feeling that there is really someone or some-thing and that feeling comes from the plane of the Overself?


ANTHONY: I think you said the right thing. When you investigate, when you're looking at your thoughts, you analyze and you see there's nothing there. You understand the illusory nature. You understand that fundamentally the ego is of an illusory nature. There's no reality there. But nonetheless there is the experience that you are real, that there's something real. And there you could, of course, distinguish between two things. On the one hand, existence, and on the other, the fundamentally "illusory" nature of the ego.


-Anthony Damiani from Standing in Your Own Way

'Dream and Reality '...


As Mystics, you already know of the transformation of Dream to Reality..

This older brother of wisdom..

This vision of humanity is a brother of Truth..

So further advanced within the transformation of Dream into Manifestation..

But, you are here to learn of thoughts that transform and advance..

You are here to Learn..

We always seek learning and call it curiousity.

But, is it now fun to seek and learn ?..

Prayer and Desire are brothers, which will win ?..



-thomas

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' Remain in the center '...


"The ego is monkey catapulting through the jungle:
Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to another,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

Let this monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let the desires go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

Then forget you are there."


-Lao Tzu
in Brian Walker
Hua Hu Ching:The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu, 10
NY: HarperCollins, 1992, p. 13

' Clinging to an idea '...


"All Buddhas preach emptiness.

Why?

Because they want to crush the concrete ideas of the students.

If a student even clings to an idea of emptiness,

he betrays all Buddhas."



Bodhidharma
in Jon Winokur
Zen To Go
NY: New American Library, 1989, p. 146

' What are you here ?'...


Whatever is perceived is arising inside yourself only,
and when it departs you are still here to witness its
departure.

Reflect: As what are you here?

Inwardly,
see if that which is perceiving everything can be
found.

Can it be perceived?

The answer, if there is one,
cannot be merely mental, intellectual or theoretical.

It
must be a deep insight or direct experience, for anything
less will not satisfy deeply.

There is no question in the
human kingdom that is more important than this one.



- Mooji

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' That, which is not defined '...


Suppose you know the definitions of all substances
and their derivatives,
what good is this to you?

Know the true definition of yourself.

That is indispensable.

Then, when you know your own definition, flee from it,
that you may attain to the One who cannot be defined,
O sifter of the dust.


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

' What's going on with your ego ? '...


ANTHONY: Don't kid yourself. Don't come to me from the point of view that the ego doesn't exist, because it's been around as long as the Overself' has been projecting itself, manifesting itself through some kind of a life.

The residue of all that living becomes a tendency which you're going to find is perhaps not a permanent entity, but good enough to drive you up a wall for the next indefinite number of incarnations.

If you think you're going to enter into the arena of spiritual struggle and quest without having a real good idea of what's going on with your ego, you're in for trouble.



-Anthony Damiani from Standing in Your Own Way

' A Dream Figure '...


Thus the witness‑self walks through this world incognito.

Only the few to whom philosophy grants her earned favours, find it out and know it by its true name.

The rest regard it under the limited aspect of a particular personality.

When they employ the word ‘self’ they do not usually refer it to anything beyond this physical being who stands before them in flesh and blood plus his little psychological collection of bitter‑sweet memories and transient moods, hot desires and cold fears.

It is within such small limits that they confine the meaning of this term. But the man who has come to genuine self‑knowledge knows what he really is over and above this named embodied individual; hence he may aptly adopt the expressive term ‘Overself when referring to it.

Theologians probably mean this when they speak of the ‘soul’.

But as our concept is as radically different from theirs in some ways as it is roughly similar to it in others, and particularly as it is not a theological theme for us, we prefer to call it the Overself.

The person is only a projection from the Overself as a dream‑figure is a projection from the mind of a dreamer. It is only a dependent creature which has forgotten its origin and now imagines itself to be the real ‘I’.


-Paul Brunton from WOTO

' A Higher Self '...


Paul Brunton speaks of a 'Higher Self '..

We see good as high, and bad as low in frequencies..

The frequency of light is higher than the frequency of darkness..

The Reality is that We exist as both Yin and Yang..

The scales of Justice is the photo of Reality..

The 'Higher Self' is the surrender of desire,

especially, the desire of separation called ego..

To exist as Reality is to not exist as Dream..

Wake Up !..

This is the Answer...


-thomas

' Sticks and stones '...


"All life is waken.

So also is everything which exhibits power, whether in action as the winds or drifting clouds, or in passive endurance, as the boulder by the wayside.

For even the commonest sticks and stones have a spiritual essence which must be reverenced as a manifestation of the all-pervading mysterious power that fills the universe."



Francis Laflesche (Osage), 1925
in Joseph Bruchac
Native Wisdom
San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995, pp. 87-88

' Holding an identity '...


ANTHONY:

And then that leaves you with your real inner being, your true inner "I." In other words, you have to dismiss all these vagaries, fantasies, thoughts, memories, selections from your past, anticipations of your future, expectations—you want me, to go down the list?

You have to remove all that, in order to identify with it. Or, in other words, you stop thinking. Now I'm sure after this you'll think much more!

When there is no more thinking, concept forming, which is concerned with creating an artificial object—whether your inner self or your outer self doesn't matter—then the inwardness or the principle that you are, which is illuminating or shining in you, is what you really are.

That is, so to speak, always there. But you're not aware of it because you're preoccupied with the images, not with the light which is illuminating those images. If you could temporarily stop those images, then there would be just a light shining, and you would know that "this is what I am."

Then the images resume. Now it is possible for the images to go on and to still hold an identity with the light which illuminates the images, and then one could say, "I'm identified with that light and not with the images."


-Anthony Damiani from Living Wisdom

' The witness-self '...


Thus the witness‑self walks through this world incognito. Only the few to whom philosophy grants her earned favours, find it out and know it by its true name.

The rest regard it under the limited aspect of a particular personality. When they employ the word ‘self’ they do not usually refer it to anything beyond this physical being who stands before them in flesh and blood plus his little psychological collection of bitter‑sweet memories and transient moods, hot desires and cold fears.

It is within such small limits that they confine the meaning of this term. But the man who has come to genuine self‑knowledge knows what he really is over and above this named embodied individual; hence he may aptly adopt the expressive term ‘Overself when referring to it.

Theologians probably mean this when they speak of the ‘soul’. But as our concept is as radically different from theirs in some ways as it is roughly similar to it in others, and particularly as it is not a theological theme for us, we prefer to call it the Overself.

The person is only a projection from the Overself as a dream‑figure is a projection from the mind of a dreamer. It is only a dependent creature which has forgotten its origin and now imagines itself to be the real ‘I’.


WOTO

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' Appearance for Reality '...


To take appearance for reality is a grievous sin and the cause of all calamities.

You are the all-pervading, eternal and infinitely creative awareness -consciousness.

All else is local and temporary.



-Nisargadatta Maharaj from I Am That

' The Higher Self '...


The touch of grace can be felt in an unmistakable manner but only after a man has been humbled chastened and made lowly.

When he finds that the net results of self‑help on the secret path are often doubtful in value and sometimes even dangerous in result through the pursuit of an erroneous course; when he dis­covers his own weakness after many a futile attempt to break his bad habits or to enlighten the darkness of his passage through life; when in short he feels that he cannot help himself any more, the time has arrived to call on an outside source for such help.

The gracious current of a stronger power than his own must be introduced into his inner life.

But it can only be introduced if he calls on it, if he aspires towards it and if he gives his devotion to it.

The basis of attraction between those who seek and that which gives is and must be faith and love.

All the way from the aspirant’s initial dream to his final achievement, he must resolutely resolve to stand or fall by his faith that this higher Self truly exists and that its realization is the hidden purpose of his incarnation.



from The Wisdom of the Overself
by Paul Brunton

' Forgiveness '...


FRD: The ego's not the one that does the forgiving, obviously.

ANTHONY: Ah, you're catching on. The ego doesn't forgive anyone. How often have you spontaneously forgiven someone who has hurt you deeply? Can you count the times? Well, that's how often you were enlightened.

DB: It doesn't seem like the ego's capable of doing anything except holding a grudge.

ANTHONY: You're catching on. Get your ego out of the way, then something in you can forgive.


-Anthony Damiani from Standing in Your Own Way

An amazing bluegrass cover of "Rocket Man".

' The Night after Thanks-giving '...


This trust between indigenous and immigrant..

Wild turkeys are heavy upon pine..

To feel the cold of winter, brings adversaries to the warmth of fire and love..

What is real and what is false ?..

History is written by the victor..

The reality of America is one of death and theft..

But, you know this already..

The towns have indian names and yet the indians have died..

Therefore, you must walk beyond the history books and enter the reality of the Dream..

I have written beyond paragraph and therefore, must leave you...


-thomas



' Just keep it in mind '...


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

Anything you do without
remembering enlightenment puts you off.

But
why complicate?

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

What you
want to be, you are it already.

Just keep it in mind.



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

' The self '...


THERE ARE THREE things man needs to know to make him a spiritually educated man: the truth about himself, his world, and his God. The mystic who thinks it is enough to know the first alone and to leave out the last two, is satisfied to be half-educated.

(v13, 20:4.95 and Perspectives, p. 257) Paul Brunton


ANTHONY: The word self is not capitalized, right? The truth about that uncapitalized self is that it is illusory, that you have to realize the non-existence of the ego. But even with that in-sight, with that understanding, you're still only one-third of the way. The next thing is to understand the nature of the World-Idea. Then, the third thing is the identification with your I AM, with your God.


So, the mystic comes to the realization that both the ego and the world that that ego perceives are illusory. That's the first realization as a mystic—the illusory nature of the ego and the concomitant world. Then you have to investigate the Idea of the world that's given to you, and when you do, you find out something about the World-Idea. That would be the second level. And the third level would be your I AM, the God within you. I'm just summarizing what has already been said.

' That Which is Looking '...


Only when you turn attention to awareness itself, there isn't anything behind it. That's what returning to the source means. It means that nothing is next. There's nothing behind it. With a thought there's always something behind it. There's always the awareness of thought. So awareness is behind it. With a feeling there's always something behind it. With the conditioned tendency there's always something behind it. There's always awareness behind everything that's perceivable. Everything that's thinkable. There's always something behind it: namely that awareness. Spirit.

To 'look within' doesn't mean to look for something really amazing to happen. To look for the states of consciousness to change. That's not what look within means. Have any of you looked within like that? I've spent so many hours looking within that way - not thousands, tens of thousands of hours looking within. And I was looking ... the same way we look outside. You know, like we're looking for something. And so you look inside. It's a great teaching, but then what do you do? You tend to look for stuff. Look for really groovy spiritual stuff to happen. Right? It's the same looking. It's not really different than looking for a million bucks, or a hot looking guy or gal or success. It's just looking for inner stuff. And there's a world of inner things and experiences, just like there's an outer world of things to look for.

But the inner world, it's not any more real or significant then the outer world. So to look within doesn't mean that, to look within in a way that you're looking for something. Looking for a treasure. It means to go to the root. And the root is the looking itself.

To turn within is to turn to that which is looking. So that we find out for ourselves that there isn't anybody that's looking! Looking is looking. There isn't someone there called 'me' that's behind awareness that's aware. Awareness is aware. It's the opposite: I'm not aware; awareness is aware of me. And this is quite a shock when you really come upon it!

This is really 'one without a second' as Ramana (Maharshi) used to say. That the self is one without a second. Without a second means: nothing behind it. No deeper return to go to. You've returned to your natural state. In Zen we used to call it 'taking the backward step.' We (generally) want to take the forward step: to pursue, to seek, to find. But the backward step is very simple ... return to what you are. Till that flash of recognition dawns, that awareness itself is what you are. Just like the flash of lightning in an empty sky - a spontaneous flash!

The easiest thing in spirituality is for it to become complex, instead of simple. But this is a very simple thing which is why it can penetrate so deeply. So quickly. So immediately.


-Adyashanti

' Anxiety into laughter '...


“A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each

other across the altar.

I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the

transformation of anxiety into laughter.”


― Alan W. Watts

' Enchanted by the world '...


“Why are you so enchanted by this world,

when a mine of gold lies within you?”


– Rumi

' Be conscious of yourself '...


"Be conscious of yourself, watch your mind, give it your full attention.

Don't look for quick results, there may be none within your noticing.

Unknown to you, your psyche will undergo a change, there will be more clarity in your thinking and feeling, purity in your behaviour.

You need not aim at these - you will witness the change all the same."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Reading of Compairing Thoughts '...


You gave me too much to read..

The modern human only has twenty seconds of attention,

but, I enjoyed your words and thoughts..

We are not here to present a battle between egos',

we are here to learn of a state of existence called Freedom..

Our ancestors came to this unknown land of unknown language to learn of this state called Freedom..

This attention for this desire continues until this day..

Only your mind will find Freedom..

A little hint to the mind of seeking is to seek first within the state of Love...


-thomas

' Go beyond the witness '...


"You live, you feel, you think.

By giving attention to your living, feeling and thinking, you free yourself from them and go beyond them.

Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains.

Then you go beyond the witness.

Do not ask how it happens.

Just search within yourself."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' One Spirit '...


"It is by love alone that we turn to God, are transformed into His likeness, and are united with Him, so that we become one spirit with Him, and receive by and from Him all our happiness, here in grace, hereafter in glory.

Love can find no rest till she rests in the full and perfect possession of the Beloved."



Albert the Great
On Union with God
NY: Continuum, 2000, p. 70
originally published:
London: Burnes Oates & Washbourne, 1911

' Feel it '...


Your dynamic being dances as existence,
but this existence is witnessed.

Be in this witnessing place.

This witnessing place is not interested.

It has no aspiration.

It has no favorites.

Do you know this place?

I am calling you into your own glory as pure Awareness.

Only when you are aware of this place, can you leave your life alone.

You observe that life is a spontaneous unfolding.

Be in this place which is silent and untouched.

Feel it.

Feel and Be what you cannot describe.


- Mooji

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' Distain for the material '...


Some have Me in their mouths, but little in their hearts.

There are others who, being enlightened in their understanding and purified in their affection, always breathe after things eternal, are unwilling to hear of earthly things, and grieve to be subject to the necessities of nature; and such as these perceive what the Spirit of Truth speaks in them.

For it teaches them to despise the things of the earth and to love heavenly things; to disregard the world, and all the day and night to aspire after heaven.



- Saint Thomas a Kempis
Of the Imitation of Christ Bk. 3 Ch. 4 v. 4

' Controling the mind '...


To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family,

to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind.

If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment,

and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.


-Gautama the Buddha

' Indivisible Bliss '...


“True religion consists in developing that attitude of mind, which would ultimately result in seeing one Infinite Existence prevailing throughout the universe;

when one could live in the world and yet be not of it, and at the same time, be in harmony with everyone and everything; when one could attend to all worldly duties and affairs, and yet feel completely detached from all their results;

when one could see the same divinity in art and science, and experience the highest consciousness and indivisible bliss in everyday life.”



Meher Baba
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Vol. 5, pp. 1553 – 1554
Revised Online Edition. p. 1370
http://lordmeher.com/rev/index.jsp?pageBase=page.jsp&nextPage=1370

' When Compassion Comes '...


I spent my days idly as a vine
growing slowly in some holy place.

Then compassion came,
and I saw the Absolute.

All the names are true,
but I kept repeating that
of my teacher, and OM.

And sometimes I sang Om
Namah Shivaya, the greeting
that gives peace to the world
as well as to the spirit.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

The Lord's Prayer in Original Jewish Aramaic

' The shell must be cracked '...


The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it
is to come out, for if you want the kernel you
must break the shell.

And therefore, if you want
to discover nature’s nakedness, you must destroy
its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer
you come to its essence.

When you come to the
One that gathers all things up into itself, there
your soul must stay.



- Meister Eckhart

' Standing in Your Own Way '...


ANTHONY: Let's try another analogy.

Imagine a cinema film, and light shining through the film. If it's possible, imagine that the contents within the film all now seem to have an "I."

Their I's are based on the fusion of the light in the film. It's the same as we said about the dream.

The dream represents a congeries of thoughts, impressions, images, and so on.

It is only the immanence in the dream of the person having the dream that now makes it possible for a dream ego to arise.

The center of the vortex is not neutral. The center of the vortex is the presence of the "I AM" in the matrix of possibilities.


-Anthony Damiani

' The Cinema Screen '...


What is really your own, you are not conscious of.

What you are conscious of is neither you nor yours.

Yours is the power of perception, not what you perceive.

It is a mistake to take the conscious to be the whole of man.

Man is the unconscious, the conscious and the superconscious, but you are not the man.

Yours is the cinema screen, the light as well as the seeing power, but the picture is not you.



-Nisargadatta Maharaj

Van Morrison - Bright Side of the Road (Audio)

' Speaking of Reality '...


You speak the words of the world controllers..

You do not speak of Reality..

Why would you not enter the knowledge of Freedom ?..

Perhaps, the enjoyment of manifestation is enough..

Why waste your time within Karma ?..

It is only the restoration of Dreams..

But, all is the decision of ego...


-thomas

' Conscious of the Real '...


The World-Mind is not only Lord and Governor of the world but also Lord and Governor of the illusion

which makes the world so vivid to the ignorant;

that is, It is itself the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, Conscious of the Real.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 21
Paul Brunton

' We are Silence '...


We are surrounded by coarse consciousness. This kind of consciousness is heavy, thick, and dense. When you turn on the TV, you encounter coarse consciousness, for the most part. Most movies you go to have a coarse consciousness. Coarse means asleep within the dream state.

From this coarse state of consciousness, silence is seen to be an object. Quietness is something that seems to happen to you. But that is not real silence. Real silence is your true nature.

To say "I am silent" is actually quite ridiculous. When you look at it, it's not that you are silent, it's that you are silence. Conceptually it may seem to be a small difference between the experiences of "I am silent" and "I am silence," but this is actually the difference between bondage and freedom, heaven and hell.


- Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing

' Past lives '...


The memories of past lives are the memories of dreams that You as Consciousness has experienced.

But, most of these memories of past lives will disappear upon the Full Awareness of what You really are..


-thomas

Gerry Rafferty Baker Street Long Version

' When the mind is pure, joy follows '...


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

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

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts, we make the world.


-Gautama the Buddha

' Awakening into Reality '...



Awakening cannot take place so long as the idea persists that one is a seeker.

Doing sadhana means assuming the existence of a phantom.

The entity that you think you are is false. You ARE the Reality!

It is fallacious to think that there is an individual self which functions through the body and the mind.

The 'me' as an individual self is merely a mental modification, and there is no such thing as a mind apart from thought.

When the source of thought is probed continuously as it arises, it is revealed that there is no such thing as mind or an individual behind it.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' No room for twain '...


"Do Thou my separate and derived self
Make one with Thy Essential!

Leave me room
On that Diván which leaves no room for twain"


-Jami
"Salaman and Absaab"
Quoted by F. Max Müller
London: Ongmans, Green & Co, 1903, p. 359

George Ezra - Blame It on Me

' All the being calmed '...


"There were not two; beholder was one with beheld; it was not a vision compassed but a unity apprehended.

The man formed by this mingling with the Supreme must -- if he only remember — carry its image impressed upon him:

he is become the Unity, nothing within him or without inducing any diversity; no movement now, no passion, no outlooking desire, once this ascent is achieved;

reasoning is in abeyance and all Intellection and even, to dare the word, the very self; caught away, filled with God, he has in perfect stillness attained isolation; all the being calmed, he turns neither to this side nor to that, not even inwards to himself; utterly resting he has become very rest."



Plotinus
Enneads, 6.9.11
The Six Enneads by Plotinus
Translated by Stephen MacKenna and B. S. Page
London: P.L. Warner, 1917-1930

' You are the Knower '...


Forget the known, but remember that you are
the knower.

Don't be all the time immersed in
your experiences.

Remember that you are beyond
the experiencer, ever unborn and deathless.

In
remembering it, the quality of pure knowledge
will emerge, the light of unconditional awareness.



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

' The Silent Mystery '...


What is in itself and at once assembled as the highest concept of human beings, the greatest power ruling existence, the supreme Mind before which all other minds must bow, the primal consciousness which outlives every form of existence because IT alone is, was, and shall be?

There is no name attached to it, this ineffable silent mystery of mysteries.

Yet it is there.

Everything tells us so, from the vast universe itself to those seers and sages of ancient Greece, India, and China who have broken through and away from human limitations.

Can we wonder that with one God there came one energy and one substance?



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 1: What Is God? > # 59
Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) [Audio]

'The trap of existence'...


By now, you should be Awake..

You have seen the foolishness of desire,

and yet you seek a new pair of shoes..

You have been advised within the media that wishes (desire) will create manifestation..

You remain within a cage of pain become of desire..

You have forgotten the power of Thought..

" Give all, and follow me, said the stranger "..

The 'all' is Desire,

It is as simple as that...


-thomas





' Siva '...


"He alone is the true 'man' who is illumined with the Spiritual Light.

The soul enchained is 'man,' and free from chain is 'Siva' (God)."



Sri Ramakrishna
in F. Max Muller
Ramakrishna: His Life And Sayings, 212-213
Longmans, Green, And Co., London & New York, 1898, p. 145

' Take what comes '...


"Take what comes.

Be contented and cheerful.

Never worry.

Not a leaf moves, but by His consent and will."



Sai Baba of Shirdi
in Antonio Rigopoulos
The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi
Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1993, p. 295

' Leave concepts behind '...


Concepts can at best only serve to negate one another,
as when one thorn is used to remove another.

Once
removed, both thorns must be thrown away.

Only in
deep silence do we leave concepts behind.

Words and
language deal only with concepts and so cannot approach
Reality.



- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' What is a Christ ? '...


We use this nomenclature as a subject of the Master of Knowledge..

This Light called Christ is the moment of Truth..

This Light called Buddha is the moment of Truth..

This time is your's..

Is it not humorous that time will make you laugh ?..

To choose between Love and Love is difficult..

Perhaps, Reality is the Dream of both..

Perhaps, we are only the Dreams of the Dreamer...


-thomas

Alison Krauss & Shawn Colvin - Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer

' The idea of Enlightenment '...


”The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance.

Just to know that there is such possibility, changes one's entire outlook.

It acts like a burning match in a heap of saw dust.

All the great teachers did nothing else.

A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies.

The opposite is also true.

The sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification with the body."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The release of identity '...


“The mind wants to land, to fixate, to hold a concept, but the only way you can be really free is by not fixating.

That’s part of true maturity, and it’s one of the hardest things for spiritual people who have had true and profound revelations to go through – to accept the degree of surrender needed to literally let go of all experience and all self-reference.

Even in great revelations, there is almost always something that wants to claim, ‘I am this.’ Every time you claim, ‘I am this,’ you just claimed another sense perception, thought, emotion, or feeling.

Eventually, when you go through this enough times, the mind gets it on the deepest level and lets go completely.

When the mind lets go, you always know who and what you are, even though you can’t define or describe it or even think about it. You just know it by being it. This is the ultimate release of identity and separateness.”


~ Adyashanti

' A Blessed Reality '...


Those who have experienced a glimpse of this blessed Reality or, better, established themselves in it,

may share its atmosphere with others in silent communion.

But on a lesser level, they may also share with them in phrased speech the thoughts it provokes.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 7: After the Glimpse > # 210 Paul Brunton

' Don't be afraid of mistakes '...


”Behave as best you know, do what you think you should.

Don't be afraid of mistakes; you can always correct them, only intentions matter.

The shape things take is not within your power; the motives of your actions are.."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' How do we not see it ? '...


...."the Way stands clear and undisguised".

How could it be anything else?

It's as clear as the fact that you have two hands and two feet. Or, as Bodhidharma said, "My eyes are horizontal; my nose vertical".

The curious and interesting question is: How do we not see it?

What do we do moment to moment to somehow manage to not see what's right in front of us?

Affirming Faith in Mind is full of answers to this question. The first suggestion is to examine your preferences. Wanting and not wanting, desiring and despising, attachment and aversion-these highly addictive components of the thinking mind set the ball rolling.

Like a cat chasing it's own tail, "we endlessly circle the six worlds". For most this process continues unnoticed until the last breath. It's a process of endless becoming more or less-the great self improvement project of being "me". How can we be free from this endless cycle of becoming?


-Hsin Hsin Ming

' The Ego '...


Give the ego back to the Overself and then the Overself will use it as it should be used--in harmony with the cosmic laws of being.

This means that the welfare of all others in contact with the ego will be considered as well as the ego's own.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 2: Inspiration > # 49 Paul Brunton


Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens, Festival de Viña del Mar 2015, Somos el Canal H...

' Reincarnation '...


”There is no compulsion [to be reborn].

You get what you want.

You make your own plans and you carry them out.

We grow through investigation, and to investigate we need experience.

We tend to repeat what we have not understood."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Three Primordial Wisdoms '...


"We are something like a crystal ball (behind the eyes). If there is a crystal ball, from the beginning it was pure and clear—that is the quality of a crystal ball."

"In the same way, we have our real quality in our three primordial wisdoms—Essence, Nature, and Energy. We are being in that knowledge. In this case, we are like a crystal ball that never changes its nature, quality, or essence.

There is nothing to change or develop. Yet it can integrate in any circumstance. You can put a crystal ball on a red table and the ball looks red; on a green base, it appears green; on a multicolored base, multicolored."

"The crystal ball itself never changes..


-Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

' Appear the opposites '...


The point which appears in space is a point of light.

It spreads and spreads and spreads and becomes the World-Mind.

God has emerged out of Godhead.

And out of the World-Mind the world itself emerges--not all at once, but in various stages.

From that great light come all other and lesser lights, come the suns and the planets, the galaxies, the universes, and all the mighty hosts of creatures small and great, of beings just beginning to sense and others fully conscious, aware, wise.

And with the world appear the opposites, the dual principle which can be detected everywhere in Nature, the yin and yang of Chinese thought.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind > Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 48
-- Perspectives > Chapter 27: World-Mind > # 18 Paul Brunton

' Karma '...


”Karma is only a store of unspent energies, of unfulfilled desires, and fears not understood.

The store is being constantly replenished by new desires and fears.

It need not be so forever.

Understand the root cause of your fears-estrangement from yourself;

and of desires -the longing for the self,

and your karma will dissolve like a dream."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Watch your thoughts '...


“I am the body” is a thought.
“I am the mind” is a thought.
“I am the doer” is a thought.
Worry is only a thought.
Fear is only a thought.
Death is only a thought.
Watch your thoughts,
Give attention to your thoughts.

Just by giving attention to your thoughts and letting them go,
they lose the ability to convince you about anything or make
you suffer. What used to feel like a rope earlier is now only
a burnt rope. It has no power.


- Sri Ramana Maharshi

' The practice itself '...


The moment for departure from the Long Path is signaled by the full realization that all that he has

really gained from practising its disciplines is only the practice itself, not the newer consciousness

to which they were supposed to lead him.



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

Celtic song 'The Parting'

' Without self-concern '...


”Learn to live without self-concern.

For this you must know your own true being (swarupa) as indomitable, fearless, ever victorious.

Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination,

you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone."


- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Young Dervish '...


Junaid had a young dervish he loved very much, and his older
dervishes became jealous. They could not understand what the sheikh
saw in the young man. One day, Junaid told all his dervishes to buy
a chicken in the marketplace and then kill the chicken. However,
they had to kill the chicken where no one could see them. They were
to return by sundown at the latest.

One by one the dervishes returned to the sheikh, each with a
slaughtered chicken under his arm. Finally, when the sun went down,
the young derivsh returned, with a live chicken still squawking and
struggling. The older dervishes all laughed and whispered among
themselves that the young man couldn't even carry out his sheikh's
orders!

Junaid asked each of the dervishes to describe how they carried out
his instructions. The first man back said that he had gone out and
purchased the chicken, then returned home, locked the door, closed
the curtains over all the windows, and then killed the chicken. The
second dervish said that he returned home with his chicken, locked
his door and pulled the curtains, and then he took the chicken into a
dark closet, but he blindfolded himself, so he himself could not see
the slaughtering. Another dervish went into the a dark deserted area
of the forest to sacrifice his chicken. Another went into a pitch
black cave.

Finally, it was the young man's turn. He hung his head, embarrassed
that he could not follow his sheikh's instructions. "I brought the
chicken into my house, but everywhere in the house there was a
Presence. I went into the most deserted parts of the forest, but the
Presence was still with me. Even in the darkest caves, the Presence
was still there. There was no place I could go where I was not seen."

Sheikh Muzaffer
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager


' Wakeful and Sleep worlds '...


The adept not only knows when asleep that his dream-world is only mental,

but he also knows when awake that his wakeful-world is also mental.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 3: The States of Consciousness > # 43
Paul Brunton


Looking For An Echo - Kenny Vance

' Suffering is a call for enquiry '...


”Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable.

You are not.

Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that.

There is no other way out of misery, which you have created for yourself through blind acceptance without investigation.

Suffering is a call for enquiry, all pain needs investigation.

Don't be lazy to think."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Grace may Manifest '...


Grace may be willed and yet not manifest; may not even be thought of, and yet manifest.

Someone hears the sound of a sage's voice, and lo!

he begins to feel an inner glow without the sage seeking to do anything or knowing what is occurring.


-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 5: Grace > # 52 Paul Brunton

' The Essence of Love '...


"Please understand that this love of which I speak is not exclusive in that it does not exclude other experiences of love. Friendship love, marriage love, and many other kinds of love have their own way of being and moving through the world.

But I'm talking about the essence itself, the essence that is within all the flavors of love. This is the real spiritual love, which is a deep unspoken connectedness. Only this love has the power to transform our relationship to being alive, our relationship with each other, and our relationship with the world. This love is timeless. This love is uncontained.

Many times when people are awakening to this love, they will tell me, 'Adya, it's just too much for me - it's going to tear me apart.' Ridiculous! Too much for you? You're transparent. You are empty. It just goes through you and beyond. Through you and beyond! It's only when you hold yourself in a particular way that it feels like too much. You are holding an idea of your personal boundary, your edge, and of course you can't contain it. Love was never meant to be contained."


~ Adyashanti
Berkeley, California: September 2002

' The Tao '...


In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In conflict, be fair and generous.

In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.



- Tao Te Ching

' A Pre-Determined Unfolding '...


Physicist David Bohm describes the universe and our lives being like unrolling a carpet that has all kinds of people, scenes and designs already woven into it.

Our experiences are the unrolling of the already finished carpet in which all the events are already complete and are woven permanently into its fibers. We are simply unrolling a completed future in every moment of time. The people in the woven designs have no ability to influence each other as their movements are already woven into the unfolding carpet.

This is much like the past, present and future of the universe as a completed movie reel that is simply playing forward as our consciousness unfolding from moment to moment.


-Jackson Peterson:

' Meeting God Alone '...


Far from the arguments of mind-narrowed men, he will find himself without a supporting group in the end.

He is to meet God alone, for all his attention is to be held--so fully that there is nothing and no one else.

Thus the three become two, who in turn become the One, which it always is.

Truth is no longer needed; its seeker has vanished.

The great Silent Timelessness reigns.




-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You >
Chapter 4: Seek the Deeper Stillness > # 61
Paul Brunton

' I exist '...


At the phenomenal level the only thing that is not a
concept is this knowledge which every single human
being,

every single sentient being at every time in
history, has known: I exist, I Am in this moment,
here and now.



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

' Non-duality '...


The term nonduality remains a sound in the air when heard, a visual image when read.

Without the key of mentalism it remains just that.

How many Vedanta students and, be it said, teachers interpret it aright?

And that is to understand there are no two separate entities--a thing and also the thought of it.

The thing is in mind, is a projection of mind as the thought.

This is nonduality, for mind is not apart from what comes from and goes back into it.

As with things, so with bodies and worlds.

All appear along with the ultimately cosmic but immediately individual thought of them.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 25
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 8 Paul Brunton

' Be serene '...


The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing in excess.

Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.

Be serene in the oneness of things and such
erroneous views will disappear by themselves.


-Hsin Hsin Ming

Sri Lanka Buddhist song ශ්‍රී සම්බුද්ධ රාජා වඳිම් !!! SRI SAMBUDDA RAJA...

' The Ripeness of Heart '...


”If the seeker is earnest, the light can be given.

The light is for all and always there, but the seekers are few, and among those few, those who are ready are very rare.

Ripeness of heart and mind is indispensable."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Identity '...


Our actual true nature is an empty awareness that has no location in space or time, and nothing can improve it or damage it, it’s like vast empty space with no personal characteristics. It’s the emptiness from which and in which, all appearances appear.

The mind always has some kind of material or spiritual identity that it defines itself by. If one has the least identification with a body, a subtle body or a spiritual form, or personal self; then to that degree that dreamed and fictional identity will suffer. Our Natural State has no material identity or location in the universe of space and time. Our Natural State is not caught up in an identity of its own making, its not caught up in anything. How can an infinitely empty space that doesn’t move get caught up in anything?

As the Natural State, you are the “context” in which all thoseholographic dream characters appear. They are no more real than the drawn characters in a cartoon playing on television. The mind draws and paints all those fictional players in the dream.

Any concern about what happens to “your” personal body or mind is a manifestation of identification. It’s not resolved by “you” becoming free of all identities, because that “you” is a momentary and impermanent, holographic projection arising from and within the pure and unchanging Emptiness that you actually always are.

The cognitive qualities of your Natural State are its knowing awareness. Seeing and hearing is the Natural State seeing and hearing . Is seeing and hearing occurring as experience already? Yes? Welcome home!


-Jackson Peterson

' The Real '...


The Real, as the ultimate source of all knowing and feeling beings, cannot itself be unknowing and unfeeling.

We could not deny consciousness to It without denying consciousness to man.

But being absolute and infinite it does not know and feel in the same limited way which confines the knowledge and feelings of finite humans.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 1: What Is God? > # 34
Paul Brunton

' The garment of time '...


We came here to taste delusion and then to transcend
it.

It is as though consciousness, which is pure in nature,
created a game of seeming imperfection in order to have
the experience of transcending it all.

All this life is a play
of transience.

Everything is impermanent, even though
it is divine.

But what you are is timeless.

Each one is
only a manifestation of the presence of God wearing
the garment of time.


- Mooji