What would happen if you found that you were not a god or goddess ?..
What would happen if you found out that you were really just another dream ?..
The idea of the loss of ego is painful for those that seek survival..
The god or goddess that screams yin and yang are only visions of reality..
Reality contains no ego called god or goddess..
Reality only contains a Dreamer that swims in Love..
There is no name for this Voice..
In Reality, We are this Voice...
Morality is the attunement of oneself to the atmosphere
one finds oneself in at any time.
It is always changing with
the evolutionary process to which the individual is subject.
Morality is relative from place to place, time to time, but the
necessity for morality is absolute.
- Swami Krishnananda
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Facets of Spirituality
Complied by S. Bhagyalakshmi
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1986
People tie themselves to some one man, living or dead, and worship him.
Yet he is outside themselves, and the divine is within themselves.
They contemplate his form, surrender to his personality, refuse to look within.
As long as they do this, so long does the Consciousness elude them.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 94
When there is identification with thought, the mind is trying to figure life out conceptually. It creates belief systems out of fear of the unknown. It defends its beliefs and tries to convince others that its beliefs are right. Identification with thought creates and maintains separation.
What the dualistic mind is ultimately doing is defending and strengthening a “me” that is based in fear. The mind rationalizes, justifies, blames, analyzes, and judges life as it is happening in some attempt to gain control and knowledge about what is happening. The mind believes that, in controlling, resisting, and knowing, the “me” will survive.
The “me” is a dream..
It stays alive only through constant identification with thought and emotion. The incessant mind activity keeps feelings from being felt directly. For example, in the moment a fearful thought arises, the actual fear in the body isn’t felt. When the fear isn’t felt, it fuels more thoughts about the future including about what will happen or how a scenario will turn out.
In liberation, identification with thought is gone. The “me” illusion is seen through. Therefore, the incessant movement to rationalize, justify, blame, analyze, believe, and judge dies. There is a freedom to feel directly whatever emotions arise without having to “think” them away. When there is a freedom to feel emotions directly, those emotions do not accumulate over time. They come and go freely. There is no “me” to hold onto them.
-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment
"Does a happy man seek happiness?
How restless people are, how constantly on the move!
It is because they are in pain that they seek relief in pleasure.
All the happiness they can imagine is in assurance of repeated pleasure."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You are the One which is aware
of the awareness of objects and ideas.
You are the One that is even more silent than awareness.
You are the Life which precedes the concept of life.
Your nature is silence and it is not attainable,
It always Is.
You are Emptiness, the ultimate Substance:
removing Emptiness out of Emptiness
leaves only Emptiness because there is nothing beyond It.
Emptiness is between "is" and "is not"
and nothing is out of this Emptiness so it is the Fullness.
To be Free, you need the firm conviction
that you are this Substratum, this Peace, this Emptiness.
All rises from,
dances about in,
and returns to
As Ocean rises as a wave to dance,
so you are this Dancing Emptiness!
When we, human beings, through our most enlightened representatives, look for the highest principle of being, life, existence, consciousness--the Supreme Power, the Origin of all Substance, the ultimate Deity, in fact--we find It is one and the same thing looked at from different human standpoints.
It is nameless but we may call it, Mind.
There is no point where we can come into contact with It for It transcends everything, every human capacity.
When we look for It in relation to the universe which includes us, we may call It World-Mind, or in religious terminology, God.
Here there is real possibility of a contact, for in our innermost self the connection is already there.
-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 2:
Our Relation To the Absolute > # 94
Structure and compliance are a manner of mind-control..
This subject is not spoken of..
The contract that you sign within organizations color your future..
To find Reality and Truth, you must be alone..
Enter the desert as Jesus or under a tree in a jungle as Gautama..
There must be no other voices..
To be alone is to be within God..
The ego always seeks an audience..
Aloneness is a one-man act...
To know the endgame is sorrowful..
Half a million slaves left to serve gods..
But, the negative entities do not understand Consciousness..
Consciousness is the Mind of Love..
Love is the Energy of non-division..
Once the seeker has found the treasure,
the seeker becomes the observer..
To observe the mind is to rule the mind..
If you can watch the mind,
You are not the mind...
Could the way we eat breakfast or drink a cup of tea actually touch and affect the war in Syria or Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un or the changing climate or the lives of the animals on factory farms?
To the thinking mind, that sounds like a ridiculous idea, and to the hardcore political activist struggling to change the world, it sounds like the worst kind of spiritual nonsense.
But I’ve certainly experienced in my own life how everything is transformed by attention or by awareness, which is the light behind attention, and I’m guessing most of you have experienced this as well. And when we truly realize the seamlessness and the unbroken wholeness of everything, doesn’t it become obvious that when any one of us wakes up, in a very real sense, the whole world wakes up? Is it possible that simple acts of attention actually touch, heal and inform the entire world?
I’m certainly not saying in some facile way that if everyone who reads my Facebook page gazes with total attention at a flower for the next hour, that this will bring about world peace. But when we really see that the world is not “out there,” that it doesn’t have any inherent, observer-independent existence outside of consciousness; and when we realize that every one of us sees a unique world, and that each of these worlds is an ever-changing appearance; and when we really see that “the others” are all showing up inside this awareness that I Am, that “I” contain multitudes, that we all refer to the same “I” beyond name and form, and that, like the jewels in Indra’s Net, we are all reflections of one another, empty of self and full of everything else—when all of this is truly seen or grokked, isn’t it obvious that when any one of us wakes up, in a very real sense, the whole world wakes up?
This realization in no way cancels out relative reality. In the movie of waking life, we will still (apparently) need to change a flat tire, take out the garbage, do our food shopping, earn a living, and do whatever we are moved to do to take care of our self, our family, our community, our nation, and/or the world as a whole.
But what I am suggesting here is that we shouldn’t undervalue or discount the power of simple acts of presence, simple acts of attention: feeling the breathing, mindfully drinking a cup of tea, feeling the bare sensations of a disturbing emotion or the pure energy of restlessness, listening to the traffic sounds, hearing the song of the bird—being fully awake to the sounds, sights, smells and tastes of this moment, just as it is.
Awareness is unconditional love. When we meet any single drop with unconditional love, we are meeting the whole ocean with that love. We are that love. And in that love, separation is dissolved—ocean and drop, seer and seen, lover and beloved are one whole happening without borders or seams. No separation remains. No independent “things” remain. We see that, truly, no-thing is happening.
Is it possible that the greatest gift we can offer to ourselves, our family, our community, our nation, the world and all beings is to start by waking up here and now, being fully present in THIS moment, right now, just as it is? Here / Now is timeless (eternal, infinite, ever-present). There is no end and no beginning to Now. In awareness, it is clear that there are no boundaries, that what happens to you, happens to me.
From awakeness (awareness, presence, unconditional love), action happens much more intelligently than when it comes out of old habitual conditioning and mindless reactivity rooted in the false sense of separation and dualism. Awareness is the great solvent. It dissolves illusions and enlightens what it touches. It is what we all truly are. It is at the core of every sensation, every sight, every sound, every apparent happening. It is what “the world” truly is. Awareness is the no-thing-ness being and beholding everything.
What I’m pointing to here is not a concept or an idea or a belief. I’m pointing to what is most real, most undeniable, most true, right here, right now.
- Joan Tollifson
For incarnate man the cosmic dream is always going on. This is also the case for the sage. But he has the knowledge of what is happening and the power to intromit it one step further back.
We are all in this dream which is itself the product of, and hidden within, a greater dream.
Is God, the Dreamer, then asleep?
This is the mystery:
that he is both awake and asleep at the same time.
How can man's tiny mind understand such a thing?
Of course not.
Let him be still and seek not to carry his profane curiosity into the Holy of Holies.
In the end it shall be as if he were never existent, but this cannot be the same as death.
For the dream--of which he is a part--goesback into the Dreamer, into the Living God.
-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 235 Paul Brunton
Those, that are still asleep will envision personalities of holograms..
The harps, await those that believe in an old man on a throne..
Reality, demands attention..
As long as you sleep, you will continue to dream..
The Awakening or what others will call, Enlightenment is Awakening..
You find yourself upon a fence..
Do not fear,, Truth is the state of Love..
Walk forward, even if fear is your companion..
The Truth is within you,
all you have to do,
Wake Up ...
Humanity’s awakening process is proceeding apace, more rapidly and effectively than we had thought possible. And this is because so many of you are setting the intent daily to be only loving and then following through on that intent in almost every situation that arises in your daily lives. You are all to be congratulated for your sterling efforts in making the awakening process work. The chaos and conflict worldwide, not to mention the confusion that is arising, signify that the foundations underpinning the illusion are indeed collapsing and that there is no way that they can be rebuilt or repaired.
The illusion’s days are coming to an end as more and more of you choose not to buy into the system of competitive and destructive game playing that it has constantly presented to humanity as the only sane way to live on Earth. Ever increasing numbers of you are seeing and realizing how insane are the systems and rules of the utterly deceitful game playing that have been ongoing and encouraged within the illusion over the eons. Your awareness of this is nudging you most effectively toward awakening, because you are extremely tired of playing these games in which there are only losers.
Yes, it does seem, if you look solely at the material benefits that can be achieved by playing these games, that there are a few wealthy and powerful individual winners who run the world, leaving the majority of humanity suffering and impoverished. But the world of competitive materialism is unreal and lasts but an instant for the winners. In the grand scheme of things a human life is lived for only an extremely short period of time, and then the body is laid to rest. What was seemingly achieved materially, often at great apparent cost, is lost instantly, and in that moment of human death it becomes very clear indeed that in fact nothing was achieved, and nothing was lost!
The honors that are often awarded to important or well-known humans after they have died are truly meaningless, whereas the honors that are awarded from the heavenly realms are eternal. And the vast majority of humans are most highly honored in the spiritual realms for choosing to incarnate on Earth at this moment, because they were all fully aware that it could and would be a very painful experience for much of the time. Yes, there are moments of joy and happiness, but they are only brief because the issues of life as a human, presented by the illusory environment that most humans inhabit, demand enormous amounts of energy from each individual in order just to stay alive. Deep within themselves each human knows that life should not be filled with pain and suffering, and that pain and suffering, that sense of separation and abandonment, leads quickly to rage or anger due to the fear that this human life is all that is available, and that it will be followed inevitably by death . . . where judgment, blame, and punishment may well be meted out! Not a very happy prospect, so rage that this might be the truth is totally understandable.
Rage and anger are separating devices, devices that encourage you to avoid close and intimate relationships. But it is only through close and intimate relationships that you will awaken and return Home. Home is God, is Source, is Love, and in that state there is no room for even the slightest amount of anything that is not in perfect alignment with Love. Anything that is at all unloving blocks Love from the heart, holds It off, refuses to allow It to enter. And Love only enters by invitation because It always honors the freedom and intent of the one on whom It is calling.
However, as the life aspects or attitudes of anger, rage, a sense of separation, and an intense sense of fear are completely unreal they will dissolve. But those who engage with them, mainly out of fear, along with the intense sense that they are unsafe unless they build powerful defenses behind which they can seek protection, can hold onto those “protective attitudes” for a very long time, even through many human lifetimes.
Eventually they will open to Love. It is impossible not to because each is One with It. You and God are One, and you cannot hide indefinitely from thatmost wondrous Self. And all exist at One with God. Therefore even those most intensely embedded within the illusion, and most enthusiastically playing the games of divide and conquer available there, will allow Love into their hearts eventually as the games and the illusion dissolve leaving them no other option. And what a glorious option that is!
Truly Life is a state of eternal joy, and the “little life” that you experience as humans is far removed from that. You are Real, Reality is where you have your eternal existence, enveloped and enfolded within the divine field of Love that is All That Exists. Hence the statement made in many enlightened holy books: “God Is.” Nothing else needs to be said.
Nevertheless, for humans that is just a rather puzzling and perhaps meaningless statement because as humans you are forever doing and worrying and preparing and planning, and to “just be” without activity of some kind makes no sense to you. It is a paradox that can only be understood by knowing It. God Is and so are You, and when you return Home – although of course you have never left Home because there is nowhere that you could go – full knowing and understanding, full consciousness will awaken within you, returning you to that state of infinite and eternal joy which you temporarily hid from yourselves as you played your games of separation and fear.
That temporary moment of insanity is coming to an end as the Tsunami of Love – the ceaseless call to you all from Mother/Father/God/Source/Love – finally awakens you from your seemingly endless dreams and nightmares to be One once more with All That Is. That is your natural state, the only state possible, and all that has been distracting you for eons will fall away and dissolve as though it had never been because, of course, it never has.
God created You perfect, and that has never changed. An unreal thought occurred to you and you engaged with it, rather thoughtlessly, and so the illusion appeared to come into existence. You have been distracted from Reality by it for these seeming eons of time while you engaged with it with your severely limited human abilities and convinced yourselves that it was reality. A place where you had to struggle and fight for survival, while acknowledging that in the end the struggle was futile, because into your human bodies you had implanted an unalterable time switch or clock that started to run down immediately, leading to inevitable decay and death – the term you use frequently today in your material environment is planned obsolescence! That is why your fear arose, because, obviously, death is the end, the termination point – SEPARATION!
For One who is One with God to even dream of being separated is terrifying. Yet you engaged with that thought of the impossible so intently that it seemed to overwhelm you and place you in an environment that contained all that was not Love.
Rejoice, because there is only Love, and that is where you have your endless and eternal existence, forever at one with God, and that never has and never will change. You will awaken into Reality, and fear and all its many disguises and companions will be gone as though they had never existed, which, of course, they haven’t. Complete and utter joy awaits your awakening. I know because that is where I am, and shortly you will all join with me there.
Your loving brother, Jesus.
- Through the consciousness of John Smallman
"The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing.
Death gives freedom and power.
To be free in the world, you must die to the world.
Then the universe is your own, it becomes your body, an expression and a tool.
The happiness of being absolutely free is beyond description.
On the other hand, he who is afraid of freedom cannot die."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"I'm here. I'm always here.
Even when I'm 'there', I'm here.
I can't get away from here.
Even when I try to escape here, I find
Once I even managed to arrive 'there', but then I took a
fresh look, and I was still here.
Here follows me wherever I go.
always here, wherever I am.
Hmm. Perhaps I am here.
I mean, perhaps I
Perhaps here is what I actually am.
That's why I'm always
Philosophy rejects decisively all those Vedantic pantheistic notions and Western mystical naïveties which would deify man and identify him with God.
It asserts that the phrases in which these beliefs are embodied, such as the Indian "That thou art,"
the Persian "I am God," and the medieval European "union with God," are exaggerations of the truth,
which is that God is immanent in us,
that through realization of our higher self we become more like God,
but that God never ceases to be the Unattainable, the Incomprehensible.
-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 1: Their Meeting and Interchange > # 150
True prayer means not solicitation but communion.
Prayer is communion in the same sense as that in true meditation there is neither a meditator nor anything meditated upon.
To die now to every moment and every experience is the death that is ETERNITY ITSELF.
-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
To be aware is to be awake.
Unaware means asleep.
are aware anyhow, you need not try to be.
What you need
is to be aware of being aware.
Be aware deliberately and
consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness.
You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not
aware of yourself as being conscious.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
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"I Am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Acorn Press, 1973
All is Consciousness, therefore, We and the flow and frequency of Love is also Consciousness ..
Because of my own experience within the Light of Consciousness, the flow of Love flowed through and from this Divine Consciousness..
The state of Love is the experience of surrendering the desire for existence within a manifestation of separation from Reality..
To find ' Your Self ', you must lose ' your self '..
"Every prophet and every saint has a way,
but it leads to God:
all the ways are really one."
"Description of Unification
The Mathnawi of Jalaluddin Rumi, I.3086
Translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
London: Cambridge University Press, Vol. II, p. 168
It is the soul speaking truth to the intellect out of its larger range of life.
Its voice is best and easiest heard when the consciousness is turned inward away from the sense-existence and brought as near to stillness as we can make it.
-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 2: Inspiration > # 125 paul brunton
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..
The sense of LOVE which is the essence of Consciousness gets turned into love for material objects when Consciousness identifies with the things it manifests.
This attachment toward things of the world falls off only when there is clear understanding of our True Nature.
The identified man takes part in things and suffers.
The unidentified man merely watches the spectacle.
The identified man tries to understand truth while the unidentified man experiences it.
-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
"The pure mind sees things as they are--bubbles in consciousness.
These bubbles are appearing, disappearing and re-appearing, without having real being.
No particular cause can be ascribed to them, for each is caused by all and affects all.
Each bubble is a body and all these bodies are mine."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
All judging of others creates an implied hierarchy into which a personal "you" struggles to fit in.
Discrimination, however, is simply noticing the apparent distinctions between things without adding anything else to your observations.
In the end, though, absolutely everything must be welcomed by you with an open and non-resistant heart.
Heaven and Earth are separated only by the differences, no matter how slight, that you see between "what is" and what you think "should" be instead.
- Chuck Hillig
"Ask not that events should happen as you will,
but let your will be that events should happen as they do,
and you shall have peace."
in Epictetus: The Discourses and Manual [Enchiridion], Together With Fragments of His Writings
Translated by P. E. Matheson
Oxford: The Clarendon Press. 1916, p. 470, at sacred-texts.com
"I am the eternal Beloved, drawing the infinite number of lovers to Myself in infinite ways. So they have experiences of innumerable types; they have to pass through endless stages. However, for the sake of intellectual understanding, these can be broadly divided into the following three stages:
"The first is the stone stage. One feels unconsciously drawn toward God or the God-Man. Here, the initiative is entirely with me. One feels attracted to me as a particle of iron to the magnet.
"The second is the worm stage. Herein the mind constantly wriggles like a worm. The person worships me, yet sometimes disbelieves me. He adores me; he distrust me! Doubts and devotion go together. The pull of love, however, prevails in the end. In this phase, various types of impressions are executed.
"The third is the dog stage. The dog has absolute faith in the master. He just moves with his master here, there, anywhere. In a sense, he has no will of his own. He only knows to follow the master without ifs and buts. Once a lover arrives at this stage, he is blessed."
in Bal Natu
Glimpses Of The God-Man
Myrtle Beach, SC: Sheriar Press, 1977, Vol. 1, p. 304
Different terms can be used to label this unique attainment.
It is insight, awakening, enlightenment.
It is Being, Truth, Consciousness.
It is Discrimination between the Seer and the Seen.
It is awareness of That Which Is.
It is the Practice of the Presence of God.
It is the Discovery of Timelessness.
All these words tell us something but they all fall short and do not tell us enough.
In fact they are only hints for farther they cannot go: it is not on their level at all since it is the Touch of the Untouchable.
But never mind; just play with such ideas if you care too.
Ruminate and move among them.
Put your heart as well as head into the game.
Who knows one day what may happen?
Perhaps if you become still enough you too may know--as the Bible suggests.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 5: Self-Development > # 172
No matter what the appearance,
there is perfection,
harmony and happiness
wherever one is,
wherever he goes,
whatever he is doing or not doing.
Perfection is no more present in one spot than another.
Tranquillity does not reside more in one place than another.
One does not have to seek out the quiet places
mountain trails, meadows and mill ponds
to find the "peace that passeth understanding."
While the world rushes to other places for recreation,
we have a place right where we are
a secret refuge wherein we find the end of sorrow and tribulation, where there is rest from every effort.
Where is this wonderous place?
Within the Self within, within.
All the while, peace has been closer than breathing,
closer than fingers and toes,
here and now within us,
not out there at all.
All the while,
Peace has been the Identity we are.
-The above William Samuel quotes are from the book
Experience Your Perfect Soul.
Pei owned a bird that
He wanted to set free.
He opened its door
But the bird did not move.
Wu Hsin told Pei
A caged bird is not freed merely by
Opening the door.
Until the fear of the unknown subsides,
Until the desire arises
To fly away,
The bird remains where it is,
Preferring the known
To the unknown.
~ Wu Hsin
The ego is a collection of thoughts circulating around a fixed but empty centre.
If the habits of many, many reincarnations had not given them such strength and persistence, they could be voided.
The reality--MIND--could then reveal Itself.
-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego >
Chapter 2: I-thought > # 37
Just offer your existence to existence.
Such a request
goes very deep into the very heart of Truth.
things are uttered with any kind of genuineness, they go
into its very soul.
When you give your Heart, you receive
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn't seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
He is present, and can welcome all things.
-Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching chapter 15
Why is it that so many people are so unaware of their own higher existence?
The answer is that their faculty of awareness itself is that spiritual existence.
Whatever they know, people know through the consciousness within them.
That in them which knows anything is their divine element.
The power of knowing--whether it be a thought that is known, a complex of thoughts such as memories, a thing such as a landscape--is a divine power for it derives from the higher self which they possess.
-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism >
Chapter 2: The World As Mental > # 136
'Falling in Love' is the Mystical Experience..
We use these three words so that you will seek the Thought of non-separation..
Upon the separation of egoic desire, Darkness is the tunnel traveled through..
This is the 'True' meaning of 'Falling in love '..
When the tunnel ends, Light Begins..
This state of Consciousness is called Creator of Dreams..
The humorous part of this paragraph is that You are already Home..
The problem is that You are still sleeping...
"You are all drenched for it is raining hard.
In my world it is always fine weather.
There is no night or day, no heat or cold.
No worries beset me there, nor regrets.
My mind is free of thoughts,
for there are no desires to slave for."
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Thinking can, ordinarily, only produce more thoughts.
Even thinking about truth, about reality, however correct it be, shares this limitation.
But if properly instructed it will know its place and understand the situation, with the consequence that at the proper moment it will make no further effort, and will seek to merge into meditation.
When the merger is successfully completed, a holy silence will pervade the consciousness which remains.
Truth will then be revealed of its own accord.
-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 2: Our Relation To the Absolute > # 111
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 4 - Paul Brunton
The fresh morning air being breathed into the lungs effortlessly, leaves falling from trees onto the driveway and the grass, a chilly wind blowing through the hair. Isn’t autumn beautiful? But isn’t the word “autumn” just another leaf falling from a tree, another temporary form arising and falling in ‘This’—the utter mystery we call life .
Enjoy the trees, the leaves, the driveway, the grass, the wind, the hair, and the thought “autumn.” These ‘things’ are coming and going. Nothing to hold onto, not even the word “mystery.” It arises and falls. Nothing is yours. “You” are just one of the forms arising and falling.
To a mind looking to hold onto these forms, what is being said here can be frightening. Actually, it is totally liberating. Each moment is totally fresh and new. The past is gone. Notice the mind’s tendency to hang onto some past moment. Notice its tendency to search for something in the future. The past and future are just thoughts, just leaves. There is nothing to grab onto. Nowhere to land.
Instead of grasping onto the temporary forms, ask yourself: What is here? What is it that is always looking at the coming and going? When a concept arises as if to answer that question, know that even that concept is coming and going. That is the mystery.
-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment
As water is serene when free of ripples, so is the mind serene
when free of thought, when it is passive and fully receptive.
When quiet, the mind reflects Reality.
motionless, it dissolves and only Reality remains.
- Ramesh S. Balsekar
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"A Net of Jewels"
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Advaita Press, 1996
"All states of mind, all names and forms of existence are rooted in non-enquiry, non-investigation, in imagination and credulity.
It is right to say "I am," but to say "I am this," "I am that" is a sign of not enquiring, not examining, of mental weakness or lethargy."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
What is the key to the Short Path?
It is threefold.
First, stop searching for the Overself since it follows you wherever you go.
Second, believe in its Presence, with and within you.
Third, keep on trying to understand its truth until you can abandon further thoughts about it.
You cannot acquire what is already here.
So drop the ego's false idea and affirm the real one.
-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 1: Entering the Short Path > # 92
-- Perspectives > Chapter 23: Advanced Contemplation > # 6 - Paul Brunton
The reason it takes so long to become self-realized and become free is you're looking to do something and in truth there is absolutely nothing to do.
There is nothing to do to become free and liberated - What is there to do?
If you say, "I have to try", you're saying the hallucination has to try.
Thinking that this is the truth and you have to identify with something to become higher.
All you have to do is remain still, that is all.
Remain quiet, still. Nothing to do. Nothing to become.
If you try to become something you get caught in the world of cause and effect and you will have all kinds of problems.
But if you've made the mind still and quiet then there is no-one to identify with anything and you become free.
You don't become free, you awaken to the freedom that you already are. Ponder this.
~ Robert Adams
Although the aspirant has now awakened to his witness-self, found his "soul," and thus lifted himself far above the mass of mankind, he has not yet accomplished the full task set him by life.
A further effort still awaits his hand. He has yet to realize that the witness-self is only a part of the All-self.
So his next task is to discover that he is not merely the witness of the rest of existence but essentially of one stuff with it.
He has, in short, by further meditations to realize his oneness with the entire universe in its real being.
He must now meditate on his witness-self as being in its essence the infinite All.
Thus the ultramystic exercises are graded into two stages, the second being more advanced than the first.
The banishment of thoughts reveals the inner self whereas the reinstatement of thoughts without losing the newly gained consciousness reveals the All-inclusive universal self. The second feat is the harder.
-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 88
-- Perspectives > Chapter 23: Advanced Contemplation > # 42 -Paul Brunton
The ego naturally fears the inevitability of death because it means its own destruction.
Yet deep down, man always knows with intuitive conviction that he is really immortal, and it is for this reason that he is always seeking, consciously or unconsciously, his true nature.
At a certain level of magnification the various cells of an organism appear to be engaged in a fierce and ruthless battle for individual survival.
Yet if the organism as a whole is observed at a different level of magnification, it is clearly seen that what appears as conflict at the lower level is indeed harmony at the higher level.
And so it is with the ceaseless flow of energy passing through infinitely diverse patterns, expressing the rhythm and unity of Life throughout the changing myriad's of forms in the manifest universe, for which the illusory individual ego has unnecessarily and mistakenly assumed the burden of concern.
-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
You are not responsible for the quality of your thoughts.
As you go deeper and pass the many layers of human consciousness and reach for the Center within, you will pass through many rooms.
Do not get caught in morbid curiosity and concern yourself with the strange things you may see.
There is nothing original as these objects are like ancient ghosts with no substance.
Nevertheless, if you believe in these things and rest your attention upon them, they become illuminated; a grave mistake.
Therefore, always be swift and keep laser focus straight up the middle.
It is a state of pure intelligence but without the working of the intellectual and ideational process.
Its product may be named intuition.
There are no automatically conceived ideas present in it, no habitually followed ways of thinking.
It is pure, clear, stillness.
-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself > Chapter 3: The Overself's Presence > # 204
-- Perspectives > Chapter 22: Inspiration and the Overself > # 15 - Paul Brunton
So many masters of mysticism speak of this location called Love..
The thinking humans seek this location..
This spice of Reality exists within all thoughts..
The word 'Love' is not understood within the egoic mind..
The word 'Love' refers to the time of Now..
The word 'Love' walks to the act of surrender of desire..
This rediculous desire to be separate from the Mother and Father of Dreaming..
It is late upon a sunday night,
tomorrow will offer many challenges for mind..
Therefore, let our minds be open for learning...
"Ignorance conceals the pre-existent Knowledge just as the water plants cover the surface of a pond. Clear away the plants and you have the water. You don't have to create it; it is already there.
Or take another example — a cataract grows on the eye and prevents a man from seeing: remove the cataract and he sees. Ignorance is the cataract.
*Jnana* (Knowledge) is not something to be attained. It is eternal and self-existent.
On the other hand, ignorance has a cause and an end. The root of it is the idea that the devotee is separate from God. Remove that and what remains is *Jnana*."
Sai Baba of Shirdi
in Arthur Osborne
The Incredible Sai Baba
(London: Rider, 1958, p. 26-7
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
There is a very famous poem written by the third patriarch of Zen, Seng-ts’an, called the Hsin-Hsin Ming, which translates as Verses in Faith Mind. In this poem Seng-ts’an writes these lines: “Do not seek the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.” This is a reversal of the way most people go about trying to realize absolute truth. Most people seek truth, but Seng-ts’an is saying not to seek truth. This sounds very strange indeed. How will you find truth if you don’t seek it? How will you find happiness if you do not seek it? How will you find God if you do not seek God? Everyone seems to be seeking something. In spirituality seeking is highly honored and respected, and here comes Seng-ts’an saying not to seek. ...
The task of any useful spiritual practice is therefore to dismantle cherishing the thoughts, opinions, and ideas that make up the false self, the self that is seeking. This is the true task of both meditation and inquiry. Through meditation we can come to see that the only thing that makes us suffer is our own mind. Sitting quietly reveals the mind to be nothing but conditioned thinking spontaneously arising within awareness. Through cherishing this thinking, through taking it to be real and relevant, we create internal images of self and others and the world. Then we live in these images as if they were real. To be caught within these images is to live in an illusory virtual reality.
Through observing the illusory nature of thought without resisting it, we can begin to question and inquire into the underlying belief structures that support it. These belief structures are what form our emotional attachments to the false self and the world our minds create.
This is why I sometimes ask people, “Are you ready to lose your world?” Because true awakening will not fit into the world as you imagine it or the self you imagine yourself to be. Reality is not something that you integrate into your personal view of things. Reality is life without your distorting stories, ideas, and beliefs. It is perfect unity free of all reference points, with nowhere to stand and nothing to grab hold of. It has never been spoken, never been written, never been imagined. It is not hidden, but in plain view. Cease to cherish opinions and it stands before your very eyes..
- Emptiness Dancing
Ego is the illusion of a separate self that we have created to become separate gods..
This is of course both true and a lie..
We have the abilities to create the illusions of materiality by thought but we have forgotten that the source of this power is the non-ego within us..
the ego is the self that many of us believe that we are because we have collected a bundle of thoughts through multiple incarnations that we have formed into the imaginary being that we think that we are..
Since ego is the constant thought of this imaginary grouping of thoughts, we have become Self-ish, and selfishness is the opposite of Love..
Therefore, the Force and Unification of Love cannot contain an Ego..
This is why we have to relinquish this false ego to be blended into the Egolessness that is called God...
The path of Light is often difficult and dangerous..
The 'Thinker' that is called you..
We the humans on earth only seek happiness..
Is this too difficult a demand ?..
Those entities that exist from the energy of fear will not answer this demand..
Therefore, We seek Truth..
Truth is the only space that Love enhabits..
The rest of the story are lies and deceptions..
We live so close to the angels of rebellion..
Their voices rule this world..
But, the World Awakens !...
When the mirror of my consciousness became clear,
I saw that my family and others I
love are the same as me.
The "you" and "I" thought
does not occur.
The entire world is God.
14th Century North Indian mystic
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From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
The true self of man is hidden in a central core of stillness, a central vacuum of silence.
This core, this vacuum occupies only a pinpoint in dimension.
All around it there is ring of thoughts and desires constituting the imagined self, the ego.
This ring is constantly fermenting with fresh thoughts, constantly changing with fresh desires, and alternately bubbling with joy or heaving with grief.
Whereas the center is forever at rest, the ring around it is never at rest; whereas the centre bestows peace, the ring destroys it.
-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego > Chapter 1: What Am I? > # 32
-- Perspectives > Chapter 8: The Ego > # 45 Paul Brunton
The field of knowledge searches through illusions for knowledge..
The manifest of life offers many results of seeing..
The frequencies of thought enter many roads..
A cat is no different from the life of human..
A soul appears within each..
But, the Dreams are so vivid that Reality is questioned..
The difference in appearance and appreciation of life becomes a path of questioning Reality..
We keep searching and always end at the beginning...
"Everybody sees the world through the idea he has of himself.
If you imagine yourself as separate from the world,
the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear.
I do not see the world as separate from me,
and so there is nothing for me to desire or fear."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"When you fight a thing you antagonize it and it hits back. The harder you fight it, the harder it hits.
What you neglect, or, still better, ignore, begins to fade away or die by starvation.
When you give your attention to anything, you are building that thing into your Consciousness, for good or evil.
A wonderful story is told about William Penn. He had been accustomed from boyhood to carrying a sword at all times, because it was part of the dress of a gentleman at that period. One day it occurred to him that this was inconsistent with his Quakerism ; but on the other hand he knew that he would feel extremely embarrassed in going without it.
He consulted George Fox, never doubting that his leader would say, " It is a bad thing. You must stop wearing it."
George Fox, however did nothing of the kind, he was silent for a few moments, and then said , "Carry thy sword until thou canst no longer carry it."
A year or so later Penn felt that carrying it would be more embarrassing than going without it, and he discontinued to practice quite easily.
Do not tear away peoples crutches (or your own) . When they are no longer needed they will fall away. Dissolve the need.
Do not fight your rheumatism, or your debt, or your uncongenial job, or even your critical tongue ( if you have one ) but build health, prosperity , humor, into your consciousness and the unwanted things will disappear.
Re-read Phillipians 4:8
What he has to do in the world as a human being is henceforth to be done not really by his ordinary personal self but by the Presence which, shapeless and silent though it be, is the vital living essence of what connects him with God.
If this seems to deprive him of the attributes which make a man man, I can reply only that we are here back with the Sphinx.
Yes, the enigma is great; but the realized understanding and experience is immeasurably greater in its blessedness.
-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 206
I heard today that a very favorite Tibetan Lama teacher/master of mine is experiencing dementia from Alzheimers.
Many will be shocked because they don't understand how such a realized master could lose control of his mind, memory and clarity of awareness.
We somehow think "realization" makes one a superman or superwoman beyond all physical illnesses and brain diseases. We forget that Buddha taught "impermanence" regarding ALL phenomena.
A personality, an identity, a sense of personal selfhood are all temporary mental fluctuations arising within impersonal Empty Consciousness (Dharmakaya). There is no enduring person, personality, mind or soul that survives death intact. At death or severe brain injury or brain disease, the temporary assemblage of mental factors that define a person's individual selfhood fall apart forever. The mental individual is only a temporary assemblage of brain/mind activities and processes.
Our self is no more real and enduring than who we seem to be as the self identity experienced in a dream at night. Our daytime self is also just a projection of subconscious conditioning, memories, thoughts and imagination; all being projected from a much deeper source.
Our deepest Nature as the Ultimate Emptiness or Absolute Truth, Dharmakaya, is like a movie projector projecting our body, brain, self identity and world like a movie upon the screen of Consciousness itself, like a dense hologram (or reflections appearing in a mirror).
It's possible that suddenly the projector can cease projecting "our" virtual movie. In that moment all that remains is the Absolute Mind of the projector. This moment is called "rigpa" or gnosis, but the individual is fully absent in that moment. When "you" aren't, then You are.
So you see, no one at all has ever made it to Nirvana or realized enlightenment. How can a projected figure on the movie screen go home or anywhere when the movie projector is turned off, even if the star of the movie being projected, was starring in the temporary role of being a "great spiritual master"?
The ego self is the creature born out of man's own doing and thinking, slowly changing and growing.
The Overself is the image of God, perfect, finished, and changeless.
What he has to do, if he is to fulfill himself, is to let the one shine through the other.
-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego > Chapter 1: What Am I? > # 7
-- Perspectives > Chapter 8: The Ego > # 35 Paul Brunton
"Consciousness and unconsciousness, while in the body, depend on the condition of the brain.
But the self is beyond both, beyond the brain, beyond the mind.
The fault of the instrument is no reflection on its user."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
People are so anxious these days, because the message they get from the world is that things are totally out of control. So out of control that no one can fix it.
This is exactly the right message for now. Settle down and receive it. Breathe it into your heart: the world is out of your control.
When we stop freaking out, we will get the next message, which is, "So what?"
So what if everything is out of our control? Do you really want to control the world? Do you want an almighty leader to control the world? Which one?
Have you ever been in control? Are you in control right now? "Control is an illusion." That is the second message.
Finally, there's a third message for these times, one we can only accept when we surrender the illusion of control. The message is: "All we really have is our compassion, the brokenness of our heart."
We are here for compassion, not control: to love with every breath, to love with each small ordinary deed, even if the deed is merely listening.
You can spread the message of compassion. You must. The world is thirsting for it. You don't need to be a scientist, a politician, a guru, a social "activist," or a charismatic TED-talker. You only need to break open your heart and release the fragrance of love, in your own unique voice, your own royal gesture, the generosity you are. Breathe compassion.
When the personal ego's thoughts and desires are stripped off,
we behold ourselves as we were in the first state and as we shall be in the final one.
We are then the Overself alone, in its Godlike solitude and stillness.
-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You >
Chapter 4: Seek the Deeper Stillness > # 1