' Source is Light Consciousness '...

' Every Moment '...

"To think in meditation that,

if God is favorable,

He may appear at any moment is quite right.

In fact,

we expect Him at every moment in meditation."

Shivapuri Baba
in Renu Lal Singh
Right Life: Teaching of the Shivapuri Baba
NorthShire, U.K.: Coombe Springs Press, 1984, p. 56

' The Great Way '...

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have
no preferences.

When love and hate are both
absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.

Make the smallest distinction, however, and
heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

- Seng-T’San

' Paradoxical '...

If the enigma must be put into worded statements to satisfy demands,

then they must be paradoxical ones.

Those who require smooth, eloquent,

and uplifting utterances may get comfort.

But the truthful way is in the end the better way.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 16
Paul Brunton

' To suppress desire '...

Any action taken to suppress desire can only strengthen it.

Desire can only fall away gradually by itself.

It is a rather curious fact that each man craves for certainty and security as an intrinsic part of happiness for himself,

but without any clear idea of what this 'himself' is!

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' When the mind is quiet '...

When the mind is quiet, we come to know
ourselves as the pure witness.

We withdraw
from the experience and its experiencer and
stand apart in pure awareness, which is
between and beyond the two.

The personality,
based on self-identification, on imagining
oneself to be something:

‘I am this, I am that’,
continues, but only as a part of the objective
world. Its identification with the witness snaps.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Silence '...

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

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

And these, too, are only words.

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

It is to condemn us to hopelessness.

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

Of course their communication is all a matter of reference to levels.

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

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

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

And to whom could it be said?

Silence then becomes the correct attitude.

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

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

' Learning to learn '...

"Under the right teacher, the disciple learns to learn, not to remember and obey.

Satsang, the company of the noble, does not mold, it liberates.

Beware of all that makes you dependent."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Value '...

I noticed an Arab of the desert sitting in a company of jewelers.


"I had once lost my road in the desert and consumed all my food.

I considered that I must perish when I suddenly caught sight of a
bulging canvas bag.

I shall never forget the joy and ecstasy I felt on
thinking it might be parched grain nor the bitterness and despair when
I discovered it to be full of pearls."


' The World-show '...

Human intelligence has penetrated to the fact that behind the world-show there is a Reality but cannot penetrate the latter itself.

Both science and metaphysics concur in this discovery,

but no human writing has ever described it or can ever do so.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 14
Paul Brunton

' La vie en rose '...

' Why talk of happiness ? '...

"..why talk of happiness at all?

You do not think of happiness except when you are unhappy.

A man who says:

"Now I am happy," is between two sorrows--past and future.

This "happiness" is mere excitement caused by relief from pain.

Real happiness is utterly unselfconscious."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' A pail of pearls '...

I noticed an Arab of the desert sitting in a company of jewelers.

said: "I had once lost my road in the desert and consumed all my food.

I considered that I must perish when I suddenly caught sight of a
bulging canvas bag.

I shall never forget the joy and ecstasy I felt on
thinking it might be parched grain nor the bitterness and despair when
I discovered it to be full of pearls."

as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

' Needing only a spark '...

The metaphysics of truth is set out in such a way that the student believes he is proceeding step by step purely by logical deduction from ascertainable facts, that his reasoned thinking upholds the findings of transcendental experience, whereas not only is he doing this but at the same time is proceeding upon a path which conforms to his own latent insight.

It kindles a higher intelligence in its students.

Consequently the sense either of sudden or of growing revelation may often accompany his studies, if he be sufficiently intuitive.

The authentic metaphysics of truth can bring him close to the mystical experience of reality.

Then the trigger-pull which will start the experience moving need only be something slight, perhaps a printed inspired sentence, perhaps just a single meeting with one who has learnt to live in the Overself, or perhaps a climb in the mountains.

For then the mind becomes like a heap of dry wood, needing only a spark to flare up into a blazing pile. The close attention to its course of thought then becomes a yoga-path in itself.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 6
-- Perspectives > Chapter 7: The Intellect > # 33 Paul Brunton

' Greed '...

"You need some food, clothing and shelter for you and yours,

but this will not create problems as long as greed is not taken for a need.

Live in tune with things as they are and not as they are imagined.."

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Never to be measured '...

"An inconceivable number of thousands of kotis of aeons,

never to be measured,

is it since I reached superior (or first) enlightenment and never ceased to teach the law."

-Gautama the Buddha
Saddharma-Pundarika Or, The Lotus Of The True Law, XV
Translated By H. Kern (1884)
Sacred Books of the East, Vol XXI

' Metaphysics of Truth '...

If philosophy harmonizes the two opposite elements of metaphysics and mysticism, it also transcends them through the ultramystic contemplations.

The present volume carries the quest to a height where all reasoning reaches its ultimate limit and must then be dropped.

At such a point it becomes necessary to separate the purely rational and ratiocinative portion of this teaching from the advanced-yoga--that is, ultramystic--portion.

Accordingly the phrase "metaphysics of truth" will be used henceforth to indicate only the former portion.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 5
Paul Brunton

' Pervading Creation '...

"As ghee pervades milk,

So does the Lord pervade creation.

Many are the praters and listeners of this;

But few are those who churn themselves,

To get the all-pervading Lord."

in Issac A. Ezekiel
Kabir: The Great Mystic
Punjab: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1966, p. 319

' Nothing but Thee '...

"The one who found that there is nothing but Thee,

has found the final knowledge."


' Transcendental Knowledge '...

Although every tenet of the metaphysics of truth is worked out with strict rationality and scientific respect for facts,

there is a hidden support in transcendental knowledge running right through them all.

The whole intellectual structure is supported by a solid core of super-intellectual insight.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 7:
Metaphysics of Truth > # 3 & # 4 Paul Brunton

' Today is Friday '...

This day of Liberation..

The night of Friday, awakens a sense of Freedom..

Slavery becomes a daily chore..

But, life is filled with pain within the material plane..

The pain is presented as a warning device to save life and soul..

To walk alone or with lover within the two days is called love..

To walk alone with presence of mind is the Seeker..

To find Love within the partner is to dissolve together..

To find Love, alone is to speak with God..

Tomorrow is Saturday..


' Jennifer '...

' Said, Monkey '...

"If it were just a matter of playing football with the firmament, stirring up the ocean, turning back rivers, carrying away mountains, seizing the moon, moving the Pole-star or shifting a planet, I could manage it easily enough.

Even if it were a question of my head being cut off or my belly being ripped open and my heart cut out or any kind of transference or transformation, I would take on the job at once,' said Monkey.

'But if it comes to sitting still and meditating, I am bound to come off badly. It's quite against my nature.'"

Wu Cheng'en,
Monkey: Journey to the West
Chapter XXIV

' Just for a second '...

Just for a moment, flowers appear
on the empty, nearly-spring tree.

Just for a second, wind
through the wild thicket thorns.

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

' Constant Reflection '...

Constant reflection on metaphysical and ethical themes reaches a point where one day its accumulated

weight pushes him around the corner into a mystical realization of those themes no less surely than

meditation might have done.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 2
Paul Brunton

' The Monkey Mind '...

"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

' Your Ocean Being '...

This effortless stillness
that is your ocean Being,
this great peace and infinite silence,
is just Here.

It is your perfume.

This love, this spaciousness, this contentment,
simply emanates out of you.

But your true Self, this ineffable flower,
no one can find.

It has neither form nor shape.

Neither size, weight, nor colour.

It is ageless—timeless.

And yet, without It,
none of this could be.

- Mooji

' What is understanding? '...

Try to ask yourself this question and you will see that you cannot
answer it.

You have always confused understanding with knowing or
having information.

But to know and to understand are two quite
different things, and you must learn to distinguish between them.

order to understand a thing, you must see its connection with some
bigger subject, or bigger whole, and the possible consequences of this

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller
problem in relation to a bigger problem.

-P.D. Ouspensky

' You may call it Love '...

When the sense of distinction and separation
is absent,

you may call it love.

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

' The meaning of life '...

The meaning of life is that, life has no meaning

other than the living of it as a dream over which

one has really no control.

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

' On Spinoza's Doctrine '...

(a) Spinoza taught that God was the whole of things in the universe. This brought him into the category of pantheism. Philosophy says this is true but only part of the truth. For God is not only immanent in the universe but also transcends it. God still would be God even if there were no universe.

(b) He declared that the unknown reality was Substance. Philosophy says this is only an attribute of Reality and as such still not the ultimate itself, any more than the quality of fragrance is the flower itself.

(c) He believed in Causality, as science did in the nineteenth century, and as all must do who do not comprehend the final truth that Reality is nondual, hence leaves no room for the duality of cause and an effect.

Spinoza's pantheism made him declare that everything is God. This is the theological outlook. The philosophical one declares that everything is a manifestation of One Infinite Reality. For if the ego also is God, then who is God?

(d) Spinoza's teaching that God has two attributes, Mind and Matter, that reality has two aspects--mind and body, made him a dualist. Philosophy knows only one reality--Mind. It admits causality only for the immediate and practical purposes of the illusory world.

(e) His teaching on how to live so as to fulfil the proper purpose of life is identical with philosophy's teaching. He saw that man so far must become wholly free inwardly, and as free as possible outwardly. This is to be achieved by self-mastery, by overcoming desires, subjugating passions, and simplifying existence. This brings true happiness.

-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 7:
Metaphysics of Truth > # 99 Paul Brunton

' Tubular Bells '...

' Neither time nor space '...

"Reality is neither subjective nor objective, neither mind nor matter, neither time nor space.

These divisions need somebody to happen to, a conscious separate center.

But reality is all and nothing, the totality and the exclusion, the fullness and the emptiness, fully consistent, absolutely paradoxical.

You cannot speak about it, you can only lose yourself in it."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Every midwife knows '...

"Every midwife knows
that not until a mother’s womb
softens from the pain of labour
will a way unfold
and the infant find that opening to be born.

"Oh friend!
There is treasure in your heart, it is heavy with child.
All the awakened ones, like trusted midwives are saying,
welcome this pain.
It opens the dark passage of Grace."

~ Rumi

' What's the Difference? '...

Why do some "see" as rigpa (pure awareness) and some don't?

The difference is whether rigpa is projecting a secondary consciousness that is a micro-second too slow to witness the momentary projections AS they are being projected, and therefore is "seeing" them as though they are already there and pre-existing.

Otherwise rigpa is "seeing" it's projections as its own immediate creativity; and they release upon the arising.

Suddenly seeing that rigpa is itself projecting the "time lagged" secondary consciousness, is its immediate release.

-Jackson Peterson

' Into the Mystic '...

' Fascinated by contrasts '...

"We love variety, the play of pain and pleasure, we are fascinated by contrasts.

For this we need the opposites and their apparent separation.

We enjoy them for a time and then get tired and crave for the peace and silence of pure being."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' What you really are '...

From galaxies to subatomic particles,

everything is in motion...

everything except you,

what you really are.

-Art Ticknor
Solid Ground of Being

' The nature of being '...

"It is the nature of being, to see adventure in becoming,

as it is in the very nature of becoming to seek peace in being.

This alternation of being and becoming is inevitable;

but my home is beyond."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' A Mystical Experience '...

“In one sense, enlightenment is realizing that there is no separate self.

We might hear that a hundred thousand times, "There is no separate self." But what happens when we take it inside and seriously consider what it could mean?

We would find it means that everything I as a separate self holds as true isn't. The taste of no separate self is totally liberating.

"No separate self" does not mean there is a spiritual experience that goes something like, "I have extended myself infinitely everywhere, and have merged with everything." That's a beautiful, wonderful experience for a separate self to have, but that's not what Oneness is.

Oneness is not merging. Merging happens between two and since there is only one, then any experience of merging is one illusion merging with another, as beautiful and wonderful as that experience may be.

Even when I experience having merged with the absolute, with the infinite, with God, it simply means that my fictitious self has merged with another fiction. Mystical experiences aren't enlightenment.”


' Always the NOW '...

In contemplating deeply Nature's beauty around one, as some of us have done, it is possible to slip into a stillness where we realize that there never was a past but always the NOW--the ever-present timeless Consciousness--all peace, all harmony; that there is no past--just the eternal.

Where are the shadows of negativity then?

They are non-existent!

This can happen if we forget the self, with its narrowed viewpoint, and surrender to the impersonal.

In that brief experience there is no conflict to trouble the mind.

-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 184
-- Perspectives > Chapter 19: The Reign of Relativity > # 33 Paul Brunton

' The Real is beyond words '...

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

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

It is easily had when nothing else is wanted.

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

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Infinite and Universal '...

Consider the fact that our individual lives are totally suspended during sleep, that the waves of personal consciousness then merge utterly in the ocean.

How clearly this shows the Divine to be also the Infinite and Universal, our lack of true spirituality, and our possession at best of its pale reflection!

For where else could we go to sleep except in this Infinite and Universal Mind?

Yet we know it not!

To get rid of such ignorance, to attain transcendental insight into the fourth state of being, is the most wonderful of all the tasks which this philosophy sets before us.

-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 3: The States of Consciousness > # 179
-- Perspectives > Chapter 19: The Reign of Relativity > # 18 Paul Brunton

' The Two Truths in Dzogchen '...

In discussing Dzogchen here, often people confuse the lower level understandings of the "Two Truths" with the Dzogchen and tantric understanding.

In Dzogchen there are no "two truths". The absolute and the relative are both, equally, empty concepts.

All phenomena are equally the single expression of the Great Perfection, and are therefore perfect.

The lower view claims there is true variation amongst "relative" phenomena and values: better/worse, good/bad, moral/immoral, right/wrong, attainment/non-attainment, realization/absence of realization.

Since all phenomena and ideas are equally empty of inherent existence, no "other" existence is findable.

Pema Rigtsal:

"No matter what arises in samsara and nirvana, at the very moment of its appearing, it arises in ultimate timeless emptiness. There is not an iota of good to be cultivated or bad to be rejected. This is called “great timeless inseparable truth.” Empty when appearing, appearing when empty, this magnificent timeless sameness of emptiness and appearance is called “the view of Dzogchen” and also “the view of the ultimate sacrifice” or “the view free of all propositions.” In reality, therefore, all phenomena are merely mental labels, and in reality not even the smallest thing exists to be cultivated or rejected."

- Jackson Peterson

' A coin to a musician '...

' What is beautiful ? '...

"What is beautiful?

Whatever is perceived blissfully is beautiful.

Bliss is the essence of beauty."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Jackson Peterson‎ to Transparent Being '...

Imagine a single tower of all windows and a single Consciousness in the middle of the tower is looking out of all the windows at the same time.

But at each window frame it seems the window frame is what is conscious and looking out. The illusion is at the individual window frame but the window frame is itself not the consciousness "looking" through it.

That's "our" situation.

There is only one Consciousness (Dharmakaya) looking out of all of our eyes.

There is no individual person or entity that is conscious and aware.

The individual is just an impermanent window frame.

Our consciousness is the same single Consciousness.

The individual "mind" is the window frame.


' The Still Void '...

This transparent light-world is the source of creation, the cosmic birthplace, the home of dazzling primal energy.

Galaxies, universes, suns, and planets come forth from here.

The revelatory, blissful vision of God's Form may happen only once in a lifetime.

Beyond it all is God without Form--the still void.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 7: Contemplative Stillness > # 315
Paul Brunton

' The next step is yours '...

Rumi speaks with few words..

This, Sufi Muslim Mystic..

The Truth is found within all minds..

Philosophy may speak of ego and desire,

but, Truth is the goal of Happiness..

To speak within a self is beautiful..

Love is a White light that illuminates Wisdom..

To awaken from a Dream is a cup of coffee in the morning..

You are a tribe of wanderers that walk towards Freedom..

The next step is yours...


' I am filled with you '...

I am filled with you.

Skin, blood, bone, brain and soul.

There's no room for lack of trust, or trust.

Nothing in this existence but that existence.

- Rumi
Version by Coleman Barks
Unseen Rain
Threshold Books, 1986

' Dissolving the mind '...

The answers to real questions are not verbal or conceptual

but dissolve the mind in emptiness.

- Mooji

There are two different ways to realization:

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

(b) Gnana whose goal is sahaja samadhi.

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

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

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

' Season of the witch '...

' A Realization of timeless fact '...

It is objected, why search at all if one really is the Overself?

Yes, there comes a time when the deliberate purposeful search for the Overself has to be abandoned for this reason.

Paradoxically, it is given up many times, whenever he has a Glimpse, for at such moments he knows that he always was, is, and will be the Real, that there is nothing new to be gained or searched for.

Who should search for what?

But the fact remains that past tendencies of thought rise up after every Glimpse and overpower the mind, causing it to lose this insight and putting it back on the quest again.

While this happens he must continue the search, with this difference, that he no longer searches blindly, as in earlier days, believing that he is an ego trying to transform itself into the Overself, trying to reach a new attainment in time by evolutionary stages.

No! through the understanding of the Short Path he searches knowingly, not wanting another experience since both wanting and experiencing put him out of the essential Self.

He thinks and acts as if he is that Self, which puts him back into It. It is a liberation from time-bound thinking, a realization of timeless fact.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 110
-- Perspectives > Chapter 23: Advanced Contemplation > # 26 Paul Brunton

' Who ever goes there disappears '...

That in which consciousness happens, the universal consciousness or mind, we call the ether of consciousness.

All the objects of consciousness form the universe.

What is beyond both, supporting both is the Supreme State, a state of utter stillness and silence.

Whoever goes there disappears.

It is unreachable by words or mind.

You may call it God, or Parabrahman, or Supreme Reality; but these are names given by the mind.

It is the nameless, contentless, effortless and spontaneous state beyond being and not being.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That (c13 p35-36)

' Very important attitude '...

First you realize the place that you're in right now,
whether you think it’s good or bad,
whether you think you're happy or sad,
whether you think you're rich, or poor, or sick, or healthy,
the place where you're in right now is your right place.
That's the beginning.

You stop trying to be someone else.
You stop trying to change your life.
You're in your right place, right now, just the way you are.
If you can become happy and peaceful in the place
where you are right now,
all of a sudden you will find circumstances will change in your favor,
and then again you will be in your right place.

Whatever change comes along as far as your body-mind is concerned,
you are in your right place.
The more you can see that, the more you can look
at what I just said intellectually, intelligently,
the more peaceful you become,
the more the karmic patterns begin to break away
and you begin to awaken.

It may be gradual at first.
You notice that things that used to annoy you, no longer annoy you.
You notice that people that you live with, the conflicts you've had,
they stop because you've stopped.
There's no more trying to get even.
There's no more trying to win your point.
There's no more trying to find the right book,
or the right teacher, or the right anything.
You remain centered.
You remain free.

~Robert Adams - T.39 - Sitting in the Silence - 27th January, 1991

' Truth is utterly simple '...

It is precisely for the reason that Truth is utterly

simple, basic, elementary and totally obvious,

that it is completely overlooked.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' Reflecting the Overself '...

The ego totally ceases to exist and is fully absorbed into the Overself only in special, temporary, and trance-like states.

At all other times, and certainly at all ordinary active and everyday times, it continues to exist.

The failure to learn and understand this important point always causes much confusion in mystical circles.

The state arrived at in deep meditation is one thing; the state returned to after such meditation is another.

The ego vanishes in one but reappears in the other.

But there are certain after-effects of this experience upon it which bring about by degrees a shift in its relation to the Overself.

It submits, obeys, expresses, and reflects the Overself.

-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego >
Chapter 1: What Am I? > # 213
Paul Brunton

' The central fixation of self '...

"When the awakening is very deep, we no longer operate from a place of personal self. In other words, everything doesn’t relate to “me.” Thoughts don’t relate to me; feelings don’t relate to me; what others do doesn’t relate to me; and what happens in the world doesn’t relate to me. In the egoic state of consciousness, literally every single thing that ever happens is happening to a me. Right?

That’s the “normal” state of consciousness. Nobody can really explain what the personal self is; we just feel it. It’s a visceral thing. It’s not just how we act and what we say; it’s our central fixation of self.

As we see through it, we realize that the personal self is not who we are and that it was not ever anything substantial to begin with. And as we really see into our true nature, there is a paradox that arises: the more we realize that there isn’t a self, the more intimately present we actually are."

(from "Emptiness Dancing" by Adyashanti)