' The slaying of ego '...


The Truth that you must slay the ego, goes back to the beginning of time..

The early teaching of this Knowledge is found in Hindu and Buddhist literature..

The bottom line is that You are the Creator of your experience..

Your desires will be created..

They will be dreams that we call illusions, but these illusions will trap You within the dreams, when You start to Believe that the dreams are real..

To leave these dreams and Wake Up, You must stop identifying Your Self as a personality of these dreams..

This is the slaying of the ego..

This stops the dream and Awakens You in Reality..

This is called Enlightenment, as You Realise that You are Light and Love..

You can call it, the slaying of the ego or the dropping of the ego or the Awakening from ego or just living in Humility..

Humility is the word used in Christian teaching for the slaying of ego..

Unselfish Love is also a definition of slaying of ego..

There are many words and concepts that point to the Realisation that You will never be Free until the ego is dead...


-thomas

' Ain't no Sunshine '...

' The Ocean of Consciousness '...


"Realize yourself as the ocean of consciousness in which all happens.

This is not difficult.

A little of attentiveness,

of close observation of oneself,

and you will see that no event is outside your consciousness."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The Eternal Religion '...


"The Eternal Religion, the religion of the rishis, has been in existence from time out of mind and will exist eternally.

There exist in this Sanatana Dharma all forms of worship — worship of God with form and worship of the Impersonal Deity as well.

It contains all paths — the path of knowledge, the path of devotion, and so on.

Other forms of religion, the modern cults, will remain for a few days and then disappear."



Sri Ramakrishna
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
“Rules for Householders”

' The Seas' of Consciousness '...


At the top is the Grand Sea of Infinite Consciousness, inexhaustible and without bounds. This is the seeming Emptiness that actually is the Fullness of the SELF-Pure Divinity, the Base of all else and the Final Resolution of all things.

The next is the plane of Cosmic and Transcendent Consciousness. Here the One is also a Brotherhood. Likewise, permanence stands united with evolution.

Below there is a gulf, not easy to cross; a gulf that mankind, in its folly, has widened while the Few, dedicated through Love to that mankind, strive ceaselessly to bridge the chasm. The third sea is the level of egoistic, or subject-object, consciousness in its highest state of development, the genuine upper-class of egoistic humanity.

Here is the consciousness if those who move on the higher levels if love and intellect, but still within the limits if subject-object consciousness. These form the real "Chosen Race." Without them, the gulf would be impassable for the great human mass, and then, ultimately, all would sink down and out through the sluggish sea of ignorance.

Of the human whole only a handful, relatively, abides in the third sea, yet they are the immediate sustainers if all civilizations, the real burden-bearers if this outer life. From among them also come the recruits that, now and then, succeed in crossing the gulf.

The fourth sea is of narrow limits, but heavily crowded with a large proportion of humanity. These are the quasi-intellectual, the semi-cultured, the mass that has become conceited with a little knowledge and does not know the saving humility of much knowledge. On this level are the senseless disputations fraught with emotion and passion. This is where the surgings arise that cause the turmoil of nations and classes.

Yet there is some Light here, and the energy generated by Desire, the latter, to be sure, untrained and poorly directed, but still affording a force that eventually may be harnessed and guided. There still remains much hope for these, despite their great folly.

The fifth sea, shallow and very constricted, is densely crowded with the greatest mass of all. These are the sodden ones, drugged from drinking the final dregs of passion, those who bear little of the burden, but who are themselves the great burden. This sea is murky with the stirred-up mud of the depths, so there is only a dim twilight of the self-conscious light here.

Yet there is a degree of self-consciousness, and so this lower realm does stand above the animal, even though sinking, in many respects, deep into the animal consciousness, and, by this illicit union, producing something lower than the animal.



-Franklin Merrill-Wolfe from Pathways Through Space

' There are many ways '...


There is no single path to enlightenment. Yoga has no monopoly. Life itself is the great enlightener.

I met a man once who, after the shock of hearing his wife tell him that she had ceased to love him, that she had for some time had a secret lover, and that she requested a divorce so as to be able to marry him, felt a collapse of all his hitherto confidently held values and beliefs.

For some days he was so affected that he could not eat. But his mind by then had become so extraordinarily lucid concerning these matters and himself, that he experienced moments of truth. Through them he came into a great peace and understanding, an inner change.

What was the morning sun which awakened him?

He did no yogic exercises, entered no churches, was too intent on his worldly business to read spiritual books.

This brings me back to the theme:

do not submit to the pressure of those who say there is only a single way to salvation (the way they follow or teach) do not let the mind be trammelled or narrowed. The truth is that the ways are many, are spread out in all directions, are individual.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 5: Self-Development > # 209
Paul Brunton

' Talk about suffering '...

' There is no good and no evil '...


"There is no good and no evil.

In every concrete situation there is only the necessary and the unnecessary.

The needful is right, the needless is wrong.

The situation decides.

Every situation is a challenge which demands the right response.

When the response is right, the challenge is met and the problem ceases.

If the response is wrong, the challenge is not met and the problem remains unsolved.

Your unsolved problems - that is what constitutes your karma.

Solve them rightly and be free."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Mantra '...


Slowly, slowly, I tended
the bellows of my throat,
and the light inside grew

and filtered out through
the dark, so that within
even it, I saw the truth.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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

' Curiousity '...


For instance, take a loaf and put it under your arm, and deny it
to other men, saying, "I will not give this to anyone at all.

Give
it?

Why, I won't even show it."

Though that loaf has been cast
against the door and dogs even will not eat it because bread is so
plentiful and cheap, yet the moment you begin to refuse it everybody is
after it and set their hearts on it, pleading and
protesting,

"Certainly we want to see that loaf which you refuse and
keep hidden."

Especially if you keep that loaf in your sleeve for a
year, insisting emphatically that you will neither give it away or show
it, their eagerness for the loaf passes all bounds; for "Man is
passionate for what he is denied."



--Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
from discourse #20
Arberry translation

' Life is but a dream '...


Earth life is but a dream, lived out in a dream physical body amid dream environment.

Dream experiences are only ideas; during sleep-dream man sees, hears, touches, tastes, and smells exactly as he does during waking-dream.

Hence waking is but materialized ideas, but still ideas.

God's cosmic dream:

all universal activities are but different ideas of God, divine ideation made material and thrown upon the screen of human consciousness.

The cosmic illusion is impinged upon man's sense and seen from within by Mind through consciousness, sensation, and bodily organ.



-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 3:
The Individual and World Mind > # 23
Paul Brunton


' The Power of Love '...


The Nazarene would cure Lepers and manifest fish and bread..

Through, the Creative Power of Thought, holograms are created..

This range of Thought originates from 'Pure Awareness' and Creates this 'Builder' of Dreams..

This Consciousness of Creation is called 'Divine Consciousness' and surprisingly is "US'..

The 'Master Mind' of 'Divine Consciousness' is called 'Father' by many Mystics..

Although, the 'Light' of Divine Consciousness is also US, a higher 'Thinker' is heard..

This 'Master Mind' has no gender and will be seen and understood as a 'Teacher of Dreams'..

The same Thoughts eminate from this Voice as the Voice of the Miracle Worker..

The difference that I have noticed is that the 'Master Mind' will ask if you desire to return to the Dream..

To leave the complete state of Love within Divine Consciousness and return into the Hell of Duality called Life is difficult and can only be accomplished by the desire of Love...


-thomas

' Krishna Das '...

' There is no simpler way '...


"All will come as you go on.

Take the first step first.

All blessings come from within.

Turn within.

`I am' you know.

Be with it all the time you can spare,

until you revert to it spontaneously.

There is no simpler and easier way."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Intuition '...


"My intuition never fails me,

But I fail whenever I do not listen to it."




-Hazrat Inayat Khan
Gayan
London: Sufi Publishing Co. 1974 (1923), p. 105

' Where is Realization ? '...


A man who is seeking for realization is not only going
round searching for his spectacles without realizing that
they are on his nose all the time,

but also were he not
actually looking through them he would not be able to
see what he is looking for.



- Wei Wu Wei

Fingers Pointing Towards the Moon
Reflections of a Pilgrim on the Way
Wei Wu Wei
Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958

' The True Teacher '...


The True Teacher has no students, all is BEing and only
silence speaks.

The Perfect Teacher has no teachings
because he knows that you are free already.

So the True
Teacher's non-teaching is that there is no teacher, no
student, no teaching and that Nothing has ever existed.

This teaching must be without words and must land in
your heart.

If you try to understand it, it will only land
in your head.


- Papaji

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

' You are not a person '...


"Being the source of both, the self is beyond both knowledge and power.

The observable is in the mind.

The nature of the self is pure awareness, pure witnessing, unaffected by the presence or absence of knowledge or liking.

Have your being outside this body of birth and death and all your problems will be solved.

They exist because you believe yourself born to die.

Undeceive yourself and be free.

You are not a person."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The practice of Presence '...


"Only in the degree that you live consciously in the realization of God and let this realization of God dwell within you does it become true that you do not live alone -- that the place whereon you stand is holy ground, and God is with you and He will never leave you or forsake you.

"Every person who has known dissatisfaction, incompleteness, and frustration will some day learn that there is only one missing link in this entire chain of harmonious living.

That is the practice of the the presence of God -- consciously, daily, hourly, abiding in some great spiritual truth, and it makes no difference which scripture: Christian, Hebrew, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, or Moslem."




Joel S. Goldsmith
Practicing the Presence
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991 (1958), p. 11

' The Soul '...


Soul, for all the worth we have shown to belong to it, is yet a secondary, an image of the Intellectual-Principle:

reason uttered is an image of the reason stored within the Soul, and in the same way soul is an utterance of the Intellectual-Principle:

it is even the total of its activity, the entire stream of life sent forth by that Principle to the production of further being;

it is the forthgoing heat of a fire which has also heat essentially inherent.

But within the Supreme we must see energy not as an overflow but in the double aspect of integral inherence with the establishment of a new being.

Sprung, in other words, from the Intellectual-Principle, soul is intellective, but with an intellection operating by the method of reasonings:

for its perfecting it must look to that Divine Mind, which may be thought of as a father watching over the development of his child born imperfect in comparison with himself.



-- Ennead V.1.3.
Plotinus

' Awakening from dreams '...


While within the 'Awake state',

your vision is enhanced..

At this point within Reality,

Mind is in control of Dreams..

The advantages of Knowledge,

will make you rich in illusions..

But, illusion will only make you poor..

You are entering a dimension of Thought..

The levels of Thought will determine

the dimension of activity..

Keep traveling and thinking..

The answers will arrive...


-thomas

' Let me touch you '...

' Accept playfully '...


Do not try and hold life to your mind’s agenda.

Accept playfully.

Let life be a moment to moment discovering.

Do not strangle life with plans;

let life show you its own mysteries and beauty.

Now your beingness can open,

and your mind and heart will not cultivate fear,

but radiate wisdom, light and joy.


- Mooji

' Fulfilling all religion '...


To treat every human being as a shrine of God is to fulfill all religion.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:


Where is the shrine of God? It is in the heart of man.

As soon as one begins to consider the feelings of another, one begins to worship God. ...

There is a story of a murshid who was going with his mureeds to visit some village, and he was keeping a fast. The mureeds also had taken a vow of fasting. They arrived at the peasants' home where there was great enthusiasm and happiness and where a dinner was arranged for them. When they were invited to the table, the murshid went and sat down; but the mureeds did not dare because they had taken a vow of fasting.

Yet they would never mention it to the murshid. They thought, 'Murshid is forgetful; Murshid has forgotten the vow.' After dinner was over and they went out the pupils asked, 'Did you not forget the vow of fasting?' 'No,' was the murshid's answer, 'I had not forgotten. But I preferred breaking the fast rather than the heart of that man who with all his enthusiasm had prepared the food.'

The thirst for life makes us overlook little opportunities of doing good. Every moment of life brings an opportunity for being conscious of human feeling, in prosperity, in adversity, in all conditions. It costs very little; only a little thought is necessary. ... There is no greater religion than love. God is love; and the best form of love is to be conscientious regarding the feelings of those with whom we come in contact in everyday life.

' Cosmos Manifesting '...


We know that the cosmos manifests itself out of the divine Mind, and within it, too.

But why there should be such a manifestation at all, we do not know.

Many students raise this query and are dissatisfied at the failure to obtain a good answer. But the fact is that such questions cannot be adequately answered on the same plane as that on which they arise.

If we could shift our consciousness to a higher one, we would find that they simply do not exist there. However, although complete adequacy may be unattainable, some sort of working answer can be formulated and used for and by those who are unable to effect such a shift.

If the human entity has no other purpose to fulfil on this earth than to return to the sphere of its origin, then it had no business to leave that sphere. There must be something to be gained by its earthly journey, if the universe has any sense in it at all.



-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea >
Chapter 4: True Idea of Man
> # 248 Paul Brunton

' Believe, Truth '...


Once again,

we enter the knowledge..

We call it different words and definitions..

The Mind of recall reminds us of Light..

The words of Saints and Mystics will make you seem weak..

I can speak of your strength..

The eyes of Reality can see through the Dream..

You believe, yourself to be human,

only to find out that you are 'trapped consciousness'..

Do not fear, Reality always wins..

This desire called Love is the only Reality..

Do not believe lies..

Believe, Truth...


-thomas

' Invitation only '...

' He is fullness '...


"O my Lover, what will Beguines say
and religious types,
When they hear the excellence
of your divine song?

Beguines say I err,
priests, clerics, and Preachers,
Augustinians, Carmelites,
and the Friars Minor,
Because I wrote about the being
of the one purified by Love.

I do not make Reason safe for them,
who makes them say this to me....

I have said that I will love Him.
I lie, for I am not.
It is He alone who loves me:

He is, and I am not;
And nothing more is necessary to me
Than what He wills,
And that He is worthy.

He is fullness,
And by this I am impregnated,
This is the divine seed and Loyal Love.


-Marguerite Porete
from Ellen Babinsky
Marguerite Porete: Mirror of Simple Souls (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Paulist Press, 1993

' The universe, which is multiple '...


One body lies in one place and one in another, one is here, another there, and some are in opposite positions, others are separated from each other in other ways.

But soul is not like that, and does not make things live by being cut up into a part of itself for each one, but all things live by the whole [soul], and all [soul] is present everywhere, made like to the father who generated it with regard to unity and ubiquity.

And the universe which is multiple, having one part here and another there, is one by [soul’s] power, and through [soul] this cosmos is a god. And the sun is a god because it is ensouled, and the other stars, and we ourselves, if anything [is a god] at all.... [Perl translation]

Comment: Quoting from the Eric Perl translation because I think he renders Plotinus' thought more clearly here; particular phrasings highlighted for emphasis.

And the related Paul Brunton quote:

"The God in the sun is the `I' in me"--this put tersely is the essence of man's relationship to divinity. A whole book may be needed to explain it, a whole lifetime to get direct experience of its truth as insight.

-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 1: Their Meeting and Interchange

' The teaching of the Buddha '...


It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

-Albert Einstein


Comment:

Formal education too often leads to the acceptance of dogma or that condition of the mind which obliterates any questioning of the dogma.

Dogma spelled backwards: am god.

Therefore, formal education generally fails to educate; fails to nurture the students' capacity to think for themselves.

This, of course, is an oversimplification;

yet, from another perspective, affirms the teaching of the Buddha.



-david gallagher

' Nothing can set you free '...


As Nisargadatta speaks of non-desire, and yet we now are concerned with Saint Valentines Day..

The Media will change the name to Valentines Day, to reap the profits of chocolate and to demise this Saint..

You find yourself within many humans and thoughts..

You find yourself within the false reality..

It is difficult to leave a dream that has been instilled within sub-conscious mind,
as Truth..

But, you have become an adult and responsible for your own happiness..

Therefore, It is time to Awaken onto the road of Sub-conscious Mind and Divine Consciousness..

The human self is a cartoon..

You are not this Hologram..

You are the Thinker and the Observer of Thoughts..

You are alone,

alone means 'all one '..


-thomas

' A drop of the Ocean '...

' Zen teaches nothing '...


"Zen teaches nothing;

it merely enables us to wake up and become aware.

It does not teach,

it points."



D. T. Suzuki
Moving Forward, Keeping Still: The Gateway to Eastern Wisdom
NY: MJF Books, 1997, p. 371

' Why desire at all ?'...


"Are there not good desires and bad, high desires and low?"

All desires are bad, but some are worse than others.

Pursue any desire, it will always give you trouble.

Why desire at all?

Desiring a state of freedom from desire will not set you free.

Nothing can set you free, because you are free.

See yourself with desireless clarity, that is all."


- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Emotionial reactions '...


Emotional reactions, born of ignorance or
inadvertence, are never justified.

Seek a
clear mind and a clean heart.

All you need
is to keep quietly alert, enquiring into the
real nature of yourself.

This is the only way
to peace.


- Nisargadatta Maharaj


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

' Jackson Browne as speaker of Reality'...


Within the Dream, you will meet many illusions of personality..

Honesty is a word that is seldom used..

What is good within deception ?..

You will meet politicians of deception that only desire power, wealth, and fame..

You are beyond these illusions of Dream..

You will move beyond deception and into Reality..

You will learn that Duality of Reality is apparent within Television..

You will learn that the mental conception of separation is contained within the

political actors that have sold their souls..

Perhaps, I am telling you more than you are ready to receive..

But, continue to keep your ears open...



Thomas

' Doctor, my eyes '...

' The Law of Balance '...


"Brahma the Creator is the sum total of all desires.

The world is the instrument for their fulfillment.

Souls take whatever pleasures they desire and pay for them in tears.

Time squares all accounts.

The law of balance reigns supreme."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Freed from bondage '...


For the Realized mind at one with the Way
all self-centered striving ceases.

Doubts and irresolutions vanish
and the Truth is confirmed in you.

With a single stroke you are freed from bondage;
nothing clings to you and you hold to nothing.

All is empty, clear, self-illuminating,
with no need to exert the mind.

Here, thinking, feeling, understanding, and imagination
are of no value.

In this world "as it really is"
there is neither self nor other-than-self.




- Seng-ts'an, Third Zen Patriarch

' Keep questioning '...


The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.

It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.

Never lose a holy curiosity.


- Albert Einstein

' Connection with Divine Mind '...


The human mind is fortunate in this, that it has a connection with the Divine Mind.

It can become his spiritual teacher and moral guide.

But he must be careful:

first, not to mix his own opinion with what he receives;

second, and not less but more important,

to put himself through a preparatory and purificatory discipline to make the connection vitalized.



-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 1: Their Meeting and Interchange > # 44
Paul Brunton

' Krishna '...

' Complete effacement of ego '...


"There are only two ways to conquer destiny or to be independent of it.

One is to enquire whose this destiny is and to discover that only the ego is bound by it and not the Self, and that the ego is non-existent.

The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, realising one's helplessness and saying all the time:

`Not I, but Thou, oh Lord!', giving up all sense of `I' and `mine' and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you.

Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord.

True surrender is the love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation.

In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self-enquiry or through bhakti-marga."



Sri Ramana Maharshi
Day by Day with Bhagavan
From the Diary of A. Devaraja Mudaliar
Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, p. 266

' Be honest to the core '...


"Do you know that Jesus told his disciples, "Leave everything and follow me"?

Now, if I were to tell you this, your mind would fluctuate.

It will think, "Is it true? Is it like Jesus? Is Baba right or wrong?"

So unless and until you are wholeheartedly prepared to follow someone who you think true, like Jesus, the best thing for you would be not to submit to anyone.

Just go on following the inner voice.

Can you surrender absolutely to Baba?

Just ask yourself.

Be honest to the very core.

If not, do not bother about it."




Meher Baba
16 May 1952, Myrtle Beach
in Bal Natu
Glimpses of the God-Man
Myrtle Beach: Sheriar Press, v. 3, p. 38-39

' It must study itself '...


It must occupy us now, for it bears closely upon our inquiry and is its natural preliminary:

the seeker is soul and it must start from a true notion of the nature and quality by which soul may undertake the search;

it must study itself in order to learn whether it has the faculty for the inquiry, the eye for the object proposed, whether in fact we ought to seek;

for if the object is alien the search must be futile, while if there is relationship the solution of our problem is at once desirable and possible.



-- Ennead V.1.1.
Plotinus

'Light is Existence '...


While sitting in the Lotus Postion beneath a Tree within the Forest,

the image of Gautama entered this Consciousness..

The ego declared that it would not seek water or food until Truth was revealed..

The body and mind were threatened with the pain of death, if it continued in it's quest..

But, the desire for Truth can be more powerful than the fear of pain and death..

Once the sacrifice of all that you own is freely given and you desire nothing else,

are You Free..

This 'Character' that you play is finished..

You finally,

become Yourself...



-thomas

' My youngest son came home today '...

' Little opportunities '...


To treat every human being as a shrine of God is to fulfill all religion.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:


Where is the shrine of God?

It is in the heart of man.

As soon as one begins to consider the feelings of another, one begins to worship God. ...

There is a story of a murshid who was going with his mureeds to visit some village, and he was keeping a fast. The mureeds also had taken a vow of fasting. They arrived at the peasants' home where there was great enthusiasm and happiness and where a dinner was arranged for them. When they were invited to the table, the murshid went and sat down; but the mureeds did not dare because they had taken a vow of fasting. Yet they would never mention it to the murshid. They thought, 'Murshid is forgetful; Murshid has forgotten the vow.' After dinner was over and they went out the pupils asked, 'Did you not forget the vow of fasting?' 'No,' was the murshid's answer, 'I had not forgotten. But I preferred breaking the fast rather than the heart of that man who with all his enthusiasm had prepared the food.'

The thirst for life makes us overlook little opportunities of doing good. Every moment of life brings an opportunity for being conscious of human feeling, in prosperity, in adversity, in all conditions. It costs very little; only a little thought is necessary. ... There is no greater religion than love. God is love; and the best form of love is to be conscientious regarding the feelings of those with whom we come in contact in everyday life.

' The World-idea '...


If each object of human experience is but an idea in the human mind,

all the objects,

including all the human beings themselves,

constitute but a single idea in the divine Mind--

the World-Idea.



-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism >
Chapter 3: The Individual and World Mind > # 74
Paul Brunton

' Back to Origin '...


A double discipline must be applied if human beings in this pass are to be reclaimed, and brought back to their origins, lifted once more towards the Supreme and One and First.

There is the method ... declaring the dishonour of the objects which the Soul holds here in honour; the second teaches or recalls to the Soul its race and worth; this latter is the leading truth, and, clearly brought out, is the evidence of the other.

-- Enneads, V.1.1.
Plato


Comment: The second method involves remembrance or recollection; Plotinus' preferred approach to the question: "What am I?"; that is, the introspective process of self-inquiry which presents the prospect of transcending forgetfulness -- forgetfulness synonymous with ignorance.

-david gallagher

' I see the word, limitations '...


What can be limited within Dreams ?..

There are no limitations within Thought..

This is why both self-serving (evil) and non-egoic consciousness ( Love)

exist within this sentence..

You are still trying to discover why you exist..

You are Thought, and yet, you ask why you think..

Consciousness is Reality and uses the culmination of desires of thought to learn..

Yes, God is still learning..

This is evident by the desire for us to understand the images of Dreams..


-thomas

' Woodstock '...


'The will of Source '...


The basic point to understand and accept is
that, whatever you do, the consequences
are not in your hands.

Even the wrong-doing which results in
suffering is part of the functioning of
Totality, part of God's will.



- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' When philosophers become kings '...


Unless . . .

philosophers become kings in the cities or those whom we now call kings and rulers

philosophize truly and adequately and there is a conjunction of political power and philosophy . . .

there can be no cessation of evils . . .

for cities nor, I think, for the human race.



― (Republic. V.473c11-d6)
Plato

' Practical Mystics '...


The few statesmen, rulers, or politicians by whose decisions history itself is now being made, who control tremendous power, are the ones who need guidance and wisdom, prophetic warning and personal awakening if they are not to lead their nations--and with them all mankind--into the abyss of colossal catastrophe.

If anything is to be done to save the world, it must be done through them--the masses of men will be more likely to follow where they go.

If you say that the problem is too big for anyone to solve, you imply that nothing ought to be done to help these leaders find right direction.

If you say, with Aldous Huxley's Grey Eminence, that "mystics who interfere in politics only make matters worse," I reply that unpractical visionaries, unbalanced fanatics, narrow sectarians, and inexperienced meddlers certainly do so, but practical, balanced, and mature mystics do not.

History proves this point. Philosophy rejects both objections. Even where there is only a small hope of avoiding the tragic outcome of present conditions, it must take the chance offered.


-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives >
Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 322
Paul Brunton

' Goddess '...


To choose gender is to choose separation..

Thought and Love have no gender..

Source only wants to return Home..

But, Source is confused about Identity..

If, you do not know the address,

you cannot find Home..

The map is called Nothingness..

Only those that see,

will travel...



-thomas

' Blame it on me '...

' Surrender yourself humbly '...


"Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.

What do you mean by "Accept disgrace willingly"?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss and gain.
This is called "accepting disgrace willingly."

What do you mean by "Accept misfortune as the human condition"?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?

Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things."


-Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching, chapter 13
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English

' Burning all desires '...


The thought of God is like a fire which will burn
all desires.

The highest knowledge is nothing
but the deep feeling of the presence of God
everywhere.

That is the highest wisdom and that
will give a death-blow to other desires of the world.

The desire for God is a desire to destroy all desires.



- Swami Krishnananda

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
Facets of Spirituality
Complied by S. Bhagyalakshmi
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1986

' A metaphysical wanderer '...


The Buddha or a sage will continue to reappear periodically,

for it is the very nature of Soul to be represented by an ego.

It is the very nature of Soul as an authentic essence to be a metaphysical wanderer in the infinitude of God's Being.



-- Astronoesis, p.45
Anthony Damiani

' Kindness, Beauty, and Truth '...


The ideals which have lighted my way,

and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully,

have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.



-Albert Einstein

' This Dream of Love '...


Look deep and realize that Mooji is speaking of this Energy called Love..

This jewel that we constantly seek..

Why do we seek something that is rare within the world ?..

Because, family and friends remind us of this Reality..

This Dream called World is a dance of imagination..

Dream deeply, soul..

Soon, You will Awaken..


-thomas

' A friend speaks of Hawaii '...


The 'Dream' of Heaven within Dreaming is tempting, but much learning is found within pain..

You must see the opposite to see Reality..

The Duality is strong within the minds of holograms..

We puppets have formed unions called political parties..

The 'party' is usually the country club elite..

The souls continue to wish for happiness within illusions..

I suppose, that a pleasant Dream is the best that can be desired within the hell of separation from Reality..

The Sun cooperates within the desire for warmth and vitamin D,

but, we that choose to face cold winds, do so with respect for the changing of Nature..

But, as I speak of Winter Pain, I find that this might be the warmest winter in history..

Therefore, I and Father Winter have become bi-partisan..


-thomas

' Meet me on the corner '...

' looking into the face of God '...


Sometimes you look into the face of a human being and
only being is seen.

No history is left there.

You are looking
into the face of God.

The breath of God burns all sorrow
and suffering, all dreams, desires and time, revealing God's
unmasked face.

I love that face.

Now you are looking into
the face of God himself.

He is looking into his own face.

If duality has any purpose, it is that God may look at God
and enjoy his perfect reflection.



- Mooji

' Principles of good '...


Yes, teach your principles of good, but do not think to limit God within them. The goodness of each man is peculiar to himself.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:


What is man to judge the doings of God from his limited standard of good and bad? He knows not beyond what he knows. He says he knows if he knows one cause, but there is cause after cause, hidden one behind another; and when once the soul perceives the Cause of all causes, he then realizes that all other causes are as illusions. There is one single Cause behind all things.

One sees different desires in different people, yet when one studies them keenly one finds they are all different paths leading to one common goal. When one realizes this one's accusations, complaints, and grudges cease at once. However, there is also a natural tendency in man to find the easiest and quickest path to reach the desired goal, and there is also the tendency to share his pleasure, happiness, or comfort with others, and it is this that prompted the prophets and reformers to help mankind on its journey to the goal. Those that follow in their footsteps, forgetting that moral, drag people by the neck to make them follow them, and this has brought about the degeneration of religions.

Christ said, 'In my Father's house are many mansions.' The Prophet has said, 'Every soul has its peculiar religion.' There is a Sanskrit saying, which perhaps deludes those who do not understand it, but which yet means the same thing: 'As many souls as there are, so many gods are there.'

The God of each is the God of all, but in order to comprehend that God we each have to make our own God. Some of us seek justice, we can seek for God Who is just. Some of us look for beauty, we must find it in the God of beauty. Some of us seek for love, we must find it in the God of mercy and compassion. Some of us wish for strength and power, we must find it in the God Almighty. The seeking of every soul in this world is different, distinct and peculiar to himself, and he can best attain to it by finding the object of his search in God.



' Ignoring the Divine '...


A child wrenched young from home and brought up during many years at a distance will fail in knowledge of its father and of itself:

the souls, in the same way, no longer discern either the divinity or their own nature; ignorance of their rank brings self-depreciation;

they misplace their respect, honouring everything more than themselves;

all their awe and admiration is for the alien, and, clinging to this, they have broken apart, as far as a soul may, and they make light of what they have deserted;

their regard for the mundane and their disregard of themselves bring about their utter ignoring of the Divine.



-- Enneads, V.1.1.
Plotinus

' Gaudete '...

' IT dissolves you '...


"The Supreme is the universal solvent, it corrodes every container, it burns through every obstacle.

Without the absolute denial of everything, the tyranny of things would be absolute.

The Supreme is the great harmonizer, the guarantee of the ultimate and perfect balance - of life in freedom.

It dissolves you and thus re-asserts your true being."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' We two, can do One Dance '...


Loosen the load of sweetness I'm carrying.
The sling-knot is biting into my shoulder.

This day has been so meaningless.
I feel I can't go on.

When I was with my teacher, I heard a truth
that hurt my heart like a blister,

the tender pain of seeing
something I loved as an illusion.

The flocks I tended are gone.
I am a shepherd without even a memory

of what that means, climbing this mountain.
I feel so lost.

This was my inward way, until I came
into the presence of a Moon, this new knowledge

of how likenesses unite. Good Friend,
everything is You. I see only God.

Now the delightful forms and motions
are transparent. I look through them

and see myself as the Absolute. And here's
the answer to the riddle of this dream:

You leave, so that we two
can do One Dance.


- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic


from Coleman Barks’
"Naked Song"
Maypop 1992

' A form without a soul '...


Shaikh Mahnah was in a state of great perplexity, his heart was
broken in two, when he saw in the distance an old villager of pious
appearance, walking leisurely, while from his body emanated a bright
light.

The shaikh saluted him and then told him about the sad state
he was in.

The old villager listened, and after thinking a little
said: "O Bu Sa'id, if they were to fill with millet, not once but a
hundred times, the space from lowest earth to the throne of God, and
if a bird took one grain of millet in a thousand years, and then flew
a hundred times round the world, even in all that time your soul
would have no news of the celectial court and Bu Sa'id would still be
far off."

Great patience is necessary for those who suffer; but no one is
patient.

When the quest is diverted from the inner to the outer,
even if it should extend over the universe, in the end it will be
unsatisfying.

He who is not engaged in the quest of the inner life
is no more than an animal--what shall I say?

He does not exist, he
is a non-entity, a form without a soul.



--Fariduddin Attar
from The Conference of the Birds
C. S. Nott version

' Truth stands the test '...


Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science.

Truth is what stands the test of experience.



- Albert Einstein

' The thought of origin '...


What can it be that has brought the souls to forget the father, God, and, though members of the Divine and entirely of that world, to ignore at once themselves and It?

The evil that has overtaken them has its source in self-will, in the entry into the sphere of process, and in the primal differentiation with the desire for self ownership.

They conceived a pleasure in this freedom and largely indulged their own motion; thus they were hurried down the wrong path, and in the end, drifting further and further, they came to lose even the thought of their origin in the Divine.



-- Enneads, I.5.1.
Plotinus

' Can't find my way Home '...

' Once, I said to God '...


Once I said to God, "How do you teach us?"

And he replied

"If
you were
playing chess with someone who
had infinite power and infinite knowledge
and wanted to make you a
master of the game,

where would all the chess
pieces be at
every moment?

Indeed, not only where he wanted them,
but where all were best for your
development;

and that is every situation
of one's
life.


- St. John of the Cross

' The ever-present stillness '...


Take a moment just to be still, to be here, regardless of what is passing through you.

Recognize that you are the hereness that all is passing through.

All the changes, sights, sounds, smells, emotions, thoughts, information, events, births, and deaths are all passing through the ever-present stillness that is here now in the core of your being.


- Gangaji

' Compassion rules him '...


The sage has conquered separativeness in his mind and realized the ALL as himself.

The logical consequence is tremendous.

It follows that there is no liberation from the round of births and rebirths for the sage; he has to go through it like the others.

Of course, he does this with full understanding whereas they are plunged in darkness.

But if he identifies himself with the All, then he can't desert but must go on to the end, working for the liberation of others in turn.

This is his crucifixion, that being able to save others he is unable to save himself.

"And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, `And he was numbered with the transgressors.'-- Why? Because compassion rules him, not the ego.

Nobody is likely to want such a goal (until, indeed he is almost ready for it) so it is usually kept secret or symbolized.

Again: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."


-Paul Brunton

' Humanity is Awakening '...


As an Awake Consciousness, you are quite aware of the duality of knowledge within the Dream..

The Luciferian argument that we are all gods is the education of modernity..

This promise of the Luciferian and Satanic souls confuse the ego into the state of pain and separation..

But, mainly, this is held within the ruling elite..

They are doomed by their desires to remain within the wheel of reincarnation..

That is the eternal life that has been promised to them..

To remain slaves and power sources of negative energy to entities that are trapped within darkness..

So many remain within false dreams and desires..

To be 'Truly Born' is the Realization of Self..

Self exists as Divine Consciousness and is permeated with the energy called Love..

Choose Love or choose self-serving,

That is why, you are here...


-thomas

' Caravan '...

' Propaganda and mind control '...


Great is truth, but still greater,

from a practical point of view,

is silence about truth.

By simply not mentioning certain subjects...

totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.


- Aldous Huxley

' No sand '...


"The Ocean of Love is a sea where there is no shore;

Without the soul's surrender,

there is no hope,

no sand."



Hafiz
in Peter Washington, Ed.
Persian Poems
London: Everyman's Library, 2000, p. 169

' The mind cannot cross '...


Watch yourself closely and you will see that whatever be the content of
consciousness, the witnessing of it does not depend on the content.

Awareness is
itself and does not change with the event.

The event may be pleasant or
unpleasant, minor or important, awareness is the same.

Take note of the peculiar
nature of pure awareness, its natural self-identity, without the least trace of
self-consciousness, and go to the root of it and you will soon realize that
awareness is your true nature, and nothing you may be aware of, you can call
your own.

When the content is viewed without likes and dislikes, the consciousness of it is
awareness.

But still there is a difference between awareness as reflected in
consciousness and pure awareness beyond consciousness.

Reflected awareness,
the sense "I am aware" is the witness, while pure awareness is the essence of
reality.

Reflection of the sun in a drop of water is a reflection of the sun, no
doubt, but not the sun itself.

Between awareness reflected in consciousness as
the witness and pure awareness there is a gap, which the mind cannot cross.


~Sri Nisargadatta

' Catching thoughts '...


Catch your thoughts and release them.

You don't need to bang them on the head and try to kill them before throwing them back.

You can just acknowledge each thought and then let it go.


- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

' The All-inclusive universal self '...


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

' Awakening from the illusion of separate self '...


We live here on Earth, together with billions of fellow human beings. That we live is an irrefutable empirical fact, similarly, the fact that other people live on Earth too, is also an empirical fact. We do not merely live, however, but we are also personalities.

We are personalities who are similar to each other in various respects, and largely different from each other in other respects. That we are personalities, different from each other is also an empirical fact for us. Out of these two experiences, however, only one is true, the other is deception. Only one is a fact, the other is an illusion: the biggest illusion of the world.
The Beginnings of the Illusion

Let us take a closer look and examine which of the two experiences is true and which is a mere illusion.

Our life in this world begins when we are born. It is obvious that we are alive, but we are not yet a personality. At that time only the simplicity and greatness of the present, the existence is known to us.

The society and its culture is what shapes us into personalities while we grow up. We become a personality when our Ego is born. This is an inevitable step in the evolution of the Consciousness, so there is nothing wrong with that. The Ego is born, the separate little Self, as a focus of the Consciousness. That little Self obtains experience about itself and the world. In the natural course of evolution and as a result of the experience gathered, the Ego withdraws to give way to the process as a result of which Consciousness awakens to its own existence through a human form.

The progress of this evolutionary process can, however, be impeded by an illusion: the illusion that the individual is becoming somebody, a personality. We begin to become somebody, a personality, when we start to identify with the Ego, with that separate little Self. Under that illusion we believe that the Ego is a reality, and we are identical with the Ego, and the development of the separate little Self is in fact the foundation of our personal development. Nowadays it is virtually impossible to avoid that kind of illusion, since mankind has lived in it for thousands of years. The deception has become independent, and theillusion of the Ego is now a reality for the entire mankind, including naturally us.

The Nature of the Illusion

Our identification with the Ego makes us therefore somebody, a personality. On the other hand, our identification with the Ego will be the root of all our problems and misery. Since around us everybody considers the Ego as the most important center of their life, we are also brought up by our parents to have a powerful Ego, a centerpoint in our life, by the time we reach adulthood. It is necessary because our society–and its culture–favors and worships the individuals with a powerful Ego.

Our parents and teachers bring us up in the spirit of the permanent endeavors to become somebody, to become a strong personality, to become somebody different from what are now (to become bigger, more important and better than other people). That is why we always watch other people, we compare and measure ourselves to them. All that time, we also try to adjust our actions and deeds to the expectations and opinions of others. We keep dealing with the past and the future, and we never have sufficient time to stop and notice the immense illusion behind our life.

The End of the Illusion

An illusion may only survive if it is continually fanned and nourished. If we take a look around through innocent eyes (through eyes free of any kind of opinions) we will soon realize how every society nourishes and fans, through its various institutions, the illusion of the separate little Self, the Ego. How they nourish the illusion of ”somebodyness” in us and in everybody else. All that may take place because every society, every culture is based upon individuals, and if those individuals disappear, they wake up from their ”somebodyness,” the former modus operandi of that society collapses.

That is why Eckhart Tolle is perfectly right when he asserts that the world can only change from inside. The internal change means that we wake up from our ”somebodyness” and we begin to understand what our mission is in the evolutionary progress ofthe Consciousness.
We must therefore wake up from the illusion of our ”somebodyness” in order to concentrate our attention on reality. That reality is nothing but the innermost empirical fact in our life, the fact that we live, and we constitute a vibrating Consciousness, full of life. That is the reality that has been shrouded from us by the illusion, the mistake that we concentrated all our efforts on sustaining our ”somebodyness.”

If we stop nourishing that illusion, it will vanish after a while. In order to severe the power line of the illusion, we must learn how to notice the vividness and beauty of the present moment. Once we are able to accept the present moment, we are able to accept ourselves and we are able to enjoy the simplicity, tranquility and peace of existence. The Ego and the experience of ”somebodyness” then disappear, and we remain nothing but pure, vibrating energy, Life itself.

~From the book: Frank M. Wanderer: The Revolution of Consciousness: Deconditioning the Programmed Mind

' Edith Piaf - La vie en rose '...

' Nothing but concepts '...


Man's dread of insecurity, and his hope of aid from a superior power against it drive him to create the concept of a supernatural God.

Yet this God and
the very entity seeking security from it are both nothing but concepts.


As far as metaphysical duality is concerned, there is no conflict between opposites.

Man's conflict between good and evil, pleasure and pain, happiness and unhappiness, is as unthinkable in nature as an electric current without both positive and negative polarity.

The principle of polaric duality can only be understood metaphysically, through the willing acceptance of all interrelated opposites as the very basis of the universe and life therein.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
http://www.advaita.org

' liberation from time '...


Zen is a liberation from time.

For if we open our eyes and see clearly,

it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant,

and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.



-Alan Watts

' Why does God allow evil in the world ?'...


It will be found by experience that preoccupation with such questions as "Why does God allow evil in the world?" will fall away under the influence of the Witness Self.

The question is relative to and relevant only in the sphere of the personal self in interaction with other personal selves, and in that sphere it has no answer.

In the sphere of the Overself the question does not exist.

"Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest" is still as true as when spoken by the Christ nearly two thousand years ago.


-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 1: What Is God? > # 29
Paul Brunton



' The Silence of Being '...


Don't know anything at all.

Meet everything in the moment as it arises.

Meet life like this and you are on the road to True and Pure Existence, everlasting joy and contentment.

Then your life is not a series of events, but more a quality of Being.

Start with being empty before you make your first step.

Then, when you make your first step, see if you leave this beautiful emptiness or not.

When you are so grounded in and as the Source, it won't matter if you make one, ten, or a hundred steps.

In any direction they will still be steps made in the Silence of Being.

The one who follows my advice will find something truly worth discovering.

Discovering yourself as you truly ARE is discovering Life as it truly IS.


- Mooji

' Trouble and Woe '...

' Tangled up in blue '...

' What am I creating ?'...


The question arises,

'What am I creating ?'...

Using the singular 'i' destroys the question..

By now, you have been shaken..

The Creation of any manifestation,

resides within the inquiring Mind..

Manifestation is a gift of sight..

We keep creating,

and yet,

keep believing that We are the Created...



-thomas

' The One Mind '...


The One Mind appears both as the millions of little minds and as the mental images of things,

creatures, or events which they come to know, see, or experience.


Any hypnotist may invent a seeming world for you but it will be gone in a few minutes or hours.

Only the World-Mind can invent one that will last and outlast the whole human race.




-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind > Chapter 3:
World-Mind and ``Creation'' > # 23
Paul Brunton

' Trust life to unfold '...


If you do not trust life to unfold,

the mind takes over and it becomes a game of strategy, motivated by anxiety.

This mistrust is unfair.

Life has given us so much,

and yet we do not trust it.



-Mooji

' Happiness '...


Happiness is strange;

it comes when you are not seeking it.

When you are not making an effort to be happy,

then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there,

born of purity, of a loveliness of being.



-Jiddu Krishnamurti

' Singularity '...


Singularity is a symptom of desire..

To believe that

You are not the whole,

is spiritual delusion..

Thought, can only pretend to be separate..

When, there is only One Mind,

we have to laugh at our thoughts..



-thomas

' Krishna Das '...

' Am I not in all forms ?'...


If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The (limited) happiness of this world is something we cannot keep; it is just like the horizon - the nearer you go, the farther it goes. As soon as you get it, you see it is not the thing you wanted. That discontent continues its work till we have found and understood the manifestation of God, in which is hidden the Divine Spirit. God cannot be found in temples, for God is Love; and love does not live in temples, but in the heart of man, which is the temple of God. The true religion would be to recognize it is so and to tolerate, to forgive and to love each other.

There is a story told of Moses. One day he was passing through a farm, and he saw a peasant boy sitting quietly and talking to himself, saying, 'O God, I love you so; if I saw you here in these fields I would bring you soft bedding and delicious dishes to eat, I would take care that no wild animals could come near you. You are so dear to me, and I so long to see you; if you only knew how I love you I am sure you would appear to me!'

Moses heard this, and said, 'Young man, how dare you speak of God in this way? He is the formless God, and no wild beast or bird could injure Him who guards and protects all.' The young man bent his head sorrowfully and wept. Something was lost to him, and he felt most unhappy. And then a revelation came to Moses as a voice from within which said, 'Moses, what have you done? You have separated a sincere lover from Me. What does it matter what I am called or how I am spoken to? Am I not in all forms?'

This story throws a great light on this question, and teaches that it is only the ignorant who accuse one another of a wrong conception of God. It teaches us how gentle we ought to be with the faith of another; as long as he has the spark of the love of God, this spark should be slowly blown upon so that the flame may rise; if not, that spark will be extinguished. How much the spiritual development of mankind in general depends upon a religious man! He can either spread the light or diminish it by forcing his belief on others.

Very often a person thinks that other people should believe in and worship his God. But everyone has his own conception of God, and this conception becomes the stepping-stone to the true ideal of God.

Nature teaches every soul to worship God in some way or other, and often provides that which is suitable for each. Those who want one law to govern all have lost sight of the spirit of their own religion. And it is in people who have not yet learned their own religion that such ideas are commonly found. Did they but know their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others!



' Paradox '...


​Paradox is both the primal and the final truth.

Life, whether we approve of it or not, is like that.

Things are dual and so is man's nature a pairing of negative and positive.

But even more is the entire cosmos itself both real and unreal.




-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea > Chapter 3:
Polarities, Complementaries, Dualities of The Universe > # 1
Paul Brunton

' Sentience Itself '...


You have considered yourself to be a separate "self" only because of having regarded a solid object with a name that is the body, as yourself.

But in fact the body itself is nothing but an insignificant, vastly intricate complex of electrical wave-patterns, a series of rhythmic functions, a throbbing field of energy and emptiness.

What you actually are, then, is what everybody else is:

Sentience Itself.

Therefore, instead of being a puny self by way of an object, you are indeed everything.




- Ramesh Balsekar, A Net of Jewels

' Doctor, my eyes '...

' What is the heart ?'...


You see the drawing of the 'Heart' every day, when the subject is Love..

You already know that they are not denoting the physical heart..

Why is the 'Heart' used as the symbol of Love?..

Most people are unaware that the 'Heart' produces much more voltage than the Brain..

Voltage is used as the Energy source of the body and mind to function the operating of the human body hologram..

Light is the building Source..

So why is the 'Heart' involved in Love ?..

Heart is the Energy source and therefore contains no personality..

'No personality' is the 'Door' to Reality..

'No personality' is 'Pure Awareness', otherwise known as Reality..

'No personality' called non-egoic desire is known as 'Love'..

'Love' is Known as 'God'..

'God' is Known as 'Reality'..

The Heart is Consciousness expanding...


-thomas

' Universal Television '...


As the Final Reality called Pure Awareness,

You, no longer exist as a singularity of Consciousness..

This 'Contemplation' upon the knowledge of Reality,

spurs Thought to form a mirror of discovery..

This manifestation of holograms of positive and negative,

form the 'yin yang' of Universal Television...


-thomas

' The mind's attitude '...


"The mind that projects the world, colors it its own way.

When you meet a man, he is a stranger.

When you marry him, he becomes your own self.

When you quarrel, he becomes your enemy.

It is your mind's attitude that determines what he is to you."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The living experience '...


Realization is not knowledge about the universe,

but the living experience of the nature of the universe.

Until we have such living experience,

we remain dependent on examples,

and subject to their limits.



-Namkhai Norbu

' Without leaving a trace '...


If we allow our thoughts to arise and dissolve by themselves,

they will pass through our mind as a bird flies through the sky,

without leaving a trace.



-Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

' The Manifestation called life '...


You are playing many parts within this play,

in fact, All of them..

You are Dreaming and within Dreams,

Holograms of Desire,

Created from Thought..

What You Desire to Believe, appears real...



-thomas

' Leaving the Dreams '...


You get out of the 'Dreams'

by remembering that 'You' are the 'Observer' of the Dreams,

and not that which is seen..

You are 'Consciousness',

return to Awareness...


-thomas

' Shivoham - by Jagadguru Shri Adi Shankaracharya '...

' Our confusion '...


Coming down here into the body of flesh and blood is our confusion.

Experiencing the sufferings and distresses which we do is our fate.

The satisfactions are there also, yes, and induce us to cling to life and return anew after each reincarnation.

We need always remember that all this experience which a human undergoes is relative to time and place and must pass on and away.

To what?

To that higher order of the universe where we are with God as higher creatures.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 2: The Double Standpoint > # 55
Paul Brunton

' Praying for Peace '...


When I pray for peace,

I pray not only that the enemies of my own country may cease to want war,

but above all that my country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable.



-Thomas Merton

' The language of heaven '...


There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself,

and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven.



-Meister Eckhart

' Let us all be Real '...


The frequencies of music merely move the mind..

You can change the face and movement of the body..

The Truth is that,

You are Consciousness,

the other entities will leave you..

I will not leave you,

I am the cane that you lean upon..

I am your cousin,

I will lift you high..

We are the Reality,

that we seek...


-thomas

' Teach your children '..

' Seeking Perfection '...


I do not seek perfection, I seek Reality..

Reality is not always accepting..

The 'I' that seeks perfection is the same 'I' that seeks existence and separation from Reality..

The 'I' is a joke of the Universe..

The 'Creator Thinker',

has no name or individuality..

Although, there is a scent of Love surrounding this Force...


-thomas

' Blind Connie Williams'...

' Now, is continuous '...


'Now' is the absence of duration and this 'now' is continuous. 'Now' is all that is being experienced. The sum of sequential, continuous 'stop-frame nows' equals time.
Materiality is merely a sensory phenomenon.

When sensory perception is left behind, the physical world is left behind, revealing the imagination which underlies every world.

There may be other worlds, but none of them are yours.
Your world is your viewpoint. The data comes in and is interpreted by the body/mind/self composite with its unique conditioning.

You are Conscious Being embodied. As you know this world, spontaneously, without any effort, you will come to know the Source of All spontaneously, without any effort.


-Wu Hsin

' When two become One '...


We come to the spiritual search because a lot of thinking is happening. The mind is lost in the story of “me” and everything that is happening to “me.” It can be confusing and painful. Then a spiritual teaching points us to an inner non-conceptual awareness. An incredible peace and freedom is realized when there is a shift from attachment to everything to a realization of pure awareness or emptiness.

We can get stuck in pure awareness though. We can find ourselves in the realization that nothing is happening. We realize a beautiful nothingness. And yet . . . isn’t that just another point of reference, another dualistic point which is opposite of the point of reference of everything? If we identify too strongly with the notion of being no self or pure awareness, we are stuck again. The dualistic mind has found another position. It is dwelling in the idea of absence.

Liberation is no longer mentally fixating on one idea within a set of polar opposites: non-conceptual awareness v. concepts, emptiness v. form, nothing v. everything. This is when thought and awareness dance together in one seamless dance, when there is no preference for either. Nothing is seen to be appearing as everything. This is when there is a collision of emptiness and form, of nothing and everything, and all that is left is the love and mystery of what is.



-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment

' The Great Miracle '...


This is the great miracle of our existence,

that out of the Void it comes forth,

out of Nothing it receives consciousness, power, and life.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 5: The Void As Metaphysical Fact > # 9
Paul Brunton


' When nothing else is wanted '...


"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
I Am That

' The Trance of Ego '...


As soon as we’re caught in a trance state, we’re imprisoned in a mechanical, conditioned movement of mind. Everyone knows what it’s like to be caught in this egoic trance state: we experience great frustration and dissatisfaction. Part of our frustration arises because the ego can’t really do anything about this underlying discontent, because the ego itself is simply a mechanical movement of thought.

It can’t express any true creativity. Our egos are basically the past expressing itself in the present. By that, I mean the ego is simply our conditioning unfolding and displaying itself here and now—in the way we think, act, and react. In the egoic state of consciousness, we really don’t have the amount of choice or volition that we imagine we have.

On a deep, intuitive level, we all know this, because if we had the choice that we think we possess, we would simply choose happiness and peace; nobody who’s not insane would choose otherwise.

And yet, even though we believe that we have this power of choice, life keeps showing us that we can’t even manipulate where our minds go, that we can’t even insist on the way we feel day to day, much less control every one of our behaviors or the behaviors of those around us.

how many times have we made New Year’s resolutions about how we were going to change, and how many times did that change actually occur? More often than not, even the things we say we want to do, we don’t end up doing. The reason isn’t because we have a lack of willpower. The reason isn’t because we haven’t figured out how to do them. The reason is because, from the egoic level of consciousness, we don’t really have the power of choice that we imagine we have, and that’s one of the most frustrating things within the trance state of egoic consciousness.

This trance state of egoic consciousness is where 99 percent of humanity lives and breathes, yet it’s the very thing from which we yearn to escape. Even though we don’t know it’s what we long to be free of, we all have this desire to not be confined or limited imprinted within us. We all have this innate desire to be free, creative, loving, open, and compassionate—and yet when we’re trapped within the egoic state of consciousness, in this trance of ego, our options are very limited.


~ Adyashanti ~

' The Eternal Now '...


There is really no progress from materiality to spirituality.

There can be no shifting of the mind through time in the hope of finding eternity en route.

The present moment is also the eternal now and,

when properly understood, never changes.


-Paul Brunton

' Mister Fantasy '...


' One surf '...


The river and its waves are one surf: where
is the difference between the river and its waves?


When the wave rises, it is the water; and when
it falls, it is the same water again. Tell me, Sir,
where is the distinction?


Because it has been named a wave, shall it
no longer be considered as water?


Within the supreme Brahma, the worlds are
being told like beads:


Look upon that rosary with the eyes of wisdom.



- Kabir

' Who are you, then ?'...


Feel your reality,
In the stillness,
In the quietness,
When there is no mind,
No thoughts, no words.


Who are you then?
You just are.


I AM. I AM.
I am not this.
I am not that.
I AM.


I am That which has always been.
I am That which will always be.


I AM THAT I AM.


- Robert Adams

' A white heron '...


In a snowfall that covers the winter grass

a white heron

uses his own whiteness

to disappear.


~~Dogen~~

' The Identity of Love '...


This game of 'hide and seek' is the search for Reality..

This emotion and feeling of joy called Love, enters the scene..

You think, therefore, you are..

It is the ego screaming for the acknowledge of existence..

As a baby cries, so does the ego..

You are dealing within the youth of Consciousness and the Wisdom of Time..

You are begining to have Dreams that You are Source..

How does mind become Source ?..

Perhaps, Reality loves to play more than we do...


-thomas

' Gregorian Chant '...

' All things change, nothing perishes '...


Souls never die, but always on quitting one abode pass to another.

All things change, nothing perishes.

The soul passes hither and thither, occupying now this body, now that...

As a wax is stamped with certain figures, then melted, then stamped anew with others, yet it is always the same wax.

So, the Soul being always the same, yet wears at different times different forms.


-Pythagoras

' Let God Be God '...


God expects but one thing of you,

and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.


-Meister Eckhart

' Causal form '...


Nothing can enter experience which is not thrown by the mind into a causal form.

The mind being capable only of experiencing in this way is incapable of grasping the essentially real in experience.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 75
-- Perspectives > Chapter 19: The Reign of Relativity > # 9
Paul Brunton

' Worshiping a God '..


You desire to worship a personality.

Enter into the Realization , that there is only God..

The 'I' that bows to it's knees is the ego..

This 'I' that seeks power..

And what more power is there, than God ?..

It is True that We and the Father are One but,

this 'I' remains a seeker..

Once 'I' has tired,

Pure Awareness,

enters...



-thomas

' Tree of Knowledge '...

' The Unchanging Awareness '...


The Absolute is not depending on anything
for its own existence.

It shines by its own light.

Even in the darkest moment it is here.

Mind may tell you in those moments,
‘But it’s not the same as it was!’
But you don’t need the same-same of anything.

This is the only unchanging one; everything else changes.

This is your light in the darkest moment.

This is your light in the lightest moment.

This is the one thing that cannot leave you.

If everything in the world leaves you, This cannot leave,
because it is essentially what you are, where you are,
and what you have always been.

The different ways
that you have perceived yourself as personality
are only the garments you wear for a while.

Garments of time, growth and change
worn over the I-am-ness for a time.

All these change, naturally and necessarily.

Even the beautiful I-am-ness itself
finally becomes God's scuba suit
worn over the Unchanging Awareness.


- Mooji

' Cast off all '...


When Jesus invites men to "cast all burdens upon me" and when Krishna invites them to "cast off all works on me"

both are suggesting that we should imagine all our troubles being borne and all our actions as being done by the higher self,

if we have not yet found it, and should actually let it displace the personal ego in practical life, if we have.




-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 44
Paul Brunton

' Continuity '...


Awareness is observation without choice, condemnation, or justification.

Awareness is silent observation from which there arises understanding without the experiencer and the experienced.

In this awareness, which is passive, the problem or the cause is given an opportunity to unfold itself and so give its full significance.

In awareness there is no end in view to be gained, and there is no becoming, the 'me' and the 'mine' not being given the continuity.


-Jiddu Krishnamurti

' Human experience '...


The sensing of human experience is the same as the Dream State..

The 'I' that you are seeking is a separation of consciousness..

This Love, that is spoken of is the State of non-identity..

This is why, Joy is felt within this mental activity..

You are really seeking Freedom..

Freedom is found in Love,

and Love is often found within personality or identity,

but, we still call this Ground of Being,

Pure Awareness...


-thomas

' Universe as illusion '...


Both philosophy and metaphysics and even some religions agree in calling the universe an illusion.

But they do not all agree in their attitude towards it.

Only philosophy draws attention to the fact that even if its existence is an illusory one, it is still there, for we are aware of it.

Mental denial does not lead to physical non-reporting of it by the five senses.

It is better to admit this existence and to put it in its proper place rather than to say it is nothing, that it is not there.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 1: The Cosmos of Change > # 22
Paul Brunton

' The Divine Impulse '...


Many people ask, "How do I integrate my spirituality into every day life?"

You don't.

You can't.

How could you integrate it?

You can't stuff the infinite into your limited life.

Instead, give your life to the divine impulse.

There is no integration. There's only realisation, and that realisation is always a perfect destroyer.

It is a destroyer of all sense of separateness, a destroyer of that which is not true.

Throw your life into Truth.

Don't try to stuff Truth into your life.



Adyashanti
Emptiness Dancing

' A True Mystic '...


A true mystic sees the truth or Source in all things.

Whether it is a holy book or the devil himself.

Once the seeker discovers the inner oracle through exclusive devotion to God, they are able to integrate all the diverse egos into their inner vision.

This does not mean avoidance of pain and discomfort, but rather laying down one’s life for their friends; which they consider to be the “all,” from the killer to the saint; from the animals to the plants.


-Atreya Thomas

' The Crux '..


Inside one identity is the crux..

There is no one identity within Reality..

Reality has no name or identity..

Reality is Pure Awareness that is composed of this energy called Love..

Love is the state of non-egoic existence..

Love exists within the Reality of Nothingness..

Nothingness means the state of non-ego..

Nothingness is Freedom...


-thomas

' Svabhavikakaya '...


From the point of view of absolute truth, phenomena have no actual entity. What we think of as 'I’, 'my body’, 'my mind’, 'my name’, have no real existence. Other beings have no real existence either, whether they be dangerous enemies or loving parents. ...

Even if one were to separate the skin, the flesh, the muscles and the blood, of the body, where would the mind be found?

Is it in the flesh or in the bone, etc? Nothing will be found, for the mind itself is void.

The fact that the mind is by nature empty, that it is nevertheless the place where phenomena appear, and that it is beyond origination and is therefore unceasing — this inseparable union of the three kayas is called the Svabhavikakaya.



- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - Enlightened Courage - Shambhala Publications

' Two kinds of consciousness '...


There are two kinds of consciousness,

one is in ever-passing moments,

the other ever-present.

The one is in time,

the other out of it.

The ordinary person knows only the one;

the enlightened sage knows both.


-Paul Brunton

' The simple recognition of what is '...


In the search for ‘enlightenment,’ a natural tendency of the dualistic mind is to analyze a teacher’s words. The mind looks at information and compares it to previously learned information and then analyzes whether the new information is consistent with its stored memory. But this analysis is the seeking. The self—attachment to stored thought—is seeking to confirm itself, its own ideas.

‘This’ is pointing to something so obvious that, once it is realized, the tendency of the mind to attempt to grasp ‘This’ dies. Pointers are intended to allow the mind to unravel its fixations and relax into the simple recognition of the space of now and everything that arises and falls in it—to the sound of a car going by, the sensation of breathing, a feeling arising and falling, a thought coming and going, the wiggling of a toe, or the sound of a friend’s voice. It’s that simple.

Even in that realization, the mind may continue to fixate. It wants to hold on tightly to its own interpretation of ‘This.’ Instead of seeking ‘This,’ it believes it has attained it. It starts to believe that its pointers are true and that others’ pointers are not. It turns away from the simple recognition of what is and, instead, tries to own ‘This’ on a personal level. No one owns ‘This.’ ‘This’ is simply what is.



-Kiloby, Scott. Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment

' Hanging on to a dream'...


Listen below to tim hardin singing of a dream..

Holding on to a dream keeps the spirit within illusion..

To hold on to Love is to be Love..

This Consciousness called Love is Reality..

To hold on to a dream is 'Desire'..

Desire is the manacle of life..

To Be, is Reality..

Being and Dreaming are two different realities..

Be Reality,

Dreaming of Love is the ego seeking Freedom..

You are Freedom without thinking..



-thomas

' Hang on '...