' Tao Te Ching '...


Between birth and death,
Three in ten are followers of life,
Three in ten are followers of death,
And men just passing from birth to death also number three in ten.
Why is this so?
Because they live their lives on the gross level.

He who knows how to live can walk abroad
Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.
He will not be wounded in battle.
For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,
Tigers no place to use their claws,
And weapons no place to pierce.

Why is this so?
Because he has no place for death to enter.



- Lao-tzu
Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
Vintage Books Edition, September 1972

' Beyond the shadow '...


~This passage is from Thomas Merton's posthumous Asian Journal, describing his awakening experience upon seeing the great Buddha statues at Polonnaruwa, Ceylon (Sri Lanka):

“Looking at these figures I was suddenly,
almost forcibly, jerked clean out of the habitual, half-
tied vision of things, and an inner clearness, clarity, as
if exploding from the rocks themselves, became evident
and obvious.

The queer evidence of the reclining
figure, the smile, the sad smile of Ananda standing with
arms folded (much more ‘imperative’ than Da Vinci’s
Mona Lisa because completely simple and
straightforward).

The thing about all this is that there is
no puzzle, no problem, and really no ‘mystery.’ All
problems are resolved and everything is clear, simply
because what matters is clear. The rock, all matter, all
life, is charged with dharmakaya . . .

everything is
emptiness and everything is compassion. I don’t know
when in my life I have ever had such a sense of beauty
and spiritual validity running together in one aesthetic
illumination.

Surely, with Mahabalipuram and
Polonnaruwa my Asian pilgrimage has come clear and
purified itself. I mean, I know and have seen what I
was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else
remains but I have now seen and have pierced through
the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the
disguise.”


~from The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton,

' Escaping difficulties '...


There is no permanent way of escaping difficulties other than the way of seeking spiritual realization.

That is what we have really incarnated for.

This may seem hard on us,

but life on earth as it is known today is also hard for many people.




-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience >
Chapter 1: Situation > # 394 Paul Brunton


' Logic and Awareness '...


I agree with your logic and awareness..

The 'Final Reality' consists of Thought and not Dream..

This 'Silence' is confounding to the emitter of sound..

Pure Awareness appears to enjoy, Dreaming..

I have to ask myself,

" What would I do "..

I would probably walk this same road of entertainment..

The "Void' that frightens you so much is Real..

The others words were a bridge...


-thomas

' He's Free '...


Take someone who doesn't keep score,

who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,

who has not the slightest interest even

in his own personality: He's free.



- Rumi
Version by Coleman Barks
"Open Secret"
Threshold Books, 1984

' A higher point of view '...


It would be wrong to say that the pictorial review of life experience when dying is merely a mental transference from one's own shoes to those of the persons with whom one has been in contact during the life just passed, as the pictures unveil before him.

What really happens is a transference from the false ego to the true Self, from the personal to the impersonal.

It is a realization of the true meaning of each episode of the life from a higher point of view.



-- Notebooks Category 9: From Birth to Rebirth >
Chapter 1: Death, Dying, and Immortality > # 114
Paul Brunton


' Absolutely Nothing '...


"Now imagine that you stop to sit on a bench in the park. As you sit there everything stops, absolutely stops. Your mind is so still and quiet that you can hear dust particles floating in the air. Suddenly you are falling, and falling, and falling. There is no ground below or sky overhead, just a crushing thunderous silence, racing faster and faster. You suddenly realize that it’s going to kill you, rip you limb from limb and explode your lungs into dust.

There’s no way out, no possible means of survival. And so you do the only thing there is to do. Surrender. All goes blank and empty, more empty than limitless space. Prior to life and death, you blink out of (or is it into?) existence. Timelessness is all there is, all there ever was, or could be. Eternity reigns supreme, and is radiantly present in every particle of being. Something unborn and undying stirs to life and opens its eyes -- your eyes.

You or It is still sitting on the park bench. It is smiling, radiant, and content. A little girl on roller skates passes by. The sun glitters through the aspen leaves as an old man smokes his pipe on a footbridge crossing over a stream that feeds into a pondfilled with goldfish. Everywhere you look is emptiness. Each ‘thing’ is a veil, a shroud, cloaking Infinity. Nothing is as it seems, and everything is exactly as it is. Somehow perfect in all its apparent chaos, Infinity prevails.

You know with exact precision that there is nothing else -- nothing could be other than this vast and absolute void, this pure and Infinite Potential, this unborn and unformed Infinity. You reflect back over your life and realize that everything that ever happened or ever could happen, from birth to all of the ups and downs of this ephemeral life, to the strange realizations of spiritual awakening, to this exact moment outside of time, was and is the momentary display -- a blip, really -- of Infinity’s limitless potential coming into, and going out of, existence. An old friend finds you sitting on the bench in the park.

She sits down beside you and asks, ‘What are you up to?’ You love her as friends do, but what can you say? You’re already speechless, and as quiet inside as the dead. She doesn’t know it, but you’re in two different worlds, strangely intersecting here on this park bench. How do you reach across infinity to communicate with her? For a moment you strain inside for the words with which to respond. There is a silent pause -- is she onto you? Does she suspect something is different? A cool breeze caresses your face and the universe smiles inside you. ‘Oh, nothing really,’ you say. ‘Absolutely Nothing.’”


~ Adyashanti
The Way of Liberation


Urge for Going — Tom Rush

' Dreams '...


Bad thoughts make bad dreams

and good thoughts make good dreams,

and if you have no thoughts you don’t dream at all.


-Annamalai Swami

' A Pilgrimage '...


Your life’s journey is a pilgrimage that’s always
going from one sacred space to yet another sacred
space.

And the very road that you’re traveling on between
these sacred spaces is also sacred, too.

No matter what your life looks like right now, you’re
always standing in the Temple of the Divine.

Your own Heart is truly the Holy-of-Holies.


- Chuck Hillig

' Only Consciousness Appearing '...


Many think and believe there is a real objective universe "out there". But what is manifesting are colors, sounds, flavors, smells, sensations and cognitions. Those are only the textures of awareness.

Notice any of the above and notice if any can be found as other than awareness itself. Where can you find the dividing line between awareness and those six items?

There is only Consciousness appearing as colors, sounds, flavors, smells, sensations and cognitions. There are no inanimate things or objects.


-Jackson Peterson

' Ideas move the world '...


The ocean itself is one big drop, but it is also made
of small drops; many little drops put together become
an ocean.

But actually, in the ocean, the drops don't
exist; they are one integral whole.

So, you may say there
are no drops in the ocean, yet you can say it is made up
of drops.

Both notions are correct.

Actually, the drops
in the ocean are only conceptual.

The mind says that
there are many parts.

Ideas move the world.



- Swami Krishnananda
Your Questions Answered
Swami Krishnananda
The Divine Life Trust Society, 1995

' The wise aspirant '...


The wise aspirant will not hanker after manifestations of the marvellous.

He wants the highest life has to offer,

and he knows that nothing could be more marvelous than the realization of God as his own self.



-- Notebooks Category 16: The Sensitives >
Chapter 4: Those Who Seek > # 102 Paul Brunton

' The 'me' ...


The “me” is very impersonal, not meaning cold or distant, but just meaning without inherent self nature, in the same way that when you read a book, the characters are without self nature. They actually don’t exist outside of your imagination. They don’t even exist in the book, because the book is just words. And without someone reading the words and bringing it all alive within imagination, nothing even exists on the printed page. It’s all within the reader, all the life.

When the Buddha talked about the realization of no-self, he was talking about the self that’s an image in the mind being completely seen through. And when there is no image of self, experience has nothing to bounce off of. Everything just is as it is, because there's no secondary interpretation. The one that’s interpreting is the one that’s in pain. And that’s the one who suffers. That’s the one who causes others to suffer.

The false self, the self that’s an image in the mind, uses every experience to measure itself: “How am I in relationship to what’s happening? Am I wise? Am I stupid? Am I clumsy? Am I courageous? Am I enlightened about this?” That’s the movement of consciousness reflecting on an image of itself that doesn’t actually exist. It’s always measuring each and every experience, and then believing in the interpretation of the experience rather than seeing “Everything just is.”

Everything actually just is. From the perspective of consciousness, even resistance just is. And if you resist resistance, that’s just what is. You can’t get away from it. You start to see that the only thing that goes into resistance, a story, or an interpretation of what is—whatever it is—is this mind-created persona. It's like a character in a novel. When you read a novel, every character has a point of view. It has beliefs. It has opinions. There’s something that makes it distinct from other characters. Our persona is literally this mind-created character that’s always making itself distinct. So it always needs to evaluate everything against its preconceived idea….

That’s basically what it means to really wake up: we’re waking up from the character. You don’t have to destroy the character called “me” to wake up from it. In fact, trying to destroy the character makes it very hard to wake up. Because what’s trying to destroy the character? The character. What’s judging the character? The character.

So you leave the character alone. The character called you, just leave it alone. Then it’s much easier for the awakening out of that perspective to happen.


~Adya

' Desires '...


Desires are just waves in the mind.

You know
a wave when you see one.

A desire is just a
thing among many.

I feel no urge to satisfy it,
no action needs to be taken on it.

Freedom
from desire means this:

the compulsion to
satisfy is absent.



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

' What does not real mean? '...


Just that.

Upon turning deep within, a different world of light, space, and attending awareness emerges as predominant, and the external world fades in importance.

As consciousness becomes steady through inquiry or meditation, close observation of the external world, reveals its changeableness, fragility, and hollowness.

It only appears when we awaken, and disappears in sleep.

It depends on us.

It disappears behind us as we move from room to room, only to become memory.

Then memory itself is forgotten, and not reclaimed until we enter that room again.

Out of emptiness, arises form; into emptiness it disappears.

Nisargadatta called this the Causal Body of forgetfullness.

Dogen Zengi said:

To study the Way is to study the self.

To study the self is to forget the self.

When the self is forgotten, is to be actualized by myriad things.

When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.

No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.


-Edward Muzika




' Knowledge in the heart '...


Spiritual self-realization is the main thing.

Study of the teachings concerning cosmical evolution and the psychical evolution of man are but intellectual accessories--things we may or may not take on our journey, as we like.

That part of man which reasons and speculates--mortal mind--is not the part which can discover and verify the existence of God.

We are not necessarily helped or hindered on the divine path by taking up the lore of science or by becoming versed in the ways of sophistry.

Once we live out our spiritual life in the heart, the rest sinks to second place.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 1: The Place of Intellect > # 204
Paul Brunton


Eric Andersen - Thirsty Boots ('Bout Changes 'n' Things )

' Source manifests '...


"The universe is my ashram, and every heart is my house, but I manifest only in those hearts in which all other than me ceases to live.

"When my universal religion of love is on the verge of fading into insignificance, I come to breathe life into it, and to do away with the farce of dogmas that defile it in the name of religions, and stifle it with ceremonies and rituals."



Meher Baba
"Final Declaration"
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher: Biography of Avatar of the Age Meher Baba
Manifestation, v. 13, p. 4544
Online Revised Edition, p. 3639

' Judging others '...


Judging others in your dream world is kind of silly.

After all, doesn’t a playwright love his “villains” every bit as much as he loves his “heroes?”

In fact, maybe he loves them even more.

Why?

Because it’s through his “villains” that he creates the dramatic mischief and gives his “heroes” their opportunity to act, well,….heroically.


-Chuck Hillig

' The Long Path '...


The Long Path gives many benefits and bestows many virtues but it does not give the vision of truth, the realization of the Overself, nor does it bestow Grace. For these things we must turn to the Short Path.


-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 2: Pitfalls and Limitations > # 156
Paul Brunton

The moment for departure from the Long Path is signaled by the full realization that all that he has really gained from practising its disciplines is only the practice itself, not the newer consciousness to which they were supposed to lead him.


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

Buffalo Springfield-Retrospective [Full Album] 1969

' It's all It '...


In the domain
of unconsciousness
you see within and without.

In the pervadedness of Consciousness
there is no within and without;

it's all
It.



- Swami Amar Jyoti

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

' Laying down the burden '...


Rules and conventions, as well as liberation, are all simply dhammas. One is higher than the other, but they actually go hand in hand.

There is no way that anything can be guaranteed to be definitely ‘like this’, or definitely ‘like that’. The Buddha said, ‘Just leave it be! Leave it as uncertain.’ However much you like it, or dislike it, you should understand it as uncertain.

The whole practice of dhamma, regardless of time and place, comes to completion at the place where there is no-thing. It’s the place of surrender, of emptiness, of laying down the burden; this is the finish. It’s not like someone asking: ‘Why is the flag fluttering in the wind?’ and me replying, ‘It’s because of the wind,’ and another person saying, ‘No, it’s because of the flag.’ Then someone else retorting, ‘It’s because of the wind!’ There’s no end to that kind of thing. It’s like the old riddle: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? There’s no way reaching a conclusion about that. It’s just nature.

Many of the things we say, are merely conventions that we establish within ourselves. If you understand them with wisdom, however, you will know impermanence, suffering and not-self. This is the outlook which leads to enlightenment.

Training and teaching people with varying levels of understanding is really difficult. Some people have certain ideas. You tell them something, but they don’t believe you. You tell them the truth, and they say, ‘That’s not true! I’m right; you’re wrong.’ But there’s no end to this way of going on.

If you don’t let go, there will be suffering. There’s the story of these four men who go into the forest and hear a chicken crowing. One of them asks, ‘Is that a rooster or a hen?’ Three of them together say, ‘It’s a hen!’ The other man, however, doesn’t agree; he insists it’s a rooster. ‘How could a hen crow like that?’ he asks. ‘Well,’ they retort, ‘it has a mouth, hasn’t it?’ Then they argue and argue until they get very upset and, the tears start to fall. In the end, it turns out, they’re all wrong. The point is, whether you call it a hen or a rooster, they’re only names.

We establish these conventions, saying a rooster is like this, and a hen is like that; a rooster cries like this, and a hen cries like that. But this is how we get stuck in the world. Actually, if you just say that really there is no hen and no rooster, then that’s the end of it.

In the field of conventional reality, one side is right and the other side is wrong, and there can never be complete agreement. Arguing till the tears fall, however, is of no use whatsoever.

The Buddha taught non-clinging. How do we practise non-clinging? We do it simply by giving up clinging. It can be very difficult to understand non-clinging, however. It takes a keen wisdom to investigate it, to really see the depth of it, and then to see the wisdom of it.

Whether people are happy or sad, content or discontent, doesn’t really depend on their having little or having much, it depends on wisdom. In reality, distress can only be transcended through wisdom, through seeing the truth of things.


[From The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah]

' The Quester '...


Between the ordinary man who takes himself as he is, and the philosopher who does exactly the same, there stands the Quester.

In the first case, outlook is narrow, being limited by attending to the inescapable necessities and demands of day-to-day living.

In the other case, peace of mind has been established, the thirst for knowledge fulfilled, the discipline of self realized.

In between these two, the Quester is not satisfied with himself, has a strong wish to become a better and more enlightened man.

He tries to exercise his will in the struggle for realization of his ideal.


-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 4 Paul Brunton


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' The Holy Trinity '...


Paramhansa Yogananda explained the Christian Trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in a cosmic sense.

God the Father, he said, is the Infinite Consciousness from which all things were manifested.

God's consciousness was one and undivided ("Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One"); apart from that consciousness there was no substance out of which the universe could have been made.

The universe is His dream.

To produce the dream, the Creator had to set a portion of His consciousness into motion.

You, I, our earth, the sun and galaxies, our thoughts and inspirations, our very longing to be one with Him again-all are products of the vibrations of His consciousness, separate manifestations of the vast primal vibration of Aum, the Holy Ghost.

The Son of the Trinity represents the underlying presence in a vibratory creation of the calm, unmoving consciousness of the Creator, so called because it rejects the Father's consciousness.

Vibratory creation itself is also known as the Divine Mother. The devotee must commune first with Aum, or the Divine Mother.

Uniting his consciousness with that, he must proceed to realize his oneness with the Son.

Only after achieving union with the Son can he proceed toward oneness with the Father beyond creation.

The Hindu Scriptures name this eternal Trinity, Sat Tat Aum.

Sat stands for the Spirit, the Supreme Truth, which is God the Father.

Tat is the Kuthastha Chaitanya, the Christ Consciousness which underlies all creation.

And Aum is the Word, the Holy Ghost, called also the Comforter in the Bible.

' The Silence of the Silence '...


Although thought, words, logic and reasoning are obviously necessary to lead a moral life, they do not by themselves constitute living.

They are all based on memory of the known and are products of the split-mind, the mind divided by the intrusion of a spurious 'me'.

To LIVE without thought, without words, is to be receptive to the unknown with the whole mind.

True teaching is in reality the SILENCE of the SILENCE in which there is neither talking nor the absence of talking.

It is like drawing the figure of a fish on the water's surface with a stick.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Instant Refuge '...


When the attentive nature of consciousness folds back upon itself, instead of engaging in thoughts images and perceptions, it discovers a natural joy, open emptiness, wisdom and indestructible presence of awareness.

There is no higher refuge or quicker path.

In this way the mind discovers its own nature was always a Buddha.


-Jackson Peterson

' Compassion '...


Compassion is the highest moral value, the noblest human feeling, the purest creature-love.

It is the final social expression of man's divine soul.

For he is able to feel with and for another man only because both are in reality related in harmony by the presence of that soul in each one.


-- Perspectives > Chapter 6:
Emotions and Ethics > # 44
Paul Brunton


' True apperception '...


It is impossible to describe the sense of magnificence that comes out of the true apperception of the nature of the individual in relation to the manifestation.

The loss of personal individuality is exchanged for the gain of Totality of the cosmos.

That which is beyond all interrelated opposites and relativity itself is Absolute and inexpressible in words.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Communion with the Overself '...


Let him stand in his own place, and not seek to occupy that of another.

Let him find a life that is real, and not copied.

But such admonitions are good only so far as he has already come into communion with the Overself.



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 101 Paul Brunton


' Detachment brings control '...


'Develop the witness attitude and you will find in your own experience that detachment brings control.

The state of witnessing is full of power,

there is nothing passive about it.'



-Nisargadatta Maharaj

' It is only tuesday '...


The leaders of this dream, demand that we be obediant..

It is strange how Consciousness rearanges the chairs upon the Titantic..

The Energy of Source, permeates all dreams and thoughts..

The ego always interfers within discovery..

We can continue to read with understanding but still be confused..

Seeing beyond dreams and desires is difficult..

My time within paragraphs is over..

The rest of this time within mind is yours..

Welcome home, thinker...


-thomas

' Strong desires must be fulfilled '...


"Weak desires can be removed by introspection and meditation,

but strong, deep-rooted ones must be fulfilled and their fruits, sweet or bitter, tasted."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The tenderness for life '...


“We awaken this bodhichitta, this tenderness for life, when we can no longer shield ourselves from the vulnerability of our condition, from the basic fragility of existence. In the words of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, “You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and you turn it into compassion.” It is said that in difficult times, it is only bodhichitta that heals. When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself. This is the time to touch the genuine heart of bodhichitta. In the midst of loneliness, in the midst of fear, in the middle of feeling misunderstood and rejected is the heartbeat of all things, the genuine heart of sadness.” […]

Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all pain. The only problem with this metaphor is that we leave all the others behind-our drunken brother, our schizophrenic sister, our tormented animals and friends. Their suffering continues, unrelieved by our personal escape.

In the process of discovering bodhichitta, the journey goes down, not up. It’s as if the mountain pointed toward the center of the earth instead of reaching into the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt.

We jump into it. We slide into it. We tiptoe into it. We move toward it however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhichitta. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.”

~ Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart

' The Nought '...


The One behind the Many is not to be mistaken for the figure one which is followed by two, three, and so on.

It is on the contrary the mysterious Nought out of which all the units which make up multiple figures themselves arise.

If we do not call it the Nought it is only because this might be mistaken as utter Nihilism.

Were this so then existence would be meaningless and metaphysics absurd.

The true ineffable Nought, like the superphysical One, is rather the reality of all realities.

From it there stream forth all things and all creatures; to it they shall all return eventually.

This void is the impenetrable background of all that is, was, or shall be; unique, mysterious, and imperishable.

He who can gaze into its mysterious Nothingness and see that the pure Divine Being is forever there, sees indeed.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity > Chapter 5: The Void As Metaphysical Fact > # 42
-- Perspectives > Chapter 19: The Reign of Relativity > # 49 Paul Brunton

' The gender of God '...



The idea that Source has a gender makes me look at the ceiling..

The idea of Unconditional Love is sought within this manifestation but is really only felt within Divine Consciousness..

A Mystic like Jesus spent the last few years of His life speaking of this idea..

But, this idea of Freedom is found between the desire of separation and the desire of Unity..

The ego and the non-ego are elements to be examined...


-thomas

' Your Liberation '...


"Nothing stands in the way of your liberation and it can happen here and now but for your being more interested in other things.

And you cannot fight with your interests.

You must go with them,

see through them and watch them reveal themselves as mere errors of judgment and appreciation."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The moment of Enlightenment '...


At the moment of enlightenment, everything falls away - everything. Suddenly the ground beneath you is gone, and you are alone. You are alone because you have realized that there is no other; there is no separation. There is only you, only Self, only limitless emptiness, pure consciousness.

To the mind, the ego, this appears terrifying. When it looks at limitlessness and infinity, it sees meaninglessness and despair. However, the view changes to unending joy and wonder once the mind is let go of.

When you are enlightened, you stand alone. You need no supports of any kind because there is nothing to support; a separate you no longer exists. You realize that the whole ego experience was a flimsy illusion. You stand alone but are never, never lonely because everywhere you look, all you see is That, and you are That.


- Adyashanti (The Impact of Awakening)

' The Real Present '...


There is the real present but there is also the illusory present.

To live in the past is to die, to live in the future is to dream,

but to live in the real present is to be awake, enlightened.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 142
Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - I'm Not Feeling It Anymore

' Love within Source '...


"The heart is the innermost man or spirit.

Here are located self-awareness, the conscience, the idea of God and of one's complete dependence on Him, and all the eternal treasures of the spiritual life....

Where is the heart?

Where sadness, joy, anger, and other emotions are felt, here is the heart.

stand there with attention....

Stand in the heart, with the faith that God is also there, but how He is there do not speculate.

Pray and entreat that in due time love for God may stir within you by His grace."



St. Theophan the Recluse
in George A. Maloney, S.J.
Prayer of the Heart
Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1981, p. 25

' The Diamond Sutra '...


"Subhuti, what do you think? Let no one say the Tathagata cherishes the idea: I must liberate all living beings. Allow no such thought, Subhuti. Wherefore? Because in reality there are no living beings to be liberated by the Tathagata. If there were living beings for the Tathagata to liberate, He would partake in the idea of selfhood, personality entity, and separate individuality."

Also from the Diamond Sutra:

"Yet when vast, uncountable, immeasurable numbers of beings have thus been liberated, verily no being has been liberated. Why is this, Subhuti? It is because no Bodhisattva who is a real Bodhisattva cherishes the idea of an ego-entity, a personality, a being, or a separated individuality."

"A Bodhisattva should develop a mind which alights upon nothing whatsoever..."

"The mind should be kept independent of any thoughts which arise within it." (the principle of khorde rushen)

' The purpose of life '...


Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, is the individual's own higher self.

He must keep his inner shrine within the heart reserved for the Ideal.

He should worship there the Spirit that is birthless and deathless, indestructible and divine.

Life in this world is like foam on the sea: it passes all too soon; but the moments given in adoration and obeisance to the Soul count for eternal gain.

The most tremendous historic happenings on this earth are, after all, only pictures that pass through consciousness like a dream.

Once the seeker awakens to the Real, he sees them for what they are. Then he will live in Its serenity, and it will no longer matter if the pictures themselves are stormy and agitated.

It is the greatest good fortune to attain such serenity--to be lifted above passion and hatred, prejudice and fear, greed and discontent, and yet to be able to attend effectively and capably to one's worldly duties.

It is possible to reach this state. The seeker may have had glimpses of it already.

Someday, sometime, if he is patient, he will enter it to stay--and the unimaginably rewarding and perfect purpose of his life, of all his lifetimes, will be fulfilled.


- Paul Brunton

' Reason and common sense '...


“Believe nothing,

no matter where you read it,

or who said it,

no matter if I have said it,

unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.



–Gautama the Buddha

' The Eternal Absolute '...


"You indicated your identity at various stages of your life by such concepts as "a child," "a boy," "a youth," "a middle-aged man," etc.

But which conceptual identity of yours remained faithful to you?

All the identities, in the course of time, proved illusory.

Since it has appeared, it has to disappear; therefore, it is temporary, and time-bound.

But the Knower of the Beingness is the eternal Absolute."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Teach me the truth '...


"The holy Zarathustra said aloud:

'This I ask thee: teach me the truth, O Lord'."



Vendidad, 19.10
in S. E. Frost
Sacred Writings of the World's Religions
NY: New Home LIbrary, p. 78

' It is silence '...


Yet the deeper we travel, the less need have we of thoughts and words,

for all multiplicity collapses in this marvelous unity.

We can neither think nor talk of this sublime state with any accuracy.

Hence the only medium whereby we can properly represent it is--silence!



-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 6: Student-Teacher > # 778 Paul Brunton


' Die before you die '...


Sir, have you forgotten the promise
you made in your mother's womb,
to die before you die?

When will you remember
what you intended?

Don't let your donkey wander loose!
It will stray into your neighbor's
saffron garden. Think of the damage
it might do, and the punishment!

Who then will carry you naked
to your own death?



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

' Sailor Bob '...


Sailor Bob:

There is a knowing that you are. You can’t negate that. Pure knowingness is going on. Now, who or what is knowing that? Pure emptiness, or no thing, is knowing that. There’s no entity there. That knowing is the cognizing emptiness. That’s pure intelligence.

Q: It’s knowing itself?

Sailor Bob:

No. There’s no discrimination of itself in there. It’s one without a second. It’s pure knowing.

' Awareness alone '...


That beautiful state wherein the mind recognizes itself for what it is,

wherein all activity is stilled except that of awareness alone,

and even then it is an awareness without an object-

-this is the heart of the experience.



-- Perspectives > Chapter 24:
The Peace within You > # 68
Paul Brunton

Edith Piaf - Non, Je ne regrette rien

' You are unborn and indestructible '...


"Whatever is seen and perceived is continuously in a state of creation and destruction,

but You in your true nature are unborn and indestructible.

Unless you realize your true nature,

there will be no peace for you."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The ground of Being '...


Leave everything outside and come in.
Everything you see, you must leave.
Don't want anything, not even enlightenment.
Everyone can do this.

Come right into that place before all these things were formed.
Allow yourself to be undone of all falsehood.

Then you will discover for yourself
that emptiness that has never moved.

Everything else has moved.
This is your ground. The ground of Being.
Your very Self is that.


- Mooji

' One Self alone '...


There are two viewpoints:

a qualified truth for the lower stage of aspirants which admits duality; and the complete viewpoint of nonduality for the highest student; thus for practical life, when dealing with other people or when engaged in some activity, those in the first stage must accept the notion of the world being real, because of expediency; yet even so, when they are alone or when keeping quiet, inactive, they ought to revert back to regarding the world, which includes one's own body as a part of it, as idea.

Only for the sage is the truth always present, no matter whether he is with others, whether he is working, or whether he is in trance, and this truth is continuous awareness of one Reality alone and one Self alone.


-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 2: The Double Standpoint > # 40 Paul Brunton


' This too will pass '...


"This too shall pass."

Accepting this will bring about
a double-sided effect.

When something is bad, you
will know this too will change, so there's no need to
go into the depths of despair.

When something is
good, you won't have to go into the peaks of ecstasy.

This too will pass.

You will be able to accept life as
it comes.



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

' Love the unloveable '...


Every position that you find yourself in, every situation that you find yourself in, with whomever you may be in this world, is your right place at this moment.

Bless this, love it.

I know it sounds hard when you think of a horrible condition and you say, " I must love it?".

Let me explain again. The reason you love it, is because God is all there is.

Try to remember this.

There is nothing but God.

Therefore if you hate something, you are hating God which is your Self.

when you become despondent, depressed, hateful, feeling sorry for yourself, this is what blasphemy really means, for you are feeling this way about you,

our Self. Can't you see?

You look at a situation, you watch it, you observe it, you never react, you leave it alone. And then you will be given the power to handle it, to go through it, without thinking, without thoughts, without any commotion, without any noise.

These are the things, you must work on.


~ Robert Adams

' Seek the Knower '..


When you begin to seek the Knower,

who is within you,

and to sever yourself from the seen,

which is both without and within you,

you begin to pass from illusion to reality.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself > Chapter 5: Preparing for Glimpses > # 15
-- Perspectives > Chapter 22: Inspiration and the Overself > # 8 Paul Brunton



' Labor Day '...


This is the day that you celebrate being a slave..

The Energy that you generate within the frequencies,

create that which you Dream..

It is so difficult to believe that you have power..

The Incarnations of Dreams become just another show that you have seen before..

I will speak in short lines,

so that your thought remains within curiosity..

I celebrate your walking...


-thomas

Van Morrison - Transformation

' The Tao '...


The greatest Virtue is to follow Tao and Tao alone.

The Tao is elusive and intangible.

Oh, it is intangible and elusive, and yet within is image.

Oh, it is elusive and intangible, and yet within is form.

Oh, it is dim and dark, and yet within is essence.

This essence is very real, and therein lies faith.

From the very beginning until now its name has never been forgotten.

Thus I perceive the creation.

How do I know the ways of creation?
Because of this.



- Lao-tzu

Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
Vintage Books Edition, September 1989

' You are home '...


Right now, as you read this, you exist and you are aware that you exist. You are undoubtedly present and aware. Before the next thought arises, you are absolutely certain of the fact of your own being, your own awareness, your own presence. This awareness is what you are; it is what you always have been.

All thoughts, perceptions, sensations and feelings appear within or upon that. This awareness does not move, change or shift at any time. It is always free and completely untouched. However, it is not a thing or an object that you can see or grasp. The mind, being simply thoughts arising in awareness, cannot grasp it or know it or even think about it.

Yet, you cannot deny the fact of your own being. It is palpably obvious, and yet, from the time we were born, no one has pointed this out. Once it is pointed out it can be grasped or understood very quickly because it is just a matter of noticing, ‘Oh, that is what I am!’ It is a bright, luminous, empty, presence of awareness; it is absolutely radiant, yet without form; it is seemingly intangible, but the most solid fact in your existence; it is effortlessly here right now, forever untouched.

Without taking a step, you have arrived; you are home. No practice can reveal this because practices are in time and in the mind. Practices aim at a result, but you (as presence-awareness) are here already, only you don’t recognize it till it is pointed out. Once seen, you can’t lose it, and you don’t have to practice to exist, to be.


-John Wheeler

' Hide the ego '...


He has not attained who is conscious that he has attained,

for this very consciousness cunningly hides the ego and delivers him into its power.

That alone is attainment which is natural, spontaneous, unforced, unaware, and unadvertised,

whether to the man himself or to others.



-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 85 Paul Brunton

' It is a vicious circle '...


Every pleasure, physical or mental, needs an instrument.

Both the physical and mental instruments are materials,
they get tired and worn out.

The pleasure they yield is
necessarily limited in intensity and duration.

Pain is the
background of all your pleasures.

You want them because
you suffer.

On the other hand, the very search for pleasure
is the cause of pain.

It is a vicious circle.



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

' Knowledge of myself '...


When Socrates was about to die, one of his pupils said to him:

"My
master, when we have washed you and put on your shroud where do you
want us to bury you?"

Socrates said;

"If you find me, dear pupil, bury
me where you will, and good night!

Seeing that in my long life I have
not found myself, how will you find me when I am dead?

I have lived in
such a manner that at this moment I only know that the least hair of
knowledge of myself is not evident."



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


' Freed from narrowness '...


The Overself is the point where the One Mind is received into consciousness.

It is the "I" freed from narrowness, thoughts, flesh, passion, and emotion--

that is, from the personal ego.




-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself > Chapter 3: The Overself's Presence > # 317
-- Perspectives > Chapter 22: Inspiration and the Overself > # 5 Paul Brunton

' Sahaj dnyan '...


"When you remember me, you are in sahaj dnyan (God’s company or presence). The question is how to remember me.
The easiest and surest way is to do as I tell you. It will be somewhat of a task at first, as when you start to run you feel it too much (sore muscles); but when you are in training, you feel it “sahaj” (meaning, naturally). At first, you will have to do it deliberately, then it will become natural.

"There are four quarters of the day; there are four divisions in man’s physical state: childhood, youth, maturity, old age. There are four quarters that Kabir calls the signposts. The first thing in the morning when you get up, before doing anything, think of Baba for one second. Baba is then worn by your soul: early in the morning dress your soul with Baba. At 12 noon, for one second do the same; do it again about five o’clock; when you retire do it also. I have never asked anyone to do this, not even the mandali. If you do it, I will be always with you, and you will feel my company all the time. Do it for four seconds every day, then you will be in the world, yet Baba will be with you all the time. This is the beginning of sahaj dnyan*."



Meher Baba
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher: The Biography of Avatar of the Age Meher Baba
MANifestation, 1st. ed., Vol. 13, pp. 4485 – 4486
Revised Online Edition, p. 3599

* The literal English meaning of sahaj is "natural." Dnyan (also transliterated as gyan and jnan) means "knowledge."

' How do you know when to change things? '...


Q: Sometimes it might be a good idea to change things and sometimes it might not. How do you know when to change things?

A: Well, as you begin to trust in that way of accepting things as they are, then your own intuitive sense will guide you. It doesn’t mean to just put up with unpleasant things as a practice, but at this moment now, whatever way it is, it can only be this way. This is just a fact. Right now whatever we are feeling or whatever is around us is the only way it can be at this moment; it’s like this; this is the way it is. In that accepting and allowing, you will have a much clearer sense of what to do—whether you can change it or not, whether it needs to be changed. This is a way of working intuitively rather than from ideas about what you think should be.

I find this is something I can trust in. Many of the mistakes in my life have been from having a fixed idea of how things should be and then trying to make it into that, and in the process destroying the very thing I’m trying to protect. But this other way is recognising a wisdom that you naturally have, that you don’t know from your rational mind. When you think of yourself through your personality, you might have a view that maybe I don’t have any wisdom or wisdom is something that people studying philosophy have. But wisdom is our true nature, really, that we recognise when we begin to let go of the things that blind us to it. And then you learn to trust yourself more in that kind of intuition. Your emotional mind might think, ‘Oh, I can’t trust it,’ because we are not conditioned emotionally for wisdom; we’re emotionally conditioned for ignorance. That is why you can feel very threatened sometimes by this sense of, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen.’ Emotionally you are primed for something else. This is why I encourage you to trust more your inner sense, your intuition, and not be intimidated by your emotional reactions.

My experience here in the UK for twenty-four years after coming from a precedent in Thailand and implanting it in a European country is that we have these endless ideas of, ‘If it’s not working we’ve got to change it.’ We’ve been caught up in these endless habits of trying to make it better, ‘Got to make it better,’ until we became aware of this as an habitual tendency of the mind and not getting so easily taken in by what it seems like at the time.

Q: There are situations sometimes where holding back and looking at things may interfere with something that comes naturally from deep down. Do you find sometimes that you just act and that it’s the right thing in the right circumstances?

A: What you do can come from a spontaneity rather than from a plan. But holding back is not necessarily trying to just be an indifferent observer of phenomena, it can be a way of learning to appreciate a spaciousness that we don’t tend to notice when we’re just caught in habitual reactions. That is when you can trust in spontaneity rather than being reactive or impulsive. What is the difference between spontaneity and impulsivity?

You can feel an impulse because it’s a habit-reaction. Spontaneous action, on the other hand, is coming from a deeper level than just reactivity and you can trust that. The Theravada scriptures refer to ten fetters. The first three prevent you from seeing the path or what they call stream-entry or sotapanna, and one of these is sakkaya-ditti, the personality-belief or sense of yourself as a separate person. Just notice how one’s personality is a very conditioned thing that changes according to situations. Who I’m with, people I know, people I don’t know or whatever, the personality adapts itself, it arises and ceases.

Before I meditated I assumed that I am this personality because I didn’t know the difference between awareness, pure subjectivity, and personality, they were so bound up together. In awareness, however, I began to observe that actually the subjectivity is not personal; it has no name, it is not mine, it is not a monk, it is not an American, (even though I’m British now). This sense of the personality is conditioned and therefore it is dead. That is why it gets kind of boring after a while being a person; you are really just caught in a lot of habits that operate habitually. As you awaken, in awareness, mindfulness, you begin to realise the truth that this personality is conditioned; you begin to no longer believe in it or be limited by those personal habits and personal identities.

You begin to see how you bind yourself to all kinds of really painful things just because you don’t know how you limit yourself to mediocrity, misery or very unpleasant things as a result of lack of understanding. This awakened-ness is like a light that brings into consciousness the fact that this personality is merely shadow play, it’s a show, it isn’t reality, and so we can let go of our attachment to it. Then there is something you can trust in because on a personal level you feel you cannot trust yourself or you limit yourself to thinking of yourself as unenlightened, ‘I’m unenlightened. I’m an angry person. I’ve made too many mistakes in my life,’ and you hold onto these identities to the point of binding yourself to living within those painful limits. That is why the Buddha called it liberation, enlighten; it is actually freeing yourself from the conditions you attach to.


-Ajahn Sumedho

' Higher Identification '...


A part of the practical technique for attaining the inner awareness of this timeless reality is the practice of the AS IF exercise.

With some variations it has already been published in The Wisdom of the Overself, and an unpublished variant has been included in descriptions of the Short Path as "identification with the Overself."

The practitioner regards himself no longer from the standpoint of the quester, but from that of the Realized Man.

He assumes, in thought and action, that he has nothing to attain because he bases himself on the Vedantic truth that Reality, of which he is a part, is here and now--is not reached in Time, being timeless--and that therefore he is as divine as he ever will be.

He rejects the appearance of things, which identifies man only with his ego, and insists on the higher identification with Overself also.




-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 115
Paul Brunton

' Existence '...


"Did anybody exist prior to me?

When my Beingness appeared, then only everything else is.

Prior to my Beingness, nothing was ."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Subject and Object are unreal '...


"All phenomena of the external world are only the manifestations of the luminosity of our own mind and ultimately have no reality.

When we allow our mind to rest in the recognition that everything that it experiences is its own projection, the separation between subject and object comes to an end.

Then there is no longer anyone who grasps at something and nothing that is being grasped at –subject and object are recognized to be unreal."


-Lama Gendun Rinpoche

' He rejects the appearance of things '...


A part of the practical technique for attaining the inner awareness of this timeless reality is the practice of the AS IF exercise.

With some variations it has already been published in The Wisdom of the Overself, and an unpublished variant has been included in descriptions of the Short Path as "identification with the Overself."

The practitioner regards himself no longer from the standpoint of the quester, but from that of the Realized Man.

He assumes, in thought and action, that he has nothing to attain because he bases himself on the Vedantic truth that Reality, of which he is a part, is here and now--is not reached in Time, being timeless--and that therefore he is as divine as he ever will be.

He rejects the appearance of things, which identifies man only with his ego, and insists on the higher identification with Overself also.



-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 115
Paul Brunton

Tom Paxton - The last thing on my mind 1978

' Merging the ego '...


To each person that way is the best which
appears easiest or appeals most.

All the ways
are equally good, as they lead to the same goal,
which is the merging of the ego in the Self.

What the bhakta [devotee] calls surrender, the
man who does vichara calls jnana.

Both are trying
only to take the ego back to the source from which
it sprang and make it merge there.



- Sri Ramana Maharshi

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

' Total Freedom '...


By knowing for an absolute fact that he does not live but is being lived,

the man of wisdom is aware of the perfect futility of all intentions.

For a nonentity there is no anxiety or worry,

only a sense of incredible, total freedom.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Beingness '...


"My existence is forever.

Ever there.

I am not one of the world, but the world is in my consciousness.

It was supposed that the body has appeared...in this world.

But when the truth came out...in a certain item the entire Universe is contained.

And what is that item?

That item is the Beingness, the knowledge "I am"."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Dispassion '...


The knowledge of Truth comes about when dispassion
arises in a man after he has learned from personal
experience that whatever life provides is truly hollow.

The man of the world becomes the man of wisdom
through recognizing that non-attachment is liberation
whereas the passion for sensory objects and experience
is bondage.



- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' The End Of Your World '...


With awakening there also comes a total reorganization of the way we perceive life—or at least the beginning of a reorganization. This is because awakening itself, while beautiful and amazing, often brings with it a sense of disorientation. Even though you as the One have awakened, there is still your whole human structure—your body, your mind, and your personality. Awakening can often be experienced as very disorienting to this human structure.

So it is the process that happens after awakening that I want to explore. As I’ve said, for a very few people, the moment of awakening will be complete. It will be final in a certain sense, and there will be no need for a continuing process. We might say that such people had an extraordinarily light karmic load; even though they may have experienced extreme suffering before awakening, one can see that their karmic inheritance, the conditioning that they were dealing with, wasn’t too deep. This is very rare. Only a few people in a given generation may wake up in such a way that there’s no further process to undergo.

What I always tell people is this: don’t count on that person being you. Better to count on being like everyone else, which means that you will undergo a process after an initial awakening. It won’t be the end of your journey. What I will attempt to do here is to point you in a direction that may be useful and orienting as you embark on that journey. As my teacher used to say, it’s like getting your foot in the front door. Just because you’ve gotten your foot in the front door doesn’t mean you have turned the lights on; it doesn’t mean you have learned to navigate in that different world that you’ve awakened to.

I’m very happy that this book, which is based on a series of talks I’ve given, offers me the opportunity to address this subject—the question of what happens after awakening. The information that exists on life after awakening is not usually made public. It’s most often shared only between spiritual teachers and their students. The problem with that approach is that, as I’ve said, a lot of people are now having these moments of awakening, and there is very little coherent teaching available for them. In that sense, this book is meant to be a welcoming to that new world, that new state of oneness. At this point I’d like to address those readers who are thinking, “Well, I haven’t had one of those glimpses. I don’t think I’ve really awakened.” Others may not be sure if what they have experienced is awakening or not.

Wherever you are on this path, I believe this information is relevant. For, as it turns out, what happens after awakening is relevant to what happens before awakening. In fact, the spiritual process isn’t any different before awakening than afterward. It’s just that, after awakening, the process is happening from a different perspective; you may think of it as a bird’s-eye view versus a ground-level view. Before awakening, we don’t know who we are. We think we are a separate, isolated person, in a particular body, walking around in a world that is distinct from us.

Once awakening has happened, we are still walking around in that world; we just know that we are not limited to a particular body or personality and that we are actually not separate from the world around us. It’s important to note, as well, that we do not become immune to misperception simply because we’ve had a glimpse of awakening. Certain fixations and conditionings will linger even after we perceive from the place of oneness.

The path after awakening, then, is a path of dissolving our remaining fixations—our hang-ups, you might say. So it’s not that much different from the path to awakening, which is path of dissolving certain delusions we have, certain tendencies to contract. The difference is that, before awakening, our personality structure feels much weightier, much heavier, much denser, because our whole identity is actually wrapped up in our conditioning.

After awakening we know that the conditioning of our body-mind system is not personal; we know that it doesn’t define us. That knowledge, that living truth, makes it much easier and much less threatening to address the unraveling of our illusions. So there is a great similarity in what we’re doing spiritually before awakening and what we are doing afterward. We are doing it from a different perspective;

before awakening we are doing it from the perspective of separation, and after awakening we are doing it from the perspective of nonseparation. But what we’re actually doing, the approach, the process itself, is quite similar. You might say that it’s just happening on different levels of being. In that way, almost everything I’ll be discussing in the chapters that follow can be applied to wherever you find yourself; it can be translated to your own experience.


~ Adyashanti ~
The End Of Your World

' The meaning of Grace '...


The real Short Path is really the discovery that there is no path at all:

only a being still and thus letting the Overself do the work needed.

This is the meaning of grace.



-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 223
Paul Brunton


' Awakening within the Matrix '...


Awakening within a Dream is a frightening experience..

To see what others cannot is disconcerting..

Awakening from the Dream is beautiful and Real..

But, We have chosen to once again ride the circular train of reincarnation..

How can We leave this slavery of Energy Theft ?..

You create that which is within the mind..

The Mind of Thoughts began the Hologram of Light..

This Light is a Beacon of memory..

The binding of this Light is held tight by the magnetism of Love..

Take the Red Pill and discover a whole new Universe...


-thomas



Seals & Crofts | Greatest Hits (1975) [FULL ALBUM]

' The Candle '...


A very close friend of Hamdun was on his deathbed.

The sheikh was with
him until his last breath.

As the man died, Hamdun blew out the
candle.

The other people present exclaimed, "At a time like this, more
light is called for!"

He replied,

"Before the candle was his.

Now it
belongs to his heirs!"


-as collected by Fadiman & Frager


' The One Mind '...


The One Mind is experiencing itself in us,

less in the ego-shadow and fully in the Overself,

hardly aware in that shadow and self-realized in the light that casts it.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 24
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 45 Paul Brunton


' On Death Row '...


"Having been on death row for over thirty years, I have had to deal with major issues of anger, self-worth, and forgiveness. I can truthfully say that my Buddhist practice has transformed me from being a drug and alcohol addict to being more human. I have had to learn to accept my fate. I saw how much I had hurt so many people and I came to the realization that no matter what I did to get here, I knew I was never going to get out of prison alive. So I had to make the best of a very bad situation.

My transformation started with reading The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa. At first I did not understand Milarepa’s devotion to his guru, Marpa. How could someone be so devoted? After Venerable Robina Courtin of Liberation Prison Project first visited us in 1997 and said in one of her talks, “You have to do the work, no one else will do it for you,” it really struck home. I literally had to take my life apart and rebuild it to see who I am. I had no one left to face except myself.

Robina helped me to prepare to take the Bodhisattva vows, the precepts. (These vows are the foundation of the Mahayana Buddhist path: they help you to commit yourself to the activities and life of a bodhisattva, an enlightened person.) During this time, I not only committed them to memory, but also practiced living according to them and devoting my every action to benefiting other living beings. My practice gave me insights into how people think and react to different situations and problems.

Once I accepted this new space of being, a whole new world began to open up and I was amazed at how I missed it in the first place. My life in here is now spent helping others, even at great criticism from fellow inmates. Over the years I have made many crafts for friends and family. I have written to numerous troubled people and have helped the sick and the dying here on death row. I do not do this for praise or to be recognized for it. I do it because I can.

This is the way it is. I created all this mess. I don’t have anyone else to blame. My practice has helped me make the best of an awful situation. That’s the reality. I have to own up to it and face it daily. Once I began to do this, my anger gradually lessened, as I knew it was all up to me. My family and I are now closer. My mother’s mind is more at ease. I put myself here; no one else can be blamed. The burden should not be placed on my family. I have to carry it. Only when you can really see the harm that you have done to yourself and stop blaming everyone else for all your problems can you see the avalanche of heartache you have caused others. No one will ever know how sorry I am. It still really hurts my heart after all these years.

And whatever awaits me in the next life, I will accept it as well. I don’t fear death. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “When you realize emptiness, there is no fear.”



-- Mitchell Willoughby, Death Row Inmate

' Let the mind buzz '...


Let the mind buzz. It is buzzing.

Just recognize what is not buzzing.

There is a stillness here that no movement can touch.

It is our real home that has been deserted by us while
we are bemused by the world.

Though deserted, it is not a desert.

It is the oasis, the source from which all comes.


- Mooji

' Sri Ramana Maharshi '...


Question: You are Bhagavan. So you should know
when I shall get jnana. Tell me when I shall be a
jnani?

Sri Ramana Maharshi : If I am Bhagavan there is no
one besides the Self- therefore no jnani or ajnani. If
otherwise, I am as good as you are and know as
much as yourself. Either way I cannot answer your
question.

Coming here some people do not ask about
themselves. They ask: ‘Does the jivan muktas see
the world? Is he affected by Karma? What is
liberation after being disembodied or while alive in
the body?

Should the body of the sage resolve
itself in light or disappear from view in any other
manner? Can he be liberated though the body is left
behind as a corpse?

Their questions are endless. Why worry oneself in
so many ways? Does liberation consist in knowing
these things?
Therefore I say to them, leave liberation alone. Is
there bondage? Know this. See yourself first and
foremost.

' The other side '...


look at it from the other side.

For it is also an attempt by the Overself first to reveal Itself,

second to communicate with them.




-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 6: Experiencing a Glimpse > # 358
Paul Brunton

' Witnessing is essential '...



Discover all you are not.

Body, feelings, thoughts,
ideas, time, space, being and not-being, this or that
- nothing concrete or abstract you can point out to is
you.

A mere verbal statement will not do - you may
repeat a formula endlessly without any result
whatsoever.

You must watch yourself continuously
- particularly your mind - moment by moment, missing
nothing.

This witnessing is essential for the separation
of the self from the not-self.



- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

' Adyashanti '...


SB: Could you say a little more about the difference between mystical experiences and true awakening?

Adyashanti: When the personal “I” merges and becomes one with everything, that’s a mystical experience. Or your consciousness expands infinitely, or your kundalini [innate spiritual energy] awakens, or you have a vision of the Buddha or Mother Mary, or you feel totally blissed out and peaceful. Even an ongoing experience of being unified with God or Buddha is just another mystical experience.

But even though they’re the highest, most beautiful states a human being can have, mystical experiences are happening to the dream character you take to be “me” – and this “me” is the one you wake up from. Awakening is the realization that you are the awakeness or lucidity that’s experiencing every moment of the dream, including the so-called spiritual or mystical, without being caught by it. As I said before, awakeness is not an experience, it’s a fact, whereas a mystical experience happens to someone at a particular place and time.

Another way I like to put it is, you’re not the personality or mask, you’re the one that’s always peering through the mask, always awake to every moment of your life without being identified with it. At the same time, you feel deeply intimate with the dream because the dream is known to be an expression of the awakeness itself. At first, of course, the dream may seem to be different from the awakeness.

But when awakening completes itself, the awakeness sees that everything that’s perceivable, including this human body, mind, and personality, is an expression of itself. The realization is completely nondual. As the Heart Sutra puts it, form is emptiness, emptiness is form."

' Egohood '...


Men love their egos more than anything else,

or those extensions of their egos which are their families.

But if and when the lesser self submits to the higher self,

which is Egohood,

this love is harmonized with love for the Overself.




-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 4: Surrender > # 172 Paul Brunton



' A Whiter Shade of Pale '...

' Mental maturity '...


"A level of mental maturity is reached when nothing external is of any value and the heart is ready to relinquish all.

Then the real has a chance and it grasps it.

Delays, if any, are caused by the mind unwilling to see or to discard."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Muhyi-al-Din ibn al-'Arabi '...


"Beware of becoming delimited by a specific knotting and disbelieving in everything else, lest great good escape you.... Be in yourself a matter for the forms of all beliefs, for God is wider and more tremendous than that He should be constricted by one knotting rather than another."

Muhyi-al-Din ibn al-'Arabi
Bezels of Wisdom, 113

"He who counsels his own soul should investigate, during his life in this world, all doctrines concerning God. He should learn from whence each possessor of a doctrine affirms the validity of his doctrine. Once its validity has been affirmed for him in the specific mode in which it is correct for him who holds it, then he should support it in the case of him who believes in it."


Muhyi-al-Din ibn al-'Arabi
Meccan Openings, II. 85.11


quoted in William Chittick
Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al'Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity
NY: SUNY, 1994, p. 176

' The Reality behind Consciousness '...


The experience explains a man to himself for the first time, lights up the fact that he lives in two planes at one and the same time.

It reveals his ego as the illusion which envelops his consciousness and his Overself as the reality behind his consciousness.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 6: Experiencing a Glimpse > # 315 Paul Brunton


' If I hold you '...


If I hold you with my emotions, you'll become
a wished-for companion.

If I hold you with my eyes, you'll grow old
and die.

So I hold you where we both mix with the infinite.


- Rumi

Version by Coleman Barks
"Say I Am You"
Maypop, 1994

' The Mind of Clear Light and its Realization in Dzogchen '...


The moment the Mind of Clear Light reveals itself as current consciousness, a unique wisdom is immediately present. It's hard to say which comes first. In any event, we call that wisdom "rigpa" in Tibetan or gnosis.

Our ordinary deluded state of mind is the Mind of Clear Light in a contracted state called "sem" in Tibetan. By relaxing into one's own natural "empty awareness", the contraction releases. It's the "empty awareness" aspect that never contracted and always remains as the changeless host of experience.

Studying, thinking, conceptualizing, doing practices with intent or making any mental efforts; increases the contraction.

So by relaxing as "empty awareness", the awareness that knows and observes, without any mental topics, goal orientation or efforts, the contraction releases and rigpa wisdom appears spontaneously and naturally.

The personal self is part of the contraction and disappears automatically as relaxation deepens. What remains is the impersonal Dharmakaya nirvana.

This is like letting a jar of swirling muddy water (thoughts) settle by leaving it alone. The water clears to crystal clarity all by itself. Doing anything to the jar (mind) keeps the mud swirling.

Even the personal "self" that seemed to be directing and managing the action of "letting the body and mind relax", disappears as it was itself the heart of the contraction.


-Jackson Peterson‎

' Is my portrait of me, real ?'...


If you take this portrait of me to be real,

Then what am I, really?


But why hang it there,

If not to anticipate people getting to know me?


Looking at this portrait,

Can you say that what is hanging there

Is really me?


In that case your mind will never be

Fully united with the wall {as in Bodhdharma’s wall-gazing 
meditation cave}.



~ Dogen

' Wild World '...

' The seer and the seen '...


"...the seer and the seen appear only when there is seeing.

They are attributes of seeing.

When you say "I am seeing this," "I am" and "this" come with seeing, not before.

You cannot have an unseen "this" nor an unseeing "I am."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' One's true identity '...


"Irrespective of whether a person believes through the medium of ideas or idols,

with sincere love and faith in God,

he or she can get nearer to Him,

Who is already the nearest of all.

The essence of faith lies not in the shape or manner of one's belief,

but in the depth and sincerity behind it.

The faith that can move mountains can, and does, move the greatest of them —

the mountain of Ignorance that denies an individual a glimpse of one's true Divinity and also conceals

one's true Identity."



Meher Baba
in Bal Natu
Glimpses of the God-Man
Myrtle Beach, SC: Sheriar Press, 1994, Vol. 6, p. 75

' Mix with the infinite '...


If I hold you with my emotions, you'll become
a wished-for companion.

If I hold you with my eyes, you'll grow old
and die.

So I hold you where we both mix with the infinite.



- Rumi
Version by Coleman Barks
"Say I Am You"
Maypop, 1994

' Full knowledge and perfect Love '...


"Let no one believe that he has received the divine kiss,

if he knows the truth without loving it or loves it without understanding it.

But blessed is that kiss whereby not only is God recognized but also the Father is loved:

for there is never full knowledge without perfect love."




- Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
In Cantica Serm. VIII, 6; Migne, P. L., CLXXXIII, 813
quoted in Doctor Mellifluus-Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on St. Bernard of Clairvaux

' Wait in your own emptiness '...


Before you cross the threshold into dreamless
sleep, absolutely everything in the world that you
hold near and dear will have to be surrendered
and left behind.

You can only enter that empty kingdom with
empty hands, empty mind and an empty heart.

If you’re coming with anything in your hands,
mind or heart, you’re required to wait at the
threshold until you finally put it down.

Even in the waking world, surrendering fully to
how life really is also requires that, sometimes,
you sit quietly in the middle of your mess and
in the core of your chaos and just wait.

Wait with no expectations.

Wait in your own emptiness.


- Chuck Hillig

' Metaphysics and Mysticism '...


Metaphysical knowledge is the rain, devotional fervour is the sunshine.

Both are needed to bring the plant to flowering and fruition.

But rain attracts people less than sunshine.

And so we find that most aspirants avoid the labours of metaphysical study for the pleasures of mystical practice.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 122
Paul Brunton


' Thoughts on a wednesday '...


Ramana speaks of the truth that loss of ego is Reality..

This one sentence is the most important sentence of your life..

This is the only path to Truth..

The rest of days are spent within a warmth of light called Love..

The media of mind-control is quite accurate when they call their shows and words,

'Programing'..

This world is formed from desire and mind..

The yin and yang appear, once again..

This 'Thin Line' that the mystic masters spoke of,

contain the concept of the tight rope of neither..

As long as you see one, you must see the other...


-thomas


' The Tzaddik '...


"People say you should not seek greatness,

but I say you should seek only greatness.

Look for the greatest possible Tzaddik.

Choose only the greatest Tzaddik as your teacher."




Rabbi Nachman
Sichot Haran #51
The Essential 
Rabbi Nachman
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum

' Seek it's identity '...


Reality is simply the loss of ego.

Destroy the
ego by seeking its identity.

Because the ego is
no entity it will automatically vanish and reality
will shine forth by itself.



- Ramana Maharshi

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

' Beyond the intellect's touch '...


The intellectual point of view is necessarily a developing one and its search for truth an unending one.

It can never secure or offer any final formulation since reality is beyond the intellect's touch,

even if it comes within the intellect's understanding.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 84
Paul Brunton

' For What It's Worth '...

' The Observer '...


Perhaps, this experience of humanity is really no different from the moments of history..

What is the power that creates negativity ?..

Is it spiritual or material ?..

Why does 'Thought' desire to experience pain ?..

The holograms continue to dance to music and also to dance within war..

The slow death of this dream is consistent..

We, as the Observer can easily see the drama..


-thomas

' Only One '...


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

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



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

' Slow down '...


"Nature does not hurry,

yet everything is accomplished "


- Lao-tzu

' A mental concept '...


The doctrine of Advaita is after all a conception existing in a human head, for it had to take shape in that head, even if it had been revealed by the god Shiva or Vishnu or Brahma as Indian myth and legend would have us believe.

Even if the doctrine were revealed in the deepest mystic experience by the discoverer digging within himself, it still remains a mental concept interpreted and formulated by the discoverer himself.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 80
Paul Brunton


' Know Thyself '...


At the end of his long life of selfless teaching, the Buddha said that you must strive on the path yourself—the Awakened Ones only point the way.

Like the Buddha, all genuine mystics will tell you that the ultimate authority and touchstone of truth is not any scriptures or dogmas or teachers, but your own deepest experience.

“Don’t take my word for it,” they will say, “find out for yourself!” Just as a scientist tests hypotheses using experiments, so you should test the teachings in the laboratory of your life using spiritual practices.

It makes sense that you should be your own ultimate authority, because it is your own true nature that you must discover and know. As the oracle at Delphi commands: “know thyself.” And as Jesus instructs: “examine yourself, and learn who you are, how you exist, and what will become of you” (Jesus, Book of Thomas).

The reason the genuine mystic directs your attention inward to seek your own true nature is because, as Jesus says, “He who has not known himself does not know anything, but he who has known himself has also known the depth of all” (Jesus, Book of Thomas). And Rumi tells you: “It’s you yourself that hide your own treasure” (Rumi, Mathnawi). So the genuine mystic will always point you to yourself, to discover the depths of your own true nature.

The mystical injunction to know yourself and look to yourself as your own ultimate authority, however, does not mean that teachers and teachings have no value in the mystical path. The point is that they only show the way, as the Buddha says.

If you invest a particular teaching or teacher with ultimate truth, you will be implicitly separating yourself from the truth, and you will fail to realize the truth of your own nature. In the end, however, when you realize that the teachings and teachers—and indeed the entire world—is not separate from you, then you will see that your entire life is the truth of your own deepest being revealing itself to itself. Thus, to see truth in nothing reveals the truth in everything...


- Thomas J. McFarlane

' The Sound of Silence '...

' Suffering '...


"Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting;

it is a sign of unwillingness to move on,

to flow with life."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' True understanding '...


Rare in the world is one who no longer even cares for
experience.

In him the true understanding has already dawned.



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

' Intellect and emotions '...


These are truths not only when they are known by the intellect,

but also when they are felt by the emotions.

The two must come together and be two sides of the same coin.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 77
Paul Brunton


' Sincerity and Longing '...


"He who is called Krishna is also called Shiva and Shakti, and that is He again who is called Jesus and Allah. There is only one Rama and he has a thousand names.

"Truth is one; It is only called by different names.

All people are seeking the same Truth; the disagreement is due to differences in climate, temperament and names.

Everyone is going toward God. They will all realize Him/Her if they have sincerity and longing of heart."



-Sri Ramakrishna
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Abridged Edition)
by Swami Nikhilananda
New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1958, p.300

' Belief in Limitation '...


We are All One! That is easy to say but very difficult for you to accept and understand because in your illusory world all seem separate. Your modern physicists have finally discovered and accepted that absolutely everything is connected to everything else that you can see in the observable universe. And yet in your daily lives you live constantly with an intensely strong sense of separation because you are surrounded by individual impenetrable or non-integrated forms, forms that resist coalescence, unlike the air that you breathe and the water that you drink that easily and constantly flow and intermix. Sometimes in powerfully loving relationships there is a strong sense of oneness, but nevertheless you still occupy individual bodies. It is indeed very confusing.

Here in the spiritual realms, from which you truly are not separated, we mingle and mix with one another easily to exchange ideas or to share our love for each other, and when we choose to differentiate ourselves for whatever reason we just flow apart. But we are never separated from each other, our eternal state is at One with God, the Supreme Creator in Whom all exist, and, therefore, with each other. You have all chosen to experience separation, and until you change that choice, that is what you will experience.

Why would you continue to choose separation when it leaves you feeling alone, abandoned, and without love? It is because the illusion has become so real for you, a place in which billions of individuals appear to be constantly struggling for physical survival and because you identify utterly and completely with your bodies which always seem to be under some kind of physical or emotional threat. But bodies are just vehicles of limitation that you built and have chosen to occupy. You can choose to remove those limitations and experience a sense of vastness, of completeness, and of Oneness with All That Exists. But you have become so accustomed to limitations that you fear to live without them.

Your whole way of human life is based on a very powerful belief in limitation!

However, by going within to your quiet and holy inner sanctuary you can experience the vastness that is God, Creation, Love, and, therefore, You! To do so you need surrender to the divine flame of Love burning constantly within you, to let go of your beliefs, whatever they may be because they are very effective illusory distractions, and open your hearts so that the Love within can embrace you and demonstrate to you that you are as vast as all of Creation, as vast as God, and eternally embraced by the Love that is Reality. To fully experience that state would instantly destroy your physical form, your human body, because the energy of that state is infinitely powerful. Nevertheless you can experience a sense of that divine state, your natural state, that will permanently banish all your doubts about your Oneness with God.

You are on Earth to go through the awakening process and to assist others to do so. To awaken is a choice that only you can make, and in truth all living entities have already made the choice to do so, but you have not yet chosen when to do so. That choice of timing can, naturally, only be made in the eternal now moment, and when that happens you will awaken. Presently, those of you reading or listening to this message know this, but you are patiently biding your time as you assist others to make that same choice. You may feel that you have no choice, that you are waiting for some future divine event to wake you up, but in truth you always have the freedom to choose, and the moment of that choosing is drawing ever closer.

It is a confusing paradox to be experiencing life as a human within the space/time envelope while at the same time knowing that space and time are unreal. That is why it is essential that you go within daily to connect with the Love that resides there. That safe inner sanctuary is the doorway through which you enter Reality, the divine realms in which utter joy is eternally experienced.

Often, when you go within, your mind fills with distracting thoughts – all the shoulds, anxieties, and “must dos” that daily life as a human seems to demand of you. This is merely your egos attempting to draw you out from that place of divine peace and back into the illusion. Just acknowledge those ego thoughts, acknowledge that they are distracting you from your place of peace, but do not engage with them. If you do get drawn in, as often happens, when you realize this just intend to return to that place of inner peace without any judgment of the fact that you were distracted. Distractions are an essential aspect of the illusion that you built and initially it is difficult to disassociate yourselves from them for more than a few moments.

Reciting mantras, focusing on a candle or on your breath, or playing quiet music intended to assist you get into a meditative state can be helpful. But everyone of you are different and respond differently to the various methods that can assist you to reach inner peace in meditation, and of course there is no requirement that insists that you use a prescribed method for meditation. Do what feels right and comfortable for you, and practice that for a few weeks to give yourselves time to adjust to your new routine. Changing routines in an effort to find one that works better for you can be self-defeating, as it may well be your ego's attempts to keep you distracted. Relax, allow, and as thoughts or distractions arise do not engage with them. However, when you do and become aware, just set the intent to return to quietness, and realize that there is no such thing as failure.

Meditation is a practice to enable you to connect with your true Self, the Self that is One with God. Concert pianists spend long periods of time daily practicing to maintain their professional competence, so do not be surprised at the amount of practice that you have to put into meditation to find the peace and stillness that you seek. Do not judge yourselves as successful or unsuccessful and do not seek to see yourselves making progress because that is just further distraction. Just set a regular time and place for your practice, and when the time you have allowed is over go back to your daily living. If you maintain your practice without expectations you will find peace and contentment.

Your loving brother, Jesus.

John Smallman ( receiver of knowledge )

' Receive Liberty '...



Imagine yourself standing outside a fire station when sirens scream
and firemen clamber on to their engines. As a fireman dashes by you
ask, 'Where are you going?'

Responds the fireman, 'To a fire that happened ten years ago.'

You think you must be dreaming. Something is wrong.
Firemen do not race to fires that happened ten years ago.

Yet we behave just as strangely when responding with wild emotions
to events of ten or fifty years ago.

We must cut the cord of time which binds us to the past.
We must cut ourselves away from unconscious responses arising from
past defeats and sorrows.

Right now, receive your liberty."



- Vernon Howard.. Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 178

' Counsciousness creates differentiation '...


Consciousness creates differentiation ,

the egg does not create the chicken..

The chicken creates the egg..

The Source is that which is ignored..

Perhaps, a few minutes of thought would remedy that..

We float within thoughts of division and anger..

To feel good is so easy but the ego involves itself..

Speakers from the voices of money and power say a lot..

But, you have been here awhile to think original thoughts..

Does Humanity have a chance to leave a cave of darkness and enter the unknown knowledge of Light ?..


-thomas

' Right down the line '...

' Love God '...


"I have only one message to give and I repeat it age after age.

My message to one and all is: Love God.

One must love God with all sincerity to such an extent that one loses one's self completely in love.

And how does one love God?

One can love God as He ought to be loved by trying one's utmost to make others feel happy even at the cost of one's own happiness."



Meher Baba
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher: The Biography of Avatar of the Age Meher Baba
Manifestation, Vol. 14, 1st. ed., p. 5049
Revised Online Edition, p. 4055

' From the unreal to the Real '...


"From the unreal lead me to the real;

From darkness lead me to the light;

From death lead me to immortality."



-Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28
(from Pavamana Mantra of Shukla Yajur Veda Samhita)
Translated by Swami Nikhilananda

' Metaphysics '...


Metaphysics is ordinarily concerned with the criticism of superficial views about the experienced world and the correction of erroneous ones, whilst it seeks to construct an accurate systematic and rational interpretation of existence as a whole. This is good in its own place because we shall be all the better and not worse for finding a metaphysical base for our beliefs.

It is quite clear however that metaphysical systems cannot alone suffice for our higher purpose, for being based on personal assumptions, reasoning, or imaginations, if they partially enlighten mankind they also partially bewilder by their mutual contradictions. Hence philosophy steps in here and offers what it calls "the metaphysics of truth."

This is an interpretation in intellectual terms of the results obtained from a direct mystical insight concerned with what is itself incapable of intellectual seizure. Through this superior insight it provides in orderly shape the reasons, laws, and conditions of the supersensuous experience of the Overself, unifies and explains the experiences which lead up to this consummation, and finally brings the whole into relation with the practical everyday life of mankind.

It is the sole system that the antique sages intellectually built up after they had actually realized the Overself within their own experience. Such a point needs the utmost emphasis for it separates the system from all others which carry the name of metaphysics or philosophy. Whereas these others are but intelligent guesses or fragmentary anticipations of what ultimate truth or ultimate reality may be and hence hesitant between numerous "ifs" and "buts," this alone is a presentation from firsthand knowledge of what they really are. It bars out all speculation.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 19
-- Perspectives > Chapter 7: The Intellect > # 30 Paul Brunton