' Dzogchen Thogal and the Mind of Clear Light '...

Thogal means "a leap over the crest or skull". This really means a quantum leap where no traverse from one point to another occurs. While remaining in place you suddenly arrive.

Our current state of consciousness as ordinary mind "suddenly" reveals itself to be the Mind of Clear Light. This is like a cube of ice suddenly revealing itself to be transparent water vapor.

Our samsaric mind is a contracted state of Clear Light radiance called tsal; it is a densification of the radiance (tsal) of the Mind of Clear Light.

Thogal focuses on the Clear Light itself as its sole method. It is the highest and most direct approach. We use the Clear Light to en-lighten itself with no other reliance.

It's best to first deactivate the karmic mind by having it realize the emptiness of all subjective and objective projections that reify a personal psychological self and an illusory "objective" world. We do this through the emptiness teachings primarily.*

If we miss this step, thogal can cause problems as the projections of light can mistakenly be grasped as though "real", as well as the imagined observer becoming afraid of their own projections.

Our true nature is always the Mind of Clear Light. It's a matrix of radiant wisdom light that continuously expresses its potentials in an infinite number of holographic displays (radiant tsal) as your inner and outer worlds.

Closest to the pure Mind of Clear Light, is a secondary, derivative consciousness as mind. It is this consciousness that is re-absorbed back into the Mind of Clear Light. We call these wisdom moments of re-absorption, moments of "Rigpa". The "rigpa" moment is the wisdom aspect of the Mind of Clear Light manifesting in lieu of and in absence of ordinary consciousness or karmic mind.

What we call "seeing" is the clear light. At an ordinary level a moment of "seeing" is actually a moment of colors. But more precisely, a moment of "seeing" is a moment of Clear Light. We never see with our eyes, eyes can't see. The world we see is a hologram of Clear Light radiance as projected and experienced within the Mind of Clear Light.

The holograms are 3D expressions (radiant tsal) of wisdom (information) rendered geometrically. This is true also of our daydreams and night dreams.

Thogal, especially the exposure of the eyes to light, causes the holograms of mind, brain and body to convert back into their highest frequency of Clear Light. There is only the Clear Light appearing in various wavelengths and densities (tsal).

The greater the "karma" the more solid the density. Karma is reified thoughts and mental constructions (tsal); hence first having the mind see the emptiness of all its subjective and objective reifications. A reification is merely a densification of the Clear Light radiance due to a contracting fictional belief collapsed around the conceit of an "I" or self construction.

The fundamental contraction of the Clear Light radiance is the fictional belief in a personal "me" or self. The karmic mind then projects holograms (tsal) of this imaginary self as who you seem to be in daydreams, night dreams and within consciousness as your self image and body identity.

In Dzogchen we call this reversal or conversion back into the Mind of Clear Light; "rulog".

One perfectly fine and workable method is called trekchod, or "cutting through all rigidities" through insight and total relaxation expressed as the "four chozhag" or "let be's". This is like letting the ice cube of Clear Light relax into its own wisdom transparency (zangthal).

For those more energetic we have thogal, which is light years faster and immediate. Immediate meaning "without leaving, your suddenly there".

There is no point in following either approach before twofold emptiness has dawned within the mind*. However thogal will also greatly deepen the emptiness insights as I described in my thogal "quick start" instruction pinned up on my Dzogchen Thogal group.

*Mipham Rinpoche composed a brief text called The Beacon of Certainty, in which he states:

"In order to have perfect certainty in Dzogchen kadag, one must have perfect understanding of the view of the Madhyamaka Prasangika. Kadag, or original, primordial purity, is the view of Dzogchen, and in order to perfect that view, one must perfect one’s understanding of the Middle Way Prasangika view. What this implies is that the view of Dzogchen kadag and the view of the Prasangika school are the same."

-Jackson Peterson

' I'm not feeling it anymore '...

' The enemy '...

"There is something that you do not realize and by the end of this
talk, I want you to have made a start into realizing this major
vital fact - something is being done against you of which you have
no awareness.

You do not know the forces, the enemies, that are working in the
dark to make you as shaky and uncertain as you are. The enemies
exist for that very purpose, to be your enemy, to prevent you from
escaping them and finding what you can find during your journey
here on earth, which is universal truth.

The enemy that is harming you without your knowledge or permission
is both inside you and outside you. The enemy outside is able to
operate so effectively because you have not become acquainted with
the enemy inside. And let me tell you this, even if you caught a
fairly small glimpse of what has been hurting you, been done against
you in the past and what is doing it presently, this is an extremely
important point for you to understand because it will arouse right
feeling, right reactions."

from a talk given 3/1/1989
Vernon Howard's Higher World - MP3 CD Volume 26, talk 642, track 13

' Personal Identity '...

Personal identity is nothing more than an identification
between the mind and the image which it has about itself,

an image which is really an abstract of memories of events
in the past.

Indeed, it is this censored and edited imaginary
abstract that is considered to be an individual!

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' The Key to the Short Path '...

What is the key to the Short Path?

It is threefold.

First, stop searching for the Overself since it follows you wherever you go.

Second, believe in its Presence, with and within you.

Third, keep on trying to understand its truth until you can abandon further thoughts about it.

You cannot acquire what is already here.

So drop the ego's false idea and affirm the real one.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 1: Entering the Short Path > # 92
-- Perspectives > Chapter 23: Advanced Contemplation > # 6 Paul Brunton

' How close to Truth, we are '...

It is Saturday night'

imagine, both day and night used in the same sentence..

This night of frivolity,

The soul searches the eyes of others,

for understanding of existence..

Music pushes the mind to connection..

How much can you speak without fear ?..

Truth is hidden because of the fear of the ego..

Truth makes the ego, disappear..

Death is the great fear of all existence..

And yet, the death of the character within the Play is the only escape..

How close to Truth, we are...


' An Enlightened Dream Character '...

During a dream in sleep at night, it seems you are a real character and a self. You have a body, a mind with thoughts and you perform various activities. Does it make sense to think that your dream self has the capacity to become enlightened and to continue to exist as a Buddha doing what Buddhas do?

I hope all would agree that the dreamed "self" is just a momentary projection of mind with no innate capacity or possibility to morph into a real enlightened Buddha. It doesn't matter how many high level
meditations and practices the dreamed self engaged in; it will never morph into being a Buddha. Rather it just vanishes when we wake up in the morning.

But in the morning when we wake up, we notice that we seem to have a body and a mind too. We feel like we are a self with an identity and memories to prove it. However it can be discovered upon investigation that our self identity is also just a projection of mind established by the same subconscious mechanism that produces our dreamed self; both are mere thought-forms that have no independent life of their own.

Sometimes in a very profound state of clarity, the pseudo-self of imagined personal identity, vanishes. In this moment it's known that there is no personal self that could ever become enlightened no matter how much meditation or effort in practice is exerted. It's seen there is no self that could become enlightened because that self is no more than a bunch of thoughts arising from the subconscious.

How does a bunch of thoughts become a Buddha? That would mean that your thoughts about marmalade could morph into fully functional Buddhas! Thoughts about marmalade are no more a self than thoughts that describe a "me".

There is no self to become enlightened! There is no self that is born, lives and dies anymore than your dreamed self is born, lives and dies.

So when people say that "they" are followers of a gradual or a sudden path to enlightenment, please try to contain your laughter.

When the mind ceases generating the "me" self identity, what remains is the eternal Buddha Mind that has no personal identity, and that has never been born or could die or that could become a Buddha again.

So the next thought would be "ok, I get it, now what do "I" do to actualize this insight?"

Ha, ha, ha ... (laughing out loud) sorry, couldn't contain the laughter! What does "who" do??? (more laughter)...

-Jackson Peterson:

' A warm living presence '...

He is not sacrificing so much that is dear to the world for the sake of an empty abstraction,

nor trampling on inborn egotism for the sake of a cold intellectual conception.

He is doing this for something that has become a warm living presence in his life--for the Overself.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 2: Its Choice > # 243 Paul Brunton

' Psychic health '...

"A person is in psychic health when he is one with himself, when he
is his own friend.

Perhaps you know people who are separated from
themselves by frantic desires, fearful imaginations, sour attitudes,
by regrets of the past and demands upon the future."

-Secrets for Higher Success, p. 71
Vernon Howard

' Knockin' on Heaven's Door '...

' Emerge and Disappear '...

"The person is what I appear to be to other persons.

To myself I am the infinite expanse of consciousness in which innumerable persons emerge and

disappear in endless succession."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The interruption '...

"When you awaken from a dream at night do you awaken because you have cleansed all of your karma?

More likely you awoke because something interrupted your dream.

Consider me your interruption."

~ Adyashanti

' Compassion '...

Make it a matter of habit, until it becomes a matter of inclination, to be kind, gentle, forgiving, and compassionate.

What can you lose?

A few things now and then, a little money here and there, an occasional hour or an argument?

But see what you can gain!

More release from the personal ego, more right to the Overself's grace, more loveliness in the world inside us, and more friends in the world outside us.

-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved >
Chapter 5: Balance the Psyche > # 12 Paul Brunton

' If the soul was stripped '...

"If the soul were stripped of all her sheaths,

God would be discovered all naked to her view and would give himself to her,

withholding nothing.

As long as the soul has not thrown off all her veils,

however thin, she is unable to see God."

Meister Eckhart
in Franz Pfeiffer
Meister Eckhart
Translated by C. de B Evans
Leipzig, 1857, vol. 1, p. 114

' Inner stillness '...

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.

When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.

Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness.

This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.

- Eckhart Tolle, from Stillness Speaks

' The ego as servant '...

Nothing can annihilate the ego during the body's lifetime,

but its function can be reduced to one of mere subservience to the Overself.

-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego >
Chapter 1: What Am I? > # 185
Paul Brunton

' Have a listen '...

' Why does humanity suffer '...

Man suffers only because he takes seriously

what the gods made for fun.

- Alan Watts

' An epiphenomenon '...

" Pragmatist Sam Johnson said that he had only to kick a stone to prove how material is matter. Much as one is tempted to kick Dr. Johnson for failing to see that his sense of kicking a stone takes place entirely within his own consciousness, it's tangibility being but one aspect of that mental sense, we should be big enough to relegate Dr. Johnson to his rightful place in this realm of Consciousness, along with that stone and leave him in peace."

The die ~hard materialist claims consciousness is no more than a deceptive epiphenomenon, the side effect of neural structure and activity, giving the illusion of mind.

But the materialist contention is no more than an unverifiable theory. He cannot get outside his own consciousness to prove the physical existence of an objective universe .The only basic reality of which he can be absolutely sure is his own consciously being. Everything else he may think he knows is necessarily based upon inference".

-Richard Taylor

' Practicing Consciousness '...

The ability to keep established in the Consciousness while engaged in the world's affairs is acquired by practice.

It is a form of skilfulness acquired as bicycle-riding is acquired.

-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You >
Chapter 3: Practise Detachment > # 302
Paul Brunton

' The still point '...

Spontaneity is the essence of all natural action.

In natural action the focus of interest remains neither in the past nor in the future but in the

present moment, the still point of the turning world.

Once thinking as an individual has ceased, objectivization also ceases, and neither ignorance nor enlightenment has any significance.

One who knows does not say,

"I think I know."

He Knows.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' To be, is to suffer '...

"To be, is to suffer.

The narrower the circle of my self-identification,

the more acute the suffering caused by desire and fear."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Emptiness of Thought '...

Many Dzogchen and Tibetan Buddhist teachers have mentioned that Dzogchen, Mahamudra and Madhyamaka all offer a complete means to actualizing Buddhahood.

Madhyamaka means "middle way". It's a middle way because it is free of the errors of espousing extremes views that favor either the imagined permanent nature of things and persons or their complete imagined non-existence.

In both cases the error would be embodied as a belief. Those fictional beliefs are what support all the suffering as experienced as samsara.

All beliefs are mere conceptual constructions fabricated within a mind. All conceptual constructions are thoughts.

Thoughts are dependently originated from prior thoughts, information as memory and experiences. Any thought is embedded within a vast milieu of associative meanings of which all are also only thoughts.

We therefore discover that samsara is itself comprised only of believed thoughts.

Madhyamaka teachings recognize the unique role that believed thoughts and concepts play in establishing our personal suffering. Samsara has only one cause: believed thoughts.

Madhyamaka doesn't recommend suppressing, denying or ignoring thoughts as a workable solution to our root cause of suffering.

Rather, Madhyamaka recommends seeing the "empty" nature of thought. It's like someone in the dark believing their thought "snake" while only perceiving a coiled rope. In this case the thought "snake" is empty of any reality concerning the current perceptions.

We discover that all thoughts suffer from the same error to only a lesser or greater degree.

This error is usually towards the extreme of reifying and assigning a valid existential status to a perception or conceptual construct. This is like children believing the stories about Santa Claus are true and that Santa Claus actually exists. We also can't say that Santa Claus has absolutely no existence or else we would deny our imaginary thoughts as having ever happened. Santa Claus does have a status as being at least an imaginary character existing in someone's mind. And so, we can conventionally have discussions about an imaginary Santa Claus.

Even though all thoughts only exist as imaginary conceptual constructs that claim to represent perfectly an underlying reality that they attempt to describe; we can indeed have conventional discussions regarding our conceptual descriptions.

Through our thoughts we actually live in our make-believe world of conceptually constructed descriptions as though the names and labels actually represent solidly existing realities exactly as conceptually described. We call this world "conventional reality".

The greatest Madhyamaka master, Nagarjuna, wrote:

"The Ultimate truth is emptiness, the conventional truth is fiction. (prapaƱca)"

The ultimate reality is simply how it really is without our fictional descriptions applied to perceptions and mental phenomena. Empty means empty of all fiction.

Every thought is a fiction because it's can never be more than a mental portrait or mental description regarding some sensory or mental event. The thought can never accurately be what it's pointing to. As Korzybski famously stated; "the map is not the territory".

In conventional conversation we discuss our word-maps as though they were representing real landscapes accurately. Our thoughts are never more than representations that may be completely or partially flawed.

Using our thought maps as reliable guides in life, most humans find themselves quite lost and all too often quite deeply lost in the thickets of major anxiety, depression and suicidal angst. Fortunately the Buddha has discovered and offered a path out from our self-imposed thought delusions and their resulting sufferings.

Nirvana is simply a mind free of all fictional descriptions about self and reality. Such a mind would be free of all believed thoughts regarding appearances and experiences.

Examining thoughts individually we discover they are all hollow with no core or center. They are no more real than momentary clouds in the sky. The mind could focus on a single cloud and believe the sky is only this particular cloud or that the cloud is permanent and has an independent existence all of its own. Whatever the case, a thought is never more than a mental wisp of energetic prana carrying a small message or bit of conditioned and imagined meaning.

We don't have to suppress or deny or push away our thoughts; just see their intrinsically empty nature. All thoughts are equally empty fictional descriptions with no enduring status. They all release upon the arising like the single chirp of a bird.

My personal "self" is such a fictional, empty thought. Other "selves" are also empty fictional thoughts. The thought "mine" is also a fictional thought. Every thought that occurs in your mind is intrinsically empty, fictional and self-releasing.

Seeing the empty nature of all thoughts is what Madhyamaka actualizes. So Madhyamaka is not just the "middle way" but regarding freedom from the mind's self-generating samsara, it would seem to be the "only way".

Liberation is the mind seeing its own content as empty and fictional in nature. Seeing this, it's obvious no one existed to be liberated in the first place, except just as another empty and fictional thought.

-Jackson Peterson

' Joni Mitchell '...

' Do what you believe in '...

"Do what you believe in and believe in what you do.

All else is a waste of energy and time."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Just do your work '...

The first dip into enlightenment, what we call awakening to our true nature, that experience is like starting a chemical reaction.

Without your participation it re-makes the whole being for years to come.

At some point all the unprocessed emotions, attachments, identifications will come to the surface.

This is very advanced stage on the path, don't be fooled by your ideas and anyone who expect you to be saintly.

Those who done with this stage, see clearly where you are.

They have much respect and compassion for your journey and offer unconditional acceptance.

Those who don’t accept where you are at the moment, not ready for this work themselves yet, or cowardly.

Leave those behind, let them be, and you be as you are.

You know exactly what you are and what is your work at this moment.

Just do your work.

-Elena Nezhinsky

' The Overself is unlimited '...

For several reasons he is not a joiner.

Most sects have only partial and limited views, most mix some error with their truth, and most develop ugly dogmatic tyrannies.

Furthermore, their adherents, believing that they alone possess the truth, generally exclude all others from the warmer temperatures of their goodwill--if they do not openly dislike them.

But the largest reason for his refusal is that the Overself is unlimited, unconfined; he wants to express this freedom.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 152
Paul Brunton

' Said the seeker '...

We do not see faces and yet we feel emotions and truth..

The idea of feminine or masculine are just thoughts of division..

The Ying and Yang keep spining ..

The balance of the Dream must be maintained according to Desire..

Freedom is a word that keeps appearing..

Does God need Freedom ?..

We keep finding ourselves within a drama of egos',

we find our minds within the Dream..

We look above the waves and see Light..

" I and the Father are One,

said the seeker "...


' Where is the heart ? '...

"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 threshold of liberation '...

What you need will come to you, if you do not ask
for what you do not need.

Yet only few people reach
this state of complete dispassion and detachment.

It is a very high state, the very threshold of liberation.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

' We are disturbed '...

We are disturbed not by what happens to us,

but by
our thoughts about what happens.

- Epictetus

' The biggest fool '...

A man once made this bequest to his son: "Take these hundred gold
pieces, my son. You are to give them to the biggest fool you meet."
The man died, and the son set out to discharge his father's bequest.
Whenever he saw somebody acting stupidly, he would approach him to
check whether he had found a fool.

In the course of his search, he came one day to a palace, in
front of which a crowd had gathered. A bystander explained to
him, "The Grand Vizier has displeased the Emperor. The executioner
is going to behead him now, then the new Grand Vizier will be made to
step over the dead body of his predecessor before being installed in
his office." When asked the reason for this, he was told, "As an
admonition to the incoming minister."

A moment later, they brought out a man in handcuffs. Ignoring
his moans and groans, they forced him to his knees and cut off his
head. The new minister witnessed this scene, then trod on the corpse
of his executed predecessor to mount the Grand Vizier's throne of
office. Everyone started congratulating the new minister. The young
man mingled with the well-wishers.

When he came in front of the
Grand Vizier, he handed him the purse containing the gold
pieces. "What is your motive in giving me this money?" "Please take
it," said the youth. "It is a bequest of my late father's. Allow me
to discharge my duty." The minister then asked, "Do you mean to tell
me that your father's bequest was to give a hundred gold pieces to
the Grand Vizier?" "No," replied the young man, "not to the Grand
Vizier or minister.

My father's bequest was to give money to a great
fool. I have search high and low, but--forgive me saying so--I have
not come across a greater fool than you." "How do you know I am a
fool?" the minister asked, angrily. The young man explained: "I
witnessed this ceremony with my own eyes.

Your predecessor was
beheaded just a short time ago and you stepped over his body to mount
this throne of office. The very same calamity could befall you
tomorrow. One who saw this, yet took no warning from it, is not just
any old fool; he is The Fool himself. Praise be to Allah, the
bequest is fulfilled."

-Sheikh Muzaffer
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

' The time of your life '...

' When there is no fear '...

When there is no other, there is no fear, and when there is no fear, there is freedom.

Understand that there really is no doer and continue to act in life as if you are the doer;

then the appropriate attitude of compassion gets developed.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Pleasure is a distraction '...

"...pleasure is a distraction and a nuisance,

for it merely increases the false conviction that one needs to have and do things to be happy,

when in reality it is just the opposite."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Universal Mind '...

It is true that the subject in consciousness cannot make an object of itself, cannot perceive itself, but there is in man another self which knows the subject, is aware of the subject although the subject is not aware of it.

But there is an important difference to be noted here.

First, the transcendental self does not know in the same way that the thinking self knows (by thinking self I mean the subject) for its knowledge is immediate, swifter than the swiftest computing machine.

Secondly, it is part of the universal mind, the World Mind, yet mysteriously connected with a limited human mind.

-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 1: Their Meeting and Interchange > # 159
Paul Brunton

' Diamonds and Rust '...

' An inner emptiness '...

A certain number of people seek power over other people in a desperate attempt to find themselves.

They fail, for self-discovery is spiritual in nature, not social or political.

Authoritatively telling other people what to do is their distraction from an inner emptiness they can never fill.

- Vernon Howard

' Modern life '...

Modern life is becoming very unsatisfactory. It does not give you happiness. There are too many things, too many desires.

More nice cars and dresses and entertainments—and more worries! Free yourself from these so-called "necessities"...

There is no security anywhere in this world; at any time your consciousness may be forced to give up the body by disease or misfortune...

In these days of struggle, it is very hard to attain God, for your days are spent in restless activities and business pursuits — which mean nothing in the end but loss of time, and unhappiness.

- Yogananda

' The Physician-sage '...

An ailing king summoned a physician-sage to treat his illness. The
sage refused to come. The king had his soldiers seize the physician
and bring him to the palace.
The king said, "I have brought you here because I am suffering
from a strange paralysis. If you cure me, I will reward you. If not,
I will kill you."

The physician said, "In order to treat you, I need complete
privacy." So the king sent everyone out of the room. Then the
physician took out a knife and said, "Now I shall take my revenge for
your threatening me." He advanced on the king. Terrified, the king
jumped up and ran around the room, forgetting his paralysis in his need
to escape the seemingly crazed physician.

The sage fled the palace one step ahead of the guards. The king
never realized that he had been cured by the only method that could
have been effective.

-traditonal as collected by Fadiman & Frager

' To have courage '...

"To have courage for everything that comes in life — everything lies in that."

Saint Teresa of Avila
in Diane Mariechild
Open Mind: Women's Daily Inspiration for Becoming Mindful
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995, 7/17

' Pain cannot be escaped '...

Pain cannot be escaped - yet even greater pain lies in the effort to get away from it.

You will try to escape from pain or insecurity so long as the 'me' keeps itself separate from experience.

The desire to achieve (which is also the fear of failure) is what makes the mind lose its fluidity through the rigidity induced by inhibition.

This then gets translated into faulty execution of all our actions and compounds our induced conflict and neurotic tension.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' When the mind is quiet '...

"The world is but the surface of the mind, and the mind is infinite.

What we call thoughts are just ripples in the mind.

When the mind is quiet, it reflects reality.

When it is motionless through and through, it dissolves and only reality remains.

This reality is so concrete, so actual, so much more tangible than mind and matter, that compared to it even a diamond is soft like butter.

This overwhelming actuality makes the world dream-like."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Meditation '...

Meditation must be restored to its rightful place in the human program.

Only those who have tasted its wonder know how bare, how poor, is a life from which it is always absent.

Only those who have become expert in the art know the major pleasure of lying back on its velvet couch and letting their burdens fall from them.

The benefits of meditation apply both to mundane life and to spiritual seeking.

Think what it means to be able to give our mental apparatus a complete rest, to be able to stop all thoughts at will, and to experience the profound relief of relaxing the entire being--body, nerves, breath, emotions, and thoughts!

Those whose nerves cannot endure the extreme tension of modern existence will find ample healing by resorting to mental quiet.

-- Perspectives > Chapter 3:
Relax and Retreat > # 15
Paul Brunton

' the Breath of Source '...

After years of books and breathe watching, you decide to leap from the ledge..

The thought of Knowing resounds within the desire of holograms..

To Know Truth is the goal of every Lover..

The world will teach you lies,

but Truth will teach you Freedom..

This is why Truth and Love are One and the same..

This Happiness that is called Love and Truth are only gained by humility..

It is only the 'Offering' of 'All' that admits You into Reality..

The 'Breath' that you did not count, that has freed and awakened You..

This 'Breath' called Grace...


' The Creator of all effects '...

In reality, He is the Creator of all effects,
but the People of Skin see nothing but
secondary causes.

A kernel that has not left
its shell behind has no escape from doctors
and diseases.

When man is born for the
second time, he plants his foot upon the head
of all secondary causes.

- Rumi

Translation by William C. Chittick
From "The Sufi Path of Love"
UNY Press, Albany, 1983

' The years are passing '...

Everyone wants to live. Few want to know how to live.

If people permit work to take up so much of their time that they have none left for their devotional prayer or mystical meditation or metaphysical study, they will be as culpable for this wastage of life as they will be if they permit transient pleasures to do so.

Those who have no higher ideal than to chase after amusement and to seek after pleasure may look upon religious devotion as senseless, metaphysical studies as boring, mystical meditations as time-wasting, moral disciplines as repulsive.

Those who have no such inner life of prayer and meditation, study and reflection, will necessarily pay, in emergencies or crises, the high price of their hopeless extroversion.

The needs of external life are entitled to be satisfied in their place, but they are not entitled to dominate a man's whole attention. The neglected and unnoticed needs of internal life must also receive their due.

It is quite true that man must eat, find shelter, wear clothes, and amuse himself. And it is also true that if a fortunate fate has not relieved him of the necessity, he must work, trade, scheme, or gamble to get the money for these things.

But all this is insufficient grounds for him to pass through life with no other thoughts in his head than those of bodily needs or financial strivings. There is still room there for another kind of thought, for those concerning the mysterious elusive and subtle thing that is his divine soul.

The years are passing and he cannot afford such a wastage of time, cannot afford the luxury of being so extroverted at the cost of having lost touch with the inner life.

-- Perspectives > Chapter 3:
Relax and Retreat > # 15
Paul Brunton

' A True Sage '...

"If you come across a true sage who has realized his true nature,

you will not be required to do anything in the way of spiritual disciplines.

This is because through his teachings,

he will reveal your true nature,

as by placing a mirror before you."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Van Morrison '...

' It's True Nature '...

"As long as the sense of Being or the consciousness dwelling in the body does not realize its true nature,

it is bound to identify with the body and all its actions by claiming doership.

But as a result of this claim,

it is subjected to intense suffering when the body goes into disintegration and approaches death."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' busy with this and that '...

How many of us find ourselves worn out by the physical anxieties, the frequent nerve-tensions, and the jittery tumultuousness of our period!

We tend to get entrapped in our own activities, to multiply them by the dozen, to be everlastingly busy with this and that.

We are, in a sense, the unwitting victims of our surface-life, the unconscious slaves of its activities and desires, the dancing marionettes of its interests and possessions.

There is no real free movement of our wills, only an apparent one.

We have only to look at the faces of the men and women in our big cities to realize how desolate of spiritual repose most of them are.

We have become so extroverted that it has become unnatural to turn the mind upon itself, artificial to direct the attention inwards for a while.

All this causes us to miss the most important values, keeps us on the plane of being merely higher thinking and mating animals and little more.

-- Perspectives > Chapter 3:
Relax and Retreat > # 15
Paul Brunton

' In Unicity '...

Love, not as an expression of separateness
based on emotion, but as compassion,

that which holds the world together in

In Unicity we do not love others,
we ARE them.

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

' Without arrogance '...

Keep in tune with the source and all your actions will be

If you don’t there will be trouble no matter what you do.

With arrogrance of ego there is no skillfulness and without
arrogance everything is skillful.

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

' It fulfills Itself '...

Why should the waves of life-entities take this spiral-like two-way course?

Why do they not go along a direct single one?

The answer is that they have to gather experience to grow; if this experience includes totally opposed conditions, all the parts of each entity can grow, all its latent qualities can be stirred into unfoldment.

In the oppositions of birth and death, growth and decay, in-breathing and exhaling, youth and age, joy and suffering, introversion and extroversion, spirit-form and body-form, it fulfills itself.

-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea > Chapter 3: Polarities,
Complementaries, Dualities of The Universe > # 143
Paul Brunton

' Ian and Sylvia '...

' Love your enemies '...

But I say to you,

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven;

for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

- Jesus the Christ

' The present moment '...

Do not dwell in the past,

do not dream of the future,

concentrate the mind on the present moment.

- Gautama the Buddha

' A jnani '...

"A jnani consumes time continuously,

while all others are being devoured by it.

A jnani is beyond time,

the five elements, attributes and emotions."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' No Knower or Known '...

In the deepest trance state we enter by introversion into the pure Void.

There are then no forms to witness, no visions to behold, no emotions to thrill, no duality of knower and known.

The experiencer of the world and the world itself vanish because the first as ego is idea and the second is also idea; both merge into their Source, the Mind.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 8: The Void As Contemplative Experience > # 78
Paul Brunton

' Cat Stevens '...

' One stream of Truth '...

"As water in a fountain flows as one stream,

but falls in many drops divided by time and space,

so are the revelations of the one stream of truth."

-Hazrat Inayat Khan
Bowl of Saki, 1-1

' the state of freedom '...

True happiness cannot arise until the identification with the body-mind apparatus is demolished.

The state of freedom comes about when the split-mind gives up the impossible task of controlling itself and surrenders to the realization of the futility of perpetually thinking and acting and thinking about the action all at the same time.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' Introversion and extroversion '...

The philosopher will fall neither into the cold unfeeling indifference of the recluse nor into the frothy effervescing fussiness of the sentimentalist.

He knows that the first attitude is generated by excessive introversion, the second by excessive extroversion.

His ideal being the balance between them, he will attend properly to his own self-development but, side by side with it, work helpfully for mankind.

-- Notebooks Category 20: What Is Philosophy? >
Chapter 4: Its Realization Beyond Ecstasy > # 213
Paul Brunton

' Laughing at the word, Two '...


That Illumined

Who keeps
Seducing the formless into form

Had the charm to win my

Only a Perfect One

Who is always
Laughing at the Word

Can make you know

- Hafiz

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `

"The Gift"
Translations by Daniel Ladinsky
Penguin/Arkana, 1999

' You pierce the needle '...

"When you realize yourself as less than a point in space and time,

something too small to be cut and too short-lived to be killed,

then, and then only, all fear goes.

When you are smaller than the point of a needle,

then the needle cannot pierce you--you pierce the needle!"

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Mysticism '...

Mysticism, when psychologically comprehended and correctly practised, can certainly give man--weak-willed, passion-driven, and earthward-bent, as he often is--definite disciplinary, emotional, and ethical benefits. But so far as it shuts him up to lounge in his inner recesses and enjoy their peace alone, or so far as it persuades him to cast society permanently aside and withdraw like a tortoise into his own shell, it does not directly advantage others.

The mystic wants to be left alone to meditate without external distractions. His peace is precious to him and he is unwilling to disturb it by sacrificing any part of his personal life for the benefit of others. The serious yogi-in-training usually spends most of a lifetime in segregation from his fellows, untrammeled by family burdens and unperturbed by social responsibility, because he is seeking something whose attainment the presence of others hinders and disturbs.

He is naturally wrapped up by his discipline in a cloak of self-centeredness. Every manual of yoga which recommends the novice to turn hermit and forsake cities in moderation at the proper time in the proper place and for a limited duration, is a perfectly justifiable rule. He needs solitude and silence for the practice of his meditations. It is difficult to get these things in society so he quite properly avoids society. The very essence of all genuinely mystical exercises is the process of introversion. But carried to the point of excess, as it usually is when the practitioner is ignorant of the fact that mystic discipline is a means and not an end, it is likely to finish in callous self-centeredness.

When he does not realize that asceticism is but a temporary discipline, a jumping-off ground, whence to arrive at the higher and permanent condition of internal disentanglement, he is likely to fall into the trap of making such external disentanglement the goal of life and even become callously indifferent to the well-being of others--not deliberately, of course, but as a consequence of his unbalanced introversion.

-- Notebooks Category 16: The Sensitives > Chapter 2:
Phases of Mystical Development > # 120 Paul Brunton

' The Observer '...

In my experience of entering the Light of Reality,

there is a wind of Love that knocks you to the ground..

This wind might be called Holy Spirit.

Upon falling into the darkness of non-existence,

Light suddenly appears and You are part of that Light..

The energies of Love and Wisdom flow from and though Your consciousness..

A Voice suddenly begins speaking to You..

Questions are asked and answers are given..

What is this reality of Light and Love ?..

Many call this 'the Observer'..

I call it Happiness...


' What belongs to You '...

“Kabir said a wise thing. This morning when I was strolling here, I asked Eruch to write it down.” Eruch, and then Adi, repeated the verse in Hindi.

Eruch said, “Kabir was a Perfect Master. All over India, people revere him and love him. He said this to his own Master. I will give you the English translation; Baba translated it this morning:

‘Nothing that I have belongs to me.
All that I have belongs to you.
What will I lose if I surrender to you?
What belongs to you!’ ”

-Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher: The Biography of Avatar of the Age Meher Baba
1st. ed., Vol. 14, p. 5026
Revised Online Edition, p. 4038

' The here and now '...

"The "here" is everywhere, and the "now" always.

Go beyond the "I-am-body" idea, and you will find that space and time are in you and not you in space and time.

Once you have understood this, the main obstacle to realization is removed."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Psychoanalysis '...

Psychoanalysis has harmed patients by its stirring-up of muddy waters that would have been better cleared of their dirt; by its pose as a strict science when it is only a fanciful pseudoscience; and by its narrow biased and misleading explanation of religion, which substitutes worship of the body's sex instinct for worship of the universe's higher power.

Even the introversion which it so greatly excoriates as bad, is so only when it is unwilling and unable to fasten its interest on anything outside the small circle of its petty ego.

Otherwise, it unfolds the capacity to intuit directly, to think metaphysically, and to meditate spiritually.

-- Notebooks Category 10: Healing of the Self > Chapter 4:
Healers of The Body and Mind > # 84 Paul Brunton

' Song to the Siren '...

' The picture of Self '...

We have been here awhile..

Therefore, higher consciousness will be involved..

I can speak of desire or lust,

but Truth is more important than manifestations..

You are Consciousness, but You still perform in a play..

" The world is a play and we are just actors "

said Shakespeare..

You have chosen the character according to family and friends..

When will You choose to be Free ?...

I only poke you in the chest..

You are the conductor of your train of thought...


' The sense of identity '...

"As long as there is the body and the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.

Only when you know yourself as entirely alien to and different from the body,

will you find respite from the mixture of fear and craving inseparable from the "I-am-the body" idea."

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Introversion '...

There are varying and deepening degrees of introversion, ranging from slight inattention to full absorption or trance, which is therefore only one degree or kind of introversion.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 202

Trance is often a confusing word to use to describe the deepest condition of meditation. It could lead to misunderstanding. Safer words would be "dynamic reverie" or "constructive introversion." The idea of reverie promotes some kind of background awareness continuing through, either from one's surroundings or from oneself, and is therefore truer.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 448

Paul Brunton

' Candles in the rain '...

' It is the day of Independence '...

The Zen Masters speak of the space of Pure Light..

This is the Independence of Consciousness..

You keep feeling the pain of existence..

This is because You believe that You are of the Dream..

This Hologram of experience is just another Dream that lasts minutes within Consciousness..

These minutes mean much to the desire for existence..

But, existence requires the Truth of oblivion..

This Character that You play is for entertainment..

Nothingness is silence, but plays within frequencies..

These frequencies of sixteen and twenty thousand hertz control your world of sound..

These sensors of the hologram are fascinating, but are still within the Dream..


' Roger Castillo satsang - Reincarnation from the non-Dual perspective'...

Q: Do you believe in reincarnation of the soul reincarnating to another birth or do you think it's the end of it, every birth is over.

Roger: I think that there is no soul. There is just impersonal consciousness that is functioning through each human being and when the body dies then that particular incarnation, which is the result of impersonal consciousness functioning through a body and creating the personal consciousness which we can say is the incarnation, the personal incarnation. Once the body dies then there's no question of a carry-over of a soul. There is the same impersonal consciousness which was functioning through that body which will then function through another body and create another experience and what is evident is that within a particular experience of life, let's say Rogers experience of life there arises memories of what seem like past lives and so when those memories arise in this experience of life the conclusion is, 'Oh, then there is a soul and I lived a previous life but to me I see a memory of a past life that arise in this moment and it is part of the experience in this moment. It is maybe going to demonstrate why there are certain behaviors in this moment that previously were not understood, the rationale of why certain behaviors existed in our life were not understood so the memory can be the explanation of that so it still doesn't prove that there was a previous life that some entity here has lived. It simply means that in this moment the experience includes a memory of a previous life. So Roger can have an experience of a previous life that's a memory of being Mary or John but that is just a memory of John or Mary's life. It doesn't mean that its Roger that lived John or Mary's life previously.

Q: Why I am asking is normally people talk about reincarnation here in India but a mystic of the stature of Osho has also written in his biography written by somebody else that 700 years ago he was born an certain thing happened. When a mystic talks about it I mean, it's very difficult to, I know it's unusual opinion but it's very difficult to wish it away. I just wanted to tell you this.

Roger: If there is a memory of say being a soldier in a past life I don't dismiss the memory and I don't dismiss the memory is there possibly because a past life was actually lived but it doesn't then conclude that I was that. So when Osho says he was born 700 years prior, who is he talking about when he says 'I was born 700 years prior?'

Q: Not only Osho but alot of people talk about it. They say that the combination of the ego plus the mind, the thoughts and desires, they keep incarnating though different lives till they get enlightenment.

Roger: That's right. The thing is that the ego is simply a set of beliefs and so what I suggest is a description for people who are wanting to understand past lives is that, I suggest that when a human incarnation comes to an end the story of life dissolves the body but what it doesn't dissolve is some unfulfilled desires, some unresolved fears, some unexpressed talents and so the body dies and yet there is an energy of these as yet unresolved, unfulfilled and unexpressed talents, fears and desires and that blueprint which you could call the sense of personal doership, that blueprint is stored and then redistribute. Because it's a blueprint it actually just a set of beliefs, of attachments. It's not an individual and if so they then get redistributed into a new birth, it's basically just data being distributed into a new birth. Its conditioning, that birth can come into life with but the new birth that has this conditioning is not actually an entity that lived a previous life. It's a new birth but with some conditioning from a previous life. That conditioning is simply the unresolved desires, fears and talent and so that life will then unfold with those unresolved fears, unfulfilled desires functioning, until such time as there is a realization of the falseness of those attachments, etc. The dissolving of them and that is my description of what you just described. There is a carry-over and there is a working through of what is carried over until there is nothing to carry-over any more but what is carried over is the remnants of a previous life and not necessarily my previous life.

' The ego invents duties '...

The ego ceaselessly invents one "duty" after another to keep him so involved in activities,

often trivial, that he is never still enough to attend to the Overself's presence and voice within.

Even many so-called spiritual duties are its invention:

they are not asked of him by the Overself.

-- Perspectives > Chapter 3: Relax and Retreat > # 17
Paul Brunton

' Greatest Music Hits of the 60's '...

' Ideations '...

"Think of yourself by all means.

Only do not bring the idea of a body into the picture.

There is only a stream of sensations, perceptions, memories and ideations."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' It's self-evident '...

Negative feelings are in you, not in reality. So stop trying to change reality.

That's crazy!

Stop trying to change the other person.

We spend all our time and energy trying to change external circumstances, trying to change our spouses, our bosses, our friends, our enemies, and everybody else.

We don't have to change anything.

Negative feelings are in you.

No person on earth has the power to make you unhappy.

There is no event, condition, situation, or person.

Nobody told you this; they told you the opposite.

That's why you're in the mess that you're in right now.

That is why you're asleep.

They never told you this.

But it's self-evident.

- Anthony de Mello

' Now-ness '...

The Overself can become very real to him when feeling its ever-presence in all his experience,

when awake to its now-ness.

-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 3: The Overself's Presence > # 87 Paul Brunton

' Liberation '...

"Liberation is not the result of some means skillfully applied, nor of circumstances.

It is beyond the causal process.

Nothing can compel it,

nothing can prevent it."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Silence is not lonely '...

Ah listen, for silence is not lonely!

Imitate the magnificent trees
That speak no word of their rapture,

but only
Breathe largely the luminous breeze.

-D.H. Lawrence

' The Source '...

It is my long-sustained and well-tested belief that I have had certain revelations from a higher source.

The revelations are mixed, some dealing with the world's fortunes and misfortunes but others dealing purely with the Overself's wisdom and workings.

The source is beyond me and met only in the profundity of meditation.

I cannot name it or describe it, so others may call it what they like, yet I am directly aware of it.

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections >
Chapter 3: Encounter With Destiny > # 30
Paul Brunton

' Subterranean homesick blues '...

' Freedom '...

It is a myth that [when I’m truly enlightened] I can rest in some assuredness that I will never again feel insecure, or feel fear, or feel doubt, or feel those emotions that we don’t want to feel.

Forget it. That’s not it. That’s the pipe dream. That’s the opium that’s sold to the masses. And they eat it up and they never get there, and they end up disillusioned.

That’s not how it works. Freedom is never freedom “from.” If it’s freedom “from” anything, it’s not freedom at all. It’s freedom “to.”

Are you free enough to be afraid? Are you free enough to feel insecure? Are you free enough not to know? Are you free enough to know that you can’t know?

Are you free enough to be totally comfortable, to know that you can’t know what’s around the next corner? How you will feel about it?

How you will respond to it? That you literally can’t know? Are you free enough to be totally at ease and comfort with the way things actually are? That’s freedom. The other thing is the ego’s idea of freedom.”


' When death comes '...

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower; as common
as a field daily, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.

- Mary Oliver -
(New and Selected Poems 1992)

' Our own perceptions '...

We must find the Overself through our own perceptions,

that is, through our own eyes--or never.

It will not suffice to believe that we can go on seeing it through the eyes of another man--be he a holy guru, or not.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 290 Paul Brunton

' Happiness is never your own '...

"You are concerned with your own happiness and I am telling you that there is no such thing.

Happiness is never your own,

it is where the "I" is not insecure."

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Emptiness and Kadag '...

Without the mind itself seeing its own "kadag" (pristinely empty) nature through the intrinsic prajna of emptiness, reifications of all kinds will proliferate endlessly.

Prajna wisdom knows all thoughts, emotions, attachments, sensations, perceptions, objects, karma, vasanas, causes of suffering, identities, persons, loved ones, life forms, bodies and universes; are all empty, meaning they have never arisen because no cause for their arising has ever occurred. They are all no more than the mind's mistaken grasping for some sort of reliable solidity where none can be found at any time.

"All objects of the senses—visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and tangible—as well as the objects of the mental sense power—in sum, all phenomena that appear to the six senses, are the object of negation. They’re all hallucinations. The entire world, even the Dharma path, hell, god realm, positive and negative karma, and enlightenment, were made up by your own mind. Your mind projected the hallucination of things existing from their own side.

This hallucination of inherent existence is the foundation. Then, on top of that, you pay attention to certain attributes and label “wonderful,” “horrible,” or “nothing much.” When you think, “He’s awful” and get angry, you label the person an enemy. Not aware that you created the enemy, you believe there is a truly existent one out there and project all sorts of other notions on him."

Lama Zopa on Prasangika View

' The purpose of prayer '...

The true purpose of prayer is not to keep asking for some benefit each time we engage in it,

but rather to express the yearning of the underself for the Overself,

the attraction felt by the ego living in darkness for its parent source dwelling in light.

-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 2: Prayer > # 118 Paul Brunton

' Peace , power , happiness '...

"Peace, power, happiness, these are never personal states;

nobody can say "my peace," "my power"-

-because "mine" implies exclusivity which is fragile and insecure."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' A life not copied '...

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

' Happiness is strange '...

“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

' Transatlantic Sessions '...

' It is only tuesday night '...

And yet the vision that I see are the elements of mind control that speak lies and false flags..

Are the other humans awake to deception ?..

War hides under the screaming of words..

It is so strange that Divine Consciousness would visit the yin and yang of Dreams..

But, this is the balance of Intellect that decides which road to travel..

To Know the True Path, many dead ends are entered..

Knowing that life is short for the human experience, we must not fear the future..

We are not the future, We have always existed as this moment, this Now..

We remain the Observer and thus, do not feel pain..

The voltage of the hologram runs down, to be recharged by desires..

Desires are the prison that promises happiness and yet delivers fear..


' Reincarnation '...

"The memory of the past unfulfilled desires traps energy, which manifests itself as a person.

When its charge gets exhausted, the person dies.

Unfulfilled desires are carried over into the birth.

Self-identification with body creates ever-fresh desires and there is no end to them unless this mechanism of bondage is clearly seen.

It is clarity that is liberating, for you cannot abandon desire unless its causes and effects are clearly seen.

I do not say that the same person is reborn.

It dies, and dies for good.

But its memories remain and their desires and fears.

They supply the energy for a new person."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Crown Chakra '...

The Crown Chakra and Final Realization of Buddhahood in Dzogchen

"The reason for this is that the ushnisha (upper crown chakra) has no size, but pervades the ultimate expanse. When the mind dissolves into the chakra of the ushnisha (upper crown chakra), buddhahood is attained."

"In the teachings of the Great Perfection, the essence-drops are described as rising up, being piled vertically above the head (third vision). And when the mind dissolves into the chakra of the ushnisha (upper crown chakra) the “exhaustion” of phenomena in suchness (chos nyid zad sa, fourth thogal vision), buddhahood, is achieved."
From end notes of "The Treasury of Precious Qualities" by Jigme Lingpa

"Buddha’s ushnisha, the protuberance on the top of his head, is not made of flesh and blood, but represents the opening of the 'spacechakra'. It is also known as the “crown chakra of great bliss.” Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche

From Dilgo Khyentse's The Heart of Compassion: Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Boddhisattva (translated by the Padmakara Translation Group)

"The ushnisha (gtsug tor), or crown prominence, one of the major marks of a fullyenlightened Buddha, is usually represented in paintings and statues as a protuberance resembling a topknot in size, but is said to rise up from the top of a buddha's head to the infinity of space........... In the thogal practice of the Great Perfection, the ushnisha corresponds to the five-colored lights and buddhafields that manifest above one's head as the infinite display of sambhogakaya realization" (footnote 89, p. 248 Heart)."

This single post above is the most essential and secret teaching in Dzogchen. It's the key to understanding everything. Decipher it and ask questions as needed. This "space chakra" is our Mind of Clear Light.

If you close your eyes, just notice where your thoughts and day dreams are appearing. They are appearing in the emptiness of your awareness. Aren't they?

When you open your eyes, what you are seeing is also appearing inside your "head", because eyes can't see. The images you see are generated within your "empty" crown chakra along with sounds and all perceptions, thoughts, sense of self and feelings. They appear and disappear like momentary clouds in an empty sky.

Your true identity is that "empty aware space" in which all of life is appearing. You never change, have never changed and will never change. You are always a Buddha.

Let your active mind relax and dissolve into its own awake and aware emptiness; then this will be known.

-Jackson Peterson

' An invitation beyond the mind '...

“The true spiritual urge or yearning is always an invitation beyond the mind.

That’s why it’s always been said that if you go to God, you go naked or you don’t go at all.

It’s the same for everybody.

You go in free of your accumulated knowledge, or you are forever unable to enter.

So an intelligent mind realizes its own limitation, and it’s a beautiful thing when it does.

When you stop holding on to all of the knowledge, then you start to enter a different state of being.

You start to move into a different dimension.

You move into a dimension where experience inside gets very quiet.

The mind may still be there chatting in the background, or it might not, but consciousness is no longer bothering itself with the mind.

You don’t need to stop it.

Your awareness just goes right past that wall of knowledge and moves into a very quiet state.”

~ Adyashanti
Emptiness Dancing

' Two cannot go there '...

Approaching the Self is like walking on a razor's

Two cannot go there, you can't even bring
your mind or a thought.

So the only One who can
help you is Self.

Anything that touches this Flame
becomes Flame.

Touch a Sage and you become
a Sage,

knowing Self you see only Self and this
Self is your Teacher.

- Papaji

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

' Phenomena '...

All phenomena are completely new and fresh,

absolutely unique and entirely free from all concepts of past, present and future.

They are experienced in timelessness.

-HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

' The personal ego '...

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

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

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

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

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

' It's too late to stop now '...

' Progress is irreversible '...

"All real progress is irreversible.

Ups and downs merely show that the teaching has not been taken to heart and translated into action fully."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Absorption into Overself '...

First, he has a vague feeling of being attracted towards the Overself.

Then he bestows more attention upon it, thinks of it frequently;

at length attention grows into concentration and this, in turn, culminates in absorption.

In the end, he can say, with al Hallaj:

"I live not in myself, only in Thee.

Last night I loved.

This morning I am Love."

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 5: Self-Development > # 329
Paul Brunton

' That is all '...

"We live in illusion and the appearance of things.

There is a reality.

We are that reality.

When you understand this,

you see that you are nothing,

and being nothing,

you are everything.

That is all.”

- Kalu Rinpoche

' By knowing what is not '...

By knowing what is not, the sage knows what he truly IS.

Polarity, which modern science confirms as existing in all manifestations of life even in the most minute atomic and sub atomic particles of the universe, is an expression of an intimacy of love that cannot be described in words.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' We meet today '...

"This body is not me.

I am not limited by this body.

I am life without boundaries.

I have never been born, and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.

Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.

Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.

So laugh with me, hold my hand, let us say good-bye, say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.

We will meet again tomorrow.

We will meet at the source every moment.

We meet each other in all forms of life."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

' Surrendering to the Divine '...

Such a prudent aspirant will surrender himself to no exterior organization but only to the interior Overself.

He will permit no human group to annex his will and direct his thought,

for they are to serve the Divine alone.

-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 4: Surrender > # 40 Paul Brunton

' Don't believe your mind '...

' This is the short way '...

"The sheikhs are the pourers of the wine and the dervish is the glass.

Love is the wine.

By the hand of the wine pourer, the glass — the dervish — is filled.

This is the short way.

Love could be offered to one by other hands.

This is the short way."

-Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al Helveti al Jerrahi
Love is the Wine: Tales of a Sufi Master in America
Threshold Society

' The Self is everywhere '...

Our sense of being is the quality of the quintessence of food and the shape of the food material is taken by us as our form.

Your Eternal nature is without the sense of being.

When the vital breath leaves the body, it becomes inert.

It is like the extinguishing of a flame.

Does the flame go anywhere?

When the body drops, there is no going anywhere.

At the so called birth, there is no coming from anywhere.

The Self is everywhere.

It does not leave any space to travel to.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nothing is Everything 12/7/1979

' Self-reliance '...

The rarity of competent teachers in the world, and especially in the Western world, forces seekers to practise self-reliance and cultivate independence, unless they are willing to accept substitutes for competence or join organizations making unsubstantiated claims.

The Overself will not neglect determined seekers and through circumstances, events, books, or otherwise gives them the particular guidance or instruction needed at a particular time.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 90 Paul Brunton

' Dispassion and Detachment '...

"What you need will come to you if you do not ask for what you do not need.

Yet only few people reach this state of complete dispassion and detachment.

It is a very high state, the very threshold of liberation.."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' To attain Gnosis '...

Enlightenment, Realization, or Gnosis is nothing that can be attained through any of our conventional ways of knowing. This is because conventional knowledge is based on imaginary distinctions, which we take to represent reality. The Reality that Gnosis reveals, however, is non-dual, and without distinctions. To the extent that we reify the distinctions of conventional knowledge as inherently existing entities and objects, they act as veils to our Realization of this Non-dual Reality. Thus, to attain Gnosis we must surrender our belief that conventional knowledge gives us knowledge of Reality. This is why the Taoist sage, Lao Tzu, asks:

When your discernment penetrates to the four quarters Are you capable of not knowing anything?

And why the great Sufi poet, Rumi, writes:

Where should I seek knowledge? In the abandonment of knowledge.

Because as Zen Master, Suzuki Roshi, explains:

If you want to understand it, you cannot understand it. When you give up trying to understand it, true understanding is always there.

Now many seekers take such teachings to mean that, in order to attain Gnosis, we must stop trying to grasp reality through formal philosophical modes of thinking. This is certainly true, as far as it goes. The trouble is, it does not go far enough. What Gnosis demands is something much more radical. The Christian mystic, St. John of the Cross, explains:

Those are decidedly hindered, then, from attainment of this high state of union with God who are attached to any understanding, feeling, imagining, opinion, desire, or way of their own, or to any other of their works or affairs, and know not how to detach and denude themselves of these impediments. Their goal transcends all of this, even the loftiest object that can be known or experienced. Consequently, they must pass beyond everything to unknowing.

In other words, it is not just our philosophical knowledge that must be surrendered. We must surrender belief in any of our conventional ways of knowing - including those everyday, `common sense' ways of knowing we take so much for granted.

This is easier said than done for two reasons. The first is that our most primitive forms of knowledge are based on elementary distinctions which, under normal circumstances, we are not even aware we are making. Consequently, before we can surrender our belief in all forms of knowledge, we must first become mindful of those subliminal mental processes on which knowledge itself is founded.

The second reason is that even the creation and acquisition of our most sophisticated forms of knowledge is by no means a dispassionate affair. Except in the rarest of cases, it is motivated by a desire to in some way enhance and protect ourselves. The more we think we know about the world, the more we feel we can control and manipulate it to our own ends. By the same token, the less we think we know, the more we feel lost and vulnerable. Consequently, the prospect of surrendering our belief in all forms of knowledge is quite frightening, for it means we must be willing to enter a state of such profound unknowing that we literally no longer have the slightest idea of who we are, or where!

- Joel Morwood

' What is '...

Presence is a quality of welcoming, open awareness, which is dedicated simply to "what is."

There can still be someone who is aware and there is that of which they are conscious - the sound of running water, the taste of tea, the feeling of fear, or the weight and texture of sitting on a seat.

And then there can be a letting go of the one who is aware, and all that remains is presence.

All of this is totally without judgment, analysis, the wish to reach a conclusion, or to become anything.

There is no mentation and no expectation.

There is simply "what is."

- Tony Parsons, from As It Is - The Open Secret of Spiritual Awakening

' The sultans of swing '...

' In the waves '...

There are several signs
in eyes that see all the way to the ocean. Bewilderment

is one. Those who study foam and flotsam near the edge
have purposes, and they'll explain them at length!

Those who look out to sea become the sea,
and they can't speak about that. On the beach

there's desire-singing and rage-ranting,
the elaborate language-dance of personality,

but in the waves and underneath there's no volition,
no hypocrisy, just love forming and unfolding.

- Rumi

Version by Coleman Barks
Maypop, 1993

' The Overself's take-over '...

The Overself's take-over is not always the same but changes with the time and the occasion,

the person and the place.

It may be gentle, quiet, almost unmarked at first,

or it may be like a tremendous force, commanding and irresistible.

-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 6: Experiencing a Glimpse > # 2 Paul Brunton

' I am '...

Refuse all thoughts except one:

the thought `I am'.

The mind will rebel in the beginning,

but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet.

Once you are quiet,

things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally,

without any interference on your part.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

' This Nothing '...

"Let go this 'everywhere' and this 'everything' in exchange for this
'nowhere' and this 'nothing'.

Never mind if you cannot fathom this
nothing, for I love it surely so much better.

It is so worthwhile in
itself that no thinking about it will do it justice.

One can feel this
nothing more easily than see it, for it is completely dark and hidden to
those who have only just begun to look at it.

Yet to speak more
accurately, it is overwhelming spiritual light that blinds the soul that
is experiencing it, rather than actual darkness or the absence of
physical light.

Who is it then, who is it then, who is calling it 'nothing'?

Our outer self, to be sure, not our inner.

Our inner self calls it 'All',

for through it he is learning the secret of all things, physical and
spiritual alike, without having to consider every single one separately
on it's own."

-The Cloud of Unknowing

' The case for Grace '...

The case for Grace is that only the Overself can tell us what the Overself is,

can teach us about itself.

The ego-intellect cannot do so;

the senses certainly cannot;

and ordinary experience seems far from it.

-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 5: Grace > # 97 Paul Brunton

' This love '...

This sense of affection, this love, this quality cannot be cultivated,

cannot be practised, cannot be brought about;

but it must happen as naturally as breathing,

as fully with great joy and delight as the sunset.

- J. Krishnamurti

' The beginning and end of thoughts '...

The voice of Jesus haunts my thoughts as He says;

" The Kingdom of God is within "..

Therefore, the Truth of Reality is only found within the beginning of thought and ends within the end of thoughts..

As you think, therefore, you are..

Thought is the Creator of manifestation..

To end the manifestations, you must end thoughts..

Thoughts are the frequencies of desires..

To end the dreams, you must stop creating dreams..

To search within is to leave the egoic desire for existence..

To search within is to be alone with God...


' Space and Time '...

As you integrate you become one,
and your needs become one accordingly.

Unified needs lead to unified action,
because this produces a lack of conflict.

You cannot behave effectively
while you function on different levels.

However, while you do,
correction must be introduced vertically from the bottom up.

This is because you think you live in space,
where concepts such as "up" and "down" are meaningful.

Ultimately, space is as meaningless as time.

Both are merely beliefs.

The above quotes are from the book
A Course in Miracles.

' To know It is to BE It '...

When thought, discipline and experience have done their
utmost and finally accept utter defeat,

they then cease to
function altogether.

That state is beyond both words and

It is neither one thing nor another.

The Absolute
noumemon cannot be experienced.

To know it is to BE it.

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

' Perceptions '...

We must find the Overself through our own perceptions,

that is, through our own eyes--or never.

It will not suffice to believe that we can go on seeing it through the eyes of another man--be he a holy guru, or not.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 290
Paul Brunton

' The mind '...

"The mind cannot know what is beyond the mind,

but the mind is known by what is beyond it."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Realization of the Overself '...

The attainment of realization of the Overself is extremely rare,

and the aspirant should not expect to do so in one limited lifetime.

However, since its Grace is unpredictable,

no one can say that it is impossible in a particular case.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 5: Self-Development > # 127
Paul Brunton

' Sitting and Forgetting '...

Jackson Peterson posted on Facebook
From the Taoist text:

"He whose house is peaceful and stable will emit the heavenly light.”

The “house” is the mind.

The “heavenly light” is the emergence of wisdom.

The mind is the vessel of the Tao.

If the “house” is empty and calm to the utmost, the Tao will reside there and wisdom will emerge.

Wisdom comes from your original nature.

It is not something that comes to exist just now.

This is why it is called the “heavenly light.”

' I wonder where the lions are '...

' Equanimity towards everything '...

There are dream consequences
for the bad acts committed in the dream,

and while you still take the dream to be the reality,

you will suffer the consequences
of your bad behavior.

Do no evil and have no hate.

Have equanimity towards everything.

- Annamalai Swami

' When personal identification vanishes '...

When personal identification vanishes, all that then remains is a sense of presence without the person, which gets translated into a feeling of life as total freedom.

The ultimate understanding can come neither by straining to hang on to the material pleasures of the world nor by making efforts to seek and grasp the infinite Absolute.

It comes by recognizing that the universe is the objective body of the subjective SELF.

-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar

' I have given the world, You '...

"To repeat Your name is to string pearls together.

The pleasure in your manifested form is always new.

I have ceased to desire the unembodied God.

Your worshippers do not seek liberation.

With You, it is still possible to give and to receive.

What use is the place where a dish sat when it is taken away?

Tuka says, 'Give me the gift of freedom from fear.

After all, O Lord who pervades the world, I have given the world You."

Abhangs (A Short Collection) Poem by Sant Tukaram - Poem Hunter

' A place of expenditure '..

Return from existence to nonexistence!

You are seeking the Lord and you belong to him.

Nonexistence is a place of income;

flee it not!

This existence of more and less is a place of expenditure.


' Leonard Cohen '...

' Self-lighting Light '...

I came to this birth and rebirth universe
and found the self-lighting light.

If someone dies, it's nothing to me,
and if I die, it's nothing to anyone.

It's good to die,
and good to live long.

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

' Appearing in Consciousness '...

I do not negate the world.

I see it as appearing in consciousness,

which is the totality of the known in the immensity of the unknown.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That

' The meaning of the Quest '...

What is the hidden metaphysical meaning of the Quest?

It is that the infinite self in man finds that it cannot achieve adequate self-expression in the finite and imperfect life of the world.

The ego may try as it will, do what it may, but the bliss, wisdom, serenity, and perfection that are the natural attributes of the Overself, in the end elude its every move.

There is ultimately no alternative except to let go of searching and grasping the outer world, and retreat within.

There, deep inside its own being the journey to enduring satisfaction will thenceforth be.

This is the Quest leading to discovery of Overself.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest >
Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 39
Paul Brunton

' Tim Buckley '...

' Call no man, your father '...

“And call no man your father upon the earth:

for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

-Matthew 23:9 (KJV)

Think about these words of Jesus when you give the title of Father to religious leaders..

Perhaps, the title of brother or sister is more appropriate for these leaders,

as humility will arrive with the acknowledgement of sameness...

- thomas

' The clearing of doubts '...

A doubt arises and is cleared.

Another arises
and that is cleared, making way for yet another;
and so it goes on.

So there is no possibility of
clearing away all doubts.

See to whom the doubts

Go to their source and abide in it.

they cease to arise.

That is how doubts are to be

- Sri Ramana Maharshi

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

' The Subconscious Mind '...

Much of our emotional and cognitive landscape is projected into consciousness from subconscious dynamics driven by stimulus/response conditioning, as is our dreams at night.

Our personality is shaped by past experiences and conditioning. Our thoughts and actions are driven by embedded patterns that remained fixed in subconscious memory due to prior mental impressions.

For instance, a girl who was sexually molested when very young may have problems with sexual intimacy for her entire life. Or a child who almost drowned when a baby, may have a lifetime fear of water and swimming.

All fixed preferences have become subconscious patterns that the mind doesn't even have to think about during a moment of "choosing". "You" don't choose, the mental process does.

The most important of the various fixed patterns in the subconscious is the well-defined "sense of self identity". This sense of self then becomes a somewhat permanent filter over the lens of all experience and a kind of movie director. The mind then believes this bundle of conditioning to be it's actual "self". It's the feeling and thought of "me". But it's no more real than an identity in last night's dream.

It is only this mentally created personality dynamic that is seeking enlightenment and liberation from its suffering. It is only this personality dynamic that gets attached to a teaching tradition and teacher as well as believing that various practices will be beneficial. But we must ask "beneficial for whom?".

Remember, the personal self, the seeker, is ONLY a bundle of concepts and emotional feelings as a subconscious mental construction. All practices and studies leading toward "enlightenment" will never result in a benefit, because the one that would benefit is imaginary.

So fundamentally, the problem isn't the problem; rather the one who owns the problem is the only problem, and that "owner" doesn't exist.

This is why I always ask "who" is seeking or who is suffering or who is there to do a practice or who is there to attain enlightenment. It's obvious here that, that "who" is a figment of conditioned imagination only.

Here, when that cessation of subconscious selfing happened suddenly, the self-identity just vanished due to a subconscious shift. There no longer was anyone as a personal self with a personal story present. The personal self disappeared, like waking from a dream but without waking up into an awakened self.

The concepts of death and suffering no longer had meaning because there was no longer anyone there to die or to suffer. It was an amazing freedom in a realm of infinite and vast, aware emptiness that belonged to no one and that was not known by a personal self.

It is only this moment of complete personal absence that has true meaning. This is what the Buddha experienced that he called anatta or no self. This is the liberation in which the one seeking liberation vanishes.

The "true self" is pre-self. The personal self identity is merely temporary (and always changing) neural brain activity.

-Jackson Peterson

' The Overself '...

The Overself is not merely a transient intellectual abstraction but rather an eternal presence.

For those who have awakened to the consciousness of this presence,

there is always available its mysterious power and sublime inspiration.

-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 2: Inspiration > # 69 Paul Brunton

' Dreams are thoughts '...

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

' Life is often our greatest teacher '...

I find that this is often overlooked within the context of spirituality. Many of us are using our spirituality as a way to avoid life, to avoid seeing things we really need to see, to avoid being confronted with our own misunderstandings and illusions. It is very important to know that life itself is often our greatest teacher. Life is full of grace—sometimes it’s wonderful grace, beautiful grace, moments of bliss and happiness and joy, and sometimes it’s fierce grace, like illness, losing a job, losing someone we love, or a divorce.

Some people make the greatest leaps in their consciousness when addiction has them on their knees, for example, and they find themselves reaching out for a different way of being. Life itself has a tremendous capacity to show us truth, to wake us up. And yet, many of us avoid this thing called life, even as it is attempting to wake us up. The divine itself is life in motion.

The divine is using the situations of our lives to accomplish its own awakening, and many times it takes the difficult situations to wake us up.
The irony is that most human beings spend their lives avoiding painful situations. Not that we are successful, but we are always trying to avoid pain.

We have an unconscious belief that our greatest growth in consciousness and awareness comes through beautiful moments. We may, indeed, make great leaps in consciousness through beautiful moments, but I’d say that most people make their greatest leaps in consciousness in the difficult times.

This is something a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge—that our greatest difficulties, suffering, and pain are a form of fierce grace. They are potent and important components of our awakening, if we’re ready for them. If we’re ready to turn and face them, we can see and receive the gifts that they have to offer—even if the gifts sometimes feel like they are being forced upon us. Whether the circumstance is illness, the death of a loved one, divorce, addiction, problems at work—it’s important to face our life situations in order to see the inherent gifts that are available.

~ Adyashanti ~
The End Of Your World