' Reading of Compairing Thoughts '...


You gave me too much to read..

The modern human only has twenty seconds of attention,

but, I enjoyed your words and thoughts..

We are not here to present a battle between egos',

we are here to learn of a state of existence called Freedom..

Our ancestors came to this unknown land of unknown language to learn of this state called Freedom..

This attention for this desire continues until this day..

Only your mind will find Freedom..

A little hint to the mind of seeking is to seek first within the state of Love...


-thomas

' Go beyond the witness '...


"You live, you feel, you think.

By giving attention to your living, feeling and thinking, you free yourself from them and go beyond them.

Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains.

Then you go beyond the witness.

Do not ask how it happens.

Just search within yourself."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' One Spirit '...


"It is by love alone that we turn to God, are transformed into His likeness, and are united with Him, so that we become one spirit with Him, and receive by and from Him all our happiness, here in grace, hereafter in glory.

Love can find no rest till she rests in the full and perfect possession of the Beloved."



Albert the Great
On Union with God
NY: Continuum, 2000, p. 70
originally published:
London: Burnes Oates & Washbourne, 1911

' Feel it '...


Your dynamic being dances as existence,
but this existence is witnessed.

Be in this witnessing place.

This witnessing place is not interested.

It has no aspiration.

It has no favorites.

Do you know this place?

I am calling you into your own glory as pure Awareness.

Only when you are aware of this place, can you leave your life alone.

You observe that life is a spontaneous unfolding.

Be in this place which is silent and untouched.

Feel it.

Feel and Be what you cannot describe.


- Mooji

So Young : Kid Kyle and "The Students"

' Distain for the material '...


Some have Me in their mouths, but little in their hearts.

There are others who, being enlightened in their understanding and purified in their affection, always breathe after things eternal, are unwilling to hear of earthly things, and grieve to be subject to the necessities of nature; and such as these perceive what the Spirit of Truth speaks in them.

For it teaches them to despise the things of the earth and to love heavenly things; to disregard the world, and all the day and night to aspire after heaven.



- Saint Thomas a Kempis
Of the Imitation of Christ Bk. 3 Ch. 4 v. 4

' Controling the mind '...


To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family,

to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind.

If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment,

and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.


-Gautama the Buddha

' Indivisible Bliss '...


“True religion consists in developing that attitude of mind, which would ultimately result in seeing one Infinite Existence prevailing throughout the universe;

when one could live in the world and yet be not of it, and at the same time, be in harmony with everyone and everything; when one could attend to all worldly duties and affairs, and yet feel completely detached from all their results;

when one could see the same divinity in art and science, and experience the highest consciousness and indivisible bliss in everyday life.”



Meher Baba
in Bhau Kalchuri
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Vol. 5, pp. 1553 – 1554
Revised Online Edition. p. 1370
http://lordmeher.com/rev/index.jsp?pageBase=page.jsp&nextPage=1370

' When Compassion Comes '...


I spent my days idly as a vine
growing slowly in some holy place.

Then compassion came,
and I saw the Absolute.

All the names are true,
but I kept repeating that
of my teacher, and OM.

And sometimes I sang Om
Namah Shivaya, the greeting
that gives peace to the world
as well as to the spirit.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

The Lord's Prayer in Original Jewish Aramaic

' The shell must be cracked '...


The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it
is to come out, for if you want the kernel you
must break the shell.

And therefore, if you want
to discover nature’s nakedness, you must destroy
its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer
you come to its essence.

When you come to the
One that gathers all things up into itself, there
your soul must stay.



- Meister Eckhart

' Standing in Your Own Way '...


ANTHONY: Let's try another analogy.

Imagine a cinema film, and light shining through the film. If it's possible, imagine that the contents within the film all now seem to have an "I."

Their I's are based on the fusion of the light in the film. It's the same as we said about the dream.

The dream represents a congeries of thoughts, impressions, images, and so on.

It is only the immanence in the dream of the person having the dream that now makes it possible for a dream ego to arise.

The center of the vortex is not neutral. The center of the vortex is the presence of the "I AM" in the matrix of possibilities.


-Anthony Damiani

' The Cinema Screen '...


What is really your own, you are not conscious of.

What you are conscious of is neither you nor yours.

Yours is the power of perception, not what you perceive.

It is a mistake to take the conscious to be the whole of man.

Man is the unconscious, the conscious and the superconscious, but you are not the man.

Yours is the cinema screen, the light as well as the seeing power, but the picture is not you.



-Nisargadatta Maharaj

Van Morrison - Bright Side of the Road (Audio)

' Speaking of Reality '...


You speak the words of the world controllers..

You do not speak of Reality..

Why would you not enter the knowledge of Freedom ?..

Perhaps, the enjoyment of manifestation is enough..

Why waste your time within Karma ?..

It is only the restoration of Dreams..

But, all is the decision of ego...


-thomas

' Conscious of the Real '...


The World-Mind is not only Lord and Governor of the world but also Lord and Governor of the illusion

which makes the world so vivid to the ignorant;

that is, It is itself the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, Conscious of the Real.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 21
Paul Brunton

' We are Silence '...


We are surrounded by coarse consciousness. This kind of consciousness is heavy, thick, and dense. When you turn on the TV, you encounter coarse consciousness, for the most part. Most movies you go to have a coarse consciousness. Coarse means asleep within the dream state.

From this coarse state of consciousness, silence is seen to be an object. Quietness is something that seems to happen to you. But that is not real silence. Real silence is your true nature.

To say "I am silent" is actually quite ridiculous. When you look at it, it's not that you are silent, it's that you are silence. Conceptually it may seem to be a small difference between the experiences of "I am silent" and "I am silence," but this is actually the difference between bondage and freedom, heaven and hell.


- Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing

' Past lives '...


The memories of past lives are the memories of dreams that You as Consciousness has experienced.

But, most of these memories of past lives will disappear upon the Full Awareness of what You really are..


-thomas

Gerry Rafferty Baker Street Long Version

' When the mind is pure, joy follows '...


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts, we make the world.


-Gautama the Buddha

' Awakening into Reality '...



Awakening cannot take place so long as the idea persists that one is a seeker.

Doing sadhana means assuming the existence of a phantom.

The entity that you think you are is false. You ARE the Reality!

It is fallacious to think that there is an individual self which functions through the body and the mind.

The 'me' as an individual self is merely a mental modification, and there is no such thing as a mind apart from thought.

When the source of thought is probed continuously as it arises, it is revealed that there is no such thing as mind or an individual behind it.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' No room for twain '...


"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

George Ezra - Blame It on Me

' All the being calmed '...


"There were not two; beholder was one with beheld; it was not a vision compassed but a unity apprehended.

The man formed by this mingling with the Supreme must -- if he only remember — carry its image impressed upon him:

he is become the Unity, nothing within him or without inducing any diversity; no movement now, no passion, no outlooking desire, once this ascent is achieved;

reasoning is in abeyance and all Intellection and even, to dare the word, the very self; caught away, filled with God, he has in perfect stillness attained isolation; all the being calmed, he turns neither to this side nor to that, not even inwards to himself; utterly resting he has become very rest."



Plotinus
Enneads, 6.9.11
The Six Enneads by Plotinus
Translated by Stephen MacKenna and B. S. Page
London: P.L. Warner, 1917-1930

' You are the Knower '...


Forget the known, but remember that you are
the knower.

Don't be all the time immersed in
your experiences.

Remember that you are beyond
the experiencer, ever unborn and deathless.

In
remembering it, the quality of pure knowledge
will emerge, the light of unconditional awareness.



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

' The Silent Mystery '...


What is in itself and at once assembled as the highest concept of human beings, the greatest power ruling existence, the supreme Mind before which all other minds must bow, the primal consciousness which outlives every form of existence because IT alone is, was, and shall be?

There is no name attached to it, this ineffable silent mystery of mysteries.

Yet it is there.

Everything tells us so, from the vast universe itself to those seers and sages of ancient Greece, India, and China who have broken through and away from human limitations.

Can we wonder that with one God there came one energy and one substance?



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 1: What Is God? > # 59
Paul Brunton

Van Morrison - Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) [Audio]

'The trap of existence'...


By now, you should be Awake..

You have seen the foolishness of desire,

and yet you seek a new pair of shoes..

You have been advised within the media that wishes (desire) will create manifestation..

You remain within a cage of pain become of desire..

You have forgotten the power of Thought..

" Give all, and follow me, said the stranger "..

The 'all' is Desire,

It is as simple as that...


-thomas





' Siva '...


"He alone is the true 'man' who is illumined with the Spiritual Light.

The soul enchained is 'man,' and free from chain is 'Siva' (God)."



Sri Ramakrishna
in F. Max Muller
Ramakrishna: His Life And Sayings, 212-213
Longmans, Green, And Co., London & New York, 1898, p. 145

' Take what comes '...


"Take what comes.

Be contented and cheerful.

Never worry.

Not a leaf moves, but by His consent and will."



Sai Baba of Shirdi
in Antonio Rigopoulos
The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi
Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1993, p. 295

' Leave concepts behind '...


Concepts can at best only serve to negate one another,
as when one thorn is used to remove another.

Once
removed, both thorns must be thrown away.

Only in
deep silence do we leave concepts behind.

Words and
language deal only with concepts and so cannot approach
Reality.



- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' What is a Christ ? '...


We use this nomenclature as a subject of the Master of Knowledge..

This Light called Christ is the moment of Truth..

This Light called Buddha is the moment of Truth..

This time is your's..

Is it not humorous that time will make you laugh ?..

To choose between Love and Love is difficult..

Perhaps, Reality is the Dream of both..

Perhaps, we are only the Dreams of the Dreamer...


-thomas

Alison Krauss & Shawn Colvin - Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer

' The idea of Enlightenment '...


”The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance.

Just to know that there is such possibility, changes one's entire outlook.

It acts like a burning match in a heap of saw dust.

All the great teachers did nothing else.

A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies.

The opposite is also true.

The sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification with the body."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' The release of identity '...


“The mind wants to land, to fixate, to hold a concept, but the only way you can be really free is by not fixating.

That’s part of true maturity, and it’s one of the hardest things for spiritual people who have had true and profound revelations to go through – to accept the degree of surrender needed to literally let go of all experience and all self-reference.

Even in great revelations, there is almost always something that wants to claim, ‘I am this.’ Every time you claim, ‘I am this,’ you just claimed another sense perception, thought, emotion, or feeling.

Eventually, when you go through this enough times, the mind gets it on the deepest level and lets go completely.

When the mind lets go, you always know who and what you are, even though you can’t define or describe it or even think about it. You just know it by being it. This is the ultimate release of identity and separateness.”


~ Adyashanti

' A Blessed Reality '...


Those who have experienced a glimpse of this blessed Reality or, better, established themselves in it,

may share its atmosphere with others in silent communion.

But on a lesser level, they may also share with them in phrased speech the thoughts it provokes.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 7: After the Glimpse > # 210 Paul Brunton

' Don't be afraid of mistakes '...


”Behave as best you know, do what you think you should.

Don't be afraid of mistakes; you can always correct them, only intentions matter.

The shape things take is not within your power; the motives of your actions are.."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' How do we not see it ? '...


...."the Way stands clear and undisguised".

How could it be anything else?

It's as clear as the fact that you have two hands and two feet. Or, as Bodhidharma said, "My eyes are horizontal; my nose vertical".

The curious and interesting question is: How do we not see it?

What do we do moment to moment to somehow manage to not see what's right in front of us?

Affirming Faith in Mind is full of answers to this question. The first suggestion is to examine your preferences. Wanting and not wanting, desiring and despising, attachment and aversion-these highly addictive components of the thinking mind set the ball rolling.

Like a cat chasing it's own tail, "we endlessly circle the six worlds". For most this process continues unnoticed until the last breath. It's a process of endless becoming more or less-the great self improvement project of being "me". How can we be free from this endless cycle of becoming?


-Hsin Hsin Ming

' The Ego '...


Give the ego back to the Overself and then the Overself will use it as it should be used--in harmony with the cosmic laws of being.

This means that the welfare of all others in contact with the ego will be considered as well as the ego's own.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 2: Inspiration > # 49 Paul Brunton


Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens, Festival de Viña del Mar 2015, Somos el Canal H...

' Reincarnation '...


”There is no compulsion [to be reborn].

You get what you want.

You make your own plans and you carry them out.

We grow through investigation, and to investigate we need experience.

We tend to repeat what we have not understood."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Three Primordial Wisdoms '...


"We are something like a crystal ball (behind the eyes). If there is a crystal ball, from the beginning it was pure and clear—that is the quality of a crystal ball."

"In the same way, we have our real quality in our three primordial wisdoms—Essence, Nature, and Energy. We are being in that knowledge. In this case, we are like a crystal ball that never changes its nature, quality, or essence.

There is nothing to change or develop. Yet it can integrate in any circumstance. You can put a crystal ball on a red table and the ball looks red; on a green base, it appears green; on a multicolored base, multicolored."

"The crystal ball itself never changes..


-Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

' Appear the opposites '...


The point which appears in space is a point of light.

It spreads and spreads and spreads and becomes the World-Mind.

God has emerged out of Godhead.

And out of the World-Mind the world itself emerges--not all at once, but in various stages.

From that great light come all other and lesser lights, come the suns and the planets, the galaxies, the universes, and all the mighty hosts of creatures small and great, of beings just beginning to sense and others fully conscious, aware, wise.

And with the world appear the opposites, the dual principle which can be detected everywhere in Nature, the yin and yang of Chinese thought.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind > Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 48
-- Perspectives > Chapter 27: World-Mind > # 18 Paul Brunton

' Karma '...


”Karma is only a store of unspent energies, of unfulfilled desires, and fears not understood.

The store is being constantly replenished by new desires and fears.

It need not be so forever.

Understand the root cause of your fears-estrangement from yourself;

and of desires -the longing for the self,

and your karma will dissolve like a dream."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Watch your thoughts '...


“I am the body” is a thought.
“I am the mind” is a thought.
“I am the doer” is a thought.
Worry is only a thought.
Fear is only a thought.
Death is only a thought.
Watch your thoughts,
Give attention to your thoughts.

Just by giving attention to your thoughts and letting them go,
they lose the ability to convince you about anything or make
you suffer. What used to feel like a rope earlier is now only
a burnt rope. It has no power.


- Sri Ramana Maharshi

' The practice itself '...


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

Celtic song 'The Parting'

' Without self-concern '...


”Learn to live without self-concern.

For this you must know your own true being (swarupa) as indomitable, fearless, ever victorious.

Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination,

you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone."


- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Young Dervish '...


Junaid had a young dervish he loved very much, and his older
dervishes became jealous. They could not understand what the sheikh
saw in the young man. One day, Junaid told all his dervishes to buy
a chicken in the marketplace and then kill the chicken. However,
they had to kill the chicken where no one could see them. They were
to return by sundown at the latest.

One by one the dervishes returned to the sheikh, each with a
slaughtered chicken under his arm. Finally, when the sun went down,
the young derivsh returned, with a live chicken still squawking and
struggling. The older dervishes all laughed and whispered among
themselves that the young man couldn't even carry out his sheikh's
orders!

Junaid asked each of the dervishes to describe how they carried out
his instructions. The first man back said that he had gone out and
purchased the chicken, then returned home, locked the door, closed
the curtains over all the windows, and then killed the chicken. The
second dervish said that he returned home with his chicken, locked
his door and pulled the curtains, and then he took the chicken into a
dark closet, but he blindfolded himself, so he himself could not see
the slaughtering. Another dervish went into the a dark deserted area
of the forest to sacrifice his chicken. Another went into a pitch
black cave.

Finally, it was the young man's turn. He hung his head, embarrassed
that he could not follow his sheikh's instructions. "I brought the
chicken into my house, but everywhere in the house there was a
Presence. I went into the most deserted parts of the forest, but the
Presence was still with me. Even in the darkest caves, the Presence
was still there. There was no place I could go where I was not seen."

Sheikh Muzaffer
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager


' Wakeful and Sleep worlds '...


The adept not only knows when asleep that his dream-world is only mental,

but he also knows when awake that his wakeful-world is also mental.




-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 3: The States of Consciousness > # 43
Paul Brunton


Looking For An Echo - Kenny Vance

' Suffering is a call for enquiry '...


”Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable.

You are not.

Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that.

There is no other way out of misery, which you have created for yourself through blind acceptance without investigation.

Suffering is a call for enquiry, all pain needs investigation.

Don't be lazy to think."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Grace may Manifest '...


Grace may be willed and yet not manifest; may not even be thought of, and yet manifest.

Someone hears the sound of a sage's voice, and lo!

he begins to feel an inner glow without the sage seeking to do anything or knowing what is occurring.


-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 5: Grace > # 52 Paul Brunton

' The Essence of Love '...


"Please understand that this love of which I speak is not exclusive in that it does not exclude other experiences of love. Friendship love, marriage love, and many other kinds of love have their own way of being and moving through the world.

But I'm talking about the essence itself, the essence that is within all the flavors of love. This is the real spiritual love, which is a deep unspoken connectedness. Only this love has the power to transform our relationship to being alive, our relationship with each other, and our relationship with the world. This love is timeless. This love is uncontained.

Many times when people are awakening to this love, they will tell me, 'Adya, it's just too much for me - it's going to tear me apart.' Ridiculous! Too much for you? You're transparent. You are empty. It just goes through you and beyond. Through you and beyond! It's only when you hold yourself in a particular way that it feels like too much. You are holding an idea of your personal boundary, your edge, and of course you can't contain it. Love was never meant to be contained."


~ Adyashanti
Berkeley, California: September 2002

' The Tao '...


In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In conflict, be fair and generous.

In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.



- Tao Te Ching

' A Pre-Determined Unfolding '...


Physicist David Bohm describes the universe and our lives being like unrolling a carpet that has all kinds of people, scenes and designs already woven into it.

Our experiences are the unrolling of the already finished carpet in which all the events are already complete and are woven permanently into its fibers. We are simply unrolling a completed future in every moment of time. The people in the woven designs have no ability to influence each other as their movements are already woven into the unfolding carpet.

This is much like the past, present and future of the universe as a completed movie reel that is simply playing forward as our consciousness unfolding from moment to moment.


-Jackson Peterson:

' Meeting God Alone '...


Far from the arguments of mind-narrowed men, he will find himself without a supporting group in the end.

He is to meet God alone, for all his attention is to be held--so fully that there is nothing and no one else.

Thus the three become two, who in turn become the One, which it always is.

Truth is no longer needed; its seeker has vanished.

The great Silent Timelessness reigns.




-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You >
Chapter 4: Seek the Deeper Stillness > # 61
Paul Brunton

' I exist '...


At the phenomenal level the only thing that is not a
concept is this knowledge which every single human
being,

every single sentient being at every time in
history, has known: I exist, I Am in this moment,
here and now.



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

' Non-duality '...


The term nonduality remains a sound in the air when heard, a visual image when read.

Without the key of mentalism it remains just that.

How many Vedanta students and, be it said, teachers interpret it aright?

And that is to understand there are no two separate entities--a thing and also the thought of it.

The thing is in mind, is a projection of mind as the thought.

This is nonduality, for mind is not apart from what comes from and goes back into it.

As with things, so with bodies and worlds.

All appear along with the ultimately cosmic but immediately individual thought of them.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 25
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 8 Paul Brunton

' Be serene '...


The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing in excess.

Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.

Be serene in the oneness of things and such
erroneous views will disappear by themselves.


-Hsin Hsin Ming

Sri Lanka Buddhist song ශ්‍රී සම්බුද්ධ රාජා වඳිම් !!! SRI SAMBUDDA RAJA...

' The Ripeness of Heart '...


”If the seeker is earnest, the light can be given.

The light is for all and always there, but the seekers are few, and among those few, those who are ready are very rare.

Ripeness of heart and mind is indispensable."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Identity '...


Our actual true nature is an empty awareness that has no location in space or time, and nothing can improve it or damage it, it’s like vast empty space with no personal characteristics. It’s the emptiness from which and in which, all appearances appear.

The mind always has some kind of material or spiritual identity that it defines itself by. If one has the least identification with a body, a subtle body or a spiritual form, or personal self; then to that degree that dreamed and fictional identity will suffer. Our Natural State has no material identity or location in the universe of space and time. Our Natural State is not caught up in an identity of its own making, its not caught up in anything. How can an infinitely empty space that doesn’t move get caught up in anything?

As the Natural State, you are the “context” in which all thoseholographic dream characters appear. They are no more real than the drawn characters in a cartoon playing on television. The mind draws and paints all those fictional players in the dream.

Any concern about what happens to “your” personal body or mind is a manifestation of identification. It’s not resolved by “you” becoming free of all identities, because that “you” is a momentary and impermanent, holographic projection arising from and within the pure and unchanging Emptiness that you actually always are.

The cognitive qualities of your Natural State are its knowing awareness. Seeing and hearing is the Natural State seeing and hearing . Is seeing and hearing occurring as experience already? Yes? Welcome home!


-Jackson Peterson

' The Real '...


The Real, as the ultimate source of all knowing and feeling beings, cannot itself be unknowing and unfeeling.

We could not deny consciousness to It without denying consciousness to man.

But being absolute and infinite it does not know and feel in the same limited way which confines the knowledge and feelings of finite humans.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 1: What Is God? > # 34
Paul Brunton

' The garment of time '...


We came here to taste delusion and then to transcend
it.

It is as though consciousness, which is pure in nature,
created a game of seeming imperfection in order to have
the experience of transcending it all.

All this life is a play
of transience.

Everything is impermanent, even though
it is divine.

But what you are is timeless.

Each one is
only a manifestation of the presence of God wearing
the garment of time.


- Mooji

' A life of action '...


”The daily life is a life of action.

Whether you like it or not, you must function.

Whatever you do for your own sake accumulates and becomes explosive;

one day it goes off and plays havoc with you and your world.

When you deceive yourself that you work for the good of all,

it makes matters worse, for you should not be guided by your own idea of what is good for others.

A man who claims to know what is good for others is dangerous."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The One Mind '...


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

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


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


Van Morrison - Whenever God Shines His Light

' Friday Night '...


So many friends,

In a small room..

What is each searching for ?..

Each has chosen a character to play..

Some of ego and most of humility..

Few speak, but many listen..

The ego is always the loudest voice..

Stories of glory and ego glorification are frequent within the 'active actors'..

While within this 'Dream', you as egoic desire create the character within this play..

I can speak of this attachment for manifestation but others would call this nature..


-thomas

' Continuous change '...


No rational explanation is possible in regard to the universe or the ways of providence.

The divided mind, which operates only in duality, is incapable of knowing or understanding the WHOLE,

that undivided universal Consciousness which is its own source and the source of everything else.

The essence of manifest existence is continuous change, from integration or birth to disintegration or death.

With sentience comes the will to live,

to not yield to disintegration, and this the ego,

which generates the thinking mind and all man's misery in the ensuing futile attempt to avoid the inevitable.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar





' Waking from the illusion '...


This new world starts in your mind as the discovery of that which is awake in you. This is the foundation and nothing radically new can be created without this. It's a fundamental shift in perception. Before the discovery, you see through the myopic eyes of the ego-mind (100 percent me-centered), and after the discovery, your vision is unclouded like a clear sky, without a center. The former is a prison; the latter is a sanctuary of light without boundaries.

This awakening out of the illusion of a separate self is often recognized in the midst of intense suffering. It's as if theself-referencing mind has no escape route and collapses in on itself. Most often, this is experienced as a glimpse of a transcendent reality in which there is no suffering. It's the realization of emptiness as the ground of reality-what we may call a nondual awareness.

As you inevitably move out of the sanctuary of the enlightened mind to navigate the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this nondual awareness is given the opportunity to descend into the fullness of the heart. A deeper surrender is called for here. This is where awakening stops being a mental realization and starts being a living expression. In the crucible of the heart, love demands everything. This love will overturn every stone to reveal that which is still hiding in the shadows of self-defense. It will dig out everything that remains unloved in you and reflect this back to you through the mirror of relationship.

It will push your buttons to test that which is still unconscious in you. Every whisper of previously unmet emotion will be dragged to the surface to be purged in the uncompromising glare of love's eyes. It's an unrelenting spiritual catharsis that demands a deeper opening and willingness to be vulnerable. Radical awakening sows the seeds of transparent communication, genuine communion, and co-creative growth; in other words, authentic relating. This is the basis of true community, of sangha, not of Iike-mindedness but of open-heartedness. This community includes not only our human brothers and sisters but also every living entity, from the tiniest microbe to the vastness of planet Earth.


Amoda Maa - Embodied Enlightenment

' Grace '...


Grace is a cosmic fact.

If it were not, then the spiritual outlook for the human race,

dependent entirely on its own efforts for the possibility of spiritual progress,

would be poor and disheartening.



-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life >
Chapter 5: Grace > # 1 Paul Brunton

' Being Awake '...


The method is actually simple..

You as higher Self watches the thoughts of Your
mind..

This is called being Awake..

As thoughts of ego arise, merely look at the

ego and the ego will disappear, as, it is not Real..

Therefore, All unreality will

disappear as the True Self becomes Predominant...


-thomas

With A Little Help Of My Friends Joe Cocker

' Abandon All '...


”Even faith in God is only a stage on the way.

Ultimately, you abandon all,

for you come to something so simple that there are no words to express it."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


' No hot water '...


Your happiness is never to be found in the flow of life. The flow of life is only ever outcomes, either pleasurable or painful.

If you're in a shower and suddenly the hot water stops working, that's pain in the moment (relative to your biological preference for hot water).

If a friend lets you down, that is pain in the moment. And if a friend excels that's pleasure in the moment, either pleasurable or painful relative to your biological preferences.

Your happiness is never to be found in pleasure or pain. It is the deeply ingrained false belief that it is - that we are defined by outcomes - which flowers into suffering so often during the day when the flow of life does what it does - deliver outcomes - sometimes pleasurable, sometimes painful.

Even in the face of pleasure and pain, I Am, I exist.

Peace for now
.
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' The Eternal Mind '...


Man is what he is.

Nothing can alter that.

Out of the immortal, benign, eternal Mind he came, to It he shall return.

Meanwhile It is his very essence, that is, It is life.



-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea >
Chapter 4: True Idea of Man > # 68
Paul Brunton


' To the Vietnam Veterans '...


We walked in mud and blood..

The civilians will not understand my words..

They do not understand death..

They think that war is thousands of miles away..

We, that are Awake, know that wars are periods of wealth to those of power..

The politicians and the creators of war are participating within death for wealth..

We, the participants of war are the pawns..

Some of the men that we call hero, are fools..

In history, they will appear as hero but in Reality will remain as fools..

The rest of these sentences of thought will remain yours...


- Nam, 68
Thomas







' The motionless mind '...


Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there,

not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something,

not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone,

will you be on the right road to the Gate.



- Huang Po

' The Mind remains '...


The ideas pass, the Mind remains.

But while they exist they are included in and share the Mind's reality.

The world's appearance is therefore and in this sense real enough to the conscious beings within it while it lasts.

Thus the distinction between inner reality and outer appearance, while not effaced, is nevertheless reduced to secondary status.



-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism >
Chapter 5: The Key To the Spiritual World > # 134
Paul Brunton


' The expression of Grace '...


"Embodied realization can be understood as meditation with the eyes open.

This is when the eternal self marries the transient self that is associated with your life as a body and a mind.

In other words, the two become one.

Our humanity is no longer seen as an obstacle to our divinity, as we begin to drop back down into our lives and illuminate the human condition in a way that is unique and exploding with the expression of Grace."



From the book Awakening into a Complete Human Being -- By Atreya Thomas

' Are You a Mystic ? '...


Of course, You are a Mystic..

To become aware that You and the Father are One is the First Reality..

The Final Reality is the complete Freedom of the domination of ego and is called Pure Awareness..

You need no longer than two sentences..



-thomas

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' Causation '...


But why worry so much about causation?

What do causes
matter, when things themselves are transient?

Let come what
comes and let go what goes - why catch hold of things and
inquire about their causes?



- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

' What then are you ? '...


“It is so very easy to get confused by all the various teachings and descriptions of awakening. It’s very important to stay focused on one thing at a time and not to try to make sense of the many different spiritual teachings.

Since awakening relates to the reality of you, it will be best to focus only on that for now. To stay with one simple instruction in a sustained way is a challenge in and of itself. The mind is so addicted to believing that by collecting more and more information you will attain some advantage. However, in matters of the spirit less is often more. With this in mind, let me give you a simple instruction:

Come to see that any idea, image, memory, role, or bodily feeling is not truly you but rather, they are experiences that arise within you. They all occur within awareness. Look to see, is there someone who is aware, or is awareness aware?

What then are you?

Be still and don’t think about it. Simply observe. Rest and abide in the sense and presence of awareness. Keep it simple. Put all other questions aside and focus on direct experience rather than mental commentary or speculation.”


~ Adyashanti

' Mind is the Real '...


MIND is the Real, Energy is its appearance.

Matter is the form taken by radiation or energy.

It is not that the truth lies between two extremes but that it lies above both.



-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind >
Chapter 2: Nature of World-Mind > # 66
Paul Brunton


' Stillness of the Eternal '...


You may get rid of every object of thought and, seemingly, of every thought itself until there is only a void.

But even then you will still be thinking the void and consequently holding a "thought."

It will not be the true void.

The thinking "I" must itself be eliminated.

Only when this is done will all activity truly cease and the stillness of the Eternal be truly known.

This can be realized by some kind of mystical practice only and not by conceptual effort.



-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 5: The Void As Metaphysical Fact > # 24
Paul Brunton


' Sense It yourself first '...


So really what it comes down to, it's God.

Wherever you look, it's God
appearing as this, that, and what you really love and appreciate in each form
is the divine formless out of which each form comes.

But to be able to sense
that you have to sense it in yourself first.

And that is seeing the beauty in
everything, that's really what it means.


~Eckhart Tolle

' Nothing is Gained with Enlightenment '...


I once lived in an apartment so small I had to step outside into the adjacent
hallway to open my oven door. There was room only for a bed, a radio, and a
cardboard carton of books. I kept my clothes in a closet down the hall.

Even
in this confined space, there was housework to be done. Indeed, the demands
of maintenance follow us wherever we find ourselves, from palaces to prison
cells.

The Italian poet Cesare Pavese wrote in his journal that we never remember
days, we remember only moments. And Zen teachers tell us that this moment
is the only one we’ll ever have. Perhaps this is a better way of looking at
enlightenment. It’s not achieving or gathering something.

Nor is it losing or
overcoming something else. It’s simply stepping outside of the room you’re in
and allowing the oven door to open. It’s checking the ceiling overhead and
cleaning up the spills beneath your feet.



- Gary Thorp, "The Dust Beyond the Cushion"

Jackson Browne - Tender Is The Night (original video)

' I'll fly away '...


The path is correct except the concept of 'I'..

The Energy released within Transition could explode dimensions..

You keep seeing 'I'..

Has, it not become boring ?..

To see Truth is always painful..

Until, you Realize that Truth is Freedom..

Dreams of separation become the realities of humans..

But, what is left without search and find ?..


-thomas

' Adventures for the adventurous '...


Whatever name be given to this exercise, whether "As If" or another, its essence is to consider the goal as already reached, to convert the end of the quest into the beginning.

Is this too audacious an assumption?

This elicits counter-questions.

Why remain within the circle of the probable as if the circle of the possible did not also exist?

Where did the saying "Adventures are for the adventurous" come from if not from human experience?



-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 120 Paul Brunton


' Here '...


"Why are we always back here?

Maybe here is what is all about."


-Adyashanti

I'll Fly Away - Ransomed Bluegrass

' A Movement in Consciousness '...


Movement in Consciousness, and nothing
else, constitutes the mind and all its
experience of the phenomenal universe.

To realize this is the cessation of thought
and liberation from the bondage of ego as
mind and experience.



- Ramesh S. Balsekar

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

' The end of the Quester '...


The end of the quest is the end of the quester.

No longer does he identify Being with the little routine self,

awareness with the ordinary ego.




-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 209
Paul Brunton



' The Tao '...


"Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.

Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.

He remains as calm at the end
as at the beginning.

He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.

What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.

He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.

He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”


~ Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching

' Sit down and forget '...


"Yen Hui said, 'I'm getting better.'

Confucius said, 'What do you mean?'

'I have forgotten kindness and justice.'

'Fine, but that's not enough.'

On another occasion, they met again and Yen Hui said, 'I've improved.'

Confucius said, 'What do you mean?'

'I have forgotten rituals and music.'

'Good, but that is still not enough.'

On another occasion they met and Yen Hui said, 'I'm getting better.'

Confucius said, 'What do you mean?'

'I can sit right down and forget everything.'

Confucius was certainly disturbed by this and said, 'What do you mean by sit right down and forget?'

Yen Hui replied, 'My limbs are without feeling and my mind is without light. I have ignored my body and cast aside my wisdom. Thus I am united with the Tao. This is what sitting right down and forgetting is.'


Chuang Tzu
in Martin Palmer with Elizabeth Breuilly, Translators.
The Book of Chuang Tzu
NY: Penguin Arkana, 1996, pp. 57-58

' You cannot chase God '...


The billions of human organisms are merely instruments through which God or Totality or Consciousness is functioning.

It is the only power that has been functioning all these thousands of years, and it is that power that is functioning now and that power will continue to function.

It is an illusion for us to think that we are doing whatever we are doing.

You cannot chase God.

At the right time and place God will chase you.



-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' Truth is simple '...


”Truth is simple and open to all.

Why do you complicate?

Truth is loving and lovable.

It includes all, accepts all, purifies all.

It is untruth that is difficult and a source of trouble.

It always wants, expects, demands. Being false, it is empty, always in search of confirmation and reassurance.

It is afraid of and avoids enquiry.

It identifies itself with any support, however weak and momentary.

Whatever it gets, it loses and asks for more.

Therefore put no faith in the conscious.

Nothing you can see, feel, or think is so.

Even sin and virtue, merit and demerit are not what they appear.

Usually the bad and the good are matter of convention and custom and are shunned or welcomed, according to how the words are used."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


' The Final Reality '...



While within the First Reality,

questions must be presented to the Father for knowledge..

While existing as Light and Love, the pleasure of existence is present..

But, this existence as Light and Love still desires answers..

Shall I return to the Dream ?..

Questions are given to the Father and answers must be given..

What must also be learned ?..

Ask the Father,

" Is this the final reality ?"..

At this point, when only silence enters the room,

you will know the answer...


-thomas


' The Light '...


Now, the light which shines above this heaven,

above all the worlds, above everything,

in the highest worlds not excelled by any other worlds,

that is the same light which is within man.




Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7
The Upanishads in Four Volumes
Translated by Swami Nikhilananda

' Ishvara '...


Ishvara (God) is an object as a tree is an object.
Your point of view in respect of the Absolute is
called Ishvara. It is a point of view only, it does
not really exist. If you cease to exist, it also goes.
You will not see Ishvara when you reach the
Absolute.


It is like an X in mathematics. It is a great help
in finding a solution but it is not in itself existing
there. Without it you cannot have the solution
and it in itself has no meaning. Ishvara cannot
be avoided as long as the world is seen with
your eyes.


The Ishvara concept is an automatic outcome
of your belief in the reality of the world and
when the world exists, Ishvara has to exist
as the cause thereof, but if the world does not
exist, Ishvara need not exist because if the
effect is not there, what is the use of the cause?



- Swami Krishnananda

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


' Experience '...


Through the portal of a merely metaphysical world-view one enters a dry barren realm which, although it is actually remote from experience, yields the deceptive illusion that it is the very essence of experience.

Here the student may perform successful logical somersaults and verbal contortions but he cannot successfully realize truth.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 35
Paul Brunton


' The Final Reality '...


While within the First Reality,

questions must be presented to the Father for knowledge..

While existing as Light and Love, the pleasure of existence is present..

But, this existence as Light and Love still desires answers..

Shall I return to the Dream ?..

Questions are given to the Father and answers must be given..

What must also be learned ?..

Ask the Father,

" Is this the final reality ?"..

At this point, when only silence enters the room,

you will know the answer...


-thomas

Down To The River To Pray - Alison Krauss

' The First and Final Reality '...



To become aware that You and the Father are One is the First Reality..

The Final Reality is the complete Freedom of the domination of ego and is called Pure Awareness...


-thomas

' You have become a Mystic '...


A strange sound within the western caucasions..

The Russian influence of nomenclature is welcoming..

The humans of Dream meet within words..

Somehow, you have become a 'Mystic'..

Usually, this is placed within the male gender,

The ego of the male is fueled with testosterone..

Do not blame them for chemicals..

The man without knowledge is a child seeking existence within this Dream..

A 'Women's Voice ',

It is difficult for the ying-yang of creation to blend as Libra..

The thought of gender is only a Dream..

My buddy , the Nazarene, told me so...


namaste, thomas

' Ping-pong '...


Don’t play ping-pong with your mind.

Simply stay as the detached witnessing presence.

When left alone, mind calms down by itself.

But don’t wait for this to happen.

Just stay as the unmixed presence.

Watch without interest or identity.

Come fully into your power.


- Mooji

' False-identification '...


Go back to that state of pure being where the "I am" is still in its purity before it got contaminated with "this I am" or "that I am".

Your burden is of false-identifications - abandon them all.


-Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Jackson Peterson: A Deterministic Reality '...


The perfect wisdom of the Buddha Mind is what is projecting all that is experienced.

As clairvoyance develops one can see what is already determined to happen in the future, as I described in the first chapter of my book.

One also gains the ability to see clearly what happened in the past, including past lives as I also described as actual experiences.

The entirety of past and future is already “written” within the Crystal Prism (wisdom data-bank, wave function) contained within the space of the Wisdom Eye just behind the forehead which includes both eyes. By developing and activating the “third eye” or Wisdom Eye, one can access this information.

The light from the heart rises through the subtle light channel of the “kati” and illuminates the “movie frames” within the Wisdom Eye that then project outward as our multi-colored 3D experience and inward as our inner mental experience. The movie of our lives is already complete and finished. We are only illuminating it frame by frame, which ultimately reveals the total perfection of its design.

There is no free-will or autonomous action possible, yet it can fully feel like there is; that’s the beauty of the design.

Whatever you think or feel or do, is always simply that pre-determined movie frame being illuminated. All “cause and effect” are already in the script with no actors originating any actions of their own.

Because it’s only the movie of the Great Perfection playing, the movie contains no defects. So one can completely relax, but only if total relaxation is written in the script.

But remember, it’s just a movie, a projection of empty images that seem so real. When attention releases from the movie projections, then attentive consciousness reverts back to the projector itself; then what is being shared here, is fully known.

Philosopher's Stone ~ Van Morrison

' The True Religion '...


"The true religion to the sufi is the sea of truth and all of the different faiths are its waves."



Hazrat Inayat Khan
Gayan
London: Sufi Publishing Co, 1974 (1923), p. 67

' Perpetual rebirth '...


Bergson was right. His acute French intelligence penetrated like an eagle's sight beneath the world-illusion and saw it for what it is--a cosmic process of continual change which never comes to an end, a universal movement whose first impetus and final exhaustion will never be known, a flux of absolute duration and therefore unimaginable.

And for the sage who attains to the knowledge of THAT which forever seems to be changing but forever paradoxically retains its own pure reality, for him as for the ignorant, the flux must go on. But it will go on here on this earth, not in the same mythical heaven or mirage-like hell.

He will repeatedly have to take flesh, as all others will have to, so long as duration lasts, that is, forever. For he cannot sit apart like the yogi while his compassion is too profound to waste itself in mere sentiment. It demands the profound expression of sacrificial service in motion.

His attitude is that so clearly described by a nineteenth-century agnostic whom religionists once held in horror, Thomas Huxley: "We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it."

The escape into Nirvana for him is only the escape into the inner realization of the truth whilst alive: it is not to escape from the external cycle of rebirths and deaths. It is a change of attitude. But that bait had to be held out to him at an earlier stage until his will and nerve were strong enough to endure this revelation. There is no escape except inwards. For the sage is too compassionate to withdraw into proud indifferentism and too understanding to rest completely satisfied with his own wonderful attainment.

The sounds of sufferings of men, the ignorance that is the root of these sufferings, beat ceaselessly on the tympanum of his ears. What can he do but answer, and answer with his very life--which he gives in perpetual reincarnation upon the cross of flesh as a vicarious sacrifice for others. It is thus alone that he achieves immortality, not by fleeing forever--as he could if he willed--into the Great Unconsciousness, but by suffering forever the pains and pangs of perpetual rebirth that he may help or guide his own.



-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > Chapter 4: The Sage's Service > # 17
-- Perspectives > Chapter 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > # 64 Paul Brunton



' Anthony Damiani from Standing in Your Own Way '...


No ego is going to surrender itself unless it has reached the profoundest level of understanding. That comes either through the satiation of experience or this profundity of understanding, where the ego then realizes that it has to make that effort. And of course, Grace will have to come in to help it, but this is the point we're getting at, all right?


So after that point is reached, when the ego does reach that point, and it's willing to surrender itself and Grace does intervene, then enlightenment occurs. Now, we've got to stop right here, because then if you say, "Who is enlightened?" it is not the ego, it is the Void Mind itself that has recognized itself through that ego.

But I want to stop right there. You've got to realize the terrible orders he's giving you. I mean, this is an ordeal. The ego has to refine itself. Nobody else is going to do it. No one else is going to teach you. Isn't that the point of the quote?


quote referred to:

"ALTHOUGH we may grant the fact that it is the ego which is seeking truth, we must insist on the completing truth that the ego is never the finder of truth".
(v6, 8:4.440)

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' Loving others as yourself '...


”Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.

Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them.

Don't pretend to be what you are not, don't refuse to be what you are.

Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause.

Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine.

When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.

When you realize the depth and fullness of your love of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection.

But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it.

Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation.

It is a vicious circle.

Only self-realization can break it.

Go for it resolutely."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


' Personal love '...


“Love is the supreme blessing of life; love as love is universal.

Personal love is concentrated universal love.

Ah, my heart flows, when I say:

‘Personal love is concentrated universal love.’”



Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Love and God
Fairfield, IA: Maharishi International University Press, 1972 (1965)

' self-renunciation '...


The wisdom that one is offered the opportunity to learn through experiences of suffering should lead not only to some self-renunciation, but also to some true self-humblement beneath the will of destiny, which has revealed itself as insuperable.

Once he becomes inwardly submissive, he will find that time quickly heals its own wounds, and that a great peace will be bestowed on his inner life.



-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience >
Chapter 1: Situation > # 408 Paul Brunton


' Sunday Night '...


Is it not strange that you as consciousness has survived war and death, to still appear within manifestation ?..

What is there, to seek ?..

Perhaps, music is an answer..

Perhaps, Love is an answer..

This little game of holograms must lead to peace..

The ego of the stealing of power, which is not Love..

Light appears to this consciousness as more pleasant than that of only the darkness of thought, but selfishness is present..

To eliminate this pain called 'egoic-desire' is most difficult..

To surrender every object, worked for within life,

perhaps, even life itself...




-namaste, thomas

' 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

' Love gives meaning '...


"Love is the reflection of God's unity in the world of duality.

It constitutes the entire significance of creation.

If love is excluded from life, all the souls in the world assume complete externality to each other and the only possible relations and contacts in such a loveless world are superficial and mechanical.

It is because of love that the contacts and relations between individual souls become significant.

It is love which gives meaning and value to all the happenings in the world of duality.

But, while love gives meaning to the world of duality, it is at the same time a standing challenge to duality.

As love gathers strength, it generates creative restlessness and becomes the main driving power of that spiritual dynamic which ultimately succeeds in restoring to consciousness the original unity of being."



Meher Baba
Discourses
San Francisco: Sufism Reoriented, 6th ed., 1967, vol. 1. p. 164
http://discoursesbymeherbaba.org/v1-164.php

' A Great Peace '...


The wisdom that one is offered the opportunity to learn through experiences of suffering should lead not only to some self-renunciation,

but also to some true self-humblement beneath the will of destiny,

which has revealed itself as insuperable.

Once he becomes inwardly submissive,

he will find that time quickly heals its own wounds,

and that a great peace will be bestowed on his inner life.



-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience >
Chapter 1: Situation > # 408 Paul Brunton



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' The Spiritual Guide '...


The greatest Guru is helpless as long as the disciple is not
eager to learn.

Eagerness and earnestness are all-important.

Confidence will come with experience.

Be devoted to your
goal - and devotion to him who can guide you will follow.

If your desire and confidence are strong, they will operate
and take you to your goal, for you will not cause delay by
hesitation and compromise.


- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

' HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY LOSE OURSELF? '...


A very strange thing happens in life: the very essence of who we are fades into non-recognition.

Understandably so when this happens, the experience of life starts to feel uncomfortable, and as the disconnection grows the uncomfortableness intensifies.

The returning of attention onto this essential core of our existence is a game changer.

This shift in attention is a shift from head to heart, a shift from experiencing everything through a filter of belief, judgement and thought to simply finding that there is another podium to stand at.

Drop out of the obsessive thinking about how things should or shouldn't be, about yourself and the other, and in that moment you'll find you ARE, untouched by all that's happened, and you'll smile. That's your reconnection to Source.

Peace for now.


-Roger Castillo

' The Illuminate '...


The illuminate can transmit his grace directly from mind to mind or indirectly by means of the

visual glance, the physical touch, the spoken word, or the written letter.



-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind >
Chapter 5: Teaching Masters, Discipleship > # 269 Paul Brunton


' Pure Awareness '...


The 'I Am ' is the first Reality of Consciousness..

It is the space of Creative Dreaming of manifestation..

'It' is the Father and Son reunion..

The Prodigal Son returns to Reality..

But, this space of Dream remains within separation from Pure Awareness..

The 'Final Reality' exists within the ego that declares, "I Am "..

It is the state of Nothingness,

otherwise known as Pure Awareness..


-thomas

Passenger | Let Her Go (Official Video)

' God Dreaming '...


Death is that of egoic desire..

The manifestation of life is a Dream..

Sometimes, We wake up..

Love is something that is found when ego flees..

We cannot die,

because we are a Dream from God...



-thomas

James Blunt - You're Beautiful (Video)

' You Are '...


You are the sky and the ground.

You alone the day, the night air.

You are all things born into being.

Also, these flower offerings
that someone brought.



- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
Maypop 1992

' Consciousness has evolved '...


"When you realize what and who you are, completely, absolutely, and thoroughly, there's no doubt at all, and therefore, no suffering.

Suffering no longer exists for that person because they are no longer struggling with a conceptual me who is in opposition to what is.

The separate me is transcended.

Even consciousness is transcended.

That is a liberated person - liberated from ignorance of misunderstanding.

This is enormous in its implications for consciousness as a whole because every time one person realizes the Self, consciousness as a whole has evolved."


~ Adyashanti
The Impact of Awakening

' The Ultimate Observer '...


If there is not to be an endless series of observers,

which would be unthinkable,

there must be an ultimate one,

itself unobserved and self-illuminated.



-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 3: The Overself's Presence > # 256 Paul Brunton



Steve Winwood // Blind Faith - "Can't Find My Way Home"

' Reality '...


Do not be fooled by politics,

They are two sides of the same coin of ego..

We are searching for the enjoyment called Love..

If you allow the vibrations of negativity to enter the ether surrounding the souls, you will fail the test of Reality..

The ego will demand anger and violence,

the Heart will demand Love..

It is not difficult to die for Love..

It is called, returning Home...



-thomas

' This is a mistake '...


All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace
our steps to our Original Source.

We need not acquire
anything new, only give up false ideas and useless accretions.

Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and
mysterious because we believe happiness lies elsewhere.

This is a mistake.


- Ramana Maharshi

' Words are paradoxical '...


The words of truth are always paradoxical.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


- Lao Tzu

' Flowers '...


The sheikh of the Halveti order in Istanbul, Sunbul Efendi, in looking
for a successor, sent his disciples forth to get flowers to adorn the
lodge.

All of them returned with large bunches of lovely flowers; only
one of them came back with a small, withered plant.

When asked why he
did not bring anything worthy of his master, he answered,

"I found all
the flowers busy recollecting the Lord--how could I interrupt this
constant prayer of theirs?

I looked, and one flower had finished its
recollection.

That one I brought."

It was he who became the next
sheikh.


Annemarie Schimmel
as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

' 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 but delivers fear..


-thomas


DUELING BANJOS ~ Guitar & Banjo Song ~ Deliverance

' self-surrender '...


The indispensable prerequisite to mystical illumination is self-surrender.

No man can receive it without paying this price.

Any man in any degree of development may pay it--he has to turn around, change his attitude, and accept the Christ, the higher self, as his sovereign.

But once this happens and the Grace of illumination descends, it can affect the self only as it finds the self.

An unbalanced ego will not suddenly become balanced.

An unintellectual one will not suddenly become learned.

His imperfections remain though the light shines through them.




-- Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life > Chapter 4: Surrender > # 70
Perspectives > Chapter 18: The Reverential Life > # 38 Paul Brunton


' You begin to awaken '...


The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.”

The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.

You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence.

You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind.

You begin to awaken.


~ Eckhart Tolle

' Not the personality '...


Meditation is being free to the belief of being a separate person - then the byproducts of this freedom we reap in due time.

We have to start from freedom.

This freedom begins when we choose not to be identified with the personality.



~ Francis Lucille

' Just keep it in mind '...


”Anything you do for the sake of enlightenment takes you nearer.

Anything you do without remembering enlightenment puts you off.

But why complicate?

Just know that you are above and beyond all things and thoughts.

What you want to be, you are it already.

Just keep it in mind."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Mundaka Upanishad '...


"Brahman is supreme;

He is self-luminous,
He is beyond all thought.

Subtler than the subtlest is he,
Farther than the farthest,
Nearer than the nearest.

He resides in the lotus of the heart of every being."



Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.7

' The vanished world's existence '...


Thus it became clear from both these initiations that it was all-important to rid the mind of the ego, or rather, of its crushing tyranny. This could not be the result of a single and sudden act, nor of years of disciplinary toil, but of a combination of the one leading to the other, of the Long Path leading to what is called the Short Path.

Although it properly belongs to my experience of philosophic initiation, it is perhaps interesting to note at this point that in the deep meditations accompanying that initiation I went through a stage where the ego's consciousness was annihilated so utterly and where pure consciousness, not centered or divided in any way, was so overwhelming that God alone reigned as I AM. There was then no duality of person and Overself, no hint even of the cosmic mysteries involved in the vanished world's existence.

And that is really the Truth: there is no second entity or power. There is only God.



-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections >
Chapter 1: Two Essays > # 2
Paul Brunton

' Truth is found within experience '...


Truth is only found within experience..

The tales of others are fabrications and lies leading to power..

The three sins of pain are power, wealth and fame..

The ego cries within separation..

To be separate and within is a question to be answered..

The ego will lead you into puzzles which should be abandoned..

The only Truth is the energy called Love..

All other Thought is without value...


-thomas

' Pure Mind '...


“I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.”

“All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.”

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.”

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world…”

“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life,

even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”


- Gautama the Buddha

' Death '...


The Transition of Dream to Reality is often a painful event within human mind..

The Dream dissolves and We find our self within a higher frequency of existence..

To some, it will appear as a heaven or hell according to the desires of Heart..

But, this is just a new road to walk..

No one dies..

The egoic desire now appears as the Dreamer or Creator of illusions..

Beyond this point is called non-ego..

Or what we name as Pure Awareness..

Whatever you desire will become reality within Dreams..

Do not fear, whatever you love will not be separated from you..


namaste, thomas

You Are Pure Awareness ~ Mooji

' Trust in God '...


"If you trusted in God as you should,

He would sustain you even as He sustains the birds,

which in the morning go forth hungry,

and return in the evening filled."



Prophet Muhammad
Bukari, al-Sahih, Riqaq, n. 463
quoted in Suleyman Derin
From Rabi`a to Ibn al-Farid Towards Some Paradigms of the Sufi Conception of Love
Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies The University of Leeds, 1999

' My dear Sir '...


”All that a guru can tell you is:

'My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken about yourself.

You are not the person you take yourself to be."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' All-encompassing Self '...


Oh ego, none of your claims are true.

Keep quiet with a heart of devotion to the Real,

and the all-encompassing Self will be spontaneously known.



- Mooji

' The bond called Love '...


All the experiences of human life and non-material life exists within stories that begin within imagining, which is called 'Dream'..

These stories are created for entertainment and learning..

Both, between the Dreamer and the Dreamed..

Therefore, the false-self becomes the master of material self and is often known as the 'ego'..

There is a 'binding', a 'glue', a 'non-separation' of Pure Thought and the engagement of this bonding of the non-selfish desire,

we call this bond of non-ego, 'Love'..

Yes, the word is diminutive,

but, so is Humility..



-thomas

' Thought creates manifestation '...


However you believe the world to be, that’s
exactly how the world will present itself to you.

You are always living your life out into your
beliefs about how life is.

You’ll see something in your life whenever you
begin to believe it strongly enough.

It’s not the other way around.

In fact, you’re creating your own private hell
every day through your attachment to your
belief that this, right here and right now,
is not heaven.



- Chuck Hillig
Seeds for the Soul
Chuck Hillig
Black Dot Publications, 2003

' No trace is left '...


”The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed.

The reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor, always present, rarely perceived.

When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper.

So is my mind - the impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left."



-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Overself '...


Let it never be forgotten what earlier studies have iterated and re‑iterated. The Overself is the real teacher in the heart, the one initiator of all struggling aspirants. It is the final bestower of in­sight. It is the benign mediator of grace to the imploring ego. It is not a theoretical presence but a living one with whom the aspirant can remotely or intimately commune. It can liberate him from his ignorance, instruct him in super‑intellectual truth and guide him to philosophic enlightenment.

All his efforts in yoga should be interfused with warm devotion to the inner reality for unless he really loves it he will never unite with it. He should therefore comprehend that a leading principle of all these ultramystic medi­tation exercises is that success ultimately depends not on the con­scious efforts he puts forth but on the mysterious reaction to those efforts. This does not of course mean that the efforts are valueless in themselves for without them there would be no reaction.

It means that the over‑conscious gets to work independently upon him at a certain stage. When this actually manifests itself it will not be during any of his struggles to obtain it but during the periods of cessation from those struggles, not during positive con­centration but during the absence of concentration. It becomes articulate not during the thinking about it but during the intervals of not thinking about it.

Henceforth, whatever has to he done, will not be done by himself. Instead, it will be done to him. He will be taken by the hand, as it were, and led into the profound stillness which guards the threshold of the Overself. Across that threshold he will receive the reply to the question: What Am I? Like a loving mother the Overself will take its progeny up into itself at this won­derful moment of initiation and thus the inner rebirth will occur. It will come as the culmination of long striving but it is not
itself an act of striving. For only the divine grace can bring it about.


Paul Brunton- WOTO The Mystical Phenomena of Meditation

BONNIE RAITT - CROSBY - STILLS & NASH....LOVE HAS NO PRIDE

' Two steps to Freedom '...


The first step is to Realize that You are Divine Consciousness.

The next step is to surrender, even this desire and be absorbed back home into 'Pure Awareness'.

Pure Awareness is the state of existence of Pure Thought without the desire for separation from Source..

This is the state of non-egoic desire, otherwise known as 'Love'...



-thomas

' Nothingness of the self-image '...


”Unless you make tremendous efforts, you will not be convinced that effort will take you nowhere.

The self is so self-confident that unless it is totally discouraged it will not give up.

Mere verbal conviction is not enough.

Hard facts alone can show the absolute nothingness of the self-image."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' Call of the search '...


The more desperately you seek love
the more you communicate to the universe
that you are unworthy of it.

Your job is not to seek love, then,
but to be it,
know it as your essence,
feel it infuse your very being,
hear it drip from your in-breath,
and shimmer through your out-breath.

Call off the search. Love is You.


- Jeff Foster

' The nature of the Real '...


We must get to the very source of those deep-seated karmic, mental, and emotional tendencies if we would attain the Real which they obscure.

When this is done a tremendous sense of liberation is experienced, an inner revolution undergone, and then follows the "lighting flash" of insight into the nature of the Real.



-- Perspectives > Chapter 4:
Elementary Meditation > # 64
Paul Brunton



' Love and affection '...


“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,

deserve your love and affection”



— Gautama the Buddha

' Action '...


”By all means attend to your duties.

Action, in which you are not emotionally involved and which is beneficial and does not cause suffering will not bind you.

You may be engaged in several directions and work with enormous zest, yet remain inwardly free and quiet, with a mirror like mind, which reflects all, without being affected."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



' Each of us '...


Each of us inevitable,
Each of us limitless --

Each of us with his or her
right upon the earth,

Each of us allow'd
the eternal purports
of the earth,

Each of us here
as divinely as any is here.


- Walt Whitman
from “Leaves of Grass”

Bob Dylan - Shelter From The Storm (East Berlin, 1987, Lyrics & Traducción)

' A Liberated One '...


"Do not permit the events of your daily life to bind you, but never withdraw from them.

Only by acting thus
can you attain the title of 'A Liberated One.'"



Huang Po
in Jonathan Star
Two Suns Rising: A Collection of Sacred Writings
NY: Bantam, 1991, p. 70

' What remains is reality '...


If I ask you what is the taste of your mouth,
all you can do is to say:

it is neither sweet
nor bitter nor sour nor astringent; it is what
remains when all these tastes are not.

Similarly, when all distinctions and reactions are
no more, what remains is reality, simple
and solid.


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

' The Cosmic Mind '...


The existence of "archetypal ideas" or "divine thoughts" can be proven to exist nowhere else except in his own mind, therefore they have no more reality, no more value, and no more duration than other thoughts.

The cosmic mind and his mind are ultimately one and the same.

False habits of thinking cause false perception; hence he is not aware of this.

The cosmic mind "created" all these ideas of objects in the universe, including the self, the "I," in the same way that a dreamer creates his own dream universe.

Mind is ALL we know, all we ever shall know.

To discover what colour is, he must remember that the coloured object is itself but an idea;

what can the colour be save an idea also?



-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 3:
The Individual and World Mind > # 87 Paul Brunton

Edith Piaf - Non, Je ne regrette rien

' Self meeting Self '...


The love that any two beings share is the love
of Self for Self.

Keep away all notions and intentions
and you are meeting all beings in this love.

This is
Self meeting Self.

All attraction is for the Self only,

though appearances are deceiving.



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

' Action within Divine '...


From all these studies, meditations, and actions the student will little by little emerge an inwardly changed man.

He comes to the habitual contemplation of his co-partnership with the universe as a whole, to the recognition that personal isolation is illusory, and thus takes the firm steps on the ultimate path towards becoming a true philosopher.

The realization of the hidden unity of his own life with the life of the whole world manifests finally in infinite compassion for all living things. Thus he learns to subdue the personal will to the cosmic one, narrow selfish affection to the wide-spreading desire for the common welfare.

Compassion comes to full blossom in his heart like a lotus flower in the sunshine. From this lofty standpoint, he no longer regards mankind as being those whom he unselfishly serves but rather as being those who give him the opportunity to serve.

He will suddenly or slowly experience an emotional exaltation culminating in an utter change of heart. Its course will be marked by a profound reorientation of feeling toward his fellow creatures. The fundamental egoism which in open or masked forms has hitherto motivated him will be abandoned: the noble altruism which has hitherto seemed an impracticable and impossible ideal, will become practicable and possible.

For a profound sympathy to all other beings will dwell in his heart. Never again will it be possible for him wilfully to injure another; but on the contrary the welfare of the All will become his concern. In Jesus' words he is "born again."

He will find his highest happiness, after seeking reality and truth, in seeking the welfare of all other beings alongside of his own. The practical consequence of this is that he will be inevitably led to incessant effort for their service and enlightenment.

He will not merely echo the divine will but will allow it actively to work within him. And with the thought comes the power to do so, the grace of the Overself to help him to achieve quickly what the Underself cannot achieve. In the service of others he can partially forget his loss of trance-joy and know that the liberated self which he had experienced in interior meditation must be equated by the expanded self in altruistic action.



-- Notebooks Category 20: What Is Philosophy? > Chapter 4: Its Realization Beyond Ecstasy > #
-- Perspectives > Chapter 20: What Is Philosophy? > # 72 Paul Brunton



' Innumerable forms '...


”Understand that it is not the individual, which has consciousness;

it is the consciousness, which assumes innumerable forms.

That something which is born or which will die is purely imaginary.

It is the child of a barren woman.

In the absence of this basic concept "I am" there is no thought, there is no consciousness."


-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The Unmanifest '...


You cannot catch your own shadow, and neither can you escape it.

So long as man thinks in terms of phenomena being real,

the shadow of ignorance will both evade and haunt him.

Just as waves arising on the surface of water have no independent existence and are only the water itself,

so also are manifested phenomena only the apparent created form or body of the Unmanifest.


-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar



' A Virtual Void '...


If Mind is to be regarded aright, we must put out of our thought even the notion of the cosmic Ever-Becoming.

But to do this is to enter a virtual Void?

Precisely.

When we take away all the forms of external physical existence and all the differences of internal mental existence, what we get is an utter emptiness of being which can hardly be differentiated after we have taken away its features and individualities, its finite times and finite distances.

There is then nothing but a great void.

What is the nature of this void?

It is pure Thought.

It is out of this empty Thought that the fullness of the universe has paradoxically evolved.

Hence it is said that the world's reality is secondary whereas Mind's reality is primary.

In the Void the hidden oneness of things is disengaged from the things themselves.

Silence therefore is not merely the negation of sound but rather the element in which, as Carlyle said, great things fashion themselves. It is the supreme storehouse of power.



-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 114
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 5 Paul Brunton

' Self-knowledge '...


”There is nothing to gain.

Abandon all imaginings and know yourself as you are.

Self-knowledge is detachment.

All craving is due to a sense of insufficiency.

When you know that you lack nothing,

that all there is, is you and yours, desire ceases."



- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

' The road of knowledge '...


It is interesting to speak of magic and illusion..

To move one hand, to force your vision upon illusion..

Being, adults, we have the ability to see more clearly..

In this strange decade of witches and satanists,

we wonder if this experience of life is real..

The media will continue to abuse Truth and Mystics..

When you can clearly see the mind-control of news speakers,

you can also see the phrase, "Et tu brute "..

It is clear that many humans will easily give your life and freedom for their own life of wealth and fame..

But, by now, you are awake and thinking..


- thomas