Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hakim Sanai - There is no place for place!



There is no place for place!
How can a place
house the maker of all space,
or the vast sky enclose
the maker of heaven?

He told me:
“I am a homeless treasure.
The world was made
to give you a place to stand
and see me.”

Tell me, if the one you seek
is placeless,
why put your shoes on?
The real road
is found by polishing, polishing
the mirror of your heart.


 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Eckhart Tolle - No mind



As you go more deeply into this realm of no-mind, 
as it is sometimes called in the East, 
you realize the state of pure consciousness. 
In that state, you feel your own presence with such intensity and such joy 
that all thinking, all emotions, your physical body, 
as well as the whole external world become relatively insignificant 
in comparison to it. 
And yet this is not a selfish but a selfless state. 
It takes you beyond what you previously thought of as “your self.” 
That presence is essentially you and 
at the same time inconceivably greater than you.

— Eckhart Tolle, from The Power of Now


 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Marguerite Porete - I am God




“I am God, says Love, for Love is God and God is Love, and this Soul is God by the condition of Love. I am God by divine nature and this Soul is God by the condition of Love. Thus this precious beloved of mine is taught and guided by me, without herself, for she is transformed into me, and such a perfect one, says Love, takes my nourishment.”

“(The liberated soul) has no emptiness in her which would not be completely filled by Me, which is why she cannot host either care or memory, and so she possesses no semblance of them. And yet … piety and courtesy are not departed from such a Soul, as long as there is time and place.”

“(The liberated soul) loses her name, for she rises in sovereignty. And therefore she loses her name in the One in whom she is melted and dissolved through Himself and in Himself. Thus she would be like a body of water which flows from the sea, which has some name, as one would be able to say Aisne or Seine or another river. And when this water or river returns into the sea, it loses its course and its name with which it flowed in many countries in accomplishing its task. Now it is in the sea where it rests, and thus has lost all labor.

This Soul is imprisoned and held in the country of complete peace, for she is always in full sufficiency, in which she swims and bobs and floats, and she is surrounded by divine peace, without any movement in her interior, and without any exterior work on her part.

These two things would remove this peace from her if they could penetrate to her, but they cannot, for she is in the sovereign state where they cannot pierce or disturb her about anything.”
“This is right, says Love, for her will is ours. She has crossed the Red Sea, her enemies have been drowned in it. Her pleasure is our will, through the purity of the unity of the will of the Deity where we have enclosed her. Her will is ours, for she has fallen from grace into the perfection of the work of the Virtues, and from the Virtues into Love, and from Love into Nothingness, and from Nothingness into clarification by God, who sees Himself with the eyes of His Majesty, who in this point has clarified her with Himself. And she is so dissolved in Him that she sees neither herself nor Him, and thus He sees completely Himself alone, by His divine goodness.”

“He will be of Himself in such goodness which He knew of Himself before she ever was, when He gave her … Free Will, which He cannot take from her without the pleasure of the Soul. Now He possesses [the will] without a why in the same way that He possessed it before she was made a lady by it. There is no one except Him; no one loves except Him, for no one is except Him, and thus He alone loves completely, and sees Himself completely alone, and praises completely alone by His being Himself.”

“This Soul … is at rest without obstructing the outpouring of divine Love. (The liberated soul) no longer seeks God through penitence, nor through any sacrament of Holy Church; not through thoughts, nor through words, nor through works; not through creature here below, nor through creature above; not through justice, nor through mercy, nor through glory of glory; not through divine understanding, nor through divine love, nor through divine praise.”

“(The liberated soul) has nothing to sin with, for without a will no one can sin. Now she is kept from sin if she leaves her will there where it is planted, that is, in the One who has given it to her freely from His goodness.”

“She is dissolved by annihilation into that prior existence where Love has received her.

Such Souls … possess as equally dear, shame as honor, and honor as shame; poverty as wealth, and wealth as poverty; torment from God and his creatures, as comfort from God and His creatures; to be loved as hated, and hated as loved; to be in hell as in paradise, and in paradise as in hell; and in small estate as in great, and great estate as small … They neither will nor not-will anything of these prosperities nor of these adversities.”

“She has fallen into certainty of knowing nothing and into certainty of willing nothing. And this nothingness … gives her the All, and no one can possess it in any other way.”



~ Marguerite Porete was a 14th century French mystic who authored a book entitled “The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls and Those Who Only Remain in Will and Desire of Love”. This book was condemned by the French Inquisition as being heretical. Marguerite Porete was asked to recant. When she refused to respond to her inquisitors, she was condemned to death. On 1 June 1310 she was burned at the stake in Paris…

Porete’s vision of the Soul in ecstatic union with God, moving in a state of perpetual joy and peace, is a repetition of the Catholic doctrine of the Beatific Vision, albeit experienced in this life and not in the next. Where Porete ran into trouble with some authorities was in her description of the Soul in this state being above the worldy dialectic of conventional morality and the teachings and control of the earthly church. Porete argues that the Soul in such a sublime state is above the demands of ordinary virtue, not because virtue is not needed but because in its state of union with God virtue becomes automatic. As God can do no evil and cannot sin, the exalted/Annihilated soul, in perfect union with Him, no longer is capable of evil or sin.

Although this concept is found in the catechism, certain Church authorities nevertheless claimed that it smacked of amorality.
Interestingly, two hundred years later St John of the Cross expressed an almost identical view of the nature of the Soul’s union with God in his The Ascent Of Mount Carmel i.e. that once united with God the Soul’s will becomes that of God’s, but was not denounced as a heretic. Although the Mirror is now embraced as an important piece of Christian mysticism it is unlikely Porete will ever enjoy the renown or acceptance John now receives from the Catholic Church…

Porete’s status as one of the greatest of Medieval Mystics has grown in recent decades, placing her alongside Mechthild of Magdeburg and Hadewijch as one of the most visionary exponents of the Love Mysticism of Beguine spirituality.”
~ Western Mystics
(text found on facebook)





The mirror of simple souls 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

St. Teresa of Avila - This magnificent refuge




This magnificent refuge is inside you.
Enter. 

Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway…
Be bold. Be humble.
Put away the incense and forget
the incantations they taught you.
Ask no permission from the authorities.
Close your eyes and follow your breath
to the still place that leads to the
invisible path that leads you home.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Nirmala - The mystery



the mystery
of this simple moment
cannot be spoken
yet all of history
occurred to arrive here

the mystery
of the endless terrain of self
cannot be mapped out
countless new frontiers
are born with every breath

the mystery
of awakening
cannot be achieved
all that is needed
is to notice inner eyes that never close

the mystery
of sweet undying love
cannot be understood
the heart already knows
what the mind can only long for

the mysteries
always remain
untouched by worried thought
ready to welcome us home
when we abandon our dreams


from Gifts with no giver
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jiddu Krishnamurti - The ending of time is the ending of change



The ending of time is the ending of change. The being,
trying to become, invents time. The being, whatever it
be, is without time. The word is of time, and when the word
is associated with the being, the illusion of movement from
this  to  that  takes  place.  But  the  being  undergoes  a  radical 
transformation when the mind is free of time. 
The probing into this is meditation.

To probe is not to achieve. If you probe deliberately, with
full  intention  of  discovery,  then  what  you  discover  will  be 
the projection of your past. But if you probe without
you, the  thinker,  then  probing  is  endless,  inexhaustible.  The 
intention to probe comes with the intention to find, but the
finding becomes trivial when it is an experience. Experience
is recognition, and recognition is association, the past. There
must be the abandonment of what is discovered in probing,
all the time, for this allows freedom, 
and without freedom inquiry is negated.

The  constant  is  of  no-time,  but  it  is  not  stationary. 
Meditation  is  the  freeing  from  that  state  of  mind  that 
possessing  decays.  Innocency  is  this  freedom.  Love  which 
possesses destroys itself. Meditation is the throwing away of
all man’s cunning, and the throwing away of the morality of
thought.



 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Echo of the Absolute - Unknowing



The universe makes most sense by not making much sense.
As its purpose is to have no particular purpose,
It has infinite creative potential.

It moves as it stays and stays as it moves.
As change is its only constant,
It remains forever the same.

It has always been going on without going anywhere.
As it has never started and will never end,
Time does not apply to it.

It gives rise to all pairs of opposites.
And as the source of everything,
Nothing exists apart of it.

You are neither its puppet nor its master.
These ideas are based on self and other,
But such separation never took place.

There is only all-self which is all-other,
Forever re-creating itself out of itself.
We are IT dreaming we are other.

Now, wake up.
But beware.

The juice of life is in the dream.