Saturday, November 23, 2013

Meister Eckhart - From "The Defense"


They regard as an error [e.g., Meister Eckhart’s teachings on the sublime nature of God and the soul, etc.] all that they do not understand; and again, they regard every error as heresy, even though only stubborn adherence to error makes heresy and a heretic, as the law and teachers say…. They take objections to things as heretical which St. Thomas [Aquinas] clearly states in the solutions of certain arguments which they have not seen or do not remember…. They object to certain things as false and heretical [implying] that man cannot be united to God—contrary to the teaching of Christ and the gospel, John 17:21, “Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us.” They say that a creature, or the world, is not nothing in itself except for God, which is contrary to the gospel, John 1:3, “All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made.” Besides, to say that the world is not nothing in itself but that it is some slight thing is obvious blasphemy…. They make it an accusation that deiform man [i.e., “made in the image and likeness of God,” as Genesis states] may do the works of God, contrary to the teaching of Christ and the gospel, John 14:12, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works shall he do.” (Conclusion)

Being is God… because if being is something different from God, God does not exist and there is no God…. God and being are the same…. If being is something different from God, a thing has its being from something other than God…. From God and God alone do all things have their being, one being, true being, good being…. Every being and every single thing has all its being, and all its unity, truth and goodness immediately from God…. God is being. (vii)

All creatures are pure nothing. I do not say that they are at least a little something but that they are pure nothing, because no creature has being. (viii)

He who sees any [ultimate] distinction clearly does not see God. For God is One, without number and above number, and He is not numbered with anything…. Being and all form are from God… therefore no distinction can exist in Him or be thought of. (vii)



Excerpt from Raymond B. Blakney [Tr.], Meister Eckhart: A Modern Translation, Harper & Row - 1941.


Prayer

The most powerful form of prayer, and the one which can virtually gain all things and which is the worthiest work of all, is that which flows from a free mind. The freer the mind is, the more powerful and worthy, the more useful, praiseworthy and perfect the prayer and the work become. A free mind can achieve all things. But what is a free mind?

A free mind is one which is untroubled and unfettered by anything, which has not bound its best part to any particular manner of being or devotion and which does not seek its own interest in anything but is always immersed in God’s most precious will, having gone out of what is its own.

(Talks of Instruction 2 in Davies, 1994)


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Anonymous-Patterns of daydreams (Jamal)


THE WORLD IS NOT PERFECT
I AM NOT PERFECT.
LIFE DOES NOT JUDGE
SO I SHALL NOT JUDGE.
THE WORLD IS NOT FLAT
MY MIND SHALL NOT BE FLAT.
THE WORLD IS ALIVE
I AM ALIVE.
THE WORLD EVOLVES ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS
SO I TOO SHALL LET MY MIND EVOLVE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.
THE WORLD HAS BUILT BEAUTY FROM CHAOS
SO TOO MY MIND SHALL SEEK BEAUTY FROM CHAOS.
THE WORLD IS HOME TO MANY
SO TOO MY HEART SHALL BE HOME TO MANY.
THE WORLD HOUSES MANY CULTURES
AND MY HEART SHALL BE HOME TO ALL OF THEM.
THE WORLD DRIFTS THROUGH TIME AND SPACE
SO I'LL LET MY MIND FOLLOW IT.
THE UNIVERSE KNOWS NO BOUNDARY
SO TOO, MY MIND
AND MY ABILITY TO LOVE
SHALL KNOW NO BOUNDARIES.
THE BIRDS, THE BEES
THE STARS, THE TREES
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT MY MIND WAS GIVEN
TO APPRECIATE ALL OF THESE.
RESPECT FOR ALL MEN
I WILL TRY TO MAKE
THE TRUTH FROM WITHIN
I SHALL TRY NOT TO FAKE
MY LOVE FOR ALL MEN
NO MERE MAN SHALL TAKE.
FOR ALL OF THIS WAS GIVEN ME
BY A HIGHER SOURCE.
AND,
THOUGH THAT MAY SOUND ODD
IT WAS GIVEN ME BY GOD.
IT'S TOO OLD
IT’S DEEP DOWN
IT’S MY SOUL.
AND THAT’S WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR ME
THAT’S RIGHT MATE
THE LORD SET MY SOUL FREE.
FOR ‘I’ AM A CHILD OF YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW
WALKING THE PLANET TODAY.
SO I’LL WALK THAT WALK
AND TALK THAT TALK
BECAUSE TOMORROW STARTS TODAY
AND I’LL TRY TO LIVE FOR THAT BETTER WAY.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hafiz - Ten Thousand Idiots


 Ten Thousand Idiots

It is always a danger
To the aspirant
On the
Path
When one begins
To believe and
Act
As if the ten thousand idiots
Who so long ruled
And lived
Inside
Have all packed their bags
And skipped town
Or
Died .


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee - Prayer for the Earth



"For centuries it was understood that the world was a living being with a soul, and that we are a part of this being. Once we remember this in our minds and in our hearts, once we hear the cry of our suffering, dying world, our prayers will flow more easily and naturally. We will be drawn to pray in our own way. There is the simple prayer of placing the world as a living being within our hearts when we inwardly offer our self to the Divine. We remember the sorrow and suffering of the world in our hearts, and ask that that the world be remembered, that divine love and mercy flow where it is needed. That even though we continue to treat the world so badly, divine grace will help us and help the world—help to bring the earth back into balance. We need to remember that the power of the Divine is more than that of all the global corporations that continue to make the world a wasteland, even more than the global forces of consumerism that demand the life-blood of the planet. We pray that the Divine of which we are all a part can redeem and heal this beautiful and suffering world."

-Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
From his article : Prayer for the Earth



links

https://www.facebook.com/PrayerOfTheHeart

http://www.goldensufi.org/

Eckhart Tolle - Silence and Stillness


Silence and Stillness

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you
lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.
Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is
the “I Am” that is deeper than name and form.
***
Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in
which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without
that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world.
You are that awareness, disguised as a person.
***
The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of
external silence is inner stillness.
Whenever there is some silence around you — listen to it. That means just notice it.
Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within
yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.
See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking.
You are aware, but not thinking.
***
When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still
alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective
human conditioning.
***
Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are,
how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.
***
When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You
connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive
in and through stillness. Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is love.
***
Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to find stillness. Even when there
is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in
which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness
itself.
You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense
perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner
stillness.
***
Any disturbing noise can be as helpful as silence. How? By dropping your inner
resistance to the noise, by allowing it to be as it is, this acceptance also takes you
into that realm of inner peace that is stillness.
Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is — no matter what form it takes
— you are still, you are at peace.
***
Pay attention to the gap — the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space
between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap
between the in-breath and out-breath.
When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of “something” becomes — just
awareness. The formless dimension of pure consciousness arises from within you
and replaces identification with form.
***
True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to
problems are found.
***
Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself — the
underlying consciousness out of which every form is born. And how could that be
separate from who you are? The form that you think you are came out of that and is
being sustained by it.
It is the essence of all galaxies and blades of grass; of all flowers, trees, birds, and
all other forms.
***
Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a
thing, and it is not of this world.
***
When you look at a tree or a human being in stillness, who is looking? Something
deeper than the person. Consciousness is looking at its creation.
In the Bible, it says that God created the world and saw that it was good. That is
what you see when you look from stillness without thought.
***
Do you need more knowledge? Is more information going to save the world, or
faster computers, more scientific or intellectual analysis? Is it not wisdom that
humanity needs most at this time?
But what is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to
be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and
listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct
your words and actions.

~~~~~

from the book "Stillness Speaks"




Monday, November 18, 2013


Adyashanti - Rest As Awareness




Nisargadatta Maharaj - Ultimate state


from the book: Consciousness and the Absolute
The final talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

~~~

May 14, 1980

Maharaj: Doctors have diagnosed that this body has cancer. Would anyone else be as joyful as I
am, with such a serious diagnosis? The world is your direct experience, your own observation. All
that is happening is happening at this level, but I am not at this level. I have dissociated myself from Sattva Guna, beingness.
The Ultimate state in spirituality is that state where no needs are felt at any time, where nothing
is useful for anything. That state is called Nirvana, Nirguna, that which is the Eternal and Ultimate Truth. 
The essence and sum total of this whole talk is called Sat-guru Parabrahman, that state in
which there are no requirements.
After the dissolution of the universe, when no further vestige of creation was apparent, what
remained is my perfect state. All through the creation and dissolution of the universe, I remain ever untouched. I have not expounded this part:
 my state never felt the creation and dissolution of the universe. I am the principle which survives all the creations, all the dissolutions. This is my state,
and yours, too, but you don't realize it because you are embracing your beingness. 
Realizing it is
only possible when one gets support from invincible faith, from that eternal Sat-guru
Parabrahman. This state, this Parabrahman principle, is eternal and is also the Sat-guru. It is the
eternal property of any devotee of a Guru.