Saturday, January 18, 2014

Yosi Flug - The Flute & The Afterlife


the flute

the poet is
like a flute
shaping the breath
into a melody
true poet
shapes his life
into a breath
of the divine. . .
hollow from self
touched by intuition
life breath becomes a tune
in the symphony of being

when you read/hear a poem
and it touches your heart
it is because
you yourself
are the endless
poem
of life

and
the flute
inert in the flutist hands
cooled by the passing breath
caressed by the loving fingers
cares not
for the sound
produced

the afterlife

today is
yesterday's tomorrow,
and this is
the only afterlife
i know.

we chose
heaven and hell
and all
in between
with each
and every
breath.

surrendering to grace
instantly
burns all karma
to ashes;
god's infinite mercy
manifests
in a blink
of an eyelid.

so die right now
ya yosy!
and thus
live
forever.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Jeanne De Salzmann - Inner Stillness


In the opening to presence, there are two steps to be understood: first the seeing, that is, the moment when I hold myself entirely under my look; and second, the letting go toward which the look has led me, the release that follow the shock when I see. In order for me to have a real perception, an act of knowing, I need an attention that is as total and as even as possible, an impartial all-embracing look that does not take one side or another.

The most important thing is to discover whether I am capable of such a look. When my attention becomes truly active and my mind acquires the clarity of this look, there is a letting go both in the head and in the rest of the body, which becomes still. At this moment I can experience a Presence that has no need to project outwardly and is maintained under this look. I have the impression that this letting go takes place from top to bottom, and that my inner volume changes, as though no longer confined to my body. Here I approach the meaning of relaxation, not an artificial letting go but one that appears as I understand the act of seeing.

from An Inner Stillness
THE REALITY OF BEING BY JEANNE DE SALZMANN 


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Songs of Kabir



Poems of Rumi by Coleman Barks and Robert Bly




I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return.

— Rumi

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.

To the bits of dust I say, Stay.
To the sun, Keep moving.

I am morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.

I am wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.

I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, thought, and voice.

The musical air coming through a flute,
a spark of a stone, a flickering

in metal. Both candle,
and the moth crazy around it.

Rose, and the nightingale
lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy,
the evolutionary intelligence, the lift,

and the falling away. What is,
and what isn’t. You who know

Jelaluddin, You the one
in all, say who

I am. Say I
am You.

— Rumi

Ramana Maharshi - This little finger



This little finger covers the eye
and prevents the whole world from being seen.
In the same way this small mind
covers the whole universe
and prevents Reality from being seen.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Civivakkiyar - Temples


What are temples, tell me!
And what are sacred tanks?
O you poor slaves who worship
in temples and tanks!
Temples are in the mind,
Tanks are in the mind.
There is no Becoming,
there is no Unbecoming,
None, none whatever!


 

In bricks and in granite,
in the red-rubbed lingam,
in copper and brass
is Siva's abode --
     that's what you tell us,
     and you're wrong.
Stay where you are
and study your own selves.
Then you will BECOME
the Temple of God,
     full of His dance and spell
   and song.


Civivakkiyar - India (9th Century)
Shaivite
 English version by Kamil V. Zvelebil
Original Language Tamil



Hafiz - Union with All


I used to know my name. Now I don’t.
I think a river understands me.

For what does it call itself in that blessed moment when it
starts emptying into the Infinite Luminous Sea, and opening
every aspect of self wider than it ever thought possible?

Each drop of itself now running to embrace and unite with a million new friends.

And you were there, in my union with All, everyone who will
ever see this page.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wei Wu Wei - All else is bondage


Zero  Enlightenment and the Extinction of “Me”

DOING AWAY with the I-notion is the same as not desiring
the personal attainment of enlightenment.
Not desiring that (the “last desire,” the “last barrier”) is
“having it,” for “having it” is in any case merely being rid of
that which concealed what is forever that which alone we are.
Therefore not desiring personal attainment of that is at
the same time the elimination of the I-notion which constitutes
its concealment.
The idea of liberation automatically inhibits the simple
realisation that we are free.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ellam Ondre (All is One)


"If you want moksha write, read and practise the instructions in Ellam Ondre."
Ramana Maharshi

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"The instant you wake up you will know that waking is better than this
dream."
Quote from Ellam Ondre

✿•*¨`*•.༺♥༻ .•*¨`*•✿

This small but extraordinary book was written in the 19th century and has been
translated from Tamil into English. The author is unknown. It was popularized by
the sage, Ramana Maharshi, who often named it along with a few others to disciples
who were in pursuit of wisdom. This book, highly saturated in wisdom teachings,
names the single most effective method of attaining to realization (i.e.
enlightenment, moksha or liberation). The Maharshi especially emphasized the book
to those who had difficulty reconciling the concept of multiple gods (as in the Hindu
religion) with the Advaitha concept of a single Universal Creator. This book
explains how there is no basic conflict between these points of view, as long as
things are viewed from the perspective that all the diverse beings and objects in this
expansive universe are essentially parts of a greater whole - or as the book sums it
up: All is One.

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I. UNITY

1. All including the world seen by you and yourself, the seer of the world, is one
only.
2. All that you consider as I, you, he, she and it, is one only.
3. What you consider to be sentient beings and what you consider to be insentient,
such as earth, air, fire and water is all one.
4. The good which is derived by your considering all as one cannot be had by
considering each as separate from the other. Therefore all is one.
5. The knowledge of the unity of all, is good for you and good for others as well.
Therefore all is one.
6. He who sees "I am separate," "you are separate," "he is separate" and so on, acts
one way to himself and another way to others. He cannot help doing so. The thought
"I am separate, others are separate" is the seed from which grows the tree of
differing actions in relation to different persons. How can there be any lapse from
righteousness for a person who knows the unity of himself with others? As long as
the germ of differentiation is there, the tree of differing actions will flourish, even
unawares. Therefore give up differentiation. All is one only.
7. Ask: "If in the world all things appear different, how can I consider all as one? Is
there any way of gaining this knowledge?" The reply is: "In the same tree we see
leaves, flowers, berries and branches, different from one another, yet they are all one
because they are all included in the word 'tree'. Their root is the same; their sap is
the same. Similarly, all things, all bodies, all organisms are from the same source
and activated by a single life principle." Therefore all is one.
8. Oh good man! Is the statement that "All is one," good or evil? Think for yourself.
Just as the person will always be righteous who regards himself like others and
others like himself, how can any evil attach itself to him who knows himself to be
others and the others to be himself? Tell me if there is any better way for obtaining
good than the knowledge of unity? Certainly other methods cannot be as good as
this one. How can anyone love others more than when knowing them to be himself,
to know them in unity-love as unity, for they are truly one.
9. Who can share the mental peace and freshness of the knower of unity? He has no
cares. The Good of all is his own good. A mother considers her children's well-being
to be her own well-being. Still, her love is not perfect because she thinks she is
separate and her children are separate. The love of a Sage, who has realized the
unity of all, far excels even the love of a mother. There is no other means of gaining
such love than the knowledge of unity. Therefore all is one.
10. Know that the world as a whole is your undecaying body and that you are the
everlasting life of the whole world. Tell me if there is any harm in doing so? Who
fears to go the harmless way? Be courageous. The Vedas teach this very truth. There
is nothing but yourself. All good will be yours. Yea, you become the good itself. All
that others gain from you will be good only. Who will work evil to his own body
and soul? A remedy is applied if there is an abscess in the body. Even if the remedy
is painful, it is meant to do good only. Such will be some of your actions; they will
also be for the good of the world. For that reason, you will not be involved in
differentiation. I put it briefly: The knower of unity will act as one should. In fact,
the knowledge of unity makes him act. He cannot err. In the world, he is God made
visible.
All is one.

Read (download) the book




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jack Kerouac - Everything is ecstasy


"Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind it is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky ways of cloudy innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere, or one universal self. Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes through everything, is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the one vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born."