Saturday, December 5, 2015

Robert Wolfe - Regarding prayer



Regarding prayer: aside from breathing a whisper of thanks or gratitude to the universe for operating flawlessly, the only prayer which could possibly ever make sense at all would be a conscious expression that ‘all will continue to develop as it should.’
For there to be prayer, Ramana points out, there has to be a pray-er: “There must be an ‘I,’ who prays to a god.” This suggests that the I has not surrendered, has not become indivisibly one with the Absolute. 
As Ramana puts it, “Prayer is not verbal…to merge into the Absolute is prayer.”
Ramana was specific about this: “They pray to God and finish with, ‘Thy Will be done!’ Since God’s Will be done, why pray at all?...Divine Will prevails at all times and under all circumstances. 
Recognize this force…and keep quiet…
“There is no need to let God know your needs…. Every action is prompted by God only…. God does not require an intermediary. Mind your business and all will be well: God is in all, and works through all…. If man thinks that he is the intermediary, then it is clear that he retains his individuality; and that there has not been complete surrender” [merging, so that “man” and “god” are not apart].
Arthur Osborne, summarizing the works of Ramana, puts it this way: “The one who prays, the prayer and the God to whom one prays all have reality only as manifestations of the Self.”


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Attar - That pure love which knows no end.

Lifting of the veil by Maya Telford


 How long then will you seek for beauty here?
Seek the unseen, and beauty will appear.
When the last veil is lifted neither men
Nor all their glory will be seen again,
The universe will fade -- this mighty show
In all its majesty and pomp will go,
And those who loved appearances will prove
Each other's enemies and forfeit love,
While those who loved the absent, unseen Friend
Will enter that pure love which knows no end



Heart Prayer of Abdul Khaliq Gujduvani




Heart Prayer of Abdul Khaliq Gujduvani.....Khwaja Abdubalik Gudjduvani, was the Grand Master of the Inner Circle of the Masters of his time....Abd ul-Khaliq Ghujduwani (d. 1220) 




Khwarezm has been known also as Chorasmia, Khwarezmia, Khwarizm, Khwarazm, Khorezm, Khoresm, Khorasam, Harezm, Horezm, and Chorezm.
"Gudjduvan was a large village 18 miles from Bokhara.... part of the kingdom of Harzem (usually spelled Khwarazm), soon to be destroyed by the Mongolian Jenghis Khan......among his chief innovations was the `Prayer of the Heart', (Zikr-i-Qalbi...Pas Anfas), not previously known to the Sufis and said to have been imparted to him directly by the Prophet Khidr.....(But most probably derived from the mantras practised by the Buddhist monks of the Hindu Kush.)".......THE MASTERS OF WISDOM OF CENTRAL ASIA by J. G. Bennett 


 Zikr-i-Qalbi...Pas Anfas, in Persian, means guarding every breath..... Zikr is performed with the heart using breath as the medium.:



1. Hush der dem. 
Be present at every breath. Do not let your attention wander for the duration of a single breath. Remember yourself always and in all situations. 

2. Nazar ber kadem. 
Keep your intention before you at every step you take. You wish for freedom and you must never forget it. 

3. Safar der vatan. 
Your journey is towards your homeland, Remember that you are traveling from the world of appearances to the World of Reality. 

4. Halvat der endjuman. 
In all your outward activity remain inwardly free. Learn not to identify yourself with anything whatsoever. 

5. Yad gerd. 
Remember your Friend, i.e. God. Let the prayer (zikr) of your tongue be the prayer of your heart (q'alb). 

6. Baz gasht. 
Return to God. No aim but to attain Reality. 

7. Nigah dasht. 
Struggle with all alien thoughts. Keep your mind on what you are doing whether outwardly or inwardly. 

8. Yad dasht. 
Be constantly aware of the quality of the Divine Presence. Become used to recognizing the Presence of God in your heart.



Eight laws according to Abdulhalik Ghujduvani, 11th century......The Inner Work (3 volumes) ....by Reshad Feild, chapter "The Way of the Masters"


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kabir - They call Him Emptiness




They call Him Emptiness who is the Truth of truths,
in Whom all truths are stored!
There within Him creation goes forward,
which is beyond all philosophy;
for philosophy cannot attain to Him:
There is an endless world,
O my Brother! and there is the Nameless Being,
of whom naught can be said.
Only he knows it who has reached that region:
it is other than all that is heard and said.
No form, no body, no length, no breadth is seen there:
how can I tell you that which it is?


— Kabir – Songs of Kabir – LXXVI  (transl. Rabindranath Tagore)



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Papaji - Not real



The sun is so big,
much bigger than the earth,
yet a single cloud can hide the sun.
Clouds are thoughts.
Likewise, the I-thought is hiding the Self.
The I-thought is hiding peace, beauty, and love.
How to remove the cloud?
Inquire, and it will vanish when you inquire,
because it is not real.


 

Lao Tzu - Listen to what is said without words



With all this
talking, what has been said?
The subtle truth can be pointed 
at with words, but it can’t
be contained by
them.

Take time to
listen to what is said
without words, to obey the law too
subtle to be written, to worship the
unnameable and to embrace
the unformed.

Love your life.
Trust the Tao. Make
love with the invisible
subtle origin of the universe,
and you will give yourself
everything you
need.

You won’t
have to hide away
forever in spiritual retreats.
You can be a gentle, contemplative
hermit right here in the middle of
everything, utterly unaffected,
thoroughly sustained
and rewarded by
your integral
practices.

Encouraging others,
giving freely to all, awakening
and purifying the world with each
movement and action, you’ll
ascend to the divine
realm in broad
daylight.

The breath of
the Tao speaks, and
those who are in harmony
with it hear quite
clearly.



from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 81



 



Monday, November 30, 2015

Eric Baret - What we are not


"The insight does not consist of seeing our true nature, for this is impossible, 
"being" can never be experienced; the insight is of what we are not. 
We see our mechanisms, our arrogance, our fears, our limitations, 
very clearly without experiencing any desire to change them. 
Facing these facts is an act of humility. 
Seeing clearly — what we are not — is what, in the East, is referred to as insight of what we are. 
It is important this be clear, because most people fantasize,  
think or visualize an insight of what they are, rather than an insight of what they are not."
"It is our lack of clarity that prevents us from seeing
that people we imagine to be entitled to grace because they make huge efforts in sadhana, 
are in fact totally caught up in the becoming process. 
They live in a state of constant tension, in wanting to become something, wanting to be free. 
In wanting, there is no room for anything. 
Wanting to be free, wanting to be rich, to be beautiful, to have a red car, 
all amount to exactly the same thing. 
There simply is no room for anything in wanting. 
The few people who have been audacious enough to describe the descent of grace 
have all said that at that moment they were just silent and quiet." 



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ryokan - Once in a while



Once in a while
I just let time wear on
leaning against a solitary pine
standing speechless
as does the whole universe!

Ah, who can share
this solitude with me?