Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kabir - Dance today with joy



Dance, my heart! Dance today with joy.
The strains of love fill the days and the
nights with music, and the world is
listening to its melodies.
Made with joy, life and death dance to
the rhythm of this music. The hills
and the sea and the earth dance.
The world of man dances in laughter and tears.
Why put on the robe of the monk, and
live aloof from the world in lonely pride?
Behold! My heart dances in the delight of
a hundred arts; and the Creator
is well pleased.

~ from ONE HUNDRED POEMS OF KABIR 
 
 

Raman Radha - Where are you going?



All the so called known/existing paths are nothing but stories of experiences experienced by the people like Buddha (including all great Masters or awakened ones who owe to Siddhartha Gautama) Mahavira, Jesus, Shankara, Ramana, Nisargadatta, JK,  UG, Adhyashanti, Byron Katie, etc. who in their state of the so called ego although set their goal/target to achieve the so called enlightened state, made all possible efforts too, but finally came to realisation and expressed in different ways with different words as per their conditioning which can be summerised :

1. Enlightenment is a myth or if at all there is such state, everything/everyone in the existence is in that state only as there is no other way to be. As Chogym Trungpa (a Buddhist teacher) said - Enlightenment is ego's ultimate disappointment.

2. Everything, if there is any, is absolutely as it should be in the moment.

3. There is no way for anything/anyone not to be in the conceptual time frame called moment, if at all there is any time.

4. Everything, if there is any, is simply happening on its own because there is no doer..therefore no controller too.

5. It's all a question of shift in attitude only, but for that to "happen" there is no shortcut/alternative to honest and earnest efforts. In any case the so called we are compelled to make effort due to conditioning of nervous system as Nisargadatta Maharaj said.

6. If you write/say/express your story of experiences after you come to this realisation, a new path will come into existence, because of ignorance of those who have not realised yet.

7. None of the stories matches with another person's story, because the experiences which form the basis of stories are bound to be different for different person as they all happen in nervous system conditioned differently for different persons, hence perceived differently.



 To overcome what appear to be emotional and intellectual obstacles, people commit themselves to disciplines of lifestyle and morality, yoga and meditation, setting themselves the goal of freedom from attachment and rebirth, but the anxiety entailed by prostituting the moment for some future benefit and striving for a conceptual goal is resolved naturally in the relaxation of non action.

The disease of calculated endeavor and goal orientation that is called spiritual materialism is healed by the spontaneous and ineluctable intuition of the pure nature of mind.

Keith Dowman



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh - The Earth Is Waiting For You




The Earth is always patient and
open-hearted.

She is waiting for you.
She has been waiting for you for the
last trillion lifetimes.

She can wait for any length of time.

She knows you will come back to her one day.

Fresh and green, she will welcome you
exactly like the first time, because love
never says “This is the last time,”
because Earth is a loving mother.

She will never stop waiting for you.
 


Ramprasad - Tell me, brother, what happens after death?




Tell me, brother, what happens after death?
The whole world is arguing about it --
Some say you become a ghost,
Others that you go to heaven,
And some that you get close to God,
And the Vedas insist you're a bit of sky
Reflected in a jar fated to shatter.

When you look for sin and virtue in nothing,
You end up with nothing.
The elements live in the body together
But go their own ways at death.

Prasad says: you end, brother,
Where you began, a reflection
Rising in water, mixing with water,
Finally one with water.


 Ramprasad (Ramprasad Sen)
English version by Leonard Nathan and Clinton Seely





Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hafiz - The smile of the wineglass



Hair disheveled, smiling lips, sweating and tipsy,
garment torn, singing a love song, glass in hand,
picking a quarrel, chanting a spell,
yesterday at midnight she came and sat by my bed.

She lowered her head to my ear, and whispered, sad-voiced,
“My old lover, are you asleep?”
The lover for whom such a nightfarer’s drink is poured
is an unbeliever of love if he does not worship wine.

Come on, hermit, do not blame those who drink to the dregs,
there was no other gift when God announced His Mastery.
The smile of the wineglass, a girl’s tangled tresses,
have broken may penances, as they broke the penance of Hafiz.




Hair disheveled, smiling lips, sweating and tipsy,
garment torn, singing a love song, glass in hand,
picking a quarrel, chanting a spell,
yesterday at midnight she came and sat by my bed.

She lowered her head to my ear, and whispered, sad-voiced,
“My old lover, are you asleep?”
The lover for whom such a nightfarer’s drink is poured
is an unbeliever of love if he does not worship wine.
Come on, hermit, do not blame those who drink to the dregs,
there was no other gift when God announced His Mastery.
The smile of the wineglass, a girl’s tangled tresses,
have broken may penances, as they broke the penance of Hafiz.
- See more at: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/blog/2010/02/09/the-celestial-drink-5-the-wine-of-the-sufis/#sthash.ClzFKsIy.dpuf

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wei Wu Wei - Sunshine - A Dialogue



 Hui Hai, on the first page of his treatise on Sudden Enlightenment, explains it by saying that it is a means of getting rid of conceptual thinking. An instantaneous means. But how?
He tells us that also; does he not add that 'enlightenment' is just the apperception that 'enlightenment' is not anything to be obtained, to be obtained or attained by anyone soever?

He does, but what does he mean?
If he had wished to answer that question would he not have done so? He wished us to answer it, to insee the answer. It should be seen directly, not indirectly via a Master, not intellectually as knowledge, but by whole-mind. It is for you to see it.

We are told that it means that it cannot be attained because we have it already, that it is always ours.
Typical half-baked nonsense! What are we, phenomena, to have or possess that or anything else? That is the usual pitiful attempt of volitional consciousness to maintain its position as an entity!

Then he means to imply that 'enlightenment', 'awakening', 'liberation', or whatever term one uses, is not any 'thing', that there isn't any such thing anywhere, or nowhere, to be obtained or attained?
No doubt that is a fact, but why? What conclusion do you draw from that?

If it is not there, we cannot have it!
That is not the point. What does the absence of an object connote?

The absence of a subject.
The absence if its subject!

You mean there is neither object nor subject, which are inseparable, that there is no one to do it, neither doer nor anything done?
Never mind what I mean; is it a fact?

Yes, it must be a fact.
So what?

There is no 'us' to have or to do anything whatsoever!
Good! Is not that the point?

I suppose it is. But what, then, are 'we'?
Did not Hui Hai start by telling, actually telling, you that?

He told us that 'enlightenment' was a means of being rid of conceptual thinking.
Exactly.

You mean that 'we' are 'conceptual thinking'?
Can you suggest a better definition of what we imagine that we are?

I suppose not! So that 'enlightenment' is ridding ourselves of what we imagine that 'we' are?
Yes, and 'suddenly', once and for all 'time'.

But, then, who does it?
There is no 'who'. Nothing phenomenal, evidently, if anything is done.

But is anything done?
What could there be to 'do'?

No do-er and no-thing done. So what?
Neither subject nor object, and out of 'time'.

Yet there is some - let us say adjustment, or integration.
Adjustment or re-integration.

Even that needs doing!
A doing that is no-doing, action that is non-action.

Taoist wei wu wei?
Yes, and that implies ...?

It must be what-we-are!
Quite so. What else could it be?

So that is the whole story! Everything is therein! There is no 'us' at all, never was and never will be!
Because there is no 'time' in which to 'last' and no space in which to be 'extended', since both are just concepts in mind.

There is no 'us' either to experience 'enlightenment', to be awakened from a 'sleep', or to be freed from any kind of 'bondage'!
Go on! Why not add - and no enlightenment, no sleep, and no bondage either? And how so?

Because there could not be one without the others, nor any others without the one!
That is surely the 'doctrine that is no-doctrine' of Bodhidharma, the 'transmission outside the Scriptures', which is the definition of Ch'an, the burden of 'Ekayana' - the Supreme Vehicle.

Written and read its significance is not apparent, but suddenly apperceived it is luminous - like the sun emerging from behind the clouds!
What we are is the sun; 'we' do not dissipate the clouds in order to reach (obtain or attain to) it: it is the sun which dissipates the clouds and enlightens us without us even knowing that 'we' are there?

'Enlightenment' does not exist phenomenally at all, and 'we' cannot have it - because it is what-we-are!



art Jack Haas


 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Fakhruddin Iraqi - The tavern of ruin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - "Allegory of Worldly and Otherworldly Drunkenness", Folio from the Divan of Hafiz 


 “I went down last night to the tavern of ruin,
but no one admitted me.
I stood without, clamouring and crying,
but no one heard me.
Of the wine sellers there, either none were awake,
or else being ‘no-one’,
no-one was there to open the door for me.
Half the night had passed,
when some wild rogue from an archway overhead looked down
and made a face.
‘Bravo, bravo,’ he exclaimed,
‘at this hour, you’re quite senseless, in fact crazy.
Well and fine! Please tell me what’s the matter?’
‘Open the door!’ I demanded.
‘Go away!’ he replied, ‘Don’t talk nonsense.
Anyway, at this time of night,
whoever would open the door for the likes of you?
This is no mosque,
for us always to open the door for you,
for you to dash in and run up to the front aisle.
This is the Magian  temple of ruin.
Inside are living hearts,
the place of the “witness”
and candle,
the wine
and ghazal,
the lute
and the song.
Money and wit carry no weight beneath these arches;
its tenants’ profit is all loss,
and their loss, all profit.
How long shall you keep pounding on this door day and night,
’Iraqi?
For all your fire, nothing is visible but smoke.’”



Jiddu Krishnamurti - The book of life