Sunday, August 6, 2017

Robert Adams - Ask yourself: ‘Who am I?

    When you really understand who you are you will experience unalloyed happiness. Happiness that you only dreamt about. Happiness in the silence, where nothing is happening, but you’re happy, always happy, always at peace. All of the gods that you’ve been praying to all of your life, all of the buddhas you’ve taken refuge in, the Krishnas, the Kalimas, the Shivas, the Christ, Allah, they’re all within you. You are That! There is no God that is external to you. There is no Buddha and God and you. There is only the one Self and you are that. Ponder this.

    We all want to be happy. How to become happy, what do we have to do? Sit by yourself, go deep within yourself and realize the truth about yourself, which is: you are not the subject or the object. You are not the seer or the thing seen. You are the witness to all these things. The witness, everything you see. You watch, you look, you observe. And yet, you’re not the watcher, you’re not the looker, you’re not the observer.

    You’re like a clay pot. A clay pot has space inside and outside. The space inside is not any different than the space outside. When the clay pot breaks, the space inside merges with the outside. It’s only one space. So it is with us. Your body is like a clay pot and it appears you have to go within to find the truth. The outward appears to be within you. The outward is also without you. There’s boundless space. When the body is transcended, it’s like a broken clay pot. The Self within you becomes the Self outside of you. The Self merges with the Self. Some people call the inner Self the atman. And yet it is called Brahman. When there is no body in the way, the atman and the Brahman become one. They become Brahman, one-ness, absolute reality, pure awareness. They become free and liberated.

    We don’t have to wait until the body dies for this to happen, it can happen to us now. You can become totally free and liberated now, if you will. All you have to do is let go. You let go of everything that’s been keeping you in bondage, mentally. Listen to your heart. Observe yourself. Become cognizant of your feelings, your emotions. Is this really you? Are you really your emotions? Are you really your feelings that you observe? Where do these feelings come from? Ask yourself: ‘Who am I? Where do my feelings come from? Where do my thoughts come from? Where does my life come from? Who is being alive? Who is growing up, becoming old and dying? Who is playing this game? Who is the I that is playing this game? Who is the I that is playing this game? Who am I?’

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All is well and everything is unfolding as it should

    The highest teaching in the world is silence. There is nothing higher than this. A devotee who sits with a sage purifies his mind just by being with the sage. The mind automatically becomes purified. No words exchanged, no words said. Silence is the ultimate reality. Everything exists in this world through silence. True silence really means going deep within yourself to that place where nothing is happening, where you transcend time and space. You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness. That’s where all the power is. That’s your real home. That’s where you really belong, in deep silence where there is no good and bad, no one trying to achieve anything. Just being, pure being.

Robert Adams: Silence of the Heart
(To Christine)

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