Saturday, October 27, 2018

Ilie Cioara - This priceless virtue



"Virtue is that quality of our being which ensues spontaneously when a climate of harmony and psychological equilibrium envelops our whole being. Only when the “ego” is silent, as it has humbly understood its inability to encounter Reality, in the empty space, a new state of consciousness appears, boundless, uncontaminated by the residues of time. In this state of pure energy, virtue is revealed as sacredness, defining itself as absolute morality.

Therefore, this wonderful quality has nothing in common with the thinking activity. Our whole past, recorded in the memory and preserved as a treasure of knowledge, of the known, of past experiences does not intervene in any way in this discovery.

On the contrary, when everything is silent and still, then and only then, the Sacred from the depth of our being is able to reveal Its divine reality. And It reveals Itself fully, through this quality of unconventional ethics. In fact, it encompasses a bouquet of qualities of the Sacred, such as: Love, beauty, kindness, honesty, humbleness etc. which are incomparable to the relative qualities within the limited dimension.

The virtue we refer to reveals itself by itself only when we have understood our limitedness and we have experienced the “psychological void”. In this state, our being is absorbed by Infinity, overwhelming us with Its priceless gifts; among them, this priceless virtue."



 

Bob Fergeson - Listening with Attention



Leave thought and feeling, for just a moment, and just listen with your eyes. Look around. How amazing we are, to be aware. And thus the world becomes amazing once again too.

This simple awareness is love unfettered, pure bliss, and needs no product of thought or feeling to give it it’s meaning. We can tell if what we are, in the moment, is pure awareness, or a product of thought/feeling, by looking for the gap of time. Anything produced by the brain, of chemical or reactive make-up, is revealed for what it is by the ever so slight gap between our original perception and the near-immediate reaction, and consequent mind-projection. This projection is usually all of the process we are aware of, and what is usually called reality. All thoughts and feelings are separated from awareness by this slight gap, and thus being in time, are not our true eternal nature.

Thinking and feeling is an after-the-fact reaction in the mind realm that has the unfortunate side effect of either being good or bad. Plain awareness is blessedly free of such nonsense. Like an alert idiot, our awareness gratefully doesn’t know any better, doesn’t have a clue if we’ve been bad or good, if we are worthy or worthless, or anything else for that matter. It just is, and as such, so are we.
 

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John O'Donohue - Silence is the sister of the divine



 Silence is the sister of the divine. Meister Eckhart said that there is nothing in the world that resembles God so much as silence. Silence is a great friend of the soul; it unveils the riches of solitude. It is very difficult to reach that quality of inner silence. You must make a space for it so that it may begin to work for you. In a certain sense, you do not need the whole armoury and vocabulary of therapies, psychologies, or spiritual programmes. If you have a trust in and an expectation of your own solitude, everything that you need to know will be revealed to you. These are some wonderful lines from the French poet, Rene Char: 'Intensity is silent, its image is not. I love everything that dazzles me and then accentuates the darkness within me.' Here is an image of silence as the force that discloses hidden depth.
     One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people. In modern life there is an immense rush to express. Sometimes the quality of what is expressed is superficial and immensely repetitive. A greater tolerance of silence is desirable, that fecund silence which is the source of our most resonant language. The depth and substance of a friendship mirrors itself in the quality and shelter of the silence between two people.
     As you begin to befriend your inner silence, one of the first things you will notice is the superficial chatter on the surface level of your mind. Once you recognize this, the silence deepens. A distinction begins to emerge between the images that you have of your self and your own deeper nature. Sometimes much of the conflict in our spirituality has nothing to do with our deeper nature but rather with the false surface constructs we build. We then get caught in working out a grammar and geometry of how these surface images and positions relate to each other; meanwhile our deeper nature remains unattended.



 

Fa Xing - Who am I?



I am I, I am me,
I am he, I am she,
I am this, I am that,
I am who, I am what?.

What is there here, that’s me?
Can you point it out and see?
If you say look here, that’s me!
I’m afraid I can’t agree.

We are born, we live, we die,
Trying to figure out the why,
When we sit with focus strong,
We will see that all along, what we really are is wrong!

Am I he, or is it she?
Can you tell the I from me?
When we really look we’ll see,
That I am you and you are me.

May all beings be happy !



 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Rumi - Love is the dancing cry of the soul



Love is the dancing cry of the soul, calling the body to worship
Like a shining whirlpool, or a spinning mayfly
So is love among the skies.
I leap across the mountaintops, madly singing the song of all songs
I float through the ether, intoxicated, thrilled
I think only of your love, your calling to me
And I dance the thousand dances of love, all returning to you.

It is not the play of children, nor the detached unity of wise sages
Unreal! Unnecessary!
Where is the beauty?

When I, like a glowing comet, may flash around your sun
Laughing, singing, with the joy of loving you!

Wine makes drunk the mind and body
But it is love which thrills the soul
When I approach you, I feel the mad pounding of love
The singing wonder
The joy which opens blossoms on the trees of the world.

Come to me, and I shall dance with you
In the temples, on the beaches, through the crowded streets
Be you man or woman, plant or animal, slave or free
I shall show you the brilliant crystal fires, shining within
I shall show you the beauty deep within your soul
I shall show the path beyond Heaven.

Only dance, and your illusions will blow in the wind
Dance, and make joyous the love around you
Dance, and your veils which hide the Light
Shall swirl in a heap at your feet.


 

Mary Mrozowski - The Welcoming Prayer



Gently become aware of your body and
your interior state.
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.
I let go of my desire for security.
I let go of my desire for approval.
I let go of my desire for control.
I let go of my desire to change any
situation, condition, person, or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God
and the healing action and grace within.

––– Mary Mrozowski 1925-1993

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I am where I need to be.
Everything around me
includes and hides the sacred.




 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wei Wu Wei - Karma and Rebirth - A Dialogue



Morning!
Hello! Want something?

Yes. Tonic.
Well?

All said and done, what are 'karma' and rebirth?
Little to be said and nothing to be done about it.

Very well, let's have the little.
'Karma' means 'action' and the result of it. Find me someone to act and we'll discuss his action, find me someone to be born and we'll discuss his rebirth.

So they are both hooey?
Better when spelled with a 'w' in front.

Never been a 'who?' and never will be?
Only in a conceptual space-time context.

As an appearance in mind?
Any kind of dream, dreamed by a dreamer.

Good, but in that case?
Ask someone who thinks he knows about all that.

Who does?
Any dreamed phenomenon who is being dreamed and doesn't know it. Usually have letters after their names.

All their apparent actions?
The volitional ones.

There are two kinds?
Yes and No: spontaneous, and accompanied by a will-impulse.

The volitional element creates 'karma'?
How could it not?

And that leads to rebirth?
The 're' is tautological. Appearance occurs every split-second.

Ksana in Sanscrit?
Any language you like.

I refer to Sanscrit because those boys knew about all that.
Scholars like to think so, at least.

Why do they do that?
Justify their 'karma', like the rest of us.

But, without the volitional element, what is it?
What Sages appear to do. Ask them.

Can't we do it too?
We 'can' not , but it may occur.

Nevertheless we do it?
It is not a 'deed'.

Why?
Because no one 'does' it.

Then what is it?
A do-ing.

Which is?
Functioning. You like Sanscrit: 'prajna' is that.

And 'prajna'?
'Dhyana', the principal of functioning, looking for itself.

And 'dhyana'?
Whatever says it. 'Prajna', functioning, is the saying.

And the two of them?
There aren't two.

Well the one then?
There isn't one.

Then what is it?
Whatever you are, you ass!

But that?
Not that! You tell me, for a change.

This, then?
Better, but still - no.

Nothing whatever?
No,no.

Then what?
The absence of that: 'nothing' is a negative 'something'; and you would still appear to be as an objective entity.

I must be total absence?
Since you are total presence. 


 

Mystic Meandering - The Hush of "The Mystery"




The Hushhhh of "The Mystery"
silently moves through time and form...
Life living ItSelf...

Can you feel it? -
this hush of Silence that moves through you,
even when you are not trying to...

It often comes in sudden,
unexpected
breezes of awareness,
wafting through your being -
in and out of your noticing,
but never really gone ~

It waits for you - to stop - and listen -
to sense Its Presence...

It invites you - to enter
the cosmic seduction of
Its Love,
to follow Its Silence,
more deeply,
into the cavern
of Its Heart
that awaits you
in the depths
of Its repose.

Succumb
to what awaits you
in
The Silence of "The Mystery" ~

Love's Illumination

_/\_

Mystic Meandering
2013

~

I use the term "The Mystery" here,
but one can call it" The Infinite, the Unknown,
the Ineffable, Consciousness, Pure Awareness,
The Unamable, The Beloved, and of course,
God...

~

"The Mystery" is Life ItSelf, ever unfolding,
ever revealing ItSelf. We are always in a state of
discovering "The Mystery" and what IT reveals to us -
ongoingly.  What IT offers each of us is unique,
yet universal; speaking directly to our Hearts...

When I speak of "The Mystery"
it is always from my own *experiences* of it,
for I am acutely aware that I *know* nothing
*about* "The Mystery", only how "The Mystery"
reveals ItSelf to me...

Namaste

~

Photo - A glass sphere in glass floral pebbles
back lit from underneath