Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Leo Hartong ~ Do You Get It?


Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery in nature. And it is because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we try to solve.* It is often said that enlightenment is beyond the intellect's grasp. This chapter will investigate that claim, which raises much suspicion in the mind. Nebulous references, such as All is One; This is it; and Beyond space and time do not hack it. The intellect insists on facts and is sure that if someone would just explain enlightenment properly, it would definitely get it. The following story illustrates that hearing the right answer is not always as helpful as we might expect. In his book, 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' Douglas Adams tells us of an earthling, Arthur Dent, who escapes our planet just moments before it is demolished to make room for an intergalactic highway. The Hitchhikers Guide becomes his indispensable travel companion and the guide's motto "don't panic" sees him through many adventures. While traveling between the stars, Arthur Dent hears the story of a super computer named "Deep Thought," built by an alien race to answer the ultimate question of "Life, The Universe, and Everything." After seven-and-a-half million years of calculating, Deep Thought comes back with the result. Dignitaries, priests, and scientists gather to learn the answer. And the answer is (drum roll, please)………42! Well, 42 might be the correct answer, but without a firsthand understanding as to how Deep Thought arrived at it, this answer is useless. The same is true for the answer to the question "What is enlightenment?" Those who "know" insist that it is beyond the intellectual mind and, at the same time, that it is simplicity itself. One may tell you that there is no enlightenment and no one to become enlightened, while another will say that enlightenment is already fully present. Although they seem to contradict each other, they are both pointing back to the same indefinable center from which the pointing is done. They might tell you that if this is not clear, no answer will satisfy you, and any answer you might be given will only be understood as an invitation to ask the next question. The intellect, however, is convinced that to each question there is a comprehensible and "right" answer. It says: "Just be clear with me and don't tell me that this understanding is beyond me. Did I not build the pyramids, bring forth the theory of relativity, put a man on the moon, and map the human genome?" Yes indeed, the intellect apparently did all these things and much, much more; but please note the use of the word apparently here. It's important because, when there is clarity as to what enlightenment is or what it is not, one's perspective on the activating energy in all thinking and doing shifts from the personal to the impersonal. * Max Planck (Karl Ernst Ludwig) (1858-1947) Theoretical physicist.

awakening to the dream


Saturday, June 19, 2021

I Speaking—Noumenally - Wei Wu Wei`


1" I AM TOTAL absence of sentience, so that sentience may be.
I am the absence of whatever may appear to be, and whatever may appear,
 I am its absence,and what it is.
I am absence of presence, so that presence may be.
2. That is why I am everything, and how I am every-thing, because without my absence
nothing whatever could appear.
I am unmanifest, so that manifestation may be manifested. Manifestation is entirely my nonmanifestation.
3. Functioning is my non-functioning, just as prajnā is dhyāna, and my non-functioning is
functioning, just as dhyāna is prajnā.
What-I-am-not is what everything is, and everything is what-I-am-not. Therefore we are not
4. This is how I am not, and why everything appears. It is also why I cannot find myself,
or know myself, for I am my absence; it is my own absence That I Am.
5. Looking for me, looking for looking, is finding my absence.
The sought is the seeker, what is seen is the see-er, because the sought is the absence of
the presence of the seeker, and the seen is the presence of the absence of the see-er.
6. This is all that can be said or known, for what is objective is the presence of the
absence of subject, presence the presence of the absence of objectivity, and positive is the
presence of the absence of negativity—for such is That I Am.
This is why I am everything and yet am no thing, why everything neither is nor is not, and why
all that we are is I"



Monday, June 14, 2021

Echo of the Absolute ~ Spiritual junkie


How many retreats do we need to attend, and
How many healing ceremonies does it take, and
How many awakenings do we have to go through,
To understand their message?

So long as trust in the universe is lacking,
we keep dialing God’s number like fools.
And as the medicine becomes our diet,
We won’t dare to hang up the phone.

But has our head ever disappeared,
As we lost sight of it?
Do we need to keep repeating our names,
To know what we are called?

A spiritual junkie lives from rush to rush,
And neglects many everyday concerns.
Not knowing that that way,
He hurries right past most gems of life.

He wants the high’s without the low’s,
But nothing exists independent of its opposite.
By continuously seeking spiritual bliss,
He walks the path of the eternal sucker.

The Truth is never hidden from anybody.
The sacred time and space is right here now.
Seek no further, get on with life.
In the love, in the light, in the glory and in the darkness.






Friday, June 11, 2021

Chuck Surface ~ The Heart's desire



 It's so easy to forget,
With all this talk of “spirituality”,
All the many paths,
All the many teachers…

All this talk of the Ground of Being,
Of Consciousness,
Of Brahman,
Of Emptiness,
Of Shiva and Shakti,
Of ParamAtman…

Of God.

All this talk of,
Liberation and Bondage,
Knowledge and Ignorance,
Awakening and Enlightenment…

Of the best path, the greatest guru,
And the heartbreaking notion,
That doing this, and not doing that,
Will win the Heart of God.

Of purification,
And perfecting,
And attaining merit,
And karma…

So easy to forget, in all of this...
To lose our way…
In words, thoughts, and concepts,
And the many descriptions of "truth",

And to forget…

That our Heart's Desire,
Since the beginning of beginningless Time,
Has ever and always been…

To become Causless, Conditionless Love,
And for that Love to Shine, always,
In the locus of our Heart.

Blessing all we encounter along the way,
For no "reason" whatsoever,
It simply being the nature of Love to do so.

Love unearned, unmerited, unqualified,
Arising from, and as, the simple fact,
Of our Existence.




Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hafiz ~ O wine-bearer



 O wine-bearer brighten my cup with the wine
O minstrel say good fortune is now mine.
The face of my Beloved is reflected in my cup
Little you know why with wine, I always myself align.
Eternal is the one whose heart has awakened to Love
This is how Eternal Records my life define.
So proud are the tall beauties of the world
Outshines all the others this handsome spruce of mine.
O breeze if by chance you pass through friendly gardens
From me to my Beloved, please give a sign;
Ask why you choose to forget my name?
Will come the one to whom an audience you decline.
Intoxication pleases my Beloved and my Lord
To the wine, they would assign, my life's design.  
What if on Judgment Day, no favor would be gained
From eating bread and leaving a forbidden water so fine?
Hafiz, let a tear drop or two leave your eyes,
May we ensnare the Bird of Union, divine.
The sea of the skies and the gondola of the moon
With the grace of the Master, radiantly shine.




Monday, June 7, 2021

Rumi ♡ I am And I am not



 A lover asked his beloved,
Do you love yourself more
than you love me?
The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.   
I’ve disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.
I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.
I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.
If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.
I’m drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come
I’m tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist
Not having played
the game of chess
I’m already the checkmate
Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I’m already drunk
Not having entered
the battlefield
I’m already wounded and slain
I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality
Like the shadow
I am And I am not