Saturday, December 22, 2012

Excerpt from "Dialogues With a Modern Mystic" - Andrew Harvey and Mark Matousek.

 Andrew Harvey, in "Dialogues With a Modern Mystic" Andrew Harvey and Mark Matousek.

Advaita is not monism. Advaita means "not-two." We and the
universe are not "one": then all distinctions would be destroyed.
We are "not-two," intricately interrelated with everything, both separate,
unique *and* united. The astonishment of this dance of
"not-two" grows slowly as the mind and heart open in  divine love
and wisdom. Imagine that there was a heap of gold and a skillful
smith. The smith made fir trees, geraniums, tables, human beings, lamps.
Every object had a different shape, a different
purpose and identity but was made of the same thing. Look at the
sea. All waves are rising and falling differently, in different rhythms,
with different volumes. Some catch the light some do not. You can see the
separations between the waves but what you also see quite clearly is that
all the waves are water. That is what the knowledge
of "not-two" is like. Things retain the separateness which the
senses give them, which we use to negotiate this reality, but the illumined
mind knows that all things are Brahman, waves of one infinite sea of light.
You know, in other words, that you and everything and the light that  is at
all times manifesting everything
are "not-two," and "you" come to exist normally on all levels of
the divine creation, and meet "yourself" in all states, events, conditions,
beings. This is sahaja, spontaneous negotiation of
and union with all dimensions at all moments. Nisargadatta
Maharaj explains most lucidly the marvelous transitions to this
state: "When the I am myself goes, the I am all comes. When the
I am all goes, the I am comes. When even I am goes, Reality
alone is and in it every I am is preserved and glorified."

It is wonderful that this the most ultimate and holy of all
possible experiences in this world, that of unity, of advaita, has
to be enjoyed by everyone in their own profound solitude, at that
diamond point of solitude at which everyone secretly joins and
meets God and each other and all things. This final experience
kept for this most sacred and secret moment and is too vast an
precious to be ever completely communicated. This is the
moment when the created one returns to the source of creation
the moment at which all laws, dogmas and techniques that helped
the mystic arrive at that diamond point vanish in the silence of
return to origin.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ascetism.- Oil Pastels by Eleftheria Emmanouil


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ramana Maharshi - "Absolute Consciousness"

Consciousness is always Self-Conscious.
If you are conscious of anything, 
you are essentially conscious of yourself

Tony Parsons - I Am Not/I Am...

 I am not. . . 

            . . . my life story, the mind, the body, feelings, experiences of pain or pleasure, struggle, success or failure. I am not loneliness, stillness, frustration or compassion. I am not even what I think is my purpose, the seeking, the finding, or anything which is called a spiritual experience. 

            When I do not know what I am I sanctify these experiences, take ownership of them and give them great significance. I believe they mean something which, once understood, will give me answers and provide formulas. But these experiences are only consciousness concealing and revealing itself in order to be recognised. When I discover what I am I discover that I am not existence, I am the presence, which allows existence to be. Existence either blossoms in that presence or reflects back my sense of separation. 

I am. . . 

            . . .the divine expression exactly as I am, right here, right now. You are the divine expression exactly as you are, right here, right now. It is the divine expression, exactly as it is, right here, right now. Nothing, absolutely nothing, needs to be added or taken away. Nothing is more valid or sacred than anything else. No conditions need to be fulfilled. The infinite is not somewhere else waiting for us to become worthy. 

            I do not have to experience ‘the dark night of the soul’, or surrender, be purified, or go through any kind of change or process. How can the illusory separate self practise something in order to reveal that it is illusory?  

            I don’t need to be serious, honest, dishonest, moral or immoral, aesthetic or gross. There are no reference points. The life story that has apparently happened is uniquely and exactly appropriate for each awakening. All is just as it should be, right now. Not because it is a potential for something better, but simply because all that is, is divine expression. 

            The invitation to discover that there is no-one who needs liberating is constant. There is no need to wait for moments of transformation, to look for the non-doer, permanent bliss, an ego-less state, or a still mind. 

            I don’t even have to wait for grace to descend. For I am, you are, it is already the abiding grace.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wei Wu Wei - To Hell with it All!

 To Hell with it All!

For goodness' sake let's give up all this objectivising nonsense! It has gone on altogether too long! Wasting our apparent lives objectivising from morning to night, and from night to morning - except for deep sleep when we go sane for a short respite.

Take the absurd idea people have about there being a moon in the sky! What is a 'moon', what is a 'sky', and where is either the one or the other to be 'inside' or 'outside' the other or the one? Did you ever hear such balderdash?

We know perfectly well, you who are reading this know perfectly well, where the so-called 'moon' comes from, where it belongs, and the so-called 'sky' along with it! They belong with all the other phenomenal objects we objectify day and night, dreaming 'asleep' or dreaming 'awake' - rhinos and roses, beetles and bodhisattvas, dandelions and dragons.

Aren't you heartily sick of them all? No? Very well, then, admire them, do what you like with them, but for Heaven's sake don't go on thinking that they 'exist' as such in some sort of way somewhere or other 'over there', 'up there', 'down there' or any other sort of 'where'!

You know quite well where they 'exist', how they 'exist', and that their only 'existence' is at home where they belong, which is where you perceive them.

That is living practice

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Amata Natasha Goldie - "In Pure Joy"

Let there be no despair, my love,
For the Source is with you always,
When you gaze upon the spectrum of dusk
As the Sun God vanishes from view,
Dream of me

When the stage of play surmounts to nothing,
And you open your eyes to see a new tomorrow,
Then the Divine has danced her dance,
And released you from your bondage,
Awaken with me

If your longing in the still of night,
Has met with the heart of your soul,
Then you have cracked open the chains of fear,
And discovered your seed of courage,
Fly with me

When your prayer reaches to the heavens,
And your teardrops fall to Gaia,
Your love, unconditional blossoms,
And your breath of reverence dances as new light
Then divinity shall bow her head

In pure joy, in pure joy

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Meditation

Meditation is space where Thought can not Enter.
Meditation opens the door to the Incalculable, to the Measureless.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Swami Rama Tirtha - ‘I AM THAT’


I have no scruple of change, nor fear of death,
Nor was I ever born,
Nor had I parents.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I cause no misery, nor am I miserable;
I have no enemy, nor am I enemy.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I am without form, without limit,
Beyond space, beyond time,
I am in everything, everything is in me.
I am the bliss of the universe,
Everywhere am I.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I am without body or change of the body,
I am neither senses, nor object of the senses,
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I am neither sin, nor virtue,
Nor temple, nor worship
Nor pilgrimage, nor books.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That.

Ana Ram Callan - Who am I?

Who am I?

Dip your heart
in the Golden Question
and the ocean of knowing
will yield its nectar.

What has always been you
will disrobe, will unveil
itself so you may marry
your beauty, your singular
truth, so you may become
that one Love that has waited
lifetimes, that has never,
ever abandoned you.

Fall into me, lay down the past,
let your mind be freed of its shackles
so you may shine as that light
- O Illumined One -
your very birthright
for eternity.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji) - Only Self is.

Self is what you are.
You are That Fathomlessness
in which experience and concepts appear.
Self is the Moment that has no
coming or going.

It is the Heart, Atman, Emptiness.
It shines to Itself, by Itself, in Itself.

Self is what gives breath to Life.
You need not search for It, It is Here.
You are That through which
you would search.

You are what you are looking for!
And That is All it is.

Only Self is.