Saturday, December 14, 2013

Joseph Campbell - Everything links to everything else

"Schopenhauer, in his splendid essay called "On an Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual," points out that when you reach an advanced age and look back over your lifetime, it can seem to have had a consistent order and plan, as though composed by some novelist. Events that when they occurred had seemed accidental and of little moment turn out to have been indispensable factors in the composition of a consistent plot. So who composed that plot? Schopenhauer suggests that just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which your consciousness is unaware, so, too, your whole life is composed by the will within you. And just as people whom you will have met apparently by mere chance became leading agents in the structuring of your life, so, too, will you have served unknowingly as an agent, giving meaning to the lives of others. The whole thing gears together like one big symphony, with everything unconsciously structuring everything else. And Schopenhauer concludes that it is as though our lives were the features of the one great dream of a single dreamer in which all the dream characters dream, too; so that everything links to everything else, moved by the one will to life which is the universal will in nature."

- Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ilie Cioara - Enlightenment

Ilie Cioara's description of his enlightenment.

I was 55 years old. One morning, waking up from my sleep, I noticed that, psychologically, I was functioning differently from the night before. The mind had lost its usual turmoil. In a state of serenity I had never felt before, I was functioning in perfect communion with my whole somatic structure.
My surprise was so great that it prevented me from understanding the mysterious phenomenon as I didn’t manage to put it into words. I had read, of course, lots of descriptions of Enlightenment, Liberation, but there is a great difference between mere intellectual knowledge and directly experiencing the phenomenon.
Only after a couple of hours I realized what had happened to me, without pursuing this “something” as an ideal to accomplish. I was, to use a simile, in the situation of a man blind from birth, who had just gained his sight after undergoing surgery. Everything around me was as new. I had an overall perspective on things. A silent mind allows the senses to perceive things as they are.
The mind in its totality had become, through silence, an immense mirror in which the outside world was reflected. And the world I was perceiving directly through my senses revealed its own reality to me. My fellow beings, close friends or complete strangers, were being regarded indiscriminately, with a feeling of love I had never felt before.
If any reaction of the mind surfaced, it disappeared immediately in contact with the sparkle of impersonal Attention. A state of quiet and all-encompassing joy characterized me in all circumstances, whether pleasant or painful. My behaviour was that of a simple witness, perfectly aware of what was happening around me, without affecting my all-encompassing state of peace.
The State of Sublime is, of course, difficult to describe, but not impossible to experience by someone who authentically practices awareness. In order to communicate it, a simple and direct language is used, which is not filtered through reason, because the “ego” with its subjective perception is no longer there. To put it this way: the psychological emptiness is the one who lives in the present moment, expresses this encounter into words and still remains present and available to the next moment.
As a result of this direct encounter with the moment, always new and renewing itself, I felt the need, fueled by intuitive impulses, to express “Self-knowing” using verse. It was a natural thing to do. In few words I could encompass and communicate the essence of the experience.
In the first year I wrote 300 poems. Later on, their number reached 1000, of which 600 are accompanied by prose explanations, such as the ones in this book.
I would also like to describe a few effects which, as a result of becoming aware of the reactions of my own thinking process, have completely disappeared, without any other intervention from my mind.
After experiencing this phenomenon, I felt as a broken vessel, from which the following started to disappear: my interest in astral journeying, my religious beliefs, my egoism, desires, fear, envy, pride etc. My awareness remained open all the time, offering me the possibility to pass from the finite dimension into Infinity.
When encountering this extraordinary phenomenon, with the help of a global perspective, I understood the whole human tragedy, caused by the misinterpretation of life in its constant mobility and newness from one moment to the next.
Life cannot be encountered and understood objectively unless we are in a state of complete freedom and serenity of the mind. Life is always new, from one moment to another, and it demands, even forces us to encounter it with a new mind, with a new brain and with new brain cells, which have not been used previously. It is a well known fact, scientists claim that man, during the whole span of his life uses no more than 10-15% of his brain cells and memory potential. As you can see, our psychological possibilities are unlimited.
After these explanations, it will be easier to understand the process of our own conditioning, as well as the phenomenon of breaking the shell of the “ego”.
As I had shown previously, life demands that we encounter it directly, without any memory baggage.
How do we lose the memory baggage? Easy, very easy. Here is how:
We encounter the movement of the mind with the flame of total Attention - requested by the aliveness of life in its continuous flow. Without the light and serenity provided by Attention, nothing can be understood in a real way.
In the light of Attention, any reaction of the mind (thought, image, fear, desire), which functions chaotically, obsessively and dominates us, is instantly dissolved. In the psychological void that follows, a new mind appears which expands into Infinity, as a state of Pure Consciousness, pure understanding as well as transformative action.
This simple state of “being” is in itself an action, where the entity who performs the action doesn’t exist anymore. The old man, conditioned by his behavioural patterns, loses its authority as the chaotic, uncontrollable reactions dissolve - they are the energies which sustain and fuel the “ego”. Only in this way, by a simple encounter with the reactions of the mind and its subsequent demise, the barrier of the “ego” is broken. Through a momentary opening, our real being is revealed - which alone can transform and heal us.
The total Attention without any purpose is the Sacred itself in action. There is, in fact, another type of attention directed by will, which behaves subjectively by limiting itself to one object. By its own nature, this type of attention defines itself as lack of attention.
In the peace of the soul, in the passiveness of the mind, in the psychological emptiness or stillness - who exists nevertheless? When the usual mind is silent, can you notice that, as silence takes over, a new mind appears, which expands into Infinity and defines itself as Pure Consciousness?
Thus we discover that we are a simple ”being”, “here and now”, boundless - one with Infinity. In this simplicity, there are no expectations or purpose, because the “ego” has completely disappeared. This is the Absolute Truth, existent within us and everywhere around us, revealing itself to us when we open the gate, through the humble silence of the mind.
Such realizations, on moments of existence, operate radical transformations which will eventually shatter the fortress of the “ego”, whose prisoner you are as long as the mind dominates you and as long as you give psychological importance to the mind.
When this fiction disappears, melting into the Sublime, we experience creative Intelligence, Love, Beauty and Happiness, which direct our behaviour through intuitive impulses.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj - Give it a chance.

You need not get at it, for you are it. 
It will get at you, if you give it a chance. 
Let go your attachment to the unreal and the real will swiftly and smoothly step into its own. 
Stop imagining yourself being or doing this or that and the realization that you are the source and heart of all will dawn upon you. 
With this will come great love which is not choice or predilection, nor attachment, but a power which makes all things love-worthy and lovable.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Symeon the New Theologian - The fire rises in me

 The fire rises in me,
     and lights up my heart.
Like the sun!
Like the golden disk!
Opening, expanding, radiant --
     -- a flame!

I say again:
     I don't know
     what to say!

I'd fall silent
-- If only I could --
but this marvel
     makes my heart leap,
it leaves me open mouthed
     like a fool,

urging me
     to summon words
     from my silence.

more poetry  

Wu Hsin - No name.

The Source and Substance of everything
Has no name.
When Wu Hsin names it:
The Eternal or
The Infinite or
What-Is or
That or
The Mystery or
The Absolute,
He merely points to It.
Make a list of
All your pains,
Your sorrows,
Your hurts and disappointments.
This, too, is
Part of It.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Virginia Parsell - Awake

 Art: Debra A Hitchcock


I came, I went, yet I am always here.
I lived, will die, yet I am always here.
I hurt, I sicken, yet I am always here.

What does this tell me, being always here?
My meaning, my aging, my private pain
Have no real value when I am always here.

My special history is just a dream,
A kaleidoscope of changing pictures;
I only have this moment to awake.

My fancy images of what has been
Evaporate like shining mirages
When I come upon the actual scene.

The instant taking in of what is here
Wipes out my past and bars the future days.
I'm snapped in place without a trace of me.

A total nought, filled with the busy world,
The portion that comes slipping in right now.
No more, no less, a lightsome show of shows

Put on, of course, for no one here at all,
An absent viewer of the moving view,
Eternally grateful, heartened with joy.

Virginia Parsell

more poems from Virginia Parsell  Here

Monday, December 9, 2013

Colin Drake - Awareness

 Awareness is forever here,
In which mind and sensations appear.
Its presence is fundamental,
Absolute not incremental.

Choiceless, requiring no effort,
The seer of all that’s thought.
All that our senses detect,
On this conscious ‘screen’ are decked.

Completely still without a sound,
Of every experience the ‘ground’.
Perfectly peaceful under no duress,
Ever silent and utterly motionless.

Omnipresent, of consciousness the ocean.
Manifestation is This in motion.
All ‘things’ are forms of energy,
Arising from Its tranquility.

Omniscient, for in It every thing exists,
Of which not one is ever ‘missed’.
Conscious and still, ever aware
Of movements which It can compare …

Omnipotent, back into which all things subside,
Stillness is the terminus of every ‘ride’.
No thing can possibly affect It,
For they all appear, exist and exit.

Pure, for It manifestation cannot stain.
Pristine, for degradation It cannot feign.
Radiant, for by Its wondrous light,
The world appears to our mind’s sight.

Colin Drake on Nonduality Street radio:

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wei Wu Wei - Dialogue - The Pure Land


Q-Is IT possible to be rid of the concept of “other” without at the same time being rid of the concept of  “I”, or to be rid of the concept of “I”' without at the same time being rid of the concept of ”other”?
W.W.W.-☼ It is not possible.
With which should one begin?
☼ With neither. An identified subject cannot rid itself of either concept.
That is news, bad news! I thought that was what is required of us?
☼ As well be required to scoop up the moon by baling its reflection out of a puddle!
What then?
☼ Until an identified subject knows what he is, he cannot be expected to realize what he is not.
Cannot I say also that until he knows what he is not, he cannot realize what he is?
☼ You can. You should. You must.
There seems to be no way out!
☼ That is why we are not all Buddhas. If it seemed to be possible should we not have done it long ago?
But there must be a way out!
☼ There is no 'way', and nothing 'out'. It is here and now.
Then what is it?
☼ What it is—is quite obvious.
Not to me.
☼ If you can't find it by looking—don't look, if you can't find it by thinking—don't think! It is where there is no looking, and no thinking.
Because it cannot either be seen or thought?
☼ Not at all.
Why, then?
☼ Not because it cannot be seen or thought, but because there is no 'one' to look or to think!
Then what does one do?
'☼ One' does not do. 'One' does not even cease to do.
And so?
☼ It is better for you to tell me. Is what your identified subject is—anything he can know?
Surely not.
☼ Is what he is—anything he can not-know?
What he is—is not likely to be an object of knowledge.
☼ Can he see, know, or find what he is or what he is not?
I do not think so.
☼ Why is that?
Probably because what he is looking for, trying to know, seeking to find, is what is looking, trying, seeking?
☼ Exactly. That is the answer.
But is it an answer?
☼ It is the only answer. Finding no 'thing', he finds that he is what he is, which is also what he is not.
So that what he is not is what he is?
☼ In so far as words can suggest it.
But does that answer my question?
☼ You asked me how to be rid of the interdependent concepts of 'other' and “I”. They have been mutually abolished.
So that. . . ?
☼ No 'other', no “I”.
And what I am is also what I am not, and what I am not is also what I am! No room for self, no room for other-than-self! Is that not a definition of Nirvana or of the Pure Land?
☼ It is also a definition of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Is there a historical precedent for such an approach?
☼ There are many. For instance when Hui K'o had 'his' supposed mind tranquillized by Bodhidharma, by being unable to find it—that was not the result of his having no mind to find, but because there was no 'he' to have anything. The mind was not missing: it was he that could not be found.
It was mind that was looking for mind and not finding itself as an object?
☼ And not-finding was finding!

 An excerpt from the remarkable book: "Open Secret" by Wei Wu Wei

PDF Here