Friday, April 18, 2014

Miriam Louisa - Hold them to your Heart

they will tell you
to never bow down
before anyone

they will tell you
not to give away
your “own” power

they will pour scorn
on your invocations
and your prayers

they will dismiss
your open-hearted ache
for all things wild and abused

they will laugh
at your love affair
with silence

hold them to your heart -
they know not what they do

they do not know
the open secret
too obvious for the intellect,
too close to be grasped

they do not know
the bliss of humility
that bathes the body
and silences the mind
when one has melted into All
and all flows into One

expressing as It wills
(and knowing it, or not)

Wu Hsin - Writings

Prior to all form,
prior to all names,
there is something
which is no thing
that perceives all names and forms.
You are That.

The desire for salvation is the elixer of fools.
The only 'saving' one needs is to be saved
from one's imagination.

Seeking ends
when the fish understand the folly
of searching for the ocean.

In open vibrancy, the sight of
a flower is as marvelous as
a vision of a god.

Whatever one perceives is
not one's own.
It is merely an appearance in the
field of knowing that one is.

Before the body,
before the mind,
are you not there?

When one becomes water,
one's thirst is quenched.

Seeing through the haze of the personal,
one's actions are no longer reactions.

Clarity does not provide answers;
it dissolves questions.

Lacking labels,
lacking definitions,
one is boundless.

To reduce oneself
to the span of a lifetime
and the volume of a body
is the summit of ignorance.

Don't take life personally.
The sun has no care for what passes through
the sky.

A thought arises and it is perveived.
What makes it 'my thought'?
The bird sings and it is perceived.
Does one make it 'my song'?

Identity is an acquired idea.
One is what one was
prior to the acquisition.

Beyond the mind,
all distinctions cease.

Lucidity is the full knowing
of what one appears to be and what one truly is.

With the onset of imagination
space is filled with objects and
time is filled with events.
The absence of imagination
empties space and time so that
true peace may be perceived.

Having rejected acceptance
and having rejected rejection,
a clarity manifests which allows
the world to be as it is.
There are some who would
call this peace.

What is false need not be remedied.
It merely needs to be seen as false.

What one is, is this
Pristine awareness.
All that appears on it, in it,
is merely passing through.
Why give it importance?

Hearing with the
ears is
inferior to
listening with
the heart.

True loving
must be pure,
empty of all attributes.
It contains no I
and no other.

The entire world is merely a play
performed on your stage
while you are seated in
the front row.

Roy Melvyn - Veiling

To discern what you are, you must remove those things that constitute your property since you cannot be your possessions. These include, your body, your mind, your intellect, your feelings and opinions, all material property and all roles that you have assumed.
What then remains?
You are and you know that you are. Knowing Presence.
With birth, three states begin to cycle and function. They are the non-experiential state of deep sleep, the experiential state of waking and dream and Knowingness Itself. The first two appear on the third.
Lucid clarity is not something that you have to bring about. It is what already is but has been overlooked.
Attention, peace, and silence seem to have been lost when one becomes otherwise engaged. Merely check and see if it is really so.
All there is is this Conscious Life Energy and the functioning of Its manifestation. Any movement away from that is veering off course. I cannot stress this enough. If this is the sole takeaway from our time together, it is sufficient.
Everything else: every "me" and every other than "me", every second and third person pronoun, is an exercise by the human brain to bring a sense of order, via the creation of narratives, to all the data that is coming in.
These narratives and your active involvement with them is the veiling that must be lifted.
All that having been said, I'll now turn to your questions:

Q: This idea of enlightenment is frightening to me. Being nothing feels like falling into an abyss.
R: I understand. Rather than being nothing, frame enlightenment as being everything. Then, you are the abyss also. What is there now to fear?

Q: Is there destiny?
R: There is purpose; everything has its purpose. You may call it destiny, but it distorts the actuality.

Q: I have been mediating for more than a decade trying to create a peaceful state of mind. But all the disturbances continue. Is meditation overrated?
R: Trying to create a peaceful state of mind in fact disturbs the inherent peace that is already within you. There is a silence that is present before, during and after all noise. Its discernment is the goal of meditation.

Q: Are life and being the same?
R: There may be no life in dead material, but there is Being in it. In that way, Being is prior to life and not conditional on it.

Q: Can everything be boiled down to experience?
R: No. Enlightenment, birth and death are the three events that cannot be considered to be experiences because there is no one there when they occur.

Q: Why is there evil in the world?
R: I could answer that there is no evil other than a label which you assign. But I recognize that there isn't much solace in that.
So let's say that there is evil so that goodness can be recognized and sought after. Without knowing sour, how could you know sweetness? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mooji - Sink into the heart

We cannot think ourselves awake.
Leave everything outside and come in.
Sink into the heart and allow yourself to be undone
Leave everything outside and come in!
Then you will discover for yourself that
before mind and world and personality,
you are the emptiness that has never moved.
This is your ground. The ground of Being.
 Your very Self is that.
So leave everything outside and come in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lalleshwari - the Void

Holy books will disappear, and then only the mystic formula will remain.
When the mystic formula departed, 

naught but mind was left.
When the mind disappeared naught was left anywhere,
And a voice became merged within the Void.

(Translated by G. Grierson)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj - Self Knowledge & Self Realization

A good percentage of seekers who find this site, do so for more information about Nisargadatta. Maharaj had an extraordinary intellect and personal power. Most of us only know him from his transcribed and translated talks which dwell on his intellect. The little book he wrote found on this site reveals another man. What more is there?

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Hua Hu Ching - The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu

Words can never convey the beauty of a tree; to understand it, you must see it with your own eyes. Language cannot capture the melody of a song; to understand it, you must hear it with your own ears. So it is with the Tao: the only way to understand it is to directly experience it.
The subtle truth of the universe is unsayable and unthinkable. Therefore the highest teachings are wordless. My own words are not the medicine, but a prescription; not the destination, but a map to help you reach it. When you get there, quiet your mind and close your mouth.
Don’t analyze the Tao. Strive instead to live it: silently, undividedly, with your whole harmonious being.

Hua Hu Ching, 30

Hua Hu Ching PDF

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Takuan Soho - Do not let your mind take form

The very mind that wants to control things is the mind that's caught up to begin with. When you're caught up, you have fewer possibilities. Your mind can manifest in more ways if you keep it from taking form. 

Do you understand what it means to not let your mind take form? When you allow the mind to harden itself into a shape, a feeling, an intensity, technique, or strategies rather than allowing that clear, mirror like perception to arise, that is allowing the mind to take form.

If you let your mind take form, it becomes localized. When you feel that happen, return to a formless state. The more that you can do that, the more you'll be your own person. The less you can do that, the more circumstances will dictate to you who you are at every moment.