Friday, August 23, 2019

Rod Hemsell - The cycles of Time

Motion creates resistance,
as all experience knows, and its overcoming
may require great stillness;

All qualities are the expression
of an Infinite Truth, subjected
by existence to the cycles of difference;

Humanity is still on its way to its goal,
as the Masters of Wisdom all say,
but its calculating mind has intervened;

Its gardens of peace are only a sign:
beyond their walls there is heartless destruction
and peace and joy are lost in the night,

The struggle for mastery, beseiged
and fragmented by the cycles of delusion,
must return renewed on the tides of creation,

And the few who have seen
recover the light, rise above the mind,
reunite the poles of truth and illusion:

Knowing the Source of all forces and forms,
recover the vision of oneness now lost
and embrace all beings with love and compassion.

Then the battle of knowledge and ignorance,
of goodness and evil, war and peace will be won;
the power of oneness shall end division's reign.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nisargadatta Maharaj - Peace in the world?

Q: Are you not at all concerned about the state of the world? Look at the horrors in East Pakistan [1971, now Bangladesh]. Do they not touch you at all?

M: I am reading newspapers; I know what is going on! But my reaction is not like yours. You are looking for a cure, while I am concerned with prevention. As long as there are causes, there must also be results. As long as people are bent on dividing and separating, as long as they are selfish and aggressive, such things will happen. If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must have peace and harmony in your hearts and minds. Such change cannot be imposed; it must come from within. Those who abhor war must get war out of their system. Without peaceful people how can you have peace in the world? As long as people are as they are, the world must be as it is. I am doing my part in trying to help people to know themselves as the only cause of their own misery. In that sense I am a useful man. But what I am in myself, what is my normal state cannot be expressed in terms of social consciousness and usefulness.

I may talk about it, use metaphors or parables, but I am acutely aware that it is just not so. Not that it cannot be experienced. It is experiencing itself! But it cannot be described in the terms of a mind that must separate and oppose in order to know.

The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed. The reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor, always present, rarely perceived. When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper. So is my mind — the impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left.