Thursday, May 28, 2020

Adyashanti - Everything Comes Back to Nothing

"Inexplicably it comes. When you least expect it. For a reason you can never know. One moment you are striving, figuring, imagining, and then, in the blink of an eye, it all disappears. The struggle disappears. The striving disappears. The person disappears. The world disappears. Everything disappears, and the person is like a pinpoint of light, just receding until it disappears. And there’s nobody there to witness it. The person is gone. Only, only awareness remains. Nothing else. No one to be aware. Nothing to be aware of. Only that remains itself. Then it’s understood, finally and simply.

Then everything—all the struggle, all the striving, all the thinking, all the figuring, all the surrendering, all the letting go, all the grabbing hold of, all the praying, all the begging, all the cursing, too—was just a distraction. And only then is it seen that the person was, is, and ever will be no more than a thought. With a single thought, the person seems to reemerge. With more thoughts, the world seems to reemerge right out of nothing. But now you know.

The incarnation is nothing more than a thought. A thousand incarnations are but a thousand thoughts. And this amazing miracle of a mirage we call the world reappears as it was before, but now you know. That’s why you usually have a good laugh, because you realize that all your struggles were made up. You conjured them up out of nothing—with a thought that was linked to another thought, that was then believed, that linked to another thought that was then believed. But never could it have been true, not for a second could it have actually existed. Not ever could you have actually suffered for a reason that was true—only through an imagination, good, bad, indifferent. The intricacies of spiritual philosophy and theologies are just a thought within Emptiness.

And so at times we talk, and I pretend to take your struggles seriously, just as I pretended to take my own seriously. You may pretend to take your own struggles seriously from time to time, and although we pretend, we really shouldn’t forget that we are pretending, that we are making up the content of our experience; we are making up the little dramas of our lives. We are making up whether we need to hold on or surrender or figure it out or pray to God or be purified or have karma cleansed—it’s all a thought. We just collude in this ridiculous charade of an illusion pretending that it’s real, only to reveal that it’s not. There is no karma. There is nothing really to purify. There’s no problem. There is only what you create and believe to be so. And if you like it that way, have at it!

But we cannot continue this absolute farce indefinitely. We cannot continue to pretend this game we play, indefinitely. It’s impossible. Everything comes back to nothing.

And then it’s a bit harder to hold a straight face consistently for the rest of your life."


Transcribed from a talk in Pacific Grove, CA, June 9, 2006.

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Rupert Spira - Can We Go to Our True Nature Through Effort?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Rumi ♡ Cup and ocean

These forms we seem to be are cups floating in an ocean
of living consciousness.

 They fill and sink without leaving an arc of bubbles or any good-bye spray.
What we are is that ocean, too near to see, though we swim in it and drink it in.

Don't be a cup with a dry rim,
or someone who rides all night and never knows the horse beneath his thighs,
the surging that carries him along.

             cup and ocean         
       Mathnawi 1, 1109-16
        Coleman Barks version

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Nisargadatta Maharaj - Apperceiving

 " The only 'awakening' is appercieving of that-which-is.
Indeed there is no question of a 'who' in this apperceiving
because the apperceiving itself is one's true nature;
and the pre-requisite of such apperceiving is the disappearence of the phenomenon.
 What is apperceived is manifestation as a whole, not by a 'who' keeping himself as a separate observer.
The apperceiving is the total functioning of the Absolute - apperceiving is what you are.
The universe appearing in consciousness is a mirror which reflects every sentient being, consciousness is the very source of the apparent universe.
Consciousness is not different from its manifested content.
And such apperceiving has nothing whatever to do with a 'who',
with a phenomenon, an appearence in consciousness
which is only an infinitesimal part of the total fonctioning.
The profound intuitive understanding of this fact is the only 'awakening' or 'enlightenment',
the only illusory 'liberation' from an illusory 'bondage', the awakening from the living-dream."

"The seeker is none other than the consciousness seeking its source."

"When conceptualization ceases, identity,
which is the basis of conceptualization, cannot remain,
and in the absence of identity there is no boundage.
The illusory identity is the illusory boundage."