Monday, July 26, 2021

Robert Rabbin ~ meditation

Meditation doesn’t promise anything.
It isn’t a strategy.
It simply is.

When we exist within meditation,
there is no room for strategies of
becoming, achieving, attaining, owning.

Within meditation,
silence is the only strategy,
because everything is

too sudden for planning,
too rich to want,
too hushed for noise.


Friday, July 23, 2021

There's no maya to me

 Some say, "The phenomenal world is real";
Others say, "The world is unreal."
Such arguments as these have no meaning to me;
My nature is Freedom; there's no maya to me.

I have no faults, nor am I faultless.
I have no beginning, nor am I beginningless.
I'm not undivided, nor am I divided.
My nature is Freedom; there's no maya to me.

In me, ignorance and knowledge never arise;
I never allow myself to experience those states.
How, then, could I speak of not knowing or knowing?
My nature is Freedom; there's no maya to me.

I'm not bound to righteousness; I'm not bound to sin.
I'm neither bound to bondage, nor to liberation;
Neither of these affects me at all.
My nature is Freedom; there's no maya to me.

~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut (4.3-6)






Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Jiddu Krishnamurti ~ Death


Death May Be Reality;
It May Be What We Call God

When death comes, it does not ask your permission; it comes and takes you; it destroys you on the spot. In the same way, can you totally drop hate, envy, pride of possession, attachment to beliefs, to opinions, to ideas, to a particular way of thinking? Can you drop all that in an instant? There is no “how to drop it”, because that is only another form of continuity. To drop opinion, belief, attachment, greed, or envy is to die—to die every day, every moment.
If there is the coming to an end of all ambition from moment to moment, then you will know the extraordinary state of being nothing, of coming to the abyss of an eternal movement, as it were, and dropping over the edge—which is death.
I want to know all about death, because death may be reality; it may be what we call God—that most extraordinary something that lives and moves and yet has no beginning and no end.

J. Krishnamurti
The Collected Works vol XI, p 242 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mirabai Starr ~ Interspiritual connection


“For decades I was conditioned to believe that to engage a mature spiritual life I needed to “pick one tradition and go deep,” which implied that my attraction to the teachings and practices at the heart of all religions was superficial and indolent. Also, that the path of non-dualism—with its affirmation of undifferentiated consciousness—was superior to my devotional disposition. Also, that my experience of longing for God was an illusion—some kind of unconscious blend of unresolved childhood abandonment and magical thinking. In other words, the energy that fueled my journey was predicated on a perfect storm of delusional inclinations.
It was only when the fire of loss swept into my life and burned the scaffolding to the ground that all conceptual constructs came tumbling down and these insidious messages revealed themselves as 1) unkind, and 2) untrue. From the ashes of grief a transfigured, more authentic self began to rise, and she felt no obligation to choose sides. She was a Jew and a Sufi, a believer and an agnostic. She practiced Vipassana and Centering Prayer, observed Shabbat and received communion. She rested in blessed moments of unitive consciousness and sang the praises of Lord Krishna.
I am not alone. A tribe of people is coalescing around the world to celebrate a reorientation from religious separation to interspiritual connection. While many of us have been pilgrims on this path for decades—sometimes feeling alone in the wilderness, sometimes gathering with other seekers who are similarly drawn to worshipping the sacred in every single holy house we encounter—now, at last, our numbers seem to be reaching a tipping point and what was a fringe phenomenon is becoming a global movement.
The interspiritual path is characterized as much by what it is not as what it is. It is not a new religion; in fact many of its most enthusiastic adherents consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” It has no creed or dogma, no tenets or prohibitions. No special attire sets it apart and no single symbol represents its core philosophy. Its membership is as diverse as the full spectrum of humanity. It is not about belief, but action. And the only action required is love.
The mystics of every tradition—and those whose hearts thrum with yearning for God but do not have any religious affiliation—embody this Way of Love. The language the mystics speak is the Language of Love. Drenched in love-longing, the mystic dissolves into the ocean of the One. Mystical poetry transcends theological distinctions and neutralizes ideological ultimatums. These love poems to God do not describe Ultimate Reality: they evoke it. The poems of the mystics slip past the thought-guardians and batter down the gates of the heart. In crying out to the Holy One, the ecstatic poets offer us a direct connection with the object of their souls’ deepest desire, and ours. Mystical poetry generates a sacred field, and invites us to step in.”


    continue reading  HERE



Friday, July 9, 2021

Maya Luna ~ Things don’t happen for a reason



Things don’t happen for a reason
Sweet child
Life doesn’t need a reason
For happening
It simply blooms forth
With breathtaking chaos
Rains down on you
With senseless beauty
And immeasurable heartache
You can make up stories
If you like
About why things happen
The way that they happened
You can close one eye and squint
To make up patterns
You can tell stories of
Or perfection
Or blessings
Or you can simply stand naked in
The rain
You can realize nothing
Will ever really make sense
Not if you’re really honest
Not if you’re truly listening
Nothing happens for a reason
Yes, this is the truth
This is it
There is nothing else
But your own heart
Into reality
Your own heart
Drinking down
The eruption of stars
That is this radical emergence
Of soul in body
Of breath meeting Sky
There is nothing else to look for
Maybe it didn’t work out for the best
Maybe it isn’t an unfortunate mess
Maybe no great spirit is helping
Anything go your way
Just maybe
Life unfolds
With no holy plan
It is sacred
Just as it is
It’s power and innocence
Requires no justification
It’s perfection requires no meaning
Maybe nothing
Means anything
Other than what the Rose
When it blooms
It means



Thursday, July 8, 2021

Susanne Marie ~ The Cosmic Body


 Once freedom is known in a being, then what once was seen as personal is no longer seen in that way. Personal pain no longer exists, it is just pain, feelings are simply meant to be felt, and thinking just happens, it is not happening to a someone. Once the container called you is emptied out sufficiently, then the whole of creation can be felt into. No longer a separate organism, but an organism that is interconnected to every single being everywhere.
What freedom reveals is a vast cosmic body where all pain everywhere is felt and where joy and peace is likewise known as One Self. When people imagine that realization leads to the end of suffering or unhappiness, they are right in one sense, but wrong in another. When the personal self falls away, what is then known is the One Self. And within this one self, the suffering and unrest of humanity is experienced within the cosmic body as long as separation is being played out.
What lies in the midst congruently is peace, stillness, and the truth that there is no center to consciousness. You don't get away from anything, you gain the whole of creation which contains all polarities and realities simultaneously. Emptiness is form and form is emptiness. Herein lies the truth of things. 


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Sattva Lynn (Ursa Karp) ~ Humility


 Humility is at the heart
of all healing.

Humility is the understanding
that nothing at all
is as it appears to be,
beginning with our self.

And how we see our self
determines how we see
everyone and everything.

Humility breeds reverence -
and reverence allows you
to treat your self and all
according to what it truly Is.

Humility, reverence and surrender
are necessary to rediscover
our real nature -

and it is in that discovery
that we find everything
we are truly looking for. 





Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Jiddu Krishnamurti ~ Conditioning


Your mind is conditioned right through; there is no part of you which is unconditioned. That is a fact, whether you like it or not. You may say there is a part of you - the watcher, the super-soul, the Atman - which is not conditioned; but because you think about it, it is within the field of thought, therefore it is conditioned. You can invent lots of theories about it, but the fact is that your mind is conditioned right through, the conscious as well as the unconscious, and any effort it makes to free itself is also conditioned.
So what is the mind to do? Or rather, what is the state of the mind when it knows that it is conditioned and realizes that any effort it makes to uncondition itself is still conditioned? Now, when you say, “I know I am conditioned,” do you really know it, or is that merely a verbal statement? Do you know it with the same potency with which you see a cobra? When you see a snake and know it to be a cobra, there is immediate, unpremeditated action; and when you say, “I know I am conditioned,” has it the same vital significance as your perception of the cobra? Or is it merely a superficial acknowledgment of the fact, and not the realization of the fact?
When I realize the fact that I am conditioned, there is immediate action. I don’t have to make an effort to uncondition myself. The very fact that I am conditioned, and the realization of that fact, brings an immediate clarification. The difficulty lies in not realizing it in the sense of understanding all its implications, seeing that all thought, however subtle, however cunning, however sophisticated or philosophical, is conditioned.
To free the mind from all conditioning, you must see the totality of it without thought. This is not a conundrum; experiment with it and you will see. Do you ever see anything without thought? Have you ever listened, looked, without bringing in this whole process of reaction? You will say that it is impossible to see without thought; you will say no mind can be unconditioned. When you say that, you have already blocked yourself by thought, for the fact is you do not know. So can I look, can the mind be aware of its conditioning? I think it can. Please experiment. Can you be aware that you are a Hindu, a Socialist, a Communist, this or that, just be aware without saying that it is right or wrong? Because it is such a difficult task just to see, we say it is impossible. I say it is only when you are aware of this totality of your being without any reaction that the conditioning goes, totally. deeply - which is really the freedom from the self. (the notion of self) 



Sunday, July 4, 2021

Jac O' Keeffe ~ The Personal to the Impersonal


The “all about me” story can become a painful one. If you have become fed up with talking about “my life, my beliefs my opinions, my belongings, my money, my life style...” then perhaps the futility of these unending and repetitive stories is beginning to show itself.


Take a look and see if you can recognize that many of these stories about “me” are simply an attempt to defend who you THINK you are. Without these believed stories you might find you are not who you think you are. The personal I can never be satisfied because it is fundamentally inauthentic. Its very nature is filled with desire. There is no personal I that is constant and unchanging. The personal I knows no stillness and moves between pleasure and pain in response to the senses. The personal I is an insatiable idea constantly protecting itself and seeking acceptance and love.


This unending cycle has no resolution. It can only be recognized as a futile play and abandoned. Let the “all about me” story fade out. At this point you will find there is something that is watching the play of the one who wants everything to be about itself. The one who sees the hungry personal I does not require the world to rotate around itself. The impersonal I has a knowing that all that happens does not have a direct impact on who you are. Simply put, the impersonal I does not take things personally.


If your reference point has moved from the personal to the impersonal I, then emotional reactions will have lessened greatly. The search for love and attention will have taken a back seat and judgement of others largely subsided. Without a doubt, the impersonal I is a reference point from which you can operate with significantly less suffering. A sense of being less self-absorbed arises.
Increasingly, you will notice that when the personal I appears, some drama ensues, because the personal I is perpetually seeking attention.
Many have found that the withdrawing of attention from the personal to the impersonal I is a useful spiritual practice. For some, mind is calmer and for most an inner contentment begins to develop. This is a natural consequence of the removal of attention from who you think you are.

So why bother training your mind to operate from the perspective of the impersonal? Undoubtedly there is less suffering when events are understood to be not about you. However, there is an inconsistency in this practice. It is impossible to be established in the position of the impersonal while the belief that you are a separate individual is still active. It will feel like there is an internal switch which reactivates the personal I. While it seems obvious to seek to avoid suffering and therefore relocate your perspective to the impersonal, something inherently continues to be not at rest. Both the personal and the impersonal points of reference are tricks of the mind as it attempts to make life an experience with less suffering.

Mind imagines that something is to be gained by the perspective of the impersonal, but what it has to offer is limited and becomes not good enough. It is mind that plays with spiritual practice and you are not your mind. Neither are you a product of your thoughts. Both the personal and the impersonal are conceptual states of mind that run their course experientially, and you can erroneously think that you are making progress towards freedom.
So what to do? What you are, is prior and beyond the games of mind. But while you think you are an individual, let it be known that this is idea of separation is no more than a thought believed into a subjective reality. What you are knows nothing of personal and impersonal, of spiritual practice, of awakening. You are not who you think you are and mind cannot conceive of what you truly are. Mind was not designed to know your true identity.
Mind is a tool kit to allow manifestation to appear as real. It imagines as it goes. It believes or doesn’t believe, as it goes. Who you are is not concerned. In fact, who you are has no capacity to imagine anything at all. Who you are knows nothing of who you think you are. The lies that are offered by mind are no more than a smokescreen, an apparent movement that has the capacity within itself to like and dislike what it has created. Do not be bothered with any of this as there is nothing to be fixed or changed here. However, the appearance of manifestation will appear to continue as it plays a game of control. It is mind that tries to control mind, tries to minimize suffering, tries to annihilate itself and imagines that without itself it will be happy. See this game of life for what it is. What you are is beyond all of it. 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Jean Klein ~ Silent awareness

  It is only through silent awareness that our physical and mental nature can change. This change is completely spontaneous. If we make an effort to change we do no more than shift our attention from one level, from one thing, to another. We remain in a vicious circle. This only transfers energy from one point to another. It still leaves us oscillating between suffering and pleasure, each leading inevitably back to the other. Only living stillness, stillness without someone trying to be still, is capable of undoing the conditioning our biologoical, emotional and psychological nature has undergone. There is no controller, no selector, no personality making choices. In choiceless living the situation is given the freedom to unfold. You do not grasp one aspect over another for there is nobody to grasp. When you understand something and live it without being stuck to the formulation, what you have understood dissolves in your openness. In this silence change takes place of its own accord, the problem is resolved and duality ends. You are left in your glory where no one has understood and nothing has been understood.




Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Leo Hartong ~ Do You Get It?


Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery in nature. And it is because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we try to solve.* It is often said that enlightenment is beyond the intellect's grasp. This chapter will investigate that claim, which raises much suspicion in the mind. Nebulous references, such as All is One; This is it; and Beyond space and time do not hack it. The intellect insists on facts and is sure that if someone would just explain enlightenment properly, it would definitely get it. The following story illustrates that hearing the right answer is not always as helpful as we might expect. In his book, 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' Douglas Adams tells us of an earthling, Arthur Dent, who escapes our planet just moments before it is demolished to make room for an intergalactic highway. The Hitchhikers Guide becomes his indispensable travel companion and the guide's motto "don't panic" sees him through many adventures. While traveling between the stars, Arthur Dent hears the story of a super computer named "Deep Thought," built by an alien race to answer the ultimate question of "Life, The Universe, and Everything." After seven-and-a-half million years of calculating, Deep Thought comes back with the result. Dignitaries, priests, and scientists gather to learn the answer. And the answer is (drum roll, please)………42! Well, 42 might be the correct answer, but without a firsthand understanding as to how Deep Thought arrived at it, this answer is useless. The same is true for the answer to the question "What is enlightenment?" Those who "know" insist that it is beyond the intellectual mind and, at the same time, that it is simplicity itself. One may tell you that there is no enlightenment and no one to become enlightened, while another will say that enlightenment is already fully present. Although they seem to contradict each other, they are both pointing back to the same indefinable center from which the pointing is done. They might tell you that if this is not clear, no answer will satisfy you, and any answer you might be given will only be understood as an invitation to ask the next question. The intellect, however, is convinced that to each question there is a comprehensible and "right" answer. It says: "Just be clear with me and don't tell me that this understanding is beyond me. Did I not build the pyramids, bring forth the theory of relativity, put a man on the moon, and map the human genome?" Yes indeed, the intellect apparently did all these things and much, much more; but please note the use of the word apparently here. It's important because, when there is clarity as to what enlightenment is or what it is not, one's perspective on the activating energy in all thinking and doing shifts from the personal to the impersonal. * Max Planck (Karl Ernst Ludwig) (1858-1947) Theoretical physicist.

awakening to the dream


Saturday, June 19, 2021

I Speaking—Noumenally - Wei Wu Wei`


1" I AM TOTAL absence of sentience, so that sentience may be.
I am the absence of whatever may appear to be, and whatever may appear,
 I am its absence,and what it is.
I am absence of presence, so that presence may be.
2. That is why I am everything, and how I am every-thing, because without my absence
nothing whatever could appear.
I am unmanifest, so that manifestation may be manifested. Manifestation is entirely my nonmanifestation.
3. Functioning is my non-functioning, just as prajnā is dhyāna, and my non-functioning is
functioning, just as dhyāna is prajnā.
What-I-am-not is what everything is, and everything is what-I-am-not. Therefore we are not
4. This is how I am not, and why everything appears. It is also why I cannot find myself,
or know myself, for I am my absence; it is my own absence That I Am.
5. Looking for me, looking for looking, is finding my absence.
The sought is the seeker, what is seen is the see-er, because the sought is the absence of
the presence of the seeker, and the seen is the presence of the absence of the see-er.
6. This is all that can be said or known, for what is objective is the presence of the
absence of subject, presence the presence of the absence of objectivity, and positive is the
presence of the absence of negativity—for such is That I Am.
This is why I am everything and yet am no thing, why everything neither is nor is not, and why
all that we are is I"



Monday, June 14, 2021

Echo of the Absolute ~ Spiritual junkie


How many retreats do we need to attend, and
How many healing ceremonies does it take, and
How many awakenings do we have to go through,
To understand their message?

So long as trust in the universe is lacking,
we keep dialing God’s number like fools.
And as the medicine becomes our diet,
We won’t dare to hang up the phone.

But has our head ever disappeared,
As we lost sight of it?
Do we need to keep repeating our names,
To know what we are called?

A spiritual junkie lives from rush to rush,
And neglects many everyday concerns.
Not knowing that that way,
He hurries right past most gems of life.

He wants the high’s without the low’s,
But nothing exists independent of its opposite.
By continuously seeking spiritual bliss,
He walks the path of the eternal sucker.

The Truth is never hidden from anybody.
The sacred time and space is right here now.
Seek no further, get on with life.
In the love, in the light, in the glory and in the darkness. 



Friday, June 11, 2021

Chuck Surface ~ The Heart's desire



 It's so easy to forget,
With all this talk of “spirituality”,
All the many paths,
All the many teachers…

All this talk of the Ground of Being,
Of Consciousness,
Of Brahman,
Of Emptiness,
Of Shiva and Shakti,
Of ParamAtman…

Of God.

All this talk of,
Liberation and Bondage,
Knowledge and Ignorance,
Awakening and Enlightenment…

Of the best path, the greatest guru,
And the heartbreaking notion,
That doing this, and not doing that,
Will win the Heart of God.

Of purification,
And perfecting,
And attaining merit,
And karma…

So easy to forget, in all of this...
To lose our way…
In words, thoughts, and concepts,
And the many descriptions of "truth",

And to forget…

That our Heart's Desire,
Since the beginning of beginningless Time,
Has ever and always been…

To become Causless, Conditionless Love,
And for that Love to Shine, always,
In the locus of our Heart.

Blessing all we encounter along the way,
For no "reason" whatsoever,
It simply being the nature of Love to do so.

Love unearned, unmerited, unqualified,
Arising from, and as, the simple fact,
Of our Existence.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hafiz ~ O wine-bearer



 O wine-bearer brighten my cup with the wine
O minstrel say good fortune is now mine.
The face of my Beloved is reflected in my cup
Little you know why with wine, I always myself align.
Eternal is the one whose heart has awakened to Love
This is how Eternal Records my life define.
So proud are the tall beauties of the world
Outshines all the others this handsome spruce of mine.
O breeze if by chance you pass through friendly gardens
From me to my Beloved, please give a sign;
Ask why you choose to forget my name?
Will come the one to whom an audience you decline.
Intoxication pleases my Beloved and my Lord
To the wine, they would assign, my life's design.  
What if on Judgment Day, no favor would be gained
From eating bread and leaving a forbidden water so fine?
Hafiz, let a tear drop or two leave your eyes,
May we ensnare the Bird of Union, divine.
The sea of the skies and the gondola of the moon
With the grace of the Master, radiantly shine.




Monday, June 7, 2021

Rumi ♡ I am And I am not



 A lover asked his beloved,
Do you love yourself more
than you love me?
The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.   
I’ve disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.
I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.
I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.
If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.
I’m drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come
I’m tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist
Not having played
the game of chess
I’m already the checkmate
Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I’m already drunk
Not having entered
the battlefield
I’m already wounded and slain
I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality
Like the shadow
I am And I am not




Sunday, June 6, 2021

Meher Baba ~ Separateness of individuals does not exist


art Tokujin Yoshioka


 "When the rays of the sun are made to pass through a prism,
they get dispersed and become separate owing to refraction.
If each of these rays had consciousness,
it would consider itself as being separate from the other rays,
forgetting entirely that at source and on the other side of the prism
it had no separate existence.
In the same way, the One Being descends into the domain of maya
and assumes a multiplicity which does not in fact exist.
The separateness of individuals does not exist in reality
but only in imagination."



Saturday, June 5, 2021

Hafiz ~ I known not what this drunkenness is


 I known not what this drunkenness is that to us he brought
and who is the Saqi and from where is this wine that he brought?
What tune is this musician playing so skillfully
that in the midst of his song, my friend’s words, he’s brought
You too, grab some wine and take the desert road
For the songbird, sweet-sounding music, has brought
With goodness and joy, let the rose and daffodil arrive
The violet came happily, and purity the jasmine brought
The east wind is Solomon’s hoopoe in bringing us good news
For glad tidings from Sheba’s rose garden it has brought
O heart don’t complain of your state, knotted-up like a bud
for the knot-untying morning breeze, the dawn wind has brought
The cure for our heart’s weakness is the Saqi’s smile
Come—for the healer has arrived, and the remedy he’s brought
I am the disciple of the Magian Pir, don’t worry about me, O Shaykh
For you’ve made the promises, but he’s brought them to pass16
I am amazed at that Turkish warrior
who attacked a poor dervish like me!
Heaven will be Hafez’s servant and work obediently
Now that seeking refuge, to your door, he’s brought


 چه مستیست ندانم که رو به ما آورد که بود ساقی و این باده از کجا آورد تو نیز باده به چنگ آر و راه صحرا گیر که مرغ نغمه سرا ساز خوش نوا آورد دلا چو غنچه شکایت ز کار بسته مکن که باد صبح نسیم گره گشا آورد رسیدن گل و نسرین به خیر و خوبی باد بنفشه شاد و کش آمد سمن صفا آورد صبا به خوش خبری هدهد سلیمان است که مژده طرب از گلشن سبا آورد علاج ضعف دل ما کرشمه ساقیست برآر سر که طبیب آمد و دوا آورد مرید پیر مغانم ز من مرنج ای شیخ چرا که وعده تو کردی و او به جا آورد به تنگ چشمی آن ترک لشکری نازم که حمله بر من درویش یک قبا آورد فلک غلامی حافظ کنون به طوع کند که التجا به در دولت شما آورد

Nancy Neithercut ~ Complete as it is




Jed McKenna ~ Enlightenment

 art parablev



An Interview with Jed McKenna

Q: Enlightenment is usually touted as the greatest of all achievements, as self-perfection, as the highest aim of humanity, the ultimate goal of every search, but you make it seem almost pointless at times.
JM: Well, I wouldn’t want to give the impression that it’s almost pointless. It’s perfectly pointless.
 JM: Awakening to your true nature is like dying; it’s a certainty, inevitable. You’re going to get there no matter what you do, so why rush? Enjoy your life, it’s free. Cosmic Consciousness and Altered States and Universal Mind are the names of rides in this vast and fascinating dualistic amusement park. So are Poverty and Disease and Despair. Enlightenment, though, is not another ride. Enlightenment means leaving the park altogether, but why leave the park? In the park you can be a saint or a yogi or a billionaire or a world leader or a warlord. Be good, be evil. Happiness, misery, bliss, agony, victory, defeat, it’s all here. What’s the big rush? When the time comes to leave the park, you’ll know and you’ll go, but there’s certainly nothing to be gained by it.  
Q: So you encourage seekers to abandon the search.
JM: I’m not trying to encourage or discourage, I’m just trying to express something that is difficult to express and about which virtually virtually everyone with an interest is egregiously misinformed.  
Q: As you say in the book:  “In most cases, the enlightenment being bought and sold is not enlightenment at all, but a state of consciousness so crazy-ass wonderful that you’d have to be an idiot not to want it. So insidiously wonderful, in fact, that its radiance has blinded untold millions of seekers to the fact that it doesn’t exist.”  
Q: Does this seem to capture it?
JM: Essentially. The enlightenment that seems desirable isn’t enlightenment, and that aspect of us which is able to desire enlightenment is unable to achieve it won’t survive its onset. Day destroys night.
 Q: So seeking is doomed to failure?  That’s a matter of context. I look at spiritual seekers and they seem, on the whole, pretty content. Maybe that’s because what they’re really seeking is contentment. Seeking enlightenment is an inherent paradox, but who’s really seeking enlightenment? In the introduction to her book Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment, Mariana Caplan states:  The reality of the present condition of contemporary spirituality in the West is one of grave distortion, confusion, fraud, and a fundamental lack of education.
JM:Infinity is beautiful; it destroys everything it touches. It annihilates all concepts, all beliefs, all sense of self. No teacher, teaching, book or practice could ever be as effective as simply allowing the thought of infinity to slowly devour you.
All paradox lies with the un-awakened state. The awakened don’t have something that the un-awakened are missing, it’s the other way around. The un-awakened possess massive structures of false belief. They create and maintain these vast realms of past, present and future; of great meaning and importance; of a deep and wide emotional range; all woven together out of sheer nothingness. Something from nothing; that’s the magic, that’s the special state. The un-awakened state is the one that requires such ceaseless dedication and devotion and which seems so fantastically improbable. The awakened state is nothing compared to that.
  Q: That doesn’t sound so good.
JM: I never said it was.
 Q: Are you saying it’s not?  
JM: No. The lifeforce I’m not using to project a false self is now available for much more fun and interesting purposes. It’s a whole different universe once all that petty self crap has been left behind.
This state is a physical condition of your being. It is not some kind of psychological mutation. It is not a state of mind into which you can fall one day, and out of it the next day. You can't imagine the extent to which, as you are now, thought pervades and interferes with the functioning of every cell in your body. Coming into your natural state will blast every cell, every gland, every nerve. It is a chemical change. An alchemy of some sort takes place. But this state has nothing to do with the experiences of chemical drugs. Those are experiences; this is not. 



thanks to Eve Reece

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Rumi ♡ Final flight


A voice out of this world
calls on our souls
not to wait any more
get ready to move
to the original home

your real home
your real birth place
is up here with the heavens
let your soul take a flight
like a happy phoenix

you've been tied up
your feet in the mud
your body roped to a log
break loose your ties
get ready for the final flight

make your last journey
from this strange world
soar for the heights
where there is no more
separation of you and your home

God has created
your wings not to be dormant
as long as you are alive
you must try more and more
to use your wings to show you're alive

these wings of yours
are filled with quests and hopes
if they are not used
they will wither away
they will soon decay

you may not like
what i'm going to tell you
you are stuck
now you must seek
nothing but the source



Monday, May 31, 2021

Kahlil Gibran ~ On talking

Kamila Gibran, mother of the artist by himself


You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.





Sunday, May 30, 2021

Eric Baret ~ The emotion of being


"Joy has something expansive that allows to a certain extent to free oneself from a story. When you meet your new lover and you are very happy with him, there are a few moments where you are without history, where you are without lover, where you are without yourself there is only contentment. Then, of course, you attribute that to history.

Joy has this capacity to momentarily break history. That’s why in some traditions, such as Northern Indian Tantra, the focus has sometimes been on the sensory experience of joy, because it can to some extent explode the image. At that time, we ask in the experience to realize that there is no object, that there is no experience of joy, that there is only joy. It’s a very complex, very sophisticated, and very misunderstood technique. It’s a razor-wire technique that’s very dangerous.

In the experience of joy, one turns one’s head and one frees oneself in the instant of the experience, one keeps the expansion without its apparent origin.

On the physiological level, joy is more favorable than sadness. It brings more health than sadness, regardless of the origin. We should not, intellectually, want to free ourselves from joy as we free ourselves from sadness. When you have the joy of a very good champagne, you have to give yourself to that.

A sadness too. Momentarily, we can suggest a sensory approach to sadness, but sooner or later, when there is sadness, we really have to take advantage of it. When there is suffering, you really have to go with it. But it already requires some form of integration.

At first, when a person is depressed, he must learn to live with depression, but later, we will no longer say that: we will say to totally make one with depression. There is no difference with joy.

All emotion refers to the central emotion; there is only one emotion, it is the emotion of being. Joy, sadness, fear are extensions.

That’s why, in the theatre, you see two people cutting their throats, cutting their heads off, and so on. And you come out of there and you think it’s a very beautiful play. One is not bound to the anecdote; beauty is beyond the event. In all operas, it is always dramatic, but it is deeply happy.

That is why in the statuary of the East, we see only death, because death is profoundly happy. Indian music is essentially the râga of separation, jealousy, fear. That of separation is the most important.

All Indian painting is based on separation, because it points to the essence of things. We find the tantric approach, where emotion is the essence of things.

So, if we give ourselves deeply to any emotion, we find the essence of what is behind the emotion. But there has to be a certain orientation, otherwise it is not possible.

Eric Baret
(The Coronation of the Green Dragon)
Le Sacre du Dragon Vert
Almora Editions



Saturday, May 29, 2021

Dadaji Gavand ~ An Appeal With Love


Oh seekers,

Walk in the spirit of total humility.
let your own two feet lead you on
Remain aware and attentive within,
Without any dream of destination.

Then who knows
When and from where
A high tide will arrive
A surge from the mysterious unknown

To give you a ride on its celestial wave
And take you beyond  through the mysterious gate,
Across the frontiers of time and space
Where the drop will dissolve in the wave.

Then, mysteriously, the wave will merge
With  the ocean of Supreme Self.
You are that Supreme, you are that Changeless
You are the Eternal ancient One.

let that Eternal Divine in you be yours
May that experience of the Timeless be yours.




Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Rumi ♡ All are welcome here.



 Since the seminary of love
was endowed by eternity,
the difference between lover and Beloved
has become the most difficult subject.
There are other ways besides causality
and deductive reasoning to solve the problem.
But they're inaccessible to jurists, doctors,
and someone who fancies himself a cosmologist.
They all had strong opinions
and kept talking about their differences,
but it led only to a dead end.
Then, they turned toward the mosque,
but here everything became even more confused.
Thoughts are limited,
but the one who gathers them is endless.
Let what is limited disappear into the unlimited.
The fly of the soul has fallen into
this buttermilk forever.
Muslim, Christian, Jew, and Zoroastrian:
All are welcome here.
You keep talking
but your words are like
the fluttering wings of this fly.
Yet once the fly sinks to the bottom
its wings won't flutter anymore.
There is a better way for you to use your wings.
High above the dome of the sky
there is a new and invisible way for you to play.

From The Forbidden Rumi:
The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication
Translation by Ergin Nevit O., Johnson Will



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Mystic Meandering ~ Simply Living...


 I've been revisiting the view that life is a story being lived
by Life ItSelf; That "I" am being lived; that we are the living
story of Life.

Life lives the story of "me" that I've identified with all these
years, and believed, for a while at least, that "I" needed to be
"enlightened" - and have once again returned to the sense
that "I" am simply living.  Just Being.

In this there is an internal "letting go" - or "giving up" - or
some would say "surrender"...  And as a wise friend explained:
"In that, an ancient tension and stress is released.  And in the
deepest instance of 'giving up', even the somatic aspect of our
being feels a tremendous relief, and a Serene Emptiness where
a contraction had formerly been felt; as much in our physical
body as in our subtle energetic nature.  Struggle ceases, no longer
driven by the engine of dissatisfaction with 'what is', with 'how
we are.'  No longer driven by the engine of self-judgment and
self-qualification, by the desire to be better or worthy, or
finally 'understanding', or the desire for


There is only the immediacy of the current experience -
just living that experience, whatever that experience is,
whether it is one of joy, or sorrow and grief, however it
unfolds, without the sense of a "self" striving for something
"better", or to do anything to improve it, or to create
strategies to become "enlightened;"  the struggle of the "self."

Everything is allowed...

"Enlightenment" is just untangling what you believe to be
true - your belief constructs.  Just live life intuitively,
with no strategies for "awakening."  Don't get trapped in
the mind, or try to figure out how to play the game.

"We", the "Beingness" that we are, just experiences
whatever is occurring without a framework of time,
or reference point, or concept...

It's just Life being - life!

It is Existence experiencing ItSelf as "me", or "you" -
as an occurrence within ItSelf...

Simply Living...

We, as waves of the Ocean of Existence, are continually
occurring - unfolding fluidly, seamlessly, reverberating
through the concept of time, and is what the wrinkle of
time happens in - the Timeless Ocean of Existence.

And so the realization seems to be that we simply
recognize Life living ItSelf as us...

...Simply Living

As we are...

Our Natural selves...

Now if I could only remember this...  :)


Mystic Meandering



Monday, May 24, 2021

Jiddu Krishnamurti ~ Simple life


  Simple life does not consist in the mere possession of a few things
 but in the freedom from possession and non-possession,
in the indifference to things that comes with deep understanding.
 Merely to renounce things in order to reach greater happiness,
greater joy that is promised, is to seek reward which limits thought
 and prevents it from flowering and discovering reality.

To control thought-feeling for a greater reward, for a greater result,
 is to make it petty, ignorant and sorrowful. Simplicity of life
 comes with inner richness, with inward freedom from craving,
 with freedom from acquisitiveness, from addiction, from distraction.
 From this simple life there comes that necessary one-pointedness
 which is not the outcome of self-enclosing concentration
but of extensional awareness and meditative understanding.

Simple life is not the result of outward circumstances;
 contentment with little comes with the riches of inward understanding.
If you depend on circumstances to make you satisfied with life
 then you will create misery and chaos, for then you are a plaything
 of environment, and it is only when circumstances are transcended
through understanding that there is order and clarity.

To be constantly aware of the process of acquisitiveness,
 of addiction, of distraction, brings freedom from them
and so there is a true and simple life.


 Thanks to The beauty we love


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Hafiz ~ In a handful of God



 Poetry reveals that there is no empty space.

When your truth forsakes it shyness,
When your fears surrender to your strengths,
You will begin to experience
That all existence
Is a teeming sea of infinite life,
In a handful of ocean water

You could not count all the finely tuned
Musicians who are acting stoned
For very intelligent and sane reasons
And of course are becoming extremely sweet
And wild.

In a handful of the sky and earth,
In a handful of God,
We cannot count
All the ecstatic lovers who are dancing there
Behind the mysterious veil.

True art reveals there is no void
Or darkness.

There is no loneliness to the clear-eyed mystic
In this luminous, brimming
Playful world. 



Hermann Hesse ~ The indivisible


"We must become so alone,
so utterly alone,
that we withdraw into our innermost self.
It is a way of bitter suffering.
But then our solitude is overcome...
We are no longer alone,
for we find that our innermost self is the spirit,
that it is God, the indivisible.
And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world,
yet undisturbed by its multiplicity,
for in our innermost soul we know ourselves
to be one with all being."