Friday, July 8, 2022

Alan Watts & Jiddu Krishnamurti ~ The vast extent of our Being


video by Aaron Paradox


 "On the first day, while I was more conscious of the things around me, I had the most extraordinary experience. There was a man mending the road; that man was myself; the pickaxe he held was myself; the very stone which he was breaking up was a part of me; the tender blade of grass was my very Being, and the tree beside the man was myself. I could feel and think like the roadmender, and I could feel the wind passing through the tree, and the little ant on the blade of grass I could feel. The birds, the dust, and the very noise were a part of me. Just then, there was a car passing by at some distance; I was the driver, the engine, and the tyres. I was in everything, or rather everything was in me, inanimate and animate, the mountain, the worm, and all breathing things. All day long, I remained in this happy condition."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti 

"We have been brought up to identify ourselves with just the ego, and so we ignore and are unaware of the vast, vast extent of our Being. People who by various methods become fully aware of their cosmic Consciousness have what is called a mystical experience. They discover that the real deep, deep Self - that which you really are, fundamentally and forever - is the whole of Being. All that there is, that's you."
~ Alan Watts

"What you actually are, is Being. Being is not the mind thinking. Thinking is a movement, a motion. Being is the silence that precedes the motion. You cannot see it, you cannot grasp it, because you are it. The feeling that you are, the unadorned naked Awareness that is always there, rarely heeded, is what you always have been, always will be, cannot not be. You can't look for it because it is what is looking. It is like space, you can't see it but everything is in it. Everything is it."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti 

"You have to get away from all that madness for a while because we become insane, we get confused with our roles. Man is not his role. Man is deeper than that. So, go into the forest or some place alone in nature, all by yourself, and find out who you really are! And when you no longer confuse yourself with your particular temporary body, but identify with the entire process of nature and the whole cosmos... When death comes, what a funny thing that will happen. Death comes, and will find no one to kill."
~ Alan Watts



Thanks to Simon Bartholome



Sunday, July 3, 2022

Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī ~ A Garden Beyond Paradise



 Everything you see has its roots
    in the unseen world.
The forms may change,
    yet the essence remains the same.

Every wondrous sight will vanish,
every sweet word will fade.
    But do not be disheartened,
The Source they come from is eternal--
growing, branching out,
    giving new life and new joy.

Why do you weep?--
That Source is within you,
and this whole world
    is springing up from it.

The Source is full,
its waters are ever-flowing;
    Do not grieve,
    drink your fill!
Don't think it will ever run dry--
This is the endless Ocean!

From the moment you came into this world,
a ladder was placed in front of you
    that you might transcend it.

From earth, you became plant,
from plant you became animal.
Afterwards you became a human being,
endowed with knowledge, intellect and faith.

Behold the body, born of dust--
    how perfect it has become!

Why should you fear its end?
When were you ever made less by dying?

When you pass beyond this human form,
no doubt you will become an angel
and soar through the heavens!

But don't stop there.
Even heavenly bodies grow old.

Pass again from the heavenly realm
    and plunge into the ocean of Consciousness.
Let the drop of water that is you
    become a hundred mighty seas.

But do not think that the drop alone
becomes the Ocean--
    the Ocean, too, becomes the drop!