Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sri Ramana Maharshi

 There is no greater mystery than this: being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality. We think that there is something hiding Reality and that it must be destroyed before the truth is gained. This is clearly ridiculous. A day will dawn when you will laugh at your past efforts. What you realize on the day you laugh is also here and now.


Hazrat Inayat Khan

 When I open my eyes to the outer world I feel myself as a drop in the sea. But when I close my eyes and look within, I see the whole universe as a bubble raised in the ocean of my heart.

 

 RUMI AND MEISTER ECKHART

Keep silence, that you may hear Him speaking
Words unutterable by tongue in speech Keep silence, that you may hear from that Sun Things inexpressible in books and discourses. Keep silence, that the Spirit may speak to you.” ~ Rumi (‘Masnavi i Ma’navi’)
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In this silence, this quiet, the Word is heard. There is no better method of approaching this Word than in silence, in quiet: we hear it and know it aright in unknowing. To one who knows naught it is clearly revealed.” ~ Meister Eckhart

Thomas Merton

 


When I am liberated by silence,
when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life,
but in the living of it,
I can discover a form of prayer in which
there is effectively, no distraction.
My whole life becomes a prayer.
My whole silence is full of prayer.
The world of silence in which I am immersed contributes to my prayer.
Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, … and solitude,
where everything I touch is turned into prayer:
where the sky is my prayer,
the birds are my prayer,
the wind in the trees is my prayer,
for God is all in all.

                                                  


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Ram Dass

 "Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery."

 

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

 

“Only love can penetrate all your karmas and resistances and set your heart on fire with the awareness of its true nature.”


Ramana Maharshi

 The results of actions are impermanent and pass away. Yet, their seeds form an ocean of Karma which becomes a barrier to a seeker’s progress.”

 

Swami Dhyan Giten


“God has no name. All organized religions have given names to God to be able to have a personal relationship to God, but God is not a person.

God is the underlying force, the energy and the consciousness of existence.

If you cannot feel God, the divine, within, you cannot feel him without.

The first step is to feel God within.

Then prayer to a personal god becomes meaningless, and meditation becomes meaningful.

The second step is to realize God without, to realize that God is not the creator, he is creation. He is not separate from creation. He is the force and consciousness of creation.

The world is God's dance; the world is God's play.”


                                                   


   

Robert Adams


“Dive into your heart center. Sit in the silence. Desire self-realization with all your heart, with all your mind, and all your soul. Everything will take care of itself.” 

                                                       


WAHIDUDDIN

 


THERE IS ONLY ONE LIGHT SHINING THROUGH EVERY WINDOW… CALL IT BUDDHA-NATURE, CALL IT DIVINE ESSENCE, CALL IT GOD, THE NAME DOESN’T REALLY MATTER; IT IS ONLY THE DIRECT PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND MANIFESTATION OF THAT ESSENCE THAT REALLY MATTERS. SO, GO FOR IT! EVERY PERSON HAS THIS GLORIOUS ESSENCE, THE ESSENCE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, ALREADY WITHIN THEM, 

                                                                       

                                                                

Swami Omkar


" You must not be afraid of the Divine, for God is an endless love. This is a protective love,
an uplifting love,
an all-blessing love;
An unconditional and unconditional love."

                                                 


Monday, June 10, 2024

The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin

 Once awareness becomes a mighty flame, it dissolves the shackles of separation created by mind.


Nisargadatta Maharaj

 People keep busy because they find it difficult to bear their own consciousness.

They look for various forms of entertainment to escape from themselves.

The greatest challenge lies in looking at oneself-by being "alone" with oneself.


Rumi

 Once the seed of faith takes root, it cannot be blown away, even by the strongest wind - Now that’s a blessing.



Anon I mus (Spiritually Anonymous)

 “The basic thing to remember is that EVERYTHING you observe is nothing more than a clever arrangement of dream phenomena that spontaneously arises out of awareness. If you do not become lucid in this waking dream you are now experiencing, you will continue to remain trapped in this complex, never-ending labyrinth of your conditioned mind.”  




Rumi

 


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Thomas Merton

 “When we are alone on a starlit night; when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children; when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet Bashō we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash—at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.”


D.T. Suzuki

 

Somebody has remarked, “Everything without tells the individual that they are nothing, while everything within persuades them that they are everything.” This is a remarkable saying, for it is the feeling everyone of us has when they sit quietly and deeply look into the inmost chamber of their being. Something is moving there and would whisper to them in a still small voice that they are not born in vain. I read somewhere again: “You are tried alone; alone you pass into the desert; alone you are sifted by the world.” But let a person once look within in all sincerity and they will then realize that they are not lonely, forlorn, and deserted; there is within a person, a certain feeling of a royally magnificent aloneness, standing all by themselves and yet not separated from the rest of existence.






                                            

Metta Zetty

 No amount of effort is needed. No amount of effort will be successful. And yet, through mindful attention to the Background of Awareness inherent within the Present Moment, Awakening will inevitably dawn upon you. In that Instant you will delight in the Reality of who and what you have been all along.

                                             




 

Ludwig Wittgenstein

 If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

 

Lord Mahavira, Jainism

 God is Within: The enlightened should contemplate that his soul is endowed with Boundless Energy. Whatever is the Supreme Soul, so am I. Whatever is my essential nature is the essence of Supreme Soul. Therefore, I am fitted for meditating on my inner Supreme Soul – none other.



Can you show me God?

 


Rupert Spira

 The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own Being, and completely available at every moment of experience, under all conditions, is the most important discovery that anyone can make.


The self is called atman or soul Author unknown

 

It is the microcosmic aspect of Brahman, smaller than an atom and vaster than the earth, the ether, the heavens and all the worlds, without qualities and having the same consciousness as that of Brahman. The self is subject to illusion, bondage and the laws of karma. When it achieves liberation it regains its true nature and either rejoins Brahman or exists eternally in its purest state. Different schools of Hinduism interpret the nature of relationship between atman and Brahman differently.

                                                      


The Ashtavakra Gita


Meditate on the Self.
One without two,
Exalted awareness.

Give up the illusion
Of the separate self.

Give up the feeling,
Within or without,
That you are this or that.



Adyashanti

 "In the silence between thoughts, in the stillness between breaths, lies the infinite potential of being. Dive into that silence, and you'll discover the source of all creation."


Bhagavata Purana (3.25.16)


 "When one is completely cleansed of the impurities of lust and greed produced from the false identification of the body as "I" and bodily possessions as "mine," one's mind becomes purified. In that pure state he transcends the stage of so-called material happiness and distress."


Saturday, June 8, 2024

Autobiography of a Yogi

 

““Should one offer himself a sacrifice rather than kill a wild beast?"

 

"No; man’s body is precious. It has the highest evolutionary value because of unique brain and spinal centers. These enable the advanced devotee to fully grasp and express the loftiest aspects of divinity. No lower form is so equipped. It is true that one incurs the debt of a minor sin if he is forced to kill an animal or any living thing. But the Vedas teach that wanton loss of a human body is a serious transgression against the karmic law.””


Dr. I. K. Taimni, in The Ultimate Reality and Realization


“It is only when the realization of being a pure spirit or atma has been attained that it is possible to achieve the final goal of union of the atma with the Paramatma, the Supreme Spirit which exists eternally beyond the manifested universe and from which the manifested universe is derived. When this final realization has been attained and union of atma with Paramatma has been brought about there is not only a complete sharing of consciousness between the two but also of the infinite Power which is inherent in the Universal Consciousness.”

                                                                    


Brahman

 


“In the effulgent lotus of the heart dwells Brahman, who is passionless and indivisible. He is pure, he is the light of lights. Him the knowers of the self attain” (Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.9).

“Brahman is supreme; he is self-luminous, he is beyond all thought. Subtler than the subtlest is he, farther than the farthest, nearer than the nearest. He resides in the lotus of the heart of every being” (Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.7).

“He who glows in the depths of your eyes–that is Brahman; that is the Self of yourself. He is the Beautiful One, he is the Luminous One. In all the worlds, forever and ever, he shines!” (Chandogya Upanishad 4:15:1).

Meditation is the key to knowledge of the Self and the Self of the Self. Knowing one, both are known–so say the sages. “Wise, self-controlled, and tranquil souls, who are contented in spirit, and who practice austerity and meditation in solitude and silence, are freed from all impurity, and attain by the path of liberation to the Immortal, the truly existing, the changeless Self” (Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.11).


                                                     


Zen Garden

 


Freedom...

 


Mystic Frequencies

 

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

Penney Peirce, Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration




Friday, June 7, 2024

John Muir

 “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”


Nisargadatta Maharaj

 To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge.

Don't disturb your mind with seeking.



Yoga Vasishtha


Since the seed does not contain anything other than the seed even the flowers and the fruits are of the same nature as the seed:

the substance of the seed is the substance
of subsequent effects, too…
Even so, the homogenous mass of
cosmic consciousness does not give rise
to anything other than what it is in essence.
When this truth is realized,
duality ceases…

                                         

David R. Hawkins

 


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

 Knowledge purifies the Intellect, Yoga purifies the Body, and Devotion purifies the Heart.

 

Morgan O. Smith

 “Our true nature is the awareness in which all thoughts, emotions, and experiences arise and dissolve, bringing a profound sense of freedom and peace beyond the transient illusions of the ego.”


From Zen Garden

 


FROM HINDU TEACHINGS:


“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the
self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree;
the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the
divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he
recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his
glory, he grieves no more.” -0- SOURCE This trans. is in ‘The Upanishads, Breath of the Eternal’, by Swami Prabhavananda.



Papaji (H.M.) Poonja

 


The Upanishads


The little space within the heart is

as great as the vast universe.

The heavens and the earth are there,
and the sun and the moon and the stars.

Fire and lightening and winds are there,
and all that now is and all that is not.





Ramakrishna’s One-fourth

 


The refrain, ‘He who is Brahman is also Śakti’,

appears throughout the

Kathāmrita

with consistency and

regularity and constitutes an important element in shaping

Ramakrishna’s faith. His inspiration is the poet Ramprasad Sen, a mystic-poet and Tantrik of the eighteenth century. Take, for instance, this poem of Ramprasad, one which was a particular favourite of Ramakrishna:

How are you trying, O my mind, to know the

nature of God?You are groping like a madman locked in a dark

room.

He is grasped through ecstatic love; how can you fathom Him without it?Only through afrmation, never negation, can you know Him;

Neither through Veda nor through Tantra nor the

six darśanas.

                                        




Thursday, June 6, 2024

Swami Vivekananda


 "Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent, load after load of ignorance will vanish, and then will come a time when all else has disappeared and the sun alone shines."

                                                  


Robert Adams

 "Nothing exists as it appears, nothing.

Everything is consciousness, and everything is an image superimposed in consciousness. All of your thoughts, whatever is going through your mind, it has no basis, no cause, no ego.

Everything you see is a projection of your own mind. You can put a stop to it by finding the source of your thoughts.

Where do your thoughts come from?

Find out. Go within. Ask yourself."



Nisargadatta