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Issue #1907 Tuesday, August 31,
2004 Editor: Mark
It is possible to cultivate more conscious awareness. This has been called polishing the mirror, awakening from sleep, cultivating the witness, and developing the real 'I.' Through changing the energy level of the brain, we can activate a different kind of brain function - a finer attention that stands above routine, habitual thought, feeling, and behavior.
This presence - this conscious listening mind - not only opens a window on our experience, it also connects us to the source of will. Attention can be called the first act of the will. It establishes the relationship between observer and experience, raising the level of experience and transforming a living automaton into a sensitve agent. It is this sensitivity that makes the difference between being nominally awake and experiencing life as the gift it is.
- Kabir Edmund Helminski from Living Presence, published by Tarchar Putnam, posted to DailyDharma by Bill Kelley
to the Mystery
is being Being
is singing to the moon
is allowing what is
to reveal the moment
is pure Love
is pure Silence
like the universe
submitted to AdyashantiSatsang by Emanuele De Benedetti
Gone to the Unseen
At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.
What marvelous route did you take from this world?
Beating your wings and feathers,
you broke free from this cage.
Rising up to the sky
you attained the world of the soul.
You were a prized falcon trapped by an Old Woman.
Then you heard the drummer's call
and flew beyond space and time.
As a lovesick nightingale, you flew among the owls.
Then came the scent of the rosegarden
and you flew off to meet the Rose.
The wine of this fleeting world
caused your head to ache.
Finally you joined the tavern of Eternity.
Like an arrow, you sped from the bow
and went straight for the bull's eye of bliss.
This phantom world gave you false signs
But you turned from the illusion
and journeyed to the land of truth.
You are now the Sun -
what need have you for a crown?
You have vanished from this world -
what need have you to tie your robe?
I've heard that you can barely see your soul.
But why look at all? -
yours is now the Soul of Souls!
O heart, what a wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed spears of your enemy.
The flowers flee from Autumn, but not you -
You are the fearless rose
that grows amidst the freezing wind.
Pouring down like the rain of heaven
you fell upon the rooftop of this world.
Then you ran in every direction
and escaped through the drain spout . . .
Now the words are over
and the pain they bring is gone.
Now you have gone to rest
in the arms of the Beloved.
- Rumi, In the Arms of the Beloved, Jonathan Star, New York 1997, posted to AdyashantiSatsang by Mazie Lane
When it occurs to you, today,
consciously begin to look at
everyone you see through what
might be called sacred eyes -
soft eyes, caring eyes, loving eyes.
That is, look at each individual,
man, woman or child, and allow
(choose) an inner feeling
of total acceptance and love for
the goodness and kindness
that is inherently within each
person you see - on the street,
at the market, at a stop light,
in the office.
Do this for a few minutes
without regard for other people's
expression or appearance.
With sacred eyes (and heart)
you can "sense" God within all
others. Allow this feeling of
love, of kindness, of non-judgment
toward all others to continue
for a few minutes.
You will notice that while you
are practicing this meditation,
a gentle, loving and benevolent
smile will become your relaxed
expression, and you will realize
how wonderful and refreshing
this simple meditation is...
for your own heart.
God is Love. St. John
The very form of God is Love. Ramana
Always in Love,
- Jeff Belyea on meditationsocietyofamerica
We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one real-ize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that.
- Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) posted to MillionPaths by Gloria Lee
Bitter Rain - A Poem by Hsu Yun
Bitter rain soaks the pile of kindling twigs.
The night so cold and still the lamp flame hardly moves.
Clouds condense and drench our stone walled hut.
Broken rushes clog the reed gate's way.
The stream gurgles, a torrent in its bed.
That's all we hear. Only rarely, comes a human voice...
But oh, how priceless is this peace of mind that fills us
As we sit on our heels and put on another Chan monk's robe!
A sublime inner atmosphere is created through meditation. In that unique atmosphere, the mind finds its way down into the essence of Being. In that moment, when the mind touches the transcendental mind, or pure consciousness, there is a spontaneous ascent into Light. Meditation, over time, ushers human beings into an ever-present emptiness. It reunites us with our own consciousness, which is vast and free.
Self-realization, the revelation that is born as perfected meditation, is only one aspect of awakening. It can be said to be the basis upon which a full awakening develops. Self-Realization is a profound state of liberation to discover and to live in, but it is not the entire spiritual reality. It is remarkable and extraordinary to awaken into one's transcendental nature, into That which is beyond time and space!
Beyond Self-realization are various ecstatic states and moods that reveal the nature of the world as consciousness. At some blessed point, there is the spontaneous revelation of sahaja samadhi (full relaxation in total, pure consciousness). In sahaja samadhi, a pristine Self-awareness of full alignment with radiant Bliss has occurred irreversibly. The mind has moved through, and beyond, the state of full Self-realization. One now becomes saturated in transparent bliss without lapse. Sahaja samadhi is being/Being both on the inside and outside. It includes the divine and the mundane. It is consciousness spilling its transparency through and beyond its human container, the body itself now having become a living stream or bubbling fountain of eternal life. At this point, there is no longer any difference between the desiring process (the whole mechanism of action), and the state of being in a naturally fulfilled condition, which is beyond desire (samadhi). This immense realization comes in its own ripeness and its own time. It cannot be forced or produced through any kind of teaching, technique or practice. It cannot be created or maintained through any kind of belief, strategy, attitude or effort. It has not been and never will be adequately described in any metaphysical treatise, religious scripture or spiritual text. If one were pressed into placing a "cause" before such a happening, it would be devotion.
The fullest flowering of divine realization arises as one simply lives in "sahaja samadhi." This transformation arises in consciousness itself. It is being ushered into the Divines brilliant-dark love-world. The mood of this love-world is mysterious and unspeakable, never to be touched by human thought or recorded in human memory. All teachings, teachers, yogis, yoginis, saints, mystics, gurus and avatars arise in this world of Love.
This supreme bliss of the Heart is a most miraculous stirring from the depths of existence to the surface of sensory perception. It is an endless wave of bliss and light radiated to infinity, for the sake of the happiness, evolution, and enlightenment of all beings. As one becomes sufficiently inebriated in this mystical awakening, one notices a magnificent fire moving through one's being constantly, an uninhibited warmth to be shared with everyone and everything. One is now in the perpetual love-embrace of feeling, light, energy, and grace.
- David Spero
More here: http://www.davidspero.org/teachings/index.html
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