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#2248 - Friday, September 2, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee  


       Do not seek any rules or method of
        worship.  Say whatever your pained
        heart chooses.

                            - Rumi
  posted to Along the Way  


I have a pragmatic approach to Self inquiry/discovery, meaning I am
not interested in spiritual theories but in what works to open the
mind and heart.

People who don't have a strong emotional nature tend to see
suffering as mental, and that is correct.  But the idea, "This
horrible feeling is just a mental perception." doesn't actually
release painful emotional patterns.  And old emotional pain held in
the body serves to veil the answer to, "Who am I?"

This is like the teaching:  "Don't talk to a starving man about
God.  First fill his belly, then he can hear your satsang." 

No amount of spiritual ideas will fill a starving emotional heart.

This is how I see it after much investigation:  We are, in essence,
pure awareness - Self.  We are also configurations of energy that
make up our individual body-minds.  When these configurations hold
memories of lack of love, of neglect and abuse of any kind (and the
automatic protections against feeling that again), there is little
or no space in one's individual consciousness for awareness as pure
Self. 

A friend said, "No one goes from negative ego to no ego.  Negative
identity is just too dense."  In my experience, as the patterns -
the negative identifications of the pain body - are released and
healed there is increasing room for That in consciousness.  This is
a often-neglected but important aspect of Sadhana.

Xan
  posted to MillionPaths  


We also often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002  


 

photo by Alan Larus http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/Sunday_in_the_forest.htm    


Alan Jacobs gave me permission to post this. It is a message from Sri
V.Ganesan is a grand nephew of Sri Bhagavan , and was brought up
mainly in the Ashram , with his family .

Dear Friends,
I have received the following E Mail from Sri Ganesan which he has
given me permission to post .

 Namaskar.

We have a mutual love for 'sharing' ! In the 'Kali Yuga' , no
preaching, no  rituals, no worship, no scriptures can transmit
the 'Truth' -- the only recourse is "sharing" !

 You know the vital difference between 'sharing' and the other
archaic methods (mentioned above)  ? Only in 'sharing' , the perfect
balance of the speaker and the listener in absolutely equal  terms (I
like to call it : a 50% + 50% 'sharing') could be maintained; and,in
that state of equality, mysteriously and powerfully the transmission takes place !
Thus,the 'speaker' is not more important than the 'listener' ; or,
the 'giver' is not greater than the 'receiver' ! There  is no room
for 'exploitation' -- as 'guru', 'priest', 'teacher', 'religious
heads', 'heads of  ashrams' , etc. For, in 'sharing' , one is
directly in touch with the real "GURU " - the 'Self', the 'Heart' !

Sri Bhagavan made Himself available for 24 hours, to all, for 54
years - day and night -- only
to emphasize and demonstrate this true nature of
spiritual 'sharing' ! To Paul Brunton, He said:  "Brunton ! There is
absolutely no difference between you and me. Only, give up this
thought  that there is difference." I picked up the cue from our
Beloved Master; and, avowed to myself  that, in my own limited
capacity, capability, I will put this important facet of  our
Master's 'Direct Teaching' into daily practice ! Don't you see the
beauty behind the  glory of 'sharing', ?

 Love,
 Ganesan.


posted to Practice of  Self Inquiry by Richard Clarke  


 

photo by Alan Larus http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/Sunday_in_the_forest.htm  


    You need not wait to be what you are            

It is the clinging to the false that makes
        the true so difficult to see.  Once you
        understand that the false needs time and
        what needs time is false, you are nearer
        the Reality, which is timeless, ever in the
        now.  Eternity in time is mere repetitiveness,
        like the movement of a clock.  It flows from
        the past into the future endlessly, as empty
        perpetuity.  Reality is what makes the present
        so vital, so different from the past and future,
        which are merely mental.  If you need time to
        achieve something, it must be false.  The real
        is always with you; you need not wait to be
        what you are.  Only you must not allow your
        mind to go out of yourself in search.  When you
        want something, ask yourself: do I really need
        it? and if the answer is not, then just drop it.

                          - Nisargadatta Maharaj
  from "I Am That"
posted to Along the Way  


 
They are completely fulfilled by spiritual wisdom and Self-realization. Having conquered their senses, they have climbed to the summit of human consciousness. To such people a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same. They are equally disposed to family, enemies, and friends, to those who support them and those who are hostile, to the good and the evil alike. Because they are impartial, they rise to great heights.

-Bhagavad Gita 6:8-9


Buddhism is really quite simple to understand.  Let me try:  In
Buddhism, we discover within ourselves, a fundamental consciousness,
that is perfect and pure from the very beginning of beginningless
time.  This pure and perfect consciousness is beyond our
ordinary "thinking" or discursive mind.  It is not something we
create, attain or manufacture through meditative or religious
practice.  This pure and perfect consciousness is already fully
present and complete right now... in you, as well as all sentient
beings. The goal of Buddhist practice is to have the "experience" of
this pure and perfect consciousness for yourself. 

Note "experience".  You don't learn "about", but rather "taste" the
presence of this pure and perfect consciousness to be your own true
nature, your actual and authentic Being.  Like jumping in the water
directly, beyond reading and studying books or "thinking about" the
topics of water and swimming.
 
A teacher is anyone who has had a thorough and
unmistakable "experience" of their own pure and perfect
consciousness, and now shares this "knowingness" with others. 
Hopefully, the teacher will be able to orient others to have
this "experience" for themselves, if they are ready and open.
 
A very deep and thorough "experience" of one's own pure and perfect
consciousness is known as "enlightenment"... coming to know one's
own true nature as it is.  We call this pure and perfect
consciousness "Buddha-Mind" or "Zen-Mind" or in Tibetan
Dzogchen: "Rigpa".
 
Once we have this "experience", we practice by immersing ourselves
in this present pure and perfect consciousness more and more. 
Eventually, we are in this consciousness more often than we are in
our ordinary "thinking mind".  The problem is that our "thinking
mind" has created a self-image of itself.  This conceptual self-
image is our sense of "me" or "I" in our "thinking mind".  We call
this false or fantasy self, "ego".  Our true self, on the other
hand, is the pure and perfect consciousness in contrast to
our "ego".  But interestingly, this "true self" has no concept of
a "self" itself.  It has no shape or form nor any material
components that continue through time.  It has no boundaries nor
location in space and time.  However, space and time and all things
are included in it!  See, I told you... simple!
 
Actually, this point is not that difficult to understand
conceptually.  Take the example of water and waves.  All of reality
is like one great ocean.  One's Being has two  aspects, figuratively
speaking: open, infinite and vastly spacious Awareness and the Energy of that
space-like Awareness.  Get it?  Ocean equals vast space-like
Awareness and it's Energy is the waves within and upon the ocean. 
Kind of like in theological terminology:  God and Creation.  But
don't get caught up in that analogy too much.  In any event, the
waves and the water are "one" thing... as you can't separate the
waves from the water.

In life, ALL that we "experience" is waves.  The Awareness or
Perceivingness (the pure and perfect consciousness i.e. Buddha-Mind)
is the water.  Since the water and it's waves are "one", we then can
see that our Awareness(water) is "one" with it's field of perception
(waves) or experience, internally or externally experienced, beyond
any possibility of duality.  Well, at any rate, you come to realize
that too, as a first hand experience. 
 
In Dzogchen, we say the pure, vast space-like quality of Awareness
is "kadag" (primordial purity).  At the same time, we call the
spontaneously arising Energies (waves) "lhundrub" (spontaneous
energy arisings).

These two aspects, "kadag" and "lhundrub" are inseparable.  Like
water and waves.  This inseparability of "kadag" and it's energy
manifestations, "lhundrub" is known as "yermed" (inseparable).  In
Dzogchen, in all of reality, of all possible universes, there is
nothing outside of this unified field of "kadag" and "lhundrub". 
Now here's the interesting part, your own, currently existing, pure
and perfect consciousness is this very "kadag" Awareness!  And all
dimensions of your experience are (internal and external)
this "lhundrub" Energy!  And this complete reality is known the
Great Perfection or in Tibetan "Dzogchen".
We come to realize non conceptually, that we ARE Dzogchen, the Great
Perfection!
 
Current Dzogchen practice is divided into two parts.  The first
corresponds to realizing the "kadag" aspect, known as "trekchod". 
The second part deals with realizing the "lhundrub" aspect, known
as "thogel".
 
So there you go, Buddhism and Dzogchen in a nutshell.... and then
some!  
 
posted to Dzogchen Practice by Jax  


Amazingly beautiful and stimulating. Life stories of dzogchen siddhas
as exposed by the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (whose "As It Is" part 2
I repute to be one of the best resources available on dzogchen
teachings)

Check it out:

http://www.blazing-splendor.blogspot.com/

greetings from Holland
Pierre

posted to Dzogchen Practice

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