Nonduality: The Varieties of Expression Home

Jerry Katz
photography & writings

Search over 5000 pages on Nonduality:

Click here to go to the next issue

Highlights Home Page | Receive the Nonduality Highlights each day

How to submit material to the Highlights

Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3464, Saturday, March 7, 2009, Editor: Mark

To be aware is to be awake. Unaware means asleep. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not aware of yourself as being conscious.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels

Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.

- Ram Dass

At the intellectual level there can be no end to questions. Instead, hang on to the one who is asking. That is all you need do. Indeed, there is nothing else really that you could do. If you can do this, never allowing the self to escape your attention, you will ultimately find that the seeker is none other than consciousness seeking its own source and that the seeker himself is both the seeking and the sought - and THAT IS YOU.

- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels

Many who seek to awaken, seek the Real in the Unreal, in the world, in philosophy, religion or a legion of teachers and gurus. The source of consciousness, often called 'Self' in the East, will never be found by looking without; that which appears to look without must learn to accurately look within. This is obvious. The witness cannot be found in the witnessed.

There are many ways of looking within to find the originating place of consciousness and understand what consciousness is.

We must understand first, even if you assume it for the sake of argument, that the world itself arises from the mind as an appearance within consciousness.

The world is mind, mind is the world. Without mind, the world is not. The world is created by thoughts, and the mind is nothing more than thoughts; it is not an entity with autonomous existence separate from consciousness. The 'real' world exists only in the mind and you are neither mind nor the world.

The mind and thoughts are not you. They ae like ghost-clouds that float on top of you. You are that which is beyond, the stateless state, untouched by the waking world, the sleep world or deep sleep darkness. All these are added onto you. You are beyond all phenomena. This you must see clearly.

In fact, there is no looking within. Within and without only arise with thoughts which are the world which create the conceptual duality of within and without. There is no beyond either, as the concept implies the opposite of not-beyond, or here. You are neither beyond, nor not-beyond. You are not real or unreal. You are not mortal or immortal, because immortal implies eternal presence or existence. You have nothing to do with either. You are beyond all measures, beyond all dualities and opposites, beyond even the concept of beyond, beyond freedom and enlightenment. This you must grasp at some point.

- Robert Adams

People are aware of it. Awareness is going to make people slow down and not run lights. That's a good thing.

- Pamela Wilson

top of page