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#3874 - Monday, April 26,
2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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Last week, Adyashanti gave a talk in a nearby town. Hearing him speak is so profoundly better than any short quote or brief Youtube can possibly convey. He is so direct and at times quite funny. If you resonate at all with his teachings, I would highly recommend going in person or getting the DVD version of his talks over just reading his books. -Gloria
Ego is basically the
movement of the mind
toward objects of perception in the form of grasping
and away from objects in the form of aversion.
This fundamentally is all the ego is.
This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a
sense of a separate "me," and in turn the sense of "me"
strengthens itself this way.
It is this continuous loop of causation
that tricks consciousness into
a trance of identification.
Identification with what?
the continuous loop of suffering.
who is suffering?
The "me" is suffering.
And "who" is this me?
It is nothing more than a sense of self
caused by identification with
grasping and aversion.
it's all a creation of the mind,
an endless movie,
a terrible dream.
Don't try to change the dream --
trying to change it is just
another movement in the dream.
Look at the dream.
Be aware of the dream.
That awareness is It.
Become more interested in
the awareness of the dream
than in the dream itself.
What is that awareness?
Who is that awareness?
Don't go spouting out an answer,
just be the answer.
One of the most beautiful inquiries is, What does my life serve? This is a big question. Its not asking, What form is my service taking? It doesnt particularly matter what form our service takes when we are serving the silence of the heart. The only thing thats important is, What is my life really serving? ~ Adyashanti
"If you are a true seeker of liberation you've got to be willing to
stand alone. At the moment of Liberation everything falls
away...everything. Suddenly the ground beneath your feet is gone, and
you are alone. You are alone because you have directly realized that
there is no other, there is no separation. There is only you, only
Self, only limitless emptiness, pure consciousness.
To the mind, the ego, this appears terrifying. When the mind looks at
limitlessness and infinity, it projects meaninglessness and despair.
To the ego Absolute Freedom can look terrifying. But when the mind is
let go of, the view changes from meaningless despair and fear to the
unending joy and wonder of Liberation.
In Liberation, you stand alone. You stand alone because you need no
supports of any kind. You need no supports because you have realized
that the very notion of a separate you no longer exists; that there
is nothing to support; that the whole ego experience was a flimsy
illusion. So you stand alone but never, never lonely because
everywhere you look, all you see is That, and You are That."
This innocence waking up, realizing that everything is itself,
even all the confusion and all the ignorance and everything...
this is the dissolving of confusion, of ignorance, of karma.
Enlightenment is perceiving
not through the lens of ego.
It is not an unending satori experience, unending
awakening experience. This misunderstanding will create
more tail chasing than it is dreamed possible.
It is not the quality of
"aha" that will sustain because it
will not sustain itself. Next week you may be going to
have another "aha" that is bigger.
True practices or useful spiritual
disciplines, if there is
any, is a way not fueling the egoic consciousness.
The liberating truth is not static;
it is alive. It cannot be
put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The
truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism.
What you are is the beyondawake and present, here
and now already.
To be here, all you have to do is
let go of who you think
you are. Thats all! And then you realize, "Im here."
Here is where thoughts arent believed. Every time you
come here, you are nothing. Radiantly nothing. Absolutely
and eternally zero. Emptiness that is awake. Emptiness
that is full. Emptiness that is everything.
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