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Nothing to do,
Nothing to force,
nothing to want –
and everything happens by itself.
Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche
“The timeless non-state cannot be achieved because
the mind cannot evolve towards it. The mind can only
bring you to the threshold. Awakening comes
unexpectedly when you do not wait for it, when you
live in not-knowing. Only then are you available.”
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion
That it may sing and let it direct your passion with reason
That your passion may live through its own daily resurrection
And like a phoenix rise above its own ashes.
Freedom and Joy of Nonduality
Limitation comes into existence owing to ego-centered desires and self-will.
Possessiveness in all its forms leads to a life of limitation. For example,
if one covets the love of someone but instead of winning the love of that
person loses it to another, there ensues a narrowing down and strangling of
the free life of the spirit — and one has an acute consciousness of
limitation. This is the origin of the pain of suffocating jealousy. But if
one looks at the situation with a heart purged of longing, the love that is
received by the other will be seen in its natural beauty. In the clarity of
perception that comes through nonpossessiveness, one will not only taste the
freedom of nonduality, but also its joy. When someone else receives that
love, it is like oneself receiving it — since no longer does one insist
upon the claims of a single form, having identified oneself with life in all
In nonduality there is freedom from limitation, as well as the knowledge and
appreciation of things as they are. In nonduality alone is there the
realization of the true spiritual infinity that secures abiding and unfading
bliss. The limitation of jealousy is like all other limitations, such as
anger, hate and cravings; they are all of one’s own creation. All finitehood
and limitations are subjective and self-created. With the surrenderance of
self-will and ego-centered imagination, there arises a true perception of
the infinite worth of that which IS.
DISCOURSES, p. 120
Copyright 1987 Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust
This is from Andrew Harvey, in Dialogues With a Modern Mystic
Andrew Harvey and Mark Matousek.
Advaita is not monism. Advaita means “not-two.” We and the
universe are not “one”: then all distinctions would be destroyed.
We are “not-two,” intricately interrelated with everything, both separate,
unique *and* united. The astonishment of this dance of
“not-two” grows slowly as the mind and heart open in divine love
and wisdom. Imagine that there was a heap of gold and a skillful
smith. The smith made fir trees, geraniums, tables, human beings, lamps.
Every object had a different shape, a different
purpose and identity but was made of the same thing. Look at the
sea. All waves are rising and falling differently, in different rhythms,
with different volumes. Some catch the light some do not. You can see the
separations between the waves but what you also see quite clearly is that
all the waves are water. That is what the knowledge
of “not-two” is like. Things retain the separateness which the
senses give them, which we use to negotiate this reality, but the illumined
mind knows that all things are Brahman, waves of one infinite sea of light.
You know, in other words, that you and everything and the light that is at
all times manifesting everything
are “not-two,” and “you” come to exist normally on all levels of
the divine creation, and meet “yourself” in all states, events, conditions,
beings. This is sahaja, spontaneous negotiation of
and union with all dimensions at all moments. Nisargadatta
Maharaj explains most lucidly the marvelous transitions to this
state: “When the I am myself goes, the I am all comes. When the
I am all goes, the I am comes. When even I am goes, Reality
alone is and in it every I am is preserved and glorified.”
It is wonderful that this the most ultimate and holy of all
possible experiences in this world, that of unity, of advaita, has
to be enjoyed by everyone in their own profound solitude, at that
diamond point of solitude at which everyone secretly joins and
meets God and each other and all things. This final experience
kept for this most sacred and secret moment and is too vast an
precious to be ever completely communicated. This is the
moment when the created one returns to the source of creation
the moment at which all laws, dogmas and techniques that helped
the mystic arrive at that diamond point vanish in the silence of
return to origin.
Great knowledge sees all in one.
Small knowledge breaks down into the many.
This is from : The State of Being That (One’s Own State)
A Satsang Discourse by Nome At the Society of Abidance in Truth (SAT )
The root of all illusions or delusion, which is not our natural state at
all, is the single notion of “I.” It is the notion, or the supposition, that
what you are is a separate, individualized entity. This is what is meant by
an “I” notion, or the ego. It is the root of all suffering, of all bondage.
It is the cause of such. While various delusions appear to be appended to
it, actually, all kinds of suffering and delusions are contained within that
one single false notion. Enlightened Sages free of that notion, free of the
least trace of the ego and its differentiation, experience uninterrupted,
continuous happiness. They are awake from this dreamy illusion. They are
awake to existence. If those who seek Self-Realization, or the Realization
of God, bring about the dissolution of this one notion, “I,” all the
delusion is gone, and what is declared to be the Truth by all the Realized
becomes one’s own, immediate, self-revealed experience. (Silence)
” We cannot apprehend Consciousness, because we have never been
other than it. We cannot integrate with Consciousness because we are
never disintegrated from it. In relative terms we can NEVER understand
what Consciousness is. The Whole-Mind cannot be known by the
split-mind of relativity. ”
From: Mighty Companions
“A coalition already exists in spirit. It is coming together now in the
social context by the attraction of its unconventional intelligence and
compassionate form of high-mindedness. This natural coalition is
drawn together by the recognition that the elevation of consciousness
is our fundamental life work. This is a genuinely democratic, self-
organizing force, flowing through persons of all descriptions. This force
does not flourish as any highly structured form. It is not an institution or
a foundation or a non-profit company or anything conventionally named.
This coalition is a living organism — natural, wild, free. It is made up of
individuals devoted to serving the world and developing themselves as
finely tuned instruments of service. They learn to gather in the energy of
will-to-good, from which authentic goodwill flows out subtly to the entire
To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance,
and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for
the guidance and benefit of others, by expressing in the
world of forms – truth, love, purity and beauty – this is
the sole game that has any intrinsic and absolute worth.
All other incidents and attainments can, in themselves,
have no lasting importance.
You are Emptiness, the Ultimate substance: remove Emptiness
out of Emptiness leaves only Emptiness because there is nothing
beyond It. All rises from, dances about it, and returns to This.
As Ocean rises as a wave to dance so you are this dancing
Nothing is out of this Emptiness and so it is the Fullness. Emptiness
is between is and is not. To be Free, you need the firm conviction
that you are this Substratum, this Peace, this Emptiness.
To study the way of the Buddha is to study your own self.
To study your own self is to forget yourself. To forget
yourself is to have the objective world prevail in you.
I sat there and forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river
that went by and I who watched… Eventually the watcher joined
the river and then there was only one of us. I believe it was the river.
Norman Maclean, quoted in ‘Zen and the Brain’ James H.Austin M.D
Silence is the mother of everything that has come out from
the Depth. And Silence kept quiet about what she was
unable to describe: the Unspeakable.
~Clement of Alexandria
The Great Way has no gate.
Clear water has no taste.
The tongue has no bone.
In complete stillness, a stone girl is dancing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From: ESSAY I – History
There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is
an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once
admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole
estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt,
he may feel; what at any time has be-fallen any man, he can
understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all
that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.
“You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since
you are Awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All
that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that
is of not-self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure
awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.”
From: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance
365 Selections from Rumi’s Mathnawi
Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski
If ten lamps are in one place,
each differs in form from another;
yet you can’t distinguish whose radiance is whose
when you focus on the light.
In the field of spirit there is no division;
no individuals exist.
Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends.
Catch hold of spirit.
Help this headstrong self disintegrate;
that beneath it you may discover unity,
like a buried treasure.
God, whose love and joy
are present everywhere,
can’t come to visit you
unless you aren’t there.
-Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)
Atoms as old as stars,
Mutation on mutation,
Millions and millions of cells
Dividing yet still the same,
From air and changing earth,
From ancient Eastern rivers,
From turquoise tropic seas,
Unto myself I came.
My spirit like my flesh
Sprang from a thousand sources,
From cave-man, hunter and shepherd,
From Karnak, Cyprus, Rome;
The living thoughts in me
Spring from dead men and women,
Forgotten time out of mind
And many as bubbles of foam.
Here for a moment’s space
Into the light out of darkness,
I come and they come with me
Finding words with my breath;
From the wisdom of many life-times
I hear them cry: “Forever
Seek for Beauty, she only
Fights with man against Death!”
Not knowing how near the truth is,
People seek it far away, what a pity!
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries in thirst so imploringly.
Approach someone who has realized the purpose of life and question
him with reverence and devotion; he will instruct you in this wisdom.
Once you attain it, you will never be deluded. You will see all
creatures in the Self, and all in Me.
Bhagavad Gita 4.34-35
Illusion produces rest and motion.
Illumination destroys liking and disliking.
~ Seng -T’san
The person is a very small thing. Actually it is a composite, it cannot
be said to exist by itself. Unperceived, it is just not there. It is but the
shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories. Pure being is reflected
in the mirror of the mind, as knowing. What is known takes the shape
of a person, based on memory and habit. It is but a shadow, or a
projection of the knower onto the screen of the mind.
When suddenly mind and environment are both forgotten there
is the ability to penetrate freely earth, mountains and rivers. The
whole substance of the real body of the king of Dharma is manifest.
People these days face it without knowing it.
– Daio (1235-1309)
Nothing divides one so much as thought.
~R. H. Blyth
All men were made by the same great spirit chief.
They are all brothers.
The earth is the mother of all people,
and all people should have equal rights upon it.
Nez Perce Tribe
Isn’t it hard after that to come back into your body and live daily life?
You were never in your body, so the question of coming back into it
doesn’t come up. Your body is in you. You are not in it. Your body
appears to you as a series of sensory perceptions and concepts. It is
in this way that you know you have a body, when you feel it or when
you think of it. These perceptions and these thoughts appear in you,
pure conscious attention. You do not appear in them, contrary to what
your parents, your teachers and nearly the whole of the society you live
in has taught you. In flagrant contradiction to your actual experience,
they have taught you that you are in your body as consciousness, that
consciousness is a function emerging from the brain, an organ of your
body. I suggest that you do not give undue credence to this second-hand
knowledge and that you inquire into the raw data of your own experience.
Remember the recipes for happiness that were given to you by these same
people when you were a child, study hard, get a good job, marry the right
man, etc.? These recipes don’t work, otherwise you wouldn’t be here
asking these questions. They don’t work because they are based on a false
perspective of reality, a perspective that I am suggesting that you put into
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