Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Whatever Is To Be Will Be

There is only will and that being is of Divinity. It is all part and process of the plan, the pain, the sorrow, the laughter, the injustice and justice. Yet the engineer of the Universe has it all worked out and the truth is that this is beyond our limited understanding. The things occurring within the drama of our life seem to have a mind of their own.

Going with the flow is a good mantra for sanity’s sake. Acceptance of all that is can be difficult especially when one is in a apparent dead-end job and the bills are due next month. There is an inner voice that tells us everything is perfect even though our opinionated voice yells No! No! No!

With the daily practice of meditation you may reach a point where life is lived non-reflectively. In Zen circles this is called “non-abidance of mind.” It is like floating down a river and not fighting against the currents. In essence it is life lived without intellectual reflection. It is about living life in the moment  and accepting as whatever happens as the will of God.

So is a dead-end job the will of God? Yes. Is a fascinating high-paying job the will of God? Yes. There is only oneness and whatever occurs with your life is ultimately the will of God. And oneness manifests as apparent dead-end jobs, apparent blessings, apparent weirdness and synchronicity.

The bigger picture is beyond our limited understanding and you’re right; we cannot make sense of it and it is absolutely unimaginable.

Friday, 25 March 2011

The Quest For Enlightenment – Jed McKenna

“The you that you think of as you (and that thinks of you as you, and so on) is not you, it’s just the character that the underlying truth of you is dreaming into brief existence. Enlightenment isn’t in the character, it’s in the underlying truth. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a dream character, of course, unless it’s your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated. If your desire is to experience transcendental bliss or supreme love or altered states of consciousness or awakened kundalini, or to quality for heaven, or to liberate all sentient beings, or simply to become the best dang person you can be, then rejoice!, you’re in the right place: the dream state, the dualistic universe. However, if your interest is to cut the crap and figure out what’s true, then you’re in the wrong place and you’ve got a very messy fight ahead and there’s no point in pretending otherwise.”


Friday, 11 March 2011

Consciousness & The Absolute

Here is a free e-book on the last and  final talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharajah. Suffice to say it is  quite an interesting read as you learn how an Enlightened Sage perceived the world.  Enjoy Smile

413O0yUAeLL._SL500_AA300_[1]     Consciousness & The Absolute: The final  
     talks of Sri Nisgardatta Maharaj. 
     Click on the link above to download and
     save a copy of the file on your desktop.

      The document is in PDF format and is
      freely available.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

What Is Seeing Who You Really Are?

Question: What is seeing Who you really are?

Douglas Harding: It’s so simple, it’s difficult to describe. Normally we are looking out at other things, but seeing Who you really are is looking at what you’re looking out of. It’s turning  the direction of your attention around precisely 180 degrees and looking at what is nearest of all, what is central to your life – the permanent ingredient in all that you are and do. Usually, I am intent on what is quite a long way off, a few inches or feet or miles off. But here’s a region that I’ve learned to ignore, under social pressure. I’ve learned to pretend that it doesn't exist, is unimportant, dangerous, and not to be looked at. It is right here-what I’m looking out of.

Douglas Harding
from his book, “Face to No-Face”,p.137

Friday, 4 March 2011

The Buddha’s Silence

When the Buddha became Enlightened he felt there was no way of telling what he had known, so he remained silent. For seven days he was silent. There is an anecdote about this incident.

When the Gods came to know of Buddha’s silence they went to his feet and said, “Tell what you have known, because a person like you is born on this earth after thousands of years. An opportunity  for the blind to learn about light and for the deaf to be filled with celestial music is rare. The lame will begin to walk and the dead will rise from their graves in the hop of life. We beseech you to speak!”

Buddha replied, “What I have known cannot be told. Those who will understand by my speaking can understand even without my speaking. Those  who are ready and who deserve to understand  will understand, even without my speaking. Those who cannot understand without my speaking will not understand even if I speak. So what is the harm in my remaining silent?”

Hearing this, the Gods become very anxious. They talked among themselves for a long time. Then again they asked, “But there are a few people who are just on the border; if your speak they will take a step and cross the line. Otherwise, they will remain where they are. There are people who will understand even without your saying and there are people who will understand you wrongly if you speak. But between these two, there is a another category of people, on the borderline, who will cross the river if you speak but who otherwise will remain on the bank.”

When water is heated to ninety-nine degrees centigrade, even the heat of your hand can turn it into steam. Water that has reached one hundred degrees centigrade will become steam even without your help. Water that is in the form of ice will only cool your hand, it cannot become steam; but water that is ninety-nine point nine degrees needs your help.

And so Buddha decided to speak for those people who were just on the borderline. The sage also speaks for those people who are in the middle, on the borderline.