Sunday, February 26, 2006

Even the body is a state of consciousness only;

it is not an object which exists ultimately.
It appears to be there, but it is really not there.
This 'you' and 'I' and all that are phantoms.

You have made a gulf of difference between You
and I, which is not really there. It is a mistake
that the mind makes. Just as in dreams
persons are there, but are really not there, they
are only split parts of the same mind, one
appearing as the I, the other appearing as you
and both are integrated in the single mind in a
certain condition.

- Swami Krishnananda

Facets of Spirituality
Complied by S. Bhagyalakshmi
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1986

Monday, February 13, 2006

We say release, and radiance, and roses,

and echo upon everything that's known;
and yet, behind the world our names enclose is
the nameless: our true archetype and home.

The sun seems male, and earth is like a woman,
the field is humble, and the forest proud;
but over everything we say, inhuman,
moves the forever-undetermined god.

We grow up; but the world remains a child.
Star and flower, in silence, watch us go.
And sometimes we appear to be the final
exam they must succeed on. And they do

From “Ahead of All Parting - The selected poetry and prose of Rainer Maria Rilke”.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world

a star at dawn
a bubble in a stream
a flash of lightning in a summer cloud
a flickering lamp
a phantom and
a dream

Prajna Paramita Sutra

Saturday, February 11, 2006


To summarize: a person is an object, a phenomenon without freedom of choice, who thinks that it can know what is good and what is bad and above all imagines that it has freedom of choice. What the person or the ego does not want to see is that it is only an apparent object, that is called into life by the Source as a dream projection and just like a shadow lacking any independent existence. If you dare to recognize that you cannot be what you perceive (you can perceive a floor lamp, but you are not the floor lamp, not even if you are 'enlightened' ), then simply you cannot insist that you are a person. After all, you can look at your own person and even be surprised about your 'own' (responsible or irresponsible) behavior.

Thus, if there is no freedom of choice, if a person is a perceptible projection, who then is responsible for what? The Source, Consciousness, God, the Energy, the mysterious Witnessing conjures up the world as it is, for whatever reason, if there is indeed a reason and if so we cannot know it, because we are the Source itself. The eye can not look at itself. If there someone or something responsible then it certainly has to be the source, in which the relative, apparent world appears.

Do we then have to accept all behavior? Do we have to observe any behavior meekly in a sort of fatalistic state? The mistake one makes in this kind of thinking is that these questions are asked by a 'person'. We are then forgetting that a person cannot avoid asking these questions if they emerge in him. Furthermore these questions arise implicitly from the idea that there is a choice between acting and not acting, reacting or not reacting. And that is just the point: the choice is not there. If someone is hitchhiking then apparently there are two choices, but there is only one (relative) reality, one outcome: you either offer him transport or you don't. What it will be is what it has become, because it could not be any other way. Whether you confront the bully misbehaving in the subway or not: the decision has been made, even before it penetrates your consciousness. Suddenly you see that you flee or look the other way (shameful!). It could also happen that to your own surprise you fulfill a hero's role (fantastic!), about which you later will say; 'I never knew I was capable of doing this'.

If you behave 'responsibly' then you need to be a bit humble, it is not your merit. If you behave 'irresponsibly', then I have compassion. because it will unavoidably cause suffering; for you or for someone else. But responsible behavior can only exist by the grace of its opposite: irresponsible behavior. You are not your behavior, we (you and me) are the source and in that realm all the opposites disappear. From the absolute (where no opposites exist) we perceive the relative world as it unfolds, over which the relative has no control. Whether you jump into the swirling river to save the drowning person putting your own life at risk, or you let him die a certain death, you will only come to really know when you are confronted with this situation and no second sooner. Responsible or irresponsible is not the question; accepting What-Is, in whatever way manifested, your 'personal' reaction included, that is what it is about. And for that there are no words.

© Justus Kramer Schippers - February 2003 Costa Rica

No existence outside of this

There is

There is

That is

Anything can


This is LOVE

An infinite
into WHAT IS

No matter
who you are

No matter
what you are

No matter
where you are

Everything happening,
everything you are seeing,
everything you are sensing,
everything you are doing,
everything you are knowing




There is

Sunday, February 05, 2006


is that which,
when you stop believing in it,
doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick

Christopher Columbus

Life is trying to move through you.
Love is trying to move through you.
The entire universe and beyond
is trying to move through you.

And you keep shouting
"Stop! Stop!"

What would happen
if you closed your eyes
and let go of everything.

If you gave up
trying to control this moment.

If you even forgot
who you think you are.

If you accepted
that what you experience now
is what you are supposed to experience?

If you closed your eyes
and allowed yourself
to be taken care of
by a power
beyond what you know?

Or perhaps
your mind is the ultimate,
what you know
is the ultimate.

the world is really flat.

Only one way to find out.