Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Show me the mind

People often ask how the mind is controlled.
I say to them, 'Show me the mind and then
you will know what to do.' The fact is that
the mind is only a bundle of thoughts. How can
you extinguish it by the thought of doing so
or by a desire? Your thoughts and desires are
part and parcel of the mind. The mind is simply
fattened by new thoughts rising up. Therefore
it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by 
means of the mind. The only way of doing it is
to find its source and hold on to it. The mind
will then fade away of its own accord.

- Sri Ramana Maharshi

Be As You Are: 
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
, edited by David Godman
Arkana, 1985
AlongTheWay, November 14th 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

All there is is life

All there is is beingness. There isn't anyone that ever has or does not have it. There's nobody that has life and somebody else doesn't have life. There's just life being Life.

- Tony Parsons, quoted in Awaking to the Dream Newsletter 108

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Round the clock ecstacy

You want something like around-the-clock ecstasy. Ecstasies come and go, necessarily, for the human brain cannot stand the tension for a long time. A prolonged ecstasy will burn out your brain, unless it is extremely pure and subtle... When I say: "Remember 'I am' all the time," I mean: "Come back to it repeatedly." No particular thought can be the mind's natural state, only silence... When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels
Nondual Highlights 2975