Monday, April 14, 2008

We do not really live

but are being lived. There is nothing anywhere but the one universal, impersonal "I", and not a single object anywhere has any existence independent of it.

- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Forgetting your Self

is the greatest injury: all the calamities flow from it.  Take care of the most important, the lesser will take care of itself.  You do not tidy up a dark room.  You open the windows first.  Letting in the light makes everything easy.  So, let us wait with improving others until we have seen ourselves as we are - and have changed.  There is no need to turn around and round in endless questioning; find yourself and everything will fall into its proper place.

- Nisargadatta Maharaja
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The futility of effort

Apart from the futility of effort itself, any attempt
 to prevent thoughts from arising divides the mind
 artificially into that which does the prevention against 
that which is being prevented, creating only neurosis
 and conflict. Whatever thoughts arise (being without
 substance) will promptly vanish by themselves if they
 are not accepted and pursued as effective reality.
 To try to erase thoughts consciously and deliberately 
is like trying to wash away blood with blood.

- Ramesh S. Balker, A Net of Jewels

AlongTheWay, April 1st 2008

A myriad bubbles

were floating on the surface of a stream.
'What are you?' I cried to them as they drifted by.
'I am a bubble, of course' nearly a myriad bubbles answered, and there was surprise and indignation in their voices as they passed.
But, here and there, a lonely little bubble answered, 'We are this stream', and there was neither surprise nor indignation in their voices, but just a quiet certitude.
- Wei Wu Wei, Ask the Awakened
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