Thursday, October 30, 2008

The perfect futility of all intentions

By knowing for an absolute fact that he
does not live but is being lived, the man
of wisdom is aware of the perfect futility
of all intentions.

- Ramesh S. Balker, A Net of Jewels
AlongTheWay, October 30th 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why worry so much about causation?

What do causes matter, when things 
themselves are transient? Let come what 
comes and let go what goes - why catch
hold of things and enquire about their causes?

- Nisargadatta Maharaja, I Am That
AlongTheWay, October 17th 2008

The map is not the territory

Now the trouble with the map making is when one takes one's map very seriously and says, "Well, this is the correct road map, and there's no other map that is as good as this one." That's when you are implicitly making the claim that you actually know the territory, that you have walked it, and that there's some kind of correspondence between the territory and the map. As soon as the map making ceases to be fun and play, as soon as we take the maps too seriously, I think it actually becomes a hindrance to walking the terrain. If you are reading a map when you're walking, you're missing everything along the way. As Sasaki Roshi says, "You're running around thinking that there's some kind of a spiritual path or great way laid out in front of you like a road. You are fools. There is no road in front of you. The great way comes into being as you walk." There is no road that is ready-made, let alone a map that will describe the road. The road itself comes into being in the walking.
- Kaisa Puhakka, What is Enlightenment magazine
Nondual Highlights 3321

Is there free will?  Is there freedom? 

Depends on who you are asking.  Are you asking me as a person, or asking me as Awareness?  

As a person, I have free will only if I can choose my next thought.  But I can't do that.  In fact, I can't even *predict* my next thought.  So the person doesn't have free will.

As Awareness, I *am* freedom.  I am not bound or limited by anything, and I don't block or prevent anything.  I don't willfully "choose," but choices freely arise in me. 

As a person I am not free, but as Awareness I am never bound.

- Greg Goode, Nondual Highlights 3321

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Everything happens altogether by itself

The shadow of causation can never be
caught because all things and events are
 merely interconnected differentiations in 
the form of a single, unified field.

- Ramesh S. Balker, A Net of Jewels

AlongTheWay, October 15th 2008